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Regulating AI: Lessons from Science, Activism, and Poetry

Sun, November 19th, 2023
4:00 pm
- 5:30 pm

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In the wake of the recent landmark executive order on the regulation of Artificial Intelligence, the Williams Global Scholars present a conversation with Professor of Computer Science Mark Hopkins, Professor of English Ezra D. Feldman, and student-activist Sneha Revanur ’26 on the technological, political, and global implications of AI. The dialogue will include a moderated panel discussion and extended audience Q&A. Refreshments will be provided.

Mark Hopkins is a professor of Computer Science, with expertise in machine learning, machine translation, automated question answering, and computational typology. He has researched for the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Most recently, he was a faculty member in the Computer Science Department at Reed College, where he introduced courses on artificial intelligence and deep learning.

Ezra D. Feldman is a Professor of English, with specialties in Sci-Fi, Speculative Fiction, and Technology, as well as poetry. At Williams, he teaches interdisciplinary English courses on AI such as Aesthetics of Automation: From the Mechanical Turk to A.I. and Feminist Technoscience.

Sneha Revanur is the Founder and President of Encode Justice, a youth-led, AI-focused civil society group. She was recently named one of TIME100 Most Influential People in AI, and was invited to the signing of the Biden administration’s executive order regulating AI. This summer, Revanur helped organize an open letter urging congressional leaders and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to include more young people on AI oversight and advisory boards. Soon after, she was invited to attend a roundtable discussion on AI hosted by Vice President Kamala Harris. She is a sophomore at Williams College, with a potential major in Political Economy.

The Williams Global Issues Forum is a series of dialogues on some of the most pressing global issues. We invite faculty and students of various academic disciplines to put their approaches in conversation and reach transformative new understandings. This event will be moderated by  Maya Prakash ’26 and Rem Johannknecht ’26.

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