Aspen Lecture: I am or AI am?

There has been a lot of controversy lately on the subject of Artificial Intelligence (AI). However, some important elements appear to be missing in the debate so far. Professor Edward Frenkel will talk about the issues surrounding AI from the perspective of a mathematician, and a human. To what extent is it possible to represent reality by numbers and algorithms? Discoveries made in the past century in mathematics and physics, such as the Gödel incompleteness theorem and the complementarity principle of quantum mechanics, offer potent insights into this question. No matter how suggestive they are though, Frenkel will argue that ultimately it comes down to the biggest question of all: "Who am I?"

Speakers: Edward Frenkel
Festival: 2015

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