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LogicLounge with Stuart J. Russell

  • 2022-07-28
  • Logic and Algorithms
  • VCLA

AI expert Stuart J. Russell talks about why a superintelligent AI could destroy us all, and how we have to rethink AI’s benefits.

LogicLounge with Stuart J. Russell
Picture: Felipe Pelaquim / adobe.stock.com

As part of the IJCAI-ECAI conference 2022 in Vienna we cordially invite you to the public access conversation with Stuart J. Russell, the winner of the 2022 IJCAI Award for Research Excellence on his research and recent book. The event is moderated by radio journalist Sarah Kriesche, followed by an Q&A. Afterwards the participants are welcomed to enjoy a drink at sunset.

LogicLounge 2022

Stuart J. Russell

Stuart J. Russell is a British computer scientist known for his contributions to artificial intelligence (AI). He is a professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley, and adjunct professor of neurological surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. He holds the Smith-Zadeh Chair in Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He founded and leads the Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence (CHAI) at UC Berkeley. Russell is the co-author with Peter Norvig of the most popular textbook in the field of AI: Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach used in more than 1,500 universities in 135 countries.


As AI advances in capabilities and moves into the real world, its potential to benefit humanity seems limitless. Russell’s book Human Compatible (2019) explains why the creation of a superintelligent artificial intelligence could be humanity’s final act. The blinks call to attention the potential catastrophe that humanity is heading towards, and discusses what needs to be done to avoid it. If we’re to ensure AI remains beneficial to humans in the long run, we may need to radically rethink its design that is provably beneficial to humans.


This LogicLounge is hosted by the Vienna Center for Logic and Algorithms (VCLA) and the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (CAIML) at TU Wien.

The series of public lectures LogicLounge continues to bring together the general public and the experts from the fields of logic, philosophy, mathematics, computer science, and artificial intelligence. Since its inception at the Vienna Summer of Logic in 2014 – the largest event in the history of logic – the series has since been traveling between Vienna and the venue of the CAV (International Conference on Computer-Aided Verification), where it has already become a regular event in honor of Helmut Veith (1971-2016).

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