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This is a pre-recorded show, calls will not be taken.

For some, artificial intelligence conjures up images of The Terminator or West World. Others see great promise in AI.  Our panel discusses what is technologically possible today. They also forecast the potential power of AI in fields such as medicine and education, but also the potential dangers—from promoting biased or false information, to ethical concerns.

Recorded live at the Frontier in Brunswick.

  • Eric Chown, professor of computer science, Bowdoin College
  • Stephen Majercik, associate professor of computer science and chair of the computer science department, Bowdoin College
  • Fernando Nascimento, postdoctoral fellow in digital and computational studies, Bowdoin College

Algorithms: How Do They Affect Our Daily Lives?

Dec 26, 2018

  This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (Nov 1); no calls will be taken.

The term "algorithms" is used often in reference to everything from weather predictions to social media feeds. We'll learn what algorithms are, and how they contribute to the information we receive — or don't receive — and whether they are at the root of today's polarized society.

"The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation"

Aug 15, 2018

Political scientist and cultural observer Darrell West discusses his new book about why society needs to rethink the concept of jobs and prepare for an era of economic dislocation.