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The Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute supports collaborative research among Smith and Five College faculty, Smith students, and visiting scholars without regard to the traditional boundaries of departments, programs and academic divisions. Each year the institute supports long- and short-term projects that are proposed, planned and organized by members of the Smith College faculty.

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Artificial Epistemology: Knowledge, Truth and Value in Machine Learning

Friday, December 7, 5 p.m., Seelye Hall 201

A Lecture by Heather Roff, Senior Research Analyst, National Security Analyst Department, Johns Hopkins University

Age of Machine Learning  

There is often a lack of understanding about what Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) actually are and what they do. Such confusion is often exacerbated when we attempt to engage in more difficult questions related to applications of AI and ML, such as what political, societal, economic and ethical problems may arise with the adoption of these technologies at scale. 

This talk seeks to provide a first step in answering pressing questions about the adoption of AI by examining AI from the perspective of epistemology. As intelligence, whether natural or artificial, is purposive, we must have some knowledge about the ends it seeks to pursue.  We must begin from difficult questions about the nature of knowledge, justified belief, truth, and value. We can then begin to query the relation of specific AI and ML applications to larger social, political and ethical questions. Read more...