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Profs & Pints: Dreams of Intelligent Machines
The Bier Baron Tavern
Washington, DC
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Profs & Pints: Dreams of Intelligent Machines
Profs and Pints presents: Dreams of Intelligent Machines, with Colin Allen, philosopher of science and adjunct in the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at the University of Pittsburgh.

The existence of artificially intelligent machines raises a fundamental philosophical question that neither they nor we can easily answer: What are we?

Across many different cultures in every era, humans have tackled this question by comparing ourselves to the things that we see as most similar to us. They include real thingvarious other animalsand imagined things, including angels, anthropomorphic gods, humanlike monsters, and, more recently, space aliens. Artificially intelligent machines are an interesting hybrid category: Once imaginary, yet increasingly a real part of our shared environment, they are particularly interesting because they are seem superhuman in some respects, but are clearly lacking in others. Our current robots have less emotional intelligence than dogs, but artificial intelligence can play chess at world-champion level.

What are we learning about ourselves from the attempt to create machines in our own image? What are the prospects and perils? Will these machines be ethical? Will they have feelings? Consciousness? (When, or why not?) Are they harbingers of a Golden Age of human self-fulfillment, or our future overlords in a technological dystopia? Is it up to us?

Gain an entirely new perspective on the machines and computer programs in your life from Professor Allen, whose research focuses on thephilosophical foundations of cognitive science and neuroscience, with a particular interest in the scientific study of cognition in nonhuman animals and computers. Just be careful not to tell Siri or Alexa where youve been.


The Bier Baron Tavern (View)
1523 22nd St NW
Washington, DC 20037
United States


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Other > Technology

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