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Human Simulation: Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, and the Future of the Humanities @ UCSB Library, Instruction and Training, 1312
Nov 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The capacities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are growing rapidly and new technologies are impacting society in a variety of ways, all of which raise significant ethical issues. LeRon Shults (University of Adger, Norway) argues that the Humanities are needed to help guide the ethical conversations around AI by becoming more engaged in “Human Simulation,” a new interdisciplinary approach to simulating human futures (as well as studying the past) that requires the expertise of historians, philosophers, ethicists, and other students of human nature.

F. LeRon Shults, Ph.D.. is a Professor at the Institute for Global Development and Social Planning at the University of Agder, Norway, and Scientific Director, Center for Modeling Social Systems. Shults, whose graduate training was in the  study of religion, has been collaborating with computer modelers to demonstrate the value of computer modeling and simulation for refining and testing theories and generating dynamic models of the processes studied by scholars in the humanities.  Shults has received numerous collaborative grants to advance this work and is one of four co-editors of a recently published volume, Human Simulation: Perspectives, Insights, and Applications (New Approaches to the Scientific Study of Religion).

Departmental Colloquium – What do scholars of religion value? @ HSSB 3041
Nov 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Ann Taves and LeRon Shults, presenters

Jose Cabezon, respondent

LeRon Shults, Professor at the University of Adgar, Norway, and Ann Taves will present a preview of the results from the Values in the Study of Religion (VISOR) Project that will appear in a forthcoming article in JAAR.  Data from the VISOR Project allows us to map differences in scholarly values within AAR and between AAR and other related scholarly organizations.

Jewish Studies Public Lecture, Jon D. Levenson @ McCune room (6th floor HSSB)
Jan 13 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Ninian Smart Lecture by Prof. Jay Garfield @ HSSB 4080
Apr 6 @ 5:00 pm