Jun 7, 2021
Jun 7, 2021

The first lecture of the D<AI>DALOS discussion series on AI research and social responsibility.

We invite you to the lecture From Automation to Intelligence: The Long History of AI by Nathan Ensmenger from the Indiana University. This is the opening lecture of a discussion series called D<AI>DALOS co-organized by the AI Center FEE CTU and our friends at Machine learning Meetups (MLMU). Through six lectures planned for the 2021, we wish to bring together scientists, students and experts from various fields to tackle the questions of AI research and social responsibility. Specifically, the cycle will cover the following topics related to AI: creativity, journalism, fairness, sustainability, transhumanism and this opening lecture on the history of AI.

Event description

Although the history of artificial intelligence is full of claims that the field is just on the brink of a revolutionary transformation, the ideas and technologies at the center of the discipline have a surprisingly long history. By situating the history of the field within the larger context of the history of work, automation, computation, and philosophy, we can provide both insights into recent developments in artificial intelligence and a new perspective on some of the ethical, political, and economic issues posed by these developments.

About the lecturer

Nathan Ensmenger is an associate professor in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University. His research focuses on the social and cultural history of software and software workers, the history of artificial intelligence, and questions of gender and identity in computer programming. His 2010 book The Computer Boys Take Over: Computers, Programmers, and the Politics of Technical Expertise, explored to the rise to power of the "computer expert" in American corporate, economic, and political life. He is one of the co-authors of the most recent edition of the popular Computer: A history of the Information Machine. He is currently working on a book exploring the global environmental history of the electronic digital computer.

Recording of the lecture


Access the talk online on June 7, 2021 (7:30 PM CEST) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIR0XaOGDd0. You can ask questions via the chat. The recording of the live-stream will be available at the same link.

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We would also like to thank the supporters of MLMU who allow us to keep this event free and accessible to everyone. Namely: SAS, Dataclair.AI, Rossum, Seznam.cz, Konica Minolta, ChyronHego, Biano.