What: Azusa Pacific University’s Center for Research in Science hosts a panel discussion: “What is Intelligence? The Science and Christian Philosophy of Human versus Artificial Intelligence.”

Why: Artificial Intelligence is an ethical issue growing in controversy and complexity. Today's greatest scientists, engineers, and innovators are split on this topic. Some, like Elon Musk, believe that strict regulations and safeguards must be placed on the use and creation of artificial intelligence, in anticipation that things could quickly go wrong. Others, like Mark Zuckerberg, encourage the use of artificial intelligence, believing that the perceived benefits outweigh the costs.

Lifelike Sophia Robot, developed in Hong Kong and activated in 2015, recently was granted full citizenship in Saudi Arabia, sparking more debate. AI proclaiming faith, fighting for human rights, and gaining their own rights protected by law are now concerning possibilities.

Who: Panelists include Bill Newsome, Ph.D., neuroscientist, Stanford University, Nancey Murphy, Ph.D., Th.D., philosopher, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Daniel Grissom, Ph.D, computer scientist, Azusa Pacific University.

Before beginning his career at Stanford in 1988, Newsome served on the faculty of the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at SUNY Stony Brook. Newsome’s research focuses on visual and cognitive neuroscience. His findings have expanded our understanding of decision-making and visual perception. Newsome received the Pepose Award in 2015, recognizing the contributions of his lab to the study of visual perception. He holds a doctorate from the California Institute of Technology.

Murphy has served as a faculty member at Fuller since 1989. Murphy’s research centers around the influences of modern philosophy on Christian theology. Recently, she has conducted research on philosophy of the mind and neuroscience. The author of nine books, her most recent is titled, Did My Neurons Make Me Do It?: Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will. She received the American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence. Murphy has a doctorate degree from UC Berkeley.

Prior to his role in higher education, Grissom held a variety of industry positions including stints at the Air Force Research Lab (Jet Propulsion), Northrop Grumman, Advanced Micro Devices, Tellus Web, and Environmental Systems Research Institute. His academic research focuses on digital microfluidic biochips, a technology that automates and miniaturizes biochemistry. When microfluidic technologies mature, they promise to bring affordable clinical diagnostics to the third-world. Grissom’s work earned him a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program fellowship. He earned his doctorate in computer science from UC Riverside.

Where: Perry Lecture Hall, Segerstrom Science Center, Room 162, located at 675 E. Foothill Blvd, in Azusa

When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018, from 5-6 p.m.

Cost: Free admission and open to the public

For More Information: Contact the Center for Research in Science at (626) 815-6480 or cris@apu.edu.