From Automation to Intelligence: The Long History of AI

The opening talk of the discussion series on AI research and social responsibility by Nathan Ensmenger from Indiana University.

We invite you to the lecture From Automation to Intelligence: The Long History of AI by Nathan Ensmenger from the Indiana University. This is the opening lecture of a discussion series called DAIDALOS co-organized by the AI Center FEE CTU and our friends at Machine learning Meetups (MLMU).

Although the history of artificial intelligence is full of claims that the field is just on the brink of a revolutionary transformation, the ideas and technologies at the center of the discipline have a surprisingly long history. By situating the history of the field within the larger context of the history of work, automation, computation, and philosophy, we can provide both insights into recent developments in artificial intelligence and a new perspective on some of the ethical, political, and economic issues posed by these developments.


Through six lectures planned for the 2021, we wish to bring together scientists, students and experts from various fields to tackle the questions of AI research and social responsibility. Specifically, the cycle will cover the following topics related to AI: creativity, journalism, fairness, sustainability, transhumanism and this opening lecture on the history of AI. More about DAIDALOS can be found here.


Nathan Ensmenger is an associate professor in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University. His research focuses on the social and cultural history of software and software workers, the history of artificial intelligence, and questions of gender and identity in computer programming. His 2010 book The Computer Boys Take Over: Computers, Programmers, and the Politics of Technical Expertise, explored to the rise to power of the “computer expert” in American corporate, economic, and political life. He is one of the co-authors of the most recent edition of the popular Computer: A history of the Information Machine. He is currently working on a book exploring the global environmental history of the electronic digital computer.


This event takes place online on June 7, 2021 (7:30 PM CEST) on the MLMU YouTube channel: You can access the live-stream for free and ask questions via chat. Add this event to your personal calendar and receive notifications by registering.


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Jun 07 2021


1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

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