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Taste of UIS program on computer emotions rescheduled

February 15, 2007

Contact: Mary Caroline Mitchell, 217/206-7395, mmitc1@uis.edu

SPRINGFIELD – "Computers in Love?" a presentation by Dr. Keith Miller, UIS professor of Computer Science, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 28, at Maldaner's Upstairs, 222 South Sixth St., Springfield.  The program is the first in this spring's Taste of UIS: Distinguished Faculty/Alumni Lunchtime Lecture series sponsored by the University of Illinois Alumni Association at UIS. These monthly discussions are open to the public; however, reservations are required.

Miller's presentation focuses on the growing debate about intentions and emotions in artificial agents. Until recently, the notion that computers might have emotions or make moral choices was only science fiction. However, as computers become more sophisticated, the line between what humans can do and what computers can do is blurring. Many thoughtful people argue that computers are now, or soon will be, "moral agents" capable of making ethical decisions -- perhaps even falling in love. Miller will examine ideas currently under discussion among computer scientists, philosophers, and others.

The program runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes a buffet lunch. Cost is $20 per person, $15 for Alumni Association members and their guests. Make reservations no later than February 23 by calling Alumni Relations at 217/206-7395, registering on-line at www.uiaa.org/spfld/, or e-mailing alumni@uis.edu.

 

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