WEBINAR: Robotics and AI: New Perspectives (November 1, 2, 3, and 4)

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Type: 
Symposium
Date: 
November 1, 2022 to November 4, 2022
Location: 
District Of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Business History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Journalism and Media Studies, Labor History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies

 

Robotics and AI: New Perspectives

A four-day webinar series convened by the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center

November 1, 2, 3, and 4, 2022 | 1:00-2:30pm ET daily

FREE Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/robotics-and-ai-new-perspectives-1194879

Details: https://invention.si.edu/robotics-and-ai-new-perspectives

Over the last several decades, we have integrated robots and artificial intelligence (AI) into our daily lives. Robots now assemble automobiles, deliver pizzas, and provide companionship. But automated, intelligent systems also create new risks and concerns. Many observers fear that robots and artificial intelligence will take our jobs, eliminate our digital privacy, and put our society at risk. Join the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for Robotics and AI: New Perspectives, a FREE four-day webinar series exploring the social benefits, negative impacts, & future prospects for innovations in robots & artificial intelligence.

 

Tuesday November 1, 1:00-2:30pm ET

SESSION 1: IMAGINING SMART MACHINES: BETWEEN FACT AND SCIENCE FICTION

Explores the common bonds between science fiction and modern engineering practice in robots and AI. 

Welcome: Arthur Daemmrich, Director, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Jennifer Rhee, Associate Professor, Department of English, Virginia Commonwealth University

Christopher G. Atkeson, Professor, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Sarah Dillon, Professor of Literature and the Public Humanities, University of Cambridge

Moderator: Margaret A. Weitekamp, Chair and Curator, Space History Department, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

 

Wednesday November 2, 1:00-2:30pm ET

SESSION 2: INFORMING THE PUBLIC: MEDIA AND MESSAGING ON ROBOTS AND AI

Considers the role of professional communicators in shaping narratives about robotics and AI.

Nikolas Noel, Director of Marketing & Communications, Boston Dynamics

Khari Johnson, Senior Writer, WIRED

Meredith Broussard, Associate Professor, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University

Moderator: Andrew Meade McGee, Curator of Computing, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

 

Thursday November 3, 1:00-2:30pm ET

SESSION 3: COLLABORATING WITH MACHINES: CHANGING DEFINITIONS OF AUTOMATION

Examines the lessons that history holds for our current and future collaborations with machines.

Cynthia Breazeal, Director, Personal Robots Group, MIT Media Lab

Dawn Nafus, Anthropologist and Senior Research Scientist, Intel

Edward Jones-Imhotep, Associate Professor and Director, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto

Moderator: Carlene Stephens, Curator, Division of Work and Industry, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

 

Friday November 4, 1:00-2:30pm ET

SESSION 4: REPLACING HUMANS? THE FUTURE OF WORK

Asks, will a robot take my job? And is that a bad thing?

Bran Ferren, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Applied Minds

Timnit Gebru, Founder and Executive Director, The Distributed Artificial Intelligence Research Institute

David Mindell, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing, MIT

Moderator: Arthur Daemmrich, Director, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

 

Accessibility: The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities. CART captioning will be available for the online program. Additional accommodations are available upon request; please email nmahprograms@si.edu.

Recordings? Yes – after the series concludes, captioned recordings will be posted to the event website and the Lemelson Center YouTube channel.

FREE Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/robotics-and-ai-new-perspectives-1194879

Contact Info: 

For questions and media inquiries, contact Laura Havel, HavelL@si.edu.