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Department of Math, Physics, and Computer Science Colloquium: Artificial Intelligence and Consciousness

October 31 @ 12:15 pm 1:30 pm

Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room, Flynn Campus Union

Join us for a roundtable discussion presented by Springfield College math, physics, and computer science faculty Jeremy Castagno, PhD, robotics; Kate Dugan, PhD, religious studies; Bob Gruber, PhD, philosophy; and James O’Brien, PhD, astrophysics.

What is artificial Intelligence? Would we know it if we see it? Does it already exist? In this roundtable discussion, four Springfield College professors will discuss AI and consciousness in the context of their discipline. The group will analyze the recent claim by a Google engineer that the LAMBDA supercomputer is already self-aware, and then allow plenty of time for discussion and questions and answers from the audience on artificial intelligence and consciousness. No questions will be turned away, so come curious and discuss the interface where science meets science fiction!

Castagno is an engineer, computer scientist, and roboticist. Dugan studies American religions with a specialization in contemporary Catholicism in the United States. Gruber’s research focuses on normative ethics, particularly the ethics of collective action problems and environmental ethics. O’Brien is a theoretical and computational physicist who specializes in astrophysics, cosmology, and gravity.

This event is free and open to the Springfield College community.
For more information, contact Kellie Lavoie at klavoie2@springfield.edu.

This is a Wellness Passport event.

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