Polymathic Pizza Part II

Spring 2020
Polymathic Pizza
Polymathic Pizza Part II

Autonomy and Technology: A Polymathic Inquiry into Our Future Humanness

Spring 2020 | Sessions on Wednesdays, 5:00–6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted

“The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.”
—George Orwell

With AI systems that can learn and evolve autonomously, are machines becoming in fact organic—mirroring, but possibly superior to, us? As technology continues to advance exponentially, even exceeding human capabilities, we are pushed to ask ourselves, “what does it mean to be authentically human?” For our spring 2020 Polymathic Pizza series, we will investigate some of the most exciting and cautionary advances in technology and ponder how they will shape and mold our future humanness, and how we in turn can, and should, shape future technologies.

Margo Apostolos, Associate Professor of Dance
d. Sabela grimes, Assistant Professor of Dance
January 22, 2020 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Harman Academy, DML 241

From the gaze of the eye to the slightest gesture of a fingertip, body movements convey who we are.  Today, a new generation of machine learning based systems makes it possible, the science claims, to detect human body language directly from images, which includes languages of identity, gender,...

Wael AbdAlmageed, Research Associate Professor of Electrical And Computer Engineering
Hao Li, Associate Professor of Computer Science
March 25, 2020 5:00 pm
Harman Academy, DML 241

What the deep fake is going on?  The word deepfake combines the terms “deep learning” and “fake,” and is a subset of AI. There are useful sides to this developing technology to be sure.  But with the democratization of technology, anyone, yes anyone, can access the myriad deepfake apps available...

Simone A. Brown, Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies, UT Austin
Kelly Gates, Associate Professor in Communication and Science Studies, UCSD
February 21, 2020 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Harman Academy, DML 241

Facial Recognition technology is a “sprawling, invisible, privacy-wrecking surveillance system built by tech companies, global militaries, law enforcement, commercial interests, and a secretive array of data brokers.” What is there to worry about?  We are pleased to have two of the foremost...

Richard Lemarchand, Associate Professor of Cinematic Arts
Kadri Vihvelin, Professor of Philosophy
April 22, 2020 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Harman Academy, DML 241

In March 2016, a quite milestone passed for humanity. AlphaGo, an AI system developed by Google’s DeepMind, defeated Lee Se-dol, the best GO player in the world.  After game two, Lee said he felt “speechless.” The ancient Chinese game is considered the most complex game ever devised by humans—it...