The Emergence of Intelligent Machines: Challenges and Opportunities

Professor Bart Selman
Cornell University

Contact Person
Dr MEEL, Kuldeep Singh, Sung Kah Kay Assistant Professor, School of Computing

  24 Apr 2018 Tuesday, 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM

 Executive Classroom, COM2-04-02


The development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology is accelerating. A range of transformative innovations now appear likely within the next decade, including self-driving cars, real-time speech-to-speech translation, fully automated image recognition, and autonomous assistive robotics. These technologies will have a substantial level of both autonomy and intelligence. Several of the world's most prominent intellectual and technology leaders, including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates, have recently suggested careful consideration of the potential impacts of intelligent machines on society. I will consider this issue from a range of perspectives, including machine ethics, human labor and employment, autonomous decision-making, as well as concerns about the potential emergence of superhuman intelligence.


Bart Selman is a Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University. His research interests include computational sustainability, efficient inference procedures, planning, knowledge representation, and connections between computer science and statistical physics. He has (co-)authored over 150 publications, including six best paper awards. His papers have appeared in venues spanning Nature, Science, Proc. Natl. Acad. of Sci., and a variety of conferences and journals in AI and Computer Science. He has received the Cornell Stephen Miles Excellence in Teaching Award, the Cornell Outstanding Educator Award, an NSF Career Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and the inaugural IJCAI John McCarthy Award. He is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the ACM.