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Wellman participates in AI doomsday prevention workshop

Michael Wellman, a U-M Engineering professor, recently took part in a workshop to anticipate and prevent possible adverse outcomes of artificial intelligence.| Short Read

A Michigan Engineering professor and associate dean is one of the leading AI experts who recently took part in a workshop to anticipate and prevent possible adverse outcomes of artificial intelligence.

Michael Wellman is the Lynn A. Conway Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, associate dean for academic affairs and a professor of electrical engineering and computer science. The workshop was hosted by Arizona State University, Bloomberg Technology reported.

Participants devised worst-case scenarios and conference organizers selected several to focus on. Wellman’s stock-market manipulation scenario was one of those chosen. Read the full Bloomberg story.

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