Dr. Carroll explains why your computer probably isn’t trying to kill you, yet


On March 8, electrical engineering professor Dr. Sean Carroll presented as part of the Spring 2017 Humanities Symposia with his talk “’Artificial Intelligence: A Step Beyond Hollywood.”

A large number of students, faculty, and community members were in attendance. The video above is his complete talk with the question and answer discussion that followed. For a more detailed description of the talk, see below.

Science fiction books and films offer clear images of Artificial Intelligences. In this presentation, Dr. Carroll will discuss how these ideas compare to the goals of the people actually developing AI. How do these goals shape the AI’s “personality”? If a computer program is as smart as a human, does it deserve human rights? Do you care?


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