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CANCELED: DPE Tuesday Talk Series: Gregory A. Daneke, “AUTOMACENE RISING: The Problematic Political Economy of Artificial Intelligence”

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The Division of Politics and Economics invites the CGU community to attend this week’s Tuesday Lunch Talk featuring, Gregory A. Daneke, PhD, professor emeritus at the University of Arizona’s W.P Carey School of Business. Lunch will be provided.


Gregory A. Daneke, PhD, is professor emeritus at the W.P. Carey School of Business of Arizona State University. He has held other posts: including the universities of Michigan, Stanford, and British Columbia, and brief assignments in government, including: GAO and White House.

Gregory A. Daneke, PhD

Talk Title: AUTOMACENE RISING: The Problematic Political Economy of Artificial Intelligence

AI (artificial intelligence), defined as the application of algorithms to replicate and/or replace human intelligence in discrete domains, has been around since the mid-1950s. As an interdisciplinary enterprise it has experienced boom and bust cycles, driven primarily by the failure to deliver upon overhyped promises, as well as significant technical barriers and remaining mysteries regarding the composition of consciousness. In relatively recent years, developments in so called DEEP LEARNING (algorithmic training via multiple layers of neural nets applied to BIG DATA collection and manipulation) have generated particularly intense and prolonged excitement and in combination with Wall Street, Pentagon, and other monopolistic machinations have mediated “AI winters”. Potential medical, marketing, and military applications have sustained a heighted speculative interest, despite the “singularity” of universal replication remaining remote. Plus, a cold war mentality has been created vis-à-vis focused Chinese R&D.

These forces are forging an artificial economy for artificial intelligence, and pose a number of subtle yet profound dangers well beyond the obvious impacts upon privacy, employment, and continuing financialization, as well as the undermining democratic institutions. One of the deeper dangers of the AI ECONOMY involves pouring the new wine of “machine leaning” in the old bottles of mainstream economic dogma. Not to mention the eIn particular, this emerging ideology foreshadows an eventual merger of AI and genetic engineering that will engender an entirely “new species” and render the vast majority of humanity redundant and irrelevant. In the process, “Machina Economicus” and “Homo Deus” will obliterate vital societal processes and understandings which both shape and give meaning to the human condition.