We're partnering with our friends at the Squamish Public Library and the Pemberton & District Public Library to bring our Quest Lecture series online! In this series, Quest University professors present a lecture on their area of expertise and answer your questions on the topic.
Artificial Intelligence and Ethics
Breakthroughs in artificial intelligence are breathlessly reported in the popular media almost every day; AI will done day soon drive cars, write poetry, and solve the coronavirus. But what is AI, actually, and what are the ethical implications of the technology? In this walk, we will look at a particular sort of AI (called "deep learning"), and discuss its implications and limits. Futhermore, we will examine whether the ethical use of AI requires that we impose limits on AI research and applications.
This virtual lecture will be presented by Dr. Darcy Otto. Click here to join the event on June 30. Password: 051609
About the speaker:
Darcy Otto teaches an exceptionally wide breadth of courses and has taught in three of Quest’s five divisions. He holds appointments in both Math and Arts & Humanities, and has emphases on philosophy, classics, logic and computer science. Darcy has received multiple teaching awards, and was recognised as one of the top instructors in McMaster University’s prestigious Arts & Science program. At Quest, he is the coordinator of Cornerstone, which is the first course that students take at Quest and which introduces students to the value of the liberal arts. He also leads one of Quest’s major overseas field courses, Classics in the Aegean, which exposes students to the literature, philosophy, art, and architecture of the classical world.
Darcy is currently finishing his new book, The Promise of Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing, forthcoming with Princeton University Press. In logic and computer science, he has created software programs to help researchers and students prove theorems in logic. In classics and philosophy, Darcy is the editor of An Annotated Plato Reader, which offers essays about, and translations of, several Platonic dialogues, annotated with details about people, places, and cultural landscapes. He has also produced a translation of Socrates’ speech in Plato’s Symposium and published articles about Plato’s metaphysics.