Mememormee – A Dance & AI Performance (4/27/23)

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April 27th, 7:00 PMThe Powerhouse Abstract: A dance-theater piece situated at the cutting edge of machine learning and art, mememormee explores the prismatic effects of the recent surge of AI-enabled artmaking that will soon confront dancers, choreographers, or anyone with a moving body. This performance uses choreography derived from one-of-a-kind AI models trained exclusively on the movements of…

AI and War: Where are we headed? (4/13/23)

Poster of AI and War event

This panel will address such questions as: How is AI being applied to warfare now, and how might it be applied in the future? How will this affect the conduct of war and its escalatory potential? What are the legal and ethical questions raised by the fielding of autonomous weapons systems? What steps are being taken to regulate or prohibit the deployment of such weapons? What can students do to help advance these goals and better protect humanity?…

Artificial intelligence is Social Science: Natural language Processing From and For Social Analysis (4/11/23)

Brendan O'Connor Event Poster

April 11th, 4:30 PMCHI Think Tank, Frost Library Abstract: Artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP) are coming to prominence with startling new advances, but their functioning and potential is poorly understood, with incredibly weak scientific grounding of every cool recent result you’ve heard of. Why? Considering the history of AI research, its major approaches…

Mind the Bot? How Close are Chatbots to Having Minds (Like Ours)? (3/22/23)

The remarkable performances of chatbots like ChatGPT have arguably made the classic Turing Test for machine intelligence obsolete; ChatGPT’s ability to participate in convincing human-like conversations is uncanny. But are we any closer to artificial general intelligence? To AIs with minds ? In this talk, I will explore some of the ways that generative language models like ChatGPT do and do not behave like human minds and what they would need to get closer to being truly minded….

Making Technology Talk: Conversation And/As Artificial Intelligence

Making Technology Talk Poster

March 2, 2023 Abstract: As an early metric for what he called “machine intelligence,” Alan Turing proposed an “imitation game.” In this game, a human would converse via a text-only interface with two partners–one human and one machine–then would guess which one was which. Turing thus reduced the question of machine intelligence to the question of…

Dancing with Myself: Interdisciplinary Machine Learning Methods for Choreography (feat. Mariel Pettee)

Mariel Pettee Dancing

A recording of the event can be found here: Kaltura, Youtube DATE & TIME: Monday, April 18, 5:00 – 6:00 PMLOCATION: Paino Lecture Hall In these years marked by physical distance, Dr. Pettee’s primary dance partner has been a machine learning (ML) model. Inspired by her applications of ML in the domain of high-energy particle physics during her PhD,…

Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans (Feat. Melanie Mitchell)

Artificial intelligence has been described as “the new electricity”, poised to revolutionize human life and benefit society as much or more than electricity did 100 years ago. AI has also been described as “our biggest existential threat”, a technology that could “spell the end of the human race”. Should we welcome intelligent machines or fear them? Or perhaps question whether they are actually intelligent at all? In this talk, I will describe the current state of artificial intelligence, highlighting the field’s recent stunning achievements as well as its surprising failures. I will consider the ethical issues surrounding the increasing deployment of AI systems in all aspects of our society, and closely examine the prospects for imbuing computers with humanlike qualities….

Timnit Gebru UMass event via Zoom, March 22, 2022

This is a UMass event but I think that it will interest many at Amherst College as well, and relate to several AILA themes: Timnit Gebru UMass event 4. It will be on Zoom, but registration is required (via the link above). A video recording of the event is available here….

Machine Learning In Biomedical Research (feat. Dr. Jason Moore)

Jason moore

December 6, 2021 A recording of this talk can be found here. This TASTE (Talk About Science and Technology Experience) Seminar will feature Dr. Jason Moore, founding Chair of the Department of Computational Biomedicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He will be joining us for this exciting virtual event examining the expanding opportunities for the use of…

Adversarial Intelligence (Feat: Una-May O’Reilly)

Una-May O'Reilly

What do taxation, cyber networks, software and humans have in common? They each are vulnerable to adversarial conflicts. Taxation faces non-compliance, networks face attacks, software faces malware, and humans – among many vulnerabilities, are susceptible to disinformation. In this talk Dr. O’Reilly will describe work on Artificial Adversarial Intelligence (AAI), employing machine learning and evolutionary algorithms, to support the modeling and discovery of new knowledge of these systems’ adversarial nature….