Artificial Intelligence and Responsible Design

Montshire Talks: Frankenstein200 is a Montshire conversation series that celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein"

In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a creature comes to life to terrorize his creator’s family. What happens when the creature is no longer flesh and bone, but an algorithm? Artificial intelligence is a technology that is advancing at a rapid rate and is helping to speed up innovations around the world. What happens when humans are no longer at the helm of complicated decision making processes? Dr. Eugene Santos explores what exactly artificial intelligence is and can do, and the implications of this technology on society. 

Dr. Eugene Santos, Jr.  is a Professor of Engineering at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Dr. Santos’ work intersects the areas of information, cognition, human factors, and mathematics. His current focus is on dynamic human behavior, intent inferencing, and decision-making with an emphasis on learning nonlinear and emergent behaviors and decisions. He received his Ph.D. ('92) in Computer Science from Brown University

Montshire Talks: Frankenstein200 is a Montshire conversation series that celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Through her work of science fiction, Shelley has sparked the imaginations of generations who question the balance of human creativity, societal responsibility, and scientific ethics. Montshire Talks: Frankenstein200 surveys the philosophy of science, artificial intelligence, how popular culture evolves a modern myth, and Mary Shelley’s lasting influence on the questions: What is life? Why do we create? and What are our responsibilities as creators, scientists, and engineers?

This year's Montshire Talks are sponsored by Ledyard National Bank.