Oxford-Style Debate: The Future of AI

Tuesday, January 29
5:15 PM – 6:15 PM (HST)
Coral Ballroom

Moderator: Kevin Leyton-Brown (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Oren Etzioni (Allen Institute for AI)
Michael Littman (Brown University)
Jennifer Neville (Purdue University)
Peter Stone (University of Texas at Austin)

This lighthearted and entertaining debate will examine the broad theme of whether machine learning or good, old fashioned AI will be more critical to bringing AI systems beyond prediction to acting autonomously. Teams of two will argue each side as forcefully as they can (regardless of more nuanced positions the participants may hold), but will then conclude by seeking a middle ground and reflecting on strong arguments from the other side. Finally, we’ll hear from the audience.

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