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Machines Like Us with Ron Brachman

Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Bill and Melinda Gates Hall, G01
107 Hoy Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850

Despite an enormous amount of recent success, systems based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology have been seen to make puzzling, sometimes disastrous blunders—mistakes that would not be made by humans using simple common sense. Without this crucial capability, current AI systems really can’t be trusted. So what would it take to imbue a machine with good common sense? This is the fundamental question posed by AI experts Ron Brachman, Director of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute and professor of computer science, and his coauthor Hector Levesque in their new book Machines Like Us: Toward AI with Common Sense (MIT Press, 2022). In a live, hybrid Chats in the Stacks book talk, Brachman will discuss how AI has thus far tended to focus on specialized expertise instead of building more pragmatic, everyday reasoning, and how learning from the mechanisms of human common sense can help create more trustworthy and effective AI in the future.

This talk is hosted by Cornell Tech Library Services.

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Author Appearance, Special Event, Presentation


Cornell Tech, Cornell University Library, Computer Science, Science and Technology Studies, Management Library

University Themes

Research, Cornell in New York City


Cornell University Library, CUL, book talk, CornellTech, Cornell Tech Library Services

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Contact Name

Jenny Leijonhufvud


Ron Brachman

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Cornell Tech and Computer Science

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Free and open to all.

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