AI AND HUMANITY: Book and Oral Archive Launch

  • Technology is Driving the Future, But Who is Steering?
  • Illah: K&L Gates Professor of Ethics and Computational Technologies, The Robotics Istitute
  • Jennifer: Assistant Dean for Educational Initiatives, Dietrich College
Panel Discussion

Illah Reza Nourbakhsh, K&L Gates Professor of Ethics and Computational Technologies, and Jennifer Keating, Assistant Dean for Educational Initiatives in Dietrich College, invite you to an event celebrating the launch of their book and oral archive:  AI and Humanity

Keynote Presentation and Panel Discussion
"Technology is Driving the Future, But Who is Steering?"

Reception to follow

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Keynote Speaker
Moshe Vardi, University Professor and Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering, Rice University


  • Richard Scheines, Bess Family Dean, Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Martial Hebert, Dean, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Colin MacCabe, Distinguished University Professor of English and Film, University of Pittsburgh
  • Molly Steenson, K&L Gates Associate Professor of Ethics and Computational Technologies; Senior Associate Dean for Research in the College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University

About the Project
Artificial Intelligence is pervading our world, and it is changing power structures, information ownership and challenging basic definitions of humanity and society. To function in a rapidly changing technology age, we must all be fluent with the promises, limitations and boundary conditions of AI. At Carnegie Mellon University, we have embarked on a multi-year experiment to teach first-year seminars to Humanities & Social Sciences students alongside their peers in the School of Computer Science. We explore issues pertaining to rapidly changing AI and robotics technology, considering their influence on human identity and society. AI and Humanity  is a collection of essays that attends to the themes explored in this class. The AI and Humanity Oral Archive is an open-source resource that collects twenty-five interviews with leading technologists, literary critics, ethicists and economists whose work attends directly to these topics. This online resource can be used as a companion for secondary school or higher education classes.

Moshe Y. Vardi
Moshe Y. Vardi is University Professor and the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering at Rice University. He is the recipient of several awards, including the ACM SIGACT Goedel Prize, the ACM Kanellakis Award, the ACM SIG-MOD Codd Award, the Blaise Pascal Medal, the IEEE Computer Society Goode Award, and the EATCS Distinguished Achievements Award. He is the author and co-author of over 600 papers, as well as two books. He is a fellow of several societies, and a member of several academies, including the US National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Science. He holds honorary doctorates from seven universities. He is a Senior Editor of the Communications of the ACM, the premier publication in computing.

About the Keynote Presentation
The benefits of computing are intuitive. Computing yields tremendous societal benefits; for example, the life-saving potential of driverless cars is enormous. But computing is not a game - it is real and it brings with it not only societal benefits, but also significant societal costs, such as labor polarization, disinformation, and smart-phone addiction. The common reaction to this crisis is to label it as an "ethical crisis" and the proposed response is to add courses in ethics to the academic computing curriculum. This talk will argue that the ethical lens  is too narrow. The real issue is how to deal with technology's impact on society. Technology is driving the future, but who is doing the steering?

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