The Promise and Peril of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics | October 23rd, 2018

Pillars: Ethical


If you have searched the internet, read a voice message on your phone or adjusted travel plans to account for traffic, you have taken advantage of artificial intelligence. Such benefits may pale in comparison to more sophisticated applications on the horizon – think self-driving vehicles, a more efficient power grid, automated security systems. This panel of experts considered the opportunities and potential threats posed by artificial intelligence and robotics. Speakers offered perspectives from philosophy, computer science and communications while exploring our deepening reliance on automation driven by trends in these technologies.

When AI and robotics come up in workplace conversation, talk often turns to employment. From retail to manufacturing, automation is already affecting the work environment, and the pace of change will likely increase in the future. Though most economists predict a net gain in jobs, a Pew Research Center report shows there is widespread concern that robots will displace both blue-collar and white-collar jobs, changing future workforce dynamics. In this panel, experts from industry and OSU shared their views on the future state of technologies and jobs and the impact of AI and robotics on the workplace.

Oregon State University presents "The Promise and Peril of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics," a day-long seminar that investigates the ethical concerns, and professional implications, of integrating artificial intelligence into the workforce. The day consisted of multiple breakout sessions, keynotes, and more. Click here for the full agenda and to see the list of offerings.