2019 LeRoux Lecture, October 29, Bannan Auditorium

Written by Bruce Decker
October 16, 2019

“Lessons for Artificial Intelligence from African Knowledge Systems.”

Kizito Kiyimba, SJ Fr. Kizito Kiyamba, SJ from Arrupe University, Zimbabwe 

A free lecture open to the public. 
October 29, 4:00 p.m., Bannan Auditorium

Human intelligence ought to play a normative role, not only a descriptive one, in the designation of artificial systems (AIS) as intelligent. And yet human intelligence as rationality has often gone astray and excused or even facilitated events and choices that are otherwise unjustifiable (e.g., holocausts, eugenic efforts). What then is left as a sure reference for intelligence in humans, which we can then impart to AIS?

William F. LeRoux, SJ. Endowed Chair:

The William F. LeRoux, SJ Endowed Chair in Arts and Sciences is awarded to a Jesuit academic in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. The chair teaches one course, conducts a public lecture, advances his scholarship, and engages with the Seattle University community.

William F. LeRoux, SJ, came to Seattle University in 1958 as a professor in theology. He served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (1977-82) and as an assistant to the Vice President for University Advancement from 1982 until his death in 2004. He was a much beloved ambassador to alumni and friends.