Watson Lecture: Artificial Intelligence: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
- Public Event
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a fast-evolving technology with stunning success stories such as the recent application called ChatGPT. AI now beats humans at many of their own games. How did this happen? In this lecture, Abu-Mostafa will explain how AI works and will describe the scientific journey of AI since the 1980s, including Caltech's foundational role in its development. He will also address the hype that surrounds AI, both positive and negative, and put it in scientific perspective.
This lecture will be presented in a hybrid format, allowing for both virtual viewers and in-person attendees. No advance registration is required for either format but you may sign up for reminders about this event.
How to watch online
The lecture can be viewed via live stream on caltech.edu/watson or on Caltech's YouTube channel.
Virtual viewers can submit questions for the lecturer through the YouTube chat feed. Select questions will be answered after the lecture, during the audience Q&A.
How to attend in person
Local participants can attend the lecture inside Caltech's Beckman Auditorium. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
By entering the auditorium, attendees attest to being fully vaccinated or having a legal medical exemption. Masks are optional inside Beckman Auditorium.
In-person attendees can ask questions during the audience Q&A immediately following the program.
About the Series
The 2022–2023 season marks the centennial of The Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series, which has brought Caltech's most innovative scientific research to the public since the Friday Evening Demonstrations premiered in October of 1922. The series is named for Earnest C. Watson, a professor of physics at Caltech from 1919 until 1959. The Watson Lectures are geared toward a general audience, as part of the Institute's ongoing commitment to benefiting the local community through education and outreach.
Many past Watson Lectures are available on YouTube.
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