Artificial Intelligence #348

December 18, 2015

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This week, we're talking about artificial intelligence, and how thinking machines are fitting into – and changing – our lives and cultures. Should we be concerned or excited about the future of artificial intelligence? To try and find out, we're joined by a panel of four: Kerstin Dautenhahn, Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Hertfordshire; Raymond Mooney, Director of the University of Texas Artificial Intelligence Lab; Despina Kakoudaki, Director of the Humanities Lab at American University; and Rose Eveleth, science writer and host of Gizmodo's "Meanwhile In The Future" podcast.

Read the companion post on Skepchick.


  • Kerstin Dautenhahn
  • Raymond Mooney
  • Despina Kakoudaki
  • Rose Eveleth
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Guest Bios

Kerstin Dautenhahn

Kerstin Dautenhahn is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence in the School of Computer Science at University of Hertfordshire in U.K. She has published more than 300 research articles, edited several books and frequently gives invited keynote lectures at international meetings. She has been Principal Investigator of her research team in several European and nationally funded projects. She is Founding Editor in Chief of the journal "Interaction Studies: Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systems", as well as Associate Editor of Adaptive Behaviour, the International Journal of Social Robotics, IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing and the IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development. She is also on the Advisory Board of the journal AI and Society.

Raymond Mooney

Raymond Mooney is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin, and Director of the UT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory where he leads the Machine Learning Research Group. His primary research focus is on natural language processing and computational linguistics.

Despina Kakoudaki

Despina Kakoudaki is an Associate Professor and Director in the Humanities Lab in the Department of Literature at The College of Arts and Sciences at American University. She teaches interdisciplinary courses in literature and film, visual culture, and the history of technology and new media. Her interests include cultural studies, science fiction, apocalyptic narratives, and the representation of race and gender in literature and film. She’s the author of Anatomy of a Robot: Literature, Cinema, and the Cultural Work of Artificial People”.

Rose Eveleth

Rose Eveleth is a producer, designer, and writer based in Brooklyn. She switched from studying krill as a scientist to studying scientists who study krill as a journalist. These days she tries to explain sciencey stuff for places like The Atlantic, BBC Future, Nautilus Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, and The Story Collider among others. She’s currently the host and producer of the podcast Meanwhile in the Future and a columnist for BBC Future.