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Monday, November 25, 2019 12:15 pm - 12:15 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

AI and the Weaponization of Information with DarwinAI CEO Sheldon Fernandez

"Join Darwin AI CEO Sheldon Fernandez (BASc 2001, Computer Engineering) for this timely talk on misinformation in the digital age. Pizza lunch will be provided at 12:15pm, with the talk following at 12:30pm. All students, alumni, staff and faculty are welcome to register for this free event using the registration link below."

More information is available at the event webpage

Friday, October 28, 2022 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Misinformation: AI for evil and for good

Join us via zoom on Friday, October 28, 12 pm - 1:30 pm. CARE-AI welcomes philosopher, cognitive scientist and author Paul Thagard as he discusses a new theory of information and misinformation based on mechanisms of acquisition, inference, memory and spread.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Critical Tech Talk: Black Media Philosophy and Beyond with Armond R. Towns

Much of the contemporary research on race in communication media studies begins with media representations. However, for this talk, Armond R. Towns will focus on the relationship between the modern research university, race, and the development of communication and media studies in the early and mid-twentieth century, with a focus specifically on US and Canadian communication and media studies. Like the modern university, the discipline of communication and media studies, Towns argues, has a difficulty with understanding non-Western life. This talk is a beginning conversation on how to push toward new forms of understanding humanity beyond Western life. The topic of who counts as human is crucial in a context where big tech aims to control the future of so-called humanity and the AI race closes the gap between human and machine communications.

This is a hybrid event and may be attended in-person or online.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023 11:30 am - 1:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

How to Build Anything Ethically

This discussion of ethical decision making when building technologies in a ‘Good Way’ includes two examples. First, I illustrate how the protocol for building a Lakota sweat lodge can act as a framework for building a physical computing device. Next, I provide an example of how multiple streams of protocol are necessary to build an AI system as a confluence of ethics. Some ideas proposed here are not currently possible, some are possible if investment is made in the necessary research, and some are possible but only through a radical change in the way technology companies are run and the pyramid of compensation for the exploitation of resources is reversed.

Join via this Zoom link, passcode 756099.
Suzanne Kite is an award-winning Oglála Lakȟóta artist, composer, and academic. Her scholarship and practice explore contemporary Lakȟóta ontology (the study of beinghood in Lakȟóta), artificial intelligence, and contemporary art and performance. She creates interfaces and arranges software systems that engage the whole body, in order to imagine new ethical AI protocols that interrogate past, present, and future Lakȟóta  philosophies.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 2:30 am - 3:30 am EDT (GMT -04:00)

Internet: Past, Present and Future

Vinton G. Cerf, Internet pioneer and Vice President and "Chief Internet Evangelist" at Google, will speak about the history of the Internet, beginning with the Arpanet, then move along the terrestrial Internet trajectory. He will then present emerging policy and technical challenges and, finally, discuss the interplanetary Internet project.

His lecture is free, open to everyone, and takes place on Tuesday, June 11 at 2:30 p.m. in the University of Waterloo's Humanities Theatre.

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Friday, June 14, 2024 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Chasing Time (film screening)

The documentary Chasing Time will be screened with a following panel discussion, Friday in the E7 event space (2nd floor).  The documentary is the visually stunning culmination of the Extreme Ice Survey project: an unprecedented 15-year photographic record of the melting glaciers around the world.

Admission is free.  RSVP at the event site.

This event is part of the visit of David and Linda Cornfield to the Systems Design Engineering department.  David Cornfield is a Waterloo Engineering graduate ('85), who went on to a successful career with Microsoft.  David and Linda Cornfield turned their attention to philanthropy and environmentalism, choosing to support projects that will have great social and environmental impact.

Chatting Time is a follow-up to the documentary Chasing Ice (2012).

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Critical Tech Talk 9: Perspectives on Accelerating AI Adoption

Join us to explore the impact of the Voluntary Code of Conduct on the Responsible Development and Management of Advanced Generative AI Systems. The code, introduced by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Industry, aims to foster public trust in AI technologies, intending to accelerate adoption. This engaging panel discussion featuring education leaders, computer science researchers and industry experts will explore the broader implications of accelerating AI adoption beyond economic impacts. Speakers will share insights hopes and concerns about the potential societal changes, ethical considerations and regulatory challenges that come with AI.

Admission free.  Register at the Critical Media Lab website.