Time+Place: Tuesday 22/04/2014 14:30 Room 337-8 Taub Bld.
Title: If machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do?
Speaker: Moshe Y. Vardi - Colloquium Lecture http://www.cs.rice.edu/~vardi/
Affiliation: Rice University
Host: Erez Petrank


Over the past 15 years Artificial Intelligence (AI) has made a remarkable
progress.  While AI has been proven to be much more difficult than believed
by its early pioneers, its inexorable progress over the past 50 years
suggests that H. Simon was probably right when he wrote in 1956
"machines will be capable ... of doing any work a man can do." I do not
expect this to happen in the very near future, but I do believe that by 2045
machines will be able to do if not any work that humans can do, then, at
least, a very significant fraction of the work that humans can do. The
following question, therefore, seems to be of paramount importance.  If
machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will
humans do?


Moshe Y. Vardi is the George Distinguished Service Professor in
Computational Engineering and Director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for
Information Technology Institute at Rice University. He is the co-recipient
of three IBM Outstanding Innovation Awards, the ACM SIGACT Goedel Prize, the
ACM Kanellakis Award, the ACM SIGMOD Codd Award, the Blaise Pascal Medal,
the IEEE Computer Society Goode Award, the EATCS Distinguished Achievements
Award, and the Southeastern Universities Research Association's
Distinguished Scientist Award. He is the author and co-author of over 400
papers, as well as two books: Reasoning about Knowledge and Finite Model
Theory and Its Applications. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing
Machinery, the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the
American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Institute for
Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He is a member of the US National
Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Science, the
European Academy of Science, and Academia Europea. He holds honorary
doctorates from the Saarland University in Germany and Orleans University in
France. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Communications of the ACM.

Desserts will be served from 14:15
Lecture starts at 14:30