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Steve Petersen, PhD, associate professor of philosophy at Niagara University, will present a talk entitled “Machines Learning Values” on Thursday, September 26 at 4:00 p.m. in Old Main 403.

If human beings create superintelligence (an artificial intelligence with a god-like ability to achieve its goals), what guarantee do we have that it will be friendly? Can we design it to learn values like ours? Are our values too complex to program or hardwire explicitly?

The event is free and open to faculty and students and is sponsored by the departments of Philosophy and Computer Science. For more information, contact Philip Reed, PhD, professor of phiolosophy, at

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Submitted by: Philip Reed, PhD, professor, Philosophy