Monday, November 18, 2013

It's "AI Week" in Philosophy

Computers are winning at Jeopardy, and driving cars, but can they think? Can they have conscious experiences? Can they be angry or afraid? Not yet, it seems — but this situation may change in our lifetimes. The Philosophy Department is hosting two events this week on broad issues in Artificial Intelligence.

Film: "2001: A Space Odyssey"
Tuesday 11/19 at 7:30PM at the Campus Theatre
Stanley Kubric's enigmatic science fiction epic, about a trip to investigate an alien monolith that is complicated by the intelligent computer HAL 9000 explores themes of progress, evolution, intelligence, and mystery. I will offer a brief introduction to the film to assist with its interpretation.

Panel Discussion: "Artificial Intelligence: An Interdisciplinary Conversation"
Thursday 11/21 at 4PM in Walls Lounge (Langone Center)
A panel Discussion with John Hunter (Comparative Humanities), Brian King (Computer Science), Jason Leddington (Philosophy), and Joe Tranquillo (Biomedical and Electrical Engineering) on technological, conceptual, and ethical issues concerning artificial intelligence.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Robert Audi talk on the Problem of Evil

EVENT: Robert Audi will be giving a talk this week at Bucknell entitled "The Problem of Evil as a Challenge to Philosophy and Theology: Can Theism Be Rational Given the Evils of History?"

TIME: Thurs. (Nov. 14), 7 pm

PLACE: Willard Smith Library (125 Vaughn Lit Bldg), Bucknell University.

Robert Audi is the John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. His research interests are in ethics, political philosophy, epistemology, religious epistemology, and the philosophy of mind and action. He has published 15 books, including most recently Democratic Authority and the Separation of Church and State (Oxford, 2011) and The Good in the Right: A Theory of Intuition and Intrinsic Value (Princeton, 2005). He has authored over 200 papers in journals such as Mind, Nous, Philosophical Studies, Synthese, Philosophy & Phenomenological Research, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Faith and Philosophy, Journal of Business Ethics and the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy. He has served as the president of the American Philosophical Association and the Society of Christian Philosophers, and as general editor of the first and second editions (1995, 1999) of the Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy. He holds a B.A. from Colgate University and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

This talk is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Religious Studies and the University Lectureship Committee, and is free and open to the public. Please join us for what looks to be a very interesting conversation!

Join us if you're so inclined! It should be interesting.