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mit - pierce laboratory

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
MIT Pierce Laboratory Building 1

MIT Pierce Laboratory

MIT Pierce Laboratory classroom

A class lecture about AI research and robotics.

I was invited to visit one of MIT's engineering labs at the Pierce Laboratory. It was my very first time at Cambridge so I was looking forward to seeing the sights and meeting some of the students and faculty there.

MIT is ... very motivated to make new advancements in AI science education. They have a lot of ambitious ideas about focusing their cores in artificial intelligence and machine learning, but given some of the stuff they covered in the lecture I had some questions about how they seem to be prioritizing 'pure science' above all other disciplines. The amount of responsibility they're giving their engineers to design and implement some of the most complex components of artificial intelligence is going waaay overboard iono.

We talked about machine behavior and how MIT's engineering students are looking to add more nuance to interactive AI, which is, as I've said, very ambitious. When we think about human consciousness, for example, based on what we already know about ourselves and how we choose to interact with each other, do you really think that your identity – your authentic self – is founded on pure logic? Don't you think human consciousness is more intuitive than that?

MIT touched up on some behavioral concepts that were interesting and they're confident about meeting some of their goals. But again, choosing not to involve humanities experts like: language majors, philosophers, artists, etc! – choosing to leave out experts of other disciplines in AI research is limiting.

But I do wish them the best. The students at MIT are a hell of a lot more disciplined and they're really passionate about this shit than I am, pfft.

Would like to visit again, ja. ♡