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Speaker: Oren Etzioni
Affiliation: Allen's Institute for Artificial Intelligence


ABSTRACT: AI’s recent success has led to excess.  We see headlines like Artificial Intelligence is Coming, and it Could Wipe Us Out if We’re Not Careful, Professor Warns.  While some successes are real (for example, AlphaGo’s amazing Go playing), many challenges remain. My talk will put AlphaGo (and related learning systems) in context, and attempt to debunk some of the popular myths about AI.  I will conclude by talking about AI2’s mission of AI for the Common Good—as illustrated by our AI-based scientific search engine: Semantic Scholar ( BIO: Dr. Oren Etzioni is Chief Executive Officer of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. He has been a Professor at the University of Washington’s Computer Science department since 1991, receiving several awards including Seattle’s Geek of the Year (2013), the Robert Engelmore Memorial Award (2007), the IJCAI Distinguished Paper Award (2005), AAAI Fellow (2003), and a National Young Investigator Award (1993). He was also the founder or co-founder of several companies including Farecast (sold to Microsoft in 2008) and Decide (sold to eBay in 2013), and the author of over 100 technical papers that have garnered over 25,000 citations. The goal of Oren’s research is to solve fundamental problems in AI, particularly the automatic learning of knowledge from text. Oren received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1991, and his B.A. from Harvard in 1986.

Hosted by Professor Adnan Darwiche

REFRESHMENTS at 3:45 pm, SPEAKER at 4:15 pm


Date(s) - Mar 29, 2016
4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

3400 Boelter Hall
420 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles California 90095