Ethics

How Can AI Really Improve Our Lives?

Posted: April 22, 2020 at 3:02 pm, Last Updated: April 22, 2020 at 3:37 pm

We read about advances from artificial intelligence almost every day. Yet, the current pandemic seems to have brought into focus where our computational advancements are failing us. This talk will first provide an overview of AI accomplishment. Then, in the context of the current pandemic, it will focus on specific AI technologies that have been […]

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Amarda Shehu

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Nightmare Scenarios-Summoning the Demons?

Posted: October 31, 2019 at 6:18 pm, Last Updated: April 23, 2020 at 7:52 pm

Some may think of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in terms of Boston Dynamics’ Robot dog, Spot or of software that can defeat the very best human player in Go or Jeopardy. This course is about a much more sinister and serious aspect of AI, the various “nightmare scenarios” that are appearing regularly in the technical literature […]

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Steve Ruth

Lyme Disease: Weaponized for Warfare? Truth or Science Fiction

Posted: July 22, 2019 at 6:57 pm, Last Updated: April 22, 2020 at 3:53 pm

Dr. Boileau, who serves on the National Capital Lyme Disease Board of Directors talks about the issue of biochemical warfare and was Lyme disease weaponized for this purpose. Presentation is available remotely/virtually.

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Don Boileau

Foreign Intelligence

Posted: December 18, 2018 at 8:45 pm, Last Updated: December 18, 2018 at 8:59 pm

How does the U.S. conduct foreign intelligence.

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Robert L. Deitz

Robert L. Deitz

Posted: December 18, 2018 at 8:43 pm, Last Updated: December 18, 2018 at 9:00 pm

Lawyer in private practice; general counsel NSA; senior councilor to the direct CIA; professor of public policy.

Supernotes

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 3:24 pm

A history of the intriguing counterfeit $100 notes now circulating in Europe and Asia and sometimes in America, with amusing speculations by others about their source.

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Roger Lathbury

State and Local Government

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 3:16 pm, Last Updated: April 23, 2020 at 7:33 pm

Dr. Shafroth can speak on a variety of topics regarding state and local government. Presentation is available remotely/virtually.

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Frank Shafroth

Scientific Racism: Is this an Oxymoron?

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Despite efforts by anthropologists and biologists to temper the application of race labeling, it continues to thrive. What’s wrong and what’s right with the concept of race? Why does our society crave race categories? How do people confuse the recent use of DNA-based labeling systems with the scientific reality of race?

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Mary McCutcheon

Reasons to Kill: Why Americans Choose War

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 2:31 pm, Last Updated: April 23, 2020 at 8:04 pm

Based on the speaker’s 2010 book. The arguments and images that persuade Americans to consent to wars, and how we can clarify our thinking about self-defense, evil enemies, moral crusades, and war as a last resort. Presentation is available remotely/virtually.

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Richard Rubenstein

Education and the Law

Posted: September 10, 2014 at 12:22 pm, Last Updated: September 23, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Susan’s current research projects are primarily focused on how the law impacts education and the special education rights of exceptional learners, particularly from an ethical perspective. She has authored and co-authored several articles about the statutory and common law rights of exceptional learners to receive educational programs and services; and about the importance of special […]

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Susan C. Bon

Drones, Stones, and Thrones: How to Resolve the War on Terror

Posted: September 10, 2014 at 12:20 pm, Last Updated: April 23, 2020 at 8:05 pm

The global War on Terror, now more than 10 years old, threatens to become permanent. Its costs, political, financial, Constitutional, and moral, continue to escalate. Is the struggle winnable in its present form? Are there feasible alternatives? Conflict resolution theory and practice suggest that violence is not the only road to follow. Presentation is available […]

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Richard Rubenstein

Ancient Greek Philosophy

Posted: September 9, 2014 at 8:09 pm, Last Updated: April 22, 2020 at 4:43 pm

A general introduction to Greek philosophy, discussing major figures and their ideas, questions, concerns, and writings. Specific philosophers and issues could be presented, including Plato, Aristotle, and Pythagoras. Areas of discussion include foundations of science, ethics, political theory, cosmology, justice. Presentation is available remotely/virtually.

A/V requirements: LCD, Screen

Rose Cherubin