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[VIRTUAL] Spring 2021 GRASP Seminar: Lisa Miracchi, Penn Arts & Sciences, “Intelligence in Action”

February 8, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


I will argue that focusing on embodied agency is critical to explaining intelligence in biological and artificial systems, and therefore that robotics should have a more central place in AI research than it currently does. This includes even so-called “internal” processes such as perceptual belief-formation, reasoning, and decision-making. I will explain why neither the causal nor the normative properties of these processes (such as rationality) can be understood by analysis of computational systems alone, but must include substantive environmental factors. Lastly, I will show how a more embodied, embedded perspective on artificial intelligence helps us incorporate insights from feminist and social justice theorizing both in the design of AI systems and in understanding concerns related to AI fairness.


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Lisa Miracchi is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is also affiliated MindCORE faculty and an Executive Board member of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. She works in philosophical and interdisciplinary studies of mind, intelligence, and epistemology. She has published in high profile philosophy journals such as the Journal of Philosophy and Philosophical Studies, and has interdisciplinary publications in venues such as Frontiers in Neurorobotics. She has begun a book project developing this prior work into a systematic, novel account of mind, intelligence, and rationality that helps us better understand them, advance empirical investigation, and incorporate feminist and social justice insights. Through her work as Faculty Wellness Advisor to SAS and as a member of the LGBTQ+ Faculty Working Group, she strives to make academia a more welcoming place for all humans, especially those of us from underrepresented groups.


February 8, 2021
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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