On April 4, 2018, Stephanie Dick delivered a compelling talk at the University of King’s College, Halifax, NS on how the concept of the “human” has changed in artificial intelligence research from the Cold War era to the present. Dr. Dick argued that the early research “sought to explicitly reproduce human faculties in machines.” She maintains that, today however, replicating “human” properties is secondary to the pursuit of enhancing the computational and predictive capabilities of AI systems.
A video of Dr. Dick’s lecture, which is titled, “Making Up Minds: Thinking With, About and For Humans,” is available on the King’s website here. Her talk was the final lecture in the “Automatons: From Ovid to AI” public lecture series. Dr. Dick is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania.