AI in a Human Context

AI in a Human Context

Artificial Intelligence promises much. According to some, it will not only rival human intelligence but surpass it entirely, bringing with it incalculable gains in knowledge, power, and wealth. According to others, it will lead to a loss of human dignity and to a decline in the quality of human lives. It is difficult to evaluate such claims from the perspective of both philosophy and science. This seminar will raise some of the most fundamental questions about the nature and promise of AI. What is AI and what is it not? How does AI compare to human intelligence? Can a robot be said to be conscious and make decisions? Can a robot be our “equal” and even the bearer of rights? What is the possible moral status of AI? Our seminar will explore these questions with the help of some short texts and the knowledge and expertise of all those present. To receive the short readings, please contact director@binst.rog

Dates: Tuesdays on 9.4, 9.11, 9.18, 9.25
Time: 5:30-7:00 PM

Reading schedule:

9/4: E. Schwitzgebel and M. Garza, “A Defense of the Rights of Artificial Intelligences” (sections 1-9)
9/11: Geoffrey Hinton, “Deep Learning”.  Optional: Ed Feser, “Contra Computationalism” and Jonathan Searle, Minds, Brains and Programs (excerpts).
9/18: Jonathan Searle, “Consciousness” (excerpt).
9/25: Brian Green, “Some Ethical and Theological Reflections on Artificial Intelligence”.

Location: 2134 Allston Way

**This seminar is free and open to all UC Berkeley, St. Mary’s, and GTU students.

Anselm Ramelow
Professor of Philosophy at GTU

Ravit Dotan
Doctoral candidate in Philosophy at UC Berkeley

Bailey Farren
Undergraudate at UC Berkeley