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Lecture: Artificial Intelligence

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2.1 Lecture I. » Summary

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been described as “the new electricity,” poised to revolutionize human life and benefit society even 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, Dr. Mitchell describes the current state of AI, highlighting the field's recent stunning achievements and its surprising failures. She considers the ethical issues surrounding the increasing deployment of AI systems in all aspects of our society, and closely examines the prospects for imbuing computers with humanlike qualities.