Course Description

IN PERSON: Artificial intelligence has made periodic but fleeting appearances in the press and public eye over the years, primarily due to its successes with games and game shows like chess, go and "Jeopardy!" Now, with the recent emergence of self-driving vehicles and the explosive appearance of ChatGPT and similar systems, there is intense interest in how these technologies will affect our daily lives. In this lecture-based course, we will explore: different kinds of AI; what makes AI different from traditional programming; a brief history of AI from Alan Turing forward; some case studies; where AI can be found today, whether acknowledged by its deployers or not; and where AI is headed, as forecast by academics and industry specialists. Students will learn how current AI efforts fit into the larger picture of attempts to fully replicate or exceed human intelligence, and what some of the consequences of this effort may be, from job losses to lives of leisure to the possible end of humankind. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 50.

Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705

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Section Title
A Hitchhiker's Guide to AI: Where We Are, How We Got Here and Where We're Going
Classroom - In Person
11:00AM to 12:30PM
Sep 14, 2023 to Nov 16, 2023
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Recommended reading:
Daniel Kahneman, "Thinking, Fast and Slow" (9780374275631)
Stuart Russell, "Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control" (9780525558637)
Max Tegmark, "Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence" (9781101970317)

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