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Speaker: Stuart Russell
Affiliation: UC Berkeley

ABSTRACT: I will briefly survey recent and expected developments in AI and their implications. Some are enormously positive, while others, such as the development of autonomous weapons and the replacement of humans in economic roles, may be negative. Beyond these, one must expect that AI capabilities will eventually exceed those of humans across a range of real-world-decision making scenarios. Should this be a cause for concern, as Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and others have suggested? And, if so, what can we do about it?  While some in the mainstream AI community dismiss the issue, I will argue that the problem is real and that the technical aspects of it are solvable if we replace current definitions of AI with a version based on provable benefit to humans. BIO: Stuart Russell is a Professor of Computer Science at Berkeley and an Honorary Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford. He is a fellow of AAAI, ACM, and AAAS, winner of the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award, holder of the Chaire Blaise Pascal in Paris from 2012 to 2014, and author (with Peter Norvig) of “Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, “the standard text in the field. His current research interests include first-order probabilistic languages, global seismic monitoring for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, and the long-term implications of AI for humanity.

Hosted by Professor Judea Pearl






Date(s) - Feb 21, 2019
4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

3400 Boelter Hall
420 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles California 90095