artificial intelligence

The conscience of AI

Ph.D. student Quintin Pope considers technology’s potential to alter social dynamics

Photo by Owen Roth

Quintin Pope doesn’t spend a lot of time worrying about artificial intelligence hastening the demise of civilization. In fact, he estimates the probability of “pure AI doom” to be less than 1%.

Real-world experience just hasn’t borne out any worst-case scenarios, he says.

“A lot of the arguments people made about AI, prior to there being any AI worthy of the name to argue about, turned out to be totally wrong,” Pope said.

Addressing bias in AI

Eric Slyman presenting at the Graduate Research Showcase.

Eric Slyman builds tools to uncover where artificial intelligence makes mistakes.

Specifically, the Ph.D. student in artificial intelligence and computer science looks at how AI learns social biases. And they’ve built a tool to help AI auditors address it — quickly, accurately and economically.

Bias in AI can show up, for example, when a user asks it to find or create an image of a doctor.

Electrical and computer engineering researcher earns best paper award

Zahir Alsulaimawi, a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University, received a best paper and presentation award at the Sixth International Conference on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.

Alsulaimawi, who earned master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical and computer engineering at Oregon State, researches ways to make machine learning models smarter without compromising people’s privacy.

Beyond ChatGPT: Embodied language understanding

An illustration of a scenario depicting many tasks of interest to researchers in Embodied AI. Here, we have multiple robots operating in a kitchen environment, with a human asking one of the robots if there is any cereal left, while the other one cleans the dishes. The robots must use their navigation, manipulation, and reasoning skills to answer and achieve tasks in the environment. Illustration courtesy of Winson Han.