• Artificial Intelligence: American Attitudes and Trends / Baobao Zhang

    URI Library's "Galanti Lounge" (3rd floor)

    Baobao Zhang University of Oxford - Center for the Governance of AI; Yale University, Department of Political Science Baobao Zhang will present her report around the American public’s attitudes toward artificial intelligence (AI) and AI governance, based on findings from a nationally representative survey of 2,000 American adults. As the study of the public opinion toward AI is relatively new, she and her team aimed for breadth over depth, with questions touching on: workplace automation; attitudes regarding international cooperation; the public’s trust in various actors to develop and regulate AI; views about the importance and likely impact of different AI governance challenges; and historical and cross-national trends in public opinion regarding AI. Results provide preliminary insights into the character of US public opinion regarding AI. Zhang, Baobao and Dafoe, Allan, Artificial Intelligence: American Attitudes and Trends (January 9, 2019). Available at: https://isps.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Zhang_us_public_opinion_report_jan_2019.pdf

  • The Future of Work / Darrell West: Author Lecture and Book Signing

    URI Library's "Galanti Lounge" (3rd floor)

    From automation and digital economies to health care and life-long learning ‘The Future of Work’ explores possible solutions to the social, economic and political challenges facing society as the concept of ‘work’ is redefined. Join the RI-AI Meetup and Darrell West, founding director of the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings and Editor-in-Chief of TechTank as we discuss ‘The Future of Work’. 'The Future of Work: Robots, AI and Automation' can be found at the URI Campus Bookstore and available during the event. Hardcover:[masked]; Ebook:[masked]

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  • Bias, Jobs and the Future of AI and Robotics / Peter Haas

    Robert L. Carothers Library & Learning Commons

    Bias, Jobs and the Future of AI and Robotics Should we be scared of robots and AI? Peter Haas Associate Director of the Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative (Brown University) touches on the social impacts AI and Robotics will have in the next ten years. He explores topics of algorithmic bias and automation-driven job displacement, painting a future picture that is simultaneously grim and hopeful.

  • Robots with Legs

    URI Library's "Galanti Lounge" (3rd floor)

    About Yeuhi Abe: Yeuhi Abe is a Senior Roboticist at Boston Dynamics. He received his PhD on physics-based methods for animating humanoid characters at MIT. About the talk: As our society becomes accustomed to automation in the realm of digital information, many predict an extension to the physical world. As robots will become a common tool, they will wander our streets, enter our homes, and help maintain our wild lands. What physical characteristics will these robots take and how will they move? Legs are a nature-inspired solution, fit for go-anywhere mobility. This talk will discuss the advantages and challenges of legged robots, with a focus on Boston Dynamics' history of legged robot development.

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  • Ethics and Artificial Intelligence

    URI Library's "Galanti Lounge" (3rd floor)

    Join us in the URI Library for an update on the AI Lab’s first semester, followed by an open conversation on Ethics and Artificial Intelligence with Doug Friedman, Data Science Manager (Johnson & Johnson), Associate Prof. Harrison Dekker (URI Libraries) and Prof. Cheryl Foster (URI Department of Philosophy. Moderated by Prof. Joan Peckham and convened by AI Lab Instructor, Indrani Mandal. Light fare provided.

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  • #POCAI18 (People of Color-AI) Rhode Island AI Meet-up

    URI Library's "Galanti Lounge" (3rd floor)

    This is our 3rd meetup. Join us to discuss ethical considerations underlying AI and Machine learning projects and how diversity and inclusion are handled in the field of AI. We welcome all of the URI Community and beyond - this is an interdisciplinary event. A light lunch will be served: Program: 12:30 pm - 3:00pm: Introduction: Donald Dehayes, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, URI Welcoming remarks: Naomi Thompson, Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, URI Moderator: Karim Boughida, Dean of University Libraries, URI Presenters: Dr. Timnit Gebru: researcher at Microsoft Research, New York City in the FATE (Fairness Transparency Accountability and Ethics in AI) group. She was a PhD student in the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Co-founder of the group Black in AI. Dr. Ahmed Bouzid: Co-founder and CEO at Witlingo. Previously, Head of Product with Amazon.com's Alexa/Echo group, and earlier VP of Strategy & Innovation at Genesys. This event is sponsored by the URI Office of Community, Equity and Diversity and the Multicultural Student Services Center and a partnership of URI Libraries Big Data Collaborative and Diversity Initiatives. Please RSVP/register via meetup. The Galanti Lounge is located at the University of Rhode Island Carothers Library Building (3rd fl - https://web.uri.edu/library/contact/). Free visitor parking is available at the URI Visitor Center: https://web.uri.edu/parking/visitorparking/.

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  • Inaugural Rhode Island AI Meet-up!

    URI Library's "Galanti Lounge" (3rd floor)

    Karim Boughida, the dean of the URI Libraries will give a short introduction about the new AI Lab, which is slated to open in the Fall of 2018. Check out the news article about the new AI Lab here: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/01/17/rhode-island-hopes-putting-artificial-intelligence-lab-library-will-expand-ais-reach Free discussion to follow afterwards. This will be our first meeting! We will welcome everyone, share our interests in AI, and talk about what topics we want to discuss at future meet-ups. The Galanti Lounge is located at the University of Rhode Island Carothers Library Building (3rd fl - https://web.uri.edu/library/contact/). Free visitor parking is available at the URI Visitor Center: https://web.uri.edu/parking/visitorparking/.

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