IDEAS ON TAP: Artificial Intelligence: Is There a Ghost in The Machine?

Ideas on Tap is a series of "pint-sized conversations about big ideas." Join us for drinks, appetizers, and conversation in a casual pub setting to examine timely topics in contemporary society. In this program, we'll explore the history and ethical challenges surrounding artificial intelligence, the risks and benefits, and who gets to decide which is which.

Cost is $15 per person and includes appetizers and one beverage (beer, wine, or non-alcoholic drink) in the relaxed atmosphere of Martha's Exchange in downtown Nashua. Please RSVP by November 14.



Jesse Damiani, Deputy Director of Emerging Technology at SNHU
Jesse Damiani is an entrepreneur, advisor, journalist, curator, educator, and public figure in emerging technology. He is Editor-at-Large of VRScout, Series Editor of Best American Experimental Writing, and CEO of Galatea, a screenwriting and project management tool for virtual reality (VR) stories. He covers VR, blockchain, AI, art, and media, with work in Adweek, Billboard, Entrepreneur, IndieWire, HuffPost, and Quartz. Jesse worked with Google in their initiative to develop educational content for the VR industry and was listed as a top global VR influencer in 2017 by Onalytica. Jesse holds an MFA in creative writing from University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently the Deputy Director of Emerging Technology at SNHU.

Dr. Wheeler Ruml, Professor of Computer Science at UNH
Wheeler Ruml is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of New Hampshire, co-founder of the International Symposium on Combinatorial Search, a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, a Senior Member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and a former Associate Editor of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research.  His research papers have been cited more than 5,000 times. He received his PhD from Harvard in 2002.  Before joining UNH, he led a team at Xerox's PARC lab that used AI planning techniques to build the world's fastest printer.


Dr. Mihaela Malita, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Saint Anselm College
Mihaela Malita is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Saint Anselm College for the last 15 years. She holds a master's and Ph.D. from the University of Bucharest, Romania. She taught artificial intelligence and advanced algorithms in universities in Romania and the United States at Saint Anselm College, Smith College, and Saint Mary's College of MD. She is an active member of the Computer Science Teachers Association and organizes the high school programming contest every year. She speaks Romanian and French, and enjoys good literature, good music, good art, and hiking in the beautiful New Hampshire forests with her Golden Retriever. 

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