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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, January 9

Jan 9, 2020

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First hour: Discussing world events with University of Rochester professor Randy Stone

Second hour: Can AI help us become more fair as a society?

The world seems to be on a knife's edge in so many regions, and American relationships are vital. We welcome a semi-regular guest to discuss his latest work in understanding world events and geopolitics in Russia, China, and more. We also discuss Brexit and the Iran crisis. In studio:

  • Randy Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester

Then in our second hour, can artificial intelligence -- or AI -- help us become more fair as a society? Proponents of AI point to success stories, such as a case in which AI is helping find resources for homeless youth; another example includes AI helping diagnosis cancer more effectively. Meanwhile, the Pentagon is hiring an ethicist to oversee military-based AI. But there are also warning signs that AI can be limited and can exacerbate inequality. How can we make sure the technology we create does not simply serve the most powerful in society? Our guests explore it:

  • Matt Kelly, independent journalist
  • Ehsan Hoque, Asaro-Biggar Family Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Rochester
  • Jonathan Herington, lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, and assistant director of graduate education in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering at the University of Rochester
  • Hadi Hosseini, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at RIT