Stuart Kelter interviews Dr. Melanie Mitchell (https://melaniemitchell.me/), Davis Professor of Complexity at the Santa Fe Institute, a non-profit institution that aims to understand systems in which many agents interact and adapt to one another and their environments, often giving rise to surprising emergent properties or behaviors. Melanie is also a professor of Computer Science (currently on leave) at Portland State University. Her current research focuses on conceptual abstraction, analogy-making, and visual recognition in artificial intelligence systems. She is the author or editor of six books and numerous scholarly papers in the fields of artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and complex systems. Her book Complexity: A Guided Tour, won the 2010 Phi Beta Kappa Science Book Award and was named by Amazon.com as one of the ten best science books of 2009. Her latest book is Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans, which is the topic for today’s interview.
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