Ken Goldberg on AI, Automation, and Work in the Age of Anxiety

Ken Goldberg on AI, Automation, and Work in the Age of Anxiety

CITRIS People and Robots Director Ken Goldberg was recently featured on the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco‘s Virtual Wednesdays event AI, Automation and Work in an Age of Anxiety. Ken presented the radical perspectives that COVID-19 has revealed about our daily lives, and how the role and potential for artificial intelligence (AI) and automation technology has changed because of it.

From the presentation: “Because robots and humans are not antagonistic, there is actually a huge possibility for them to be complementary – that the strengths of one are balanced by the weaknesses of the other and vice versa. Thinking about the complements between human and robot is very effective as a way of trying to rethink the moment we are in terms of the pandemic. We can look at robots as mirrors – that robots are in some sense reflective of our own hopes and fears and that they can help us see ourselves in new ways.”

Check out the video below:

Event Description: Covid-19 has radically transformed teleconferencing, telemedicine, and our work in general. Join us for a special presentation by Ken Goldberg and hear more about how assumptions of AI and Automation are shifting and revealing how these technologies can be complementary to our unique human abilities. This event is part of Virtual Wednesdays, a weekly YouTube broadcast bringing you unique viewpoints exploring diversity, resilience, and creative spirit in the arts as we aim to reframe our exhibitions and collections.

Reposted from the Berkeley Center for New Media


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