CANCELED - The Prospects and Putative Perils of AI

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ken Ford seated next to artificial intelligence model

The Jacob Marschak Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Mathematics in the Behavioral Sciences at UCLA

This event has unfortunately been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Speaker: Kenneth Ford, Founder and CEO, Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC)

Faculty Host: Aaron Blaisdell, Professor of Psychology, UCLA

After decades of pundits and philosophers arguing that AI is impossible, suddenly that arguement has been replaced with the assertion that not only is it possible, but that it is inevitable, perhaps imminent, and apocalyptically dangerous. In only about a decade, the conversation has shifted from you can't do we shouldn't do it! 

In this talk, Kenneth Ford will draw your attention to an interesting historical parallel between AI and another, older, technology which was also controversial, thought to be impossible, and then deemed to be a great danger to the human race: artificial flight. Ford will then briefly discuss the perils of AI, real and imagined. Next, he will briefly present two perspectives on AI that have motivated research at IHMC. Finally, Ford will show current work that highlights some of the issues.

Kenneth Ford is Founder and Chief Executive Office of the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC) - a not-for-proft research institute located in Pensacola, Florida.  Ford received his Ph.D. in computer science from Tulane University. He is Emeritus Editor-in-Chief of AAAI/MIT Press and has been involved in the editing of several journals. Ford is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), a charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, a member of the Association for Computing Machiner, a member of the IEEE Computer Society and a member of the National Assocation of Scholars.

Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are requested here.


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