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Talk on Intelligent Systems at MtHolyoke, 2/23 @ 4:15 p.m.

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar
Barbara J. Grosz

February 23, 4:15 PM
Hooker Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College

Intelligent Systems: Design and Ethical Challenges

For centuries, people have imagined smart machines inhabiting the earth in fictional stories. Computer systems now communicate in speech and text, learn, negotiate, and work in teams (with people and other systems). These intelligent-systems capabilities raise questions about the effects of such systems on people, their communities and societies at large. This talk will describe some basic AI techniques in the context of (science) fiction imaginings and examine their strengths and weaknesses, with the goal of illustrating ways to distinguish fact from fiction. The talk will also discuss ethical challenges these technologies pose, and examine the roles of design and of policy in increasing benefit and reducing potential negative impacts.

Barbara J. Grosz is Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. From 2001-2011, she served as dean of science and then dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. Grosz’s many seminal contributions to Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the areas of natural language processing and multi-agent systems include establishing the research field of computational modeling of discourse, developing some of the earliest computer dialogue systems, pioneering models of collaboration, and the development of collaborative multi-agent systems and collaborative systems for human-computer communication. She is also known for her leadership in AI, her role in the establishment and leadership of interdisciplinary institutions and contributions to the advancement of women in science.

Grosz is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a corresponding fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and she is a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is recipient of the University of California, Berkeley Distinguished Alumna Award in Computer Sciences and Engineering (1997), the ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award (2009), and the 2015 IJCAI Research Excellence Award.

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Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science
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February 15th, 2017 · Tags: Talk