Blog Post #10 Relfection

I think the course flowed perfectly.  We were able to interact with one another, and everyone presented projects at the end of the semester that helped us really understand what it means to take an interdisciplinary approach to solving complex problems.

What I enjoyed the most was the classroom atmosphere and getting to hear opinions from a diverse group of students.  Learning about everyone and having a blog to interact on.  I don’t know that I would change a thing about the course.

The course was professionally presented and it was a welcoming atmosphere for everyone to discover what the BIS program is all about.  I think that all of my classmates would agree that we have a much better understanding of what taking an interdisciplinarian approach to a complex problem involves.  You may not be able to come to a conclusion on the answer, but you will come out with a better understanding of what you have been trying to find.

The only thing I think we could have spent more time on is getting to know one another.  Is there really ever enough time for that?  Students will always have a connection in some form with professors, but their peers seem to just vanish after class is completed.  So I would go with perhaps one more solo project of interest where a student just does a paper on interests or do a warmup interest paper assignment.

I enjoyed the semester immensely hence why I never missed a class.  I enjoyed every minute and learning about what it takes to work in an interdisciplinarian style.


Blog Post #9 Looking back at original thoughts

Going into the project my original ideas were not very clear.  I really didn’t think people cared about Artificial Intelligence and I would only find a few people even working on it.  Turns out, there are all kinds of different disciplines working on theories in AI and programs dealing with AI.  The matter is taken seriously and extreme caution is urged.  So much so, that a document has been signed by prominent people in the field to approach this coming technology with extreme sensitivity.

A lot of my original thoughts were reaffirmed.  Most believe that AI could vastly improve our society if done in an ethical way.  We could leap ahead in hundreds of years in progress with the invention of AI.

I was somewhat shocked to see that there are responsible people out there urging for responsible use of this possible technology. It just frightens me that a good majority of folks have no idea where the race to achieve AI sits currently.

When you really sit back and think about it, there is a lot of good AI technology out there that has been working for awhile.  You can play a computer in chess or card games on you computer.  Video games offer AI controlled opponents.  Your phone is now more than ever AI ready.  It can communicate with you and answer several different questions.  This technology is not far away.  The possibilities can be great, or they can be dire.

This is the thought that echoes through beliefs on AI.  The technology must be handled responsibly or it could result in the end of us all.

Blog Post #8 Resources and original opinion

The articles I found really did cohere with one another because of the complex issue at hand.  Many suggested the same caution should be taken in advancing in the field of AI.  All of the different fields I examined came to the same conclusion.

Allen Newel/ The Knowledge Level/ Computer Science/Psychology/ Intelligence and how  created intelligence might work

Christopher Grau/ There is No ‘I’ in “Robot”: Robots and Utilitarianism/ Philosophy/ Ethics in robotics and what happens when the data input is unethical

Nick Bostrom/ Ethical Issues in Advanced Intelligence/ Philosophy/ Superintelligence and how it will lead to an even greater superintelligence

Eliezer Yudkowsky/ Artificial Intelligence as a positive and negative factor in global risk/ American Bloger/ Upgrading Humanity and what it would mean for society

George Dvorsky/ Prominent Scientists Sign Letter of Warning about AI/ Bioethicist, Chair of the Board for the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies/ Prominent names in the science community warn of the potential risks of AI