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No recent scientific enterprise has proved as alluring, terrifying, promising, and frustrating as artificial intelligence. Leading computer scientist Melanie Mitchell joins us to reveal the turbulent history of this field and the recent surge of apparent successes, grand hopes, and emerging fears that surround AI. She presents insights from her book Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans, addressing our many burning questions concerning AI today. How intelligent—really—are the best AI programs? How do they work? What can they actually do, and…Find out more »
Humans may not be Earth’s most intelligent species for much longer: the world champions of chess, Go, and Jeopardy! are now all AIs. Given the rapid pace of progress in AI, many predict that it could advance to human-level intelligence within the next several decades, and could even outpace human intelligence. Susan Schneider takes Town Hall’s stage to delve into these theories of the mind with perspectives from her book Artifical You. She contends that it is inevitable that AI will take…Find out more »
Scientists in the past few decades have made crucial discoveries about how our cosmos evolved over the past 13.8 billion years. But there remains a critical gap in our knowledge: we still know very little about what happened in the first seconds after the Big Bang. Astrophysicist Dan Hooper reveals new understanding about this mysterious period of time at the beginning of cosmic history with his book At the Edge of Time. Hooper grapples with the extraordinary and perplexing questions that…Find out more »
Over the course of a generation, algorithms have gone from mathematical abstractions to powerful mediators of daily life. Algorithms have made our lives more efficient, but some experts contend that they are increasingly violating the basic rights of individual citizens. Professors Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth delve into the complexities of this topic with insight from their book The Ethical Algorithm. Joined by moderator Eric Horvitz of Microsoft Research Labs, Kearns and Roth contend that understanding and improving the science behind the…Find out more »
Activists, pundits, politicians, and the press frequently proclaim today’s digitally mediated racial justice activism the new civil rights movement. But according to Charlton D. McIlwain, the story of racial justice movement organizing online is much longer and varied than most people know. With insight from his book Black Software: The Internet and Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter, McIlwain chronicles the long relationship between African Americans, computing technology, and the Internet. He argues that the forgotten figures who worked…Find out more »