March 3, 2022 – Dr. Robert J. Marks

Date: Thursday, March 3

Time: 12:45-1:45

Location: Tate 473

The speaker for the March CFF meeting will be Dr. Robert J. Marks, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Baylor University and the Director of the Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence. His talk will be entitled “Things You Do AI Never Will” (abstract below). 

Dr. Marks is the author of Noncomputable You: What You Can Do Artificial Intelligence Can’t to be released in 2022. His authored/coauthored books include For a Greater Purpose: The Life and Legacy of Walter Bradley (Erasmus Press),  Neural Smithing: Supervised Learning in Feedforward Artificial Neural Networks (MIT Press), Handbook of Fourier Analysis and Its Applications (Oxford University Press) and Introduction to Evolutionary Informatics (World Scientific). He also has hundreds of peer reviewed papers. Some of them are good. He’s a Fellow of both the IEEE and the Optical Society of America.  Marks was faculty advisor for CRU at the University of Washington for sixteen years and is currently a faculty advisor for Ratio Christi at Baylor University.

Abstract: Elon Musk warns “With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon.” Bill Gates is also worried and says “I don’t understand why some people are not concerned [about AI].”  Vladimir Putin prophesizes “Whoever becomes the leader in this [AI] sphere will become the ruler of the world.” The late Steven Hawking was likewise concerned.  “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” Do fundamental principles of computer science support such views? To be concerned about AI one must first know AI. “By far, the greatest danger of Artificial Intelligence is that people conclude too early that they understand it” says Eliezer Yudkowsky. In this talk, we present fundamental principles from computer science and algorithmic information theory that shape what AI can and can’t do. Although the advances in AI continue to be astonishing, computers will never be creative, understand, experience qualia nor achieve many other human attributes. We show this human exceptionalism will not be overcome by computers of the future.

A light lunch will be served to everyone who sends in their RVP by 5 pm, Wednesday, March 2, by filling out the form below.


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