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Skepticism In the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Advancements in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) are undeniable. Arthur C. Clark said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”, and while contemporary AI might not yet qualify as sufficiently advanced, it does seem to be converging in that direction. What should a non-expert know about the field to apply appropriate scientific skepticism? Let’s cut through the hype and discuss how we evaluate the inevitable claims that machines can think.

Kyle Polich hosts the popular Data Skeptic podcast, a show that makes statistics, machine learning, and AI accessible to anyone with an interest in data science. When not podcasting, Kyle runs Data Skeptic LLC, a data science consulting firm that helps companies turn data into a competitive advantage through machine learning and other technologies. He earned Bachelor & Master of Science degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago, majoring in computer science with a focus on artificial intelligence.

This program will take place both in-person (at 12:30PM) and online (at 1PM), via Zoom, the speaker will be on Zoom. The in-person event will be held at Pinnacle Living, 45 Forts Ferry Road in Latham, NY, it is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available at the in-person meeting before the speaker’s presentation.

For the online venue current paid CDHS members will automatically receive an invite to the on-line meeting via email. ANYONE WHO IS NOT A CURRENT PAID MEMBER of CDHS CAN Attend Online. Send an e mail request to: CDHS.Albany@gmail.com. Please send the request several days prior. Or you may log onto our Meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/Capital-District-Humanist-Society/ then click on JOIN, then click on ATTEND, and use the RSVP function, and the link will be available.