If ye value critical thinking, and if ye scorn the flim-flam man, join us, your friends. Skeptics in the Pub is a group of like-minded people informally discussing the latest in science or pseudoscience over good eats & ale.
WHEN: 7PM Wednesday 24 February (4th Wednesday each month)
WHERE: Fiddlers Green, 333 El Camino Real, Millbrae. A 10 minute stroll from the Millbrae BART & Caltrain station. [Click for Map]
WHERE: Café Barrone, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. A 2-minute walk from Menlo Park Caltrain. [Map]
WHAT: A Skeptic's Perspective on Artificial Intelligence
The past few decades have shown incredible progress in technology. Advancements in computer speed and storage have enabled impressive advancements like Google Search, voice recognition, facial recognition, and competitive machine players for games like Chess and Go. Today we own electronics that have certain features we appropriately call "intelligent", yet we do not (or is it not yet?) have artificial intelligence. Discussion of A.I. includes both good science and a lot of woo. This talk will explore what's likely, unlikely, possible, and science fiction. Further, this talk will comment on how a non-technical person can be appropriately skeptical without an advanced degree.
WHO: Kyle Polich
Kyle Polich is a data scientist and host of the Data Skeptic podcast. Kyle studied computer science and focused on artificial intelligence in grad school. His general interests range from obvious areas like statistics, machine learning, data viz, and optimization to data provenance, data governance, econometrics, and metrology. He resides in Los Angeles, CA with his wife LinhDa (pronounced "Linda"), and their lilac crowned amazon parrot Yoshi.