LeRon Shults

Human Simulation: AI, Ethics and the Future of the Humanities

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 4:00pm
Instruction & Training 1312
The capacities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are growing rapidly and new technologies are impacting society in a variety of ways, such as social media analytics (think “Cambridge Analytica”) and policy-oriented simulation scenarios, 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).
UCSB Library is pleased to present Shults' talk with the Religious Studies Department.  Co-sponsored with the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.