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AI Forward Forum Talk Series: Professor Melanie Mitchell

Date: Time: 18:00 Location: Online

Professor Melanie Mitchell, Davis Professor of Complexity at the Santa Fe Institute Melanie Mitchell, will give an online talk at AI Forward Forum.

Title: Why AI is harder than we think?


Since its beginning in the 1950s, the field of artificial intelligence has cycled several times between periods of optimistic predictions and massive investment (“AI Spring”) and periods of disappointment, loss of confidence, and reduced funding (“AI Winter”). Even with today’s seemingly fast pace of AI breakthroughs, the development of long-promised technologies such as self-driving cars, housekeeping robots, and conversational companions has turned out to be much harder than many people expected.

One reason for these repeating cycles is our limited understanding of the nature and complexity of intelligence itself. In this talk I will discuss some fallacies in common assumptions made by AI researchers, which can lead to overconfident predictions about the field. I will also speculate on what is needed for the grand challenge of making AI systems more robust, general, and adaptable - in short, more intelligent.

Everyone is welcome to join this and other events organized by AI Forward Forum. Knowledge about AI is not necessary.


AI Forward Forum is an initiative that was started by two PhD Candidates at the Department of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, Julija Vaitonyte and Judita Rudokaite. To learn more about the goals of the initiative, visit