Kent State University Kiva Auditorium

Kent Student Center

1075 Risman Drive

Kent, OH 44242

Saturday, September 10, 2016    

1:00 - 3:30 PM

“We Come in Peace” was a panel discussion that discussed the social, moral, and economic implications of Artificial Intelligence as it affects the life of the average citizen.

Can We Stop the AI Invasion?

Should We?


AI has been successfully applied to society’s challenging problems and it has a great potential to provide tremendous social good in the future. In this panel discussion, we covered some of the successful deployments and the potential use of AI in various topics that are essential for social good, including but not limited to urban computing, robotics, and public welfare. But we also discussed issues of ethics, liability, safety, and control,

The Format:

  Brief introduction and summary by each of the

    panelists (15 mins.)

Questions posed by the moderator, Cameron Hughes

    from Ctest Laboratories, and a discussion amongst

    panelists. (45 mins.)

Break (10 mins.)

Questions from Audience (50 mins.)

Marvin Minsky Video Tribute (10 mins.)

Our Panelists:

Dr. Sven Koenig
Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Pooyan Fazli
Director of the People and Robots Laboratory (PeRL) at Cleveland State University.

Dr. Mark Vopat
Professor of Political Philosophy, Ethics, and Applied Ethics at Youngstown State University.

Paul Carlson
Intelligent Community Strategist for Columbus 

Stuart Johnson
Vice President of Digital Works & Interim Executive Director Connect Ohio



Kent State University’s Kiva Auditorium

Kent Student Center

1075 Risman Drive Kent, OH 44242.

There are many scenarios for an AI agent and

human interaction. Here are a few scenarios as

demonstrated by these four AI agents.

Will AI Come In Peace ?

In the movie Terminator 3: Rise of the

Machines, a terminator called the T-X goes

back in time to kill members of the Human

Resistance. It is equipped with an

endoskeleton with built-in weaponry, a

liquid metal exterior similar to the T-1000,

and the ability to reprogram other machines

with nanotechnology. The intent of T-X's AI

purpose was the destruction of human life.

In the movie Ex Machina, Nathan Bateman, the CEO of his software company, builds a humanoid robot named Ava with artificial intelligence (AI) based on knowledge extracted from the Internet. Ava has already surpassed a simple Turing test so Nathan wants Caleb (a programmer) to judge whether he can relate to Ava despite knowing she is artificial. Ava has a robotic body but a human-looking face, and is confined to her apartment that she wants to escape. She manipulates Caleb so successfully, that this manipulation demonstrates true intelligence. Ava kills Nathan, abandons Caleb, and escapes to the outside world. Ava demonstrates an AI that develops some of the worst attributes of human behavior. Is this true intelligence?

Some history ...

The phrase: “We Come in Peace” means “having no intent hostile intent”. It is a phrase stereotypically used in science fiction narratives by extraterrestrial visitors upon first meeting the inhabitants of a planet (typically earth).  The first science fiction movie this phrase was used in this context was “The Day The Earth Stood Still" by Klaatu after leaving his spaceship:

We have come to visit you in peace -- and with good will.

In the movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Hal (Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer) 9000, is a sentient computer (or artificial general intelligence) that controls the systems of the Discovery One spacecraft. HAL speaks in a soft, calm voice and a conversational manner. The astronauts consider disconnecting HAL's cognitive circuits when he appears to be mistaken in reporting the presence of a fault in the spacecraft's communications antenna. Faced with the prospect of disconnection, HAL decides to kill the astronauts in order to protect and continue its programmed directives, and to conceal its malfunction from Earth.  

Lieutenant Commander Data is a character in the fictional Star Trek universe. He was found by Starfleet in 2338 as a sole survivor on Omicron Theta in the rubble of a colony left after an attack from the Crystalline Entity. As an artificial intelligence agent and synthetic life form, Data is a self-aware, sapient, sentient, and anatomically fully functional android. His positronic brain allows him impressive computational capabilities. Data experienced ongoing difficulties during the early

years of his life with understanding various aspects of human behavior and was unable to feel emotion or understand certain human idiosyncrasies, inspiring him to strive for his own humanity. This goal eventually led to the addition of an "emotion chip". Although Data's endeavor to increase his humanity and desire for human emotional experience, he consistently shows a nuanced sense of wisdom, sensitivity, and curiosity, garnering immense respect from his peers and colleagues. Data sacrifices his life in order to saves to lives of his colleagues.

The novel explains that HAL is unable to resolve a conflict between his general mission to relay information accurately and specific orders to withhold from the astronauts the true purpose of the mission. In this case the AI agent did its best to fulfill the mission but in doing so resulted in a human death. Will we be able to create AI agents with consistent goals and missions? Will the AI agent be able to make the right decisions if goals are not consistent?

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