Our Brain on A.I.

Thursday, March 21, 2019, 5 - 6:30pm

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Learn about the human and social implications of artificial intelligence and machine learning through the concerns and questions of NYC teens. This discussion, sponsored by Cooper Union's STEM Outreach, is part of an ongoing initiative to engage more students in STEM learning and careers.

Featured speakers include:

Tara Chklovski is an engineer and the founder of Iridescent Learning, a global STEM education organization that launched the AI Family Challenge to involve parent in learning about computer science and AI with their children.

Dr. Susan Epstein is a professor at Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center Doctoral Program in Computer Science who develops knowledge representations and machine learning algorithms to support programs that learn to be experts. She has chaired The Cognitive Science Society and has been an officer of the Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence for the ACM.

Karen Palmer is an award-winning international artist, speaker, and activist specializing in emotionally responsive film experiences at the intersection of AI, neuroscience, consciousness and implicit bias.

Dr. Alexandra Ochoa Cohen is a neuroscientist at New York University studying emotional learning and memory in adolescents, a member of the Scientist Action and Advocacy Network, and the co-chair for New York City's 2019 Brain Awareness Week.

Jennifer Strong, a journalist at the Wall Street Journal and host and creator of the The Future of Everything podcast, moderates.

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  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.