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Can Robots Become Human?

November 1, 2017 at 7:00pm / Salomon 101

A Christian and A Secularist Discuss Artificial Intelligence, Humanity, and the Soul.

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Artificial intelligence is no longer mere science fiction but becoming a reality that is shaping people's lives, society, and the world as we know it. This year’s forum will discuss the implications of AI, and the potential for AI to "become human". Tech experts such as Silicon Valley venture capital firm CEO Jim Breyer have predicted that AI will develop singular self-learning capability and human-level intelligence by as early as 2050. What does that really mean for us and our future? We'll also talk about religion, specifically the Christian faith, and how these sorts of concerns tie into the possibility of AI becoming human or perhaps more controversially, possessing a soul. It is our intention for this event to foster discussion and contemplation on the future of our society that increasingly relies on technology.

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Rosalind Picard

Founder and Director of the Affective Computing Research Group


Michael Littman

Co-Director of the Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative

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Thomas Doeppner

Vice Chair of Brown CS

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