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Research Seminar: Brian Cantwell Smith
September 18, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Title: Epistemological Challenges for Artificial Intelligence
In a forthcoming book (“The Promise of AI: Reckoning and Judgment”) I argue that human judgment remains far beyond the capacities and any near-term prospects for artificial intelligence. In this talk I will review some of epistemological challenges that I do not believe we as yet have any understanding of how to construct in machines, but that are essential to anything we would want to call full-fledged intelligence.
For a copy of the reading material, please ask Mark Solovey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Brian Cantwell Smith holds the Reid Hoffman Chair of Artificial Intelligence and the Human at the University of Toronto. He came to UofT in 2003 as inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Information, after working at Xerox PARC, Stanford, the University of Indiana, and Duke. He was a founder of the Stanford Center for the Study of Language and Information, first President of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, and President of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology. His research focuses on the metaphysical and epistemological foundations of computation and artificial intelligence. In the 1980s he developed the world’s first reflective programming language (3Lisp). He is the author of *On the Origin of Objects* and *The Promise of Artificial Intelligence: Reckoning and Judgment* (MIT Press, 1996 and 2019).