Yale Explores…Being Human in the Age of Intelligent Machines

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

March 12, 2019
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, CA

What does it mean to be human in the age of intelligent machines? How will artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, and as-yet-unforeseen advances in computer and other sciences affect the human experience? How are humans adapting now—and how will we adapt in the future? What could be lost or gained? What are some of the ethical questions we will need to address?

The work of Yale professors Shelly Kagan, Laurie Santos, and Brian Scassellati spans the fields of computer science, engineering, philosophy, and psychology. Join them for an interdisciplinary exploration of living in a technology-driven world. The conversation will be moderated by Margaret Warner ’71, Senior Fellow, Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, and will conclude with reflections from President Peter Salovey ’86 Ph.D. 


Margaret Warner ’71
Senior Fellow, Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Former Chief Global Affairs Correspondent, PBS NewsHour


Shelly Kagan
Clark Professor of Philosophy, Yale University

Laurie Santos
Professor of Psychology, Yale University

Brian Scassellati
Professor of Computer Science and of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Closing Remarks

Peter Salovey ’86 Ph.D.
President and Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology

Enjoy photos from the event

  • Guests enjoying the opening reception in the SFMOMA Atrium.
  • Alumni reconnecting with classmates and friends.
  • Fun at the Yale Explores photo booth!
  • Shared Interest Group representatives sharing information with local alumni.
  • Awaiting the Yale Explores presentation in the Wattis Theater.
  • Yale Club of San Francisco President Rahul Prasad ’87 Ph.D. welcomes guests.
  • A light moment in the discussion with professors Shelly Kagan, Laurie Santos, Brian Scassellati, and moderator Margaret Warner ’71.
  • President Peter Salovey ’86 Ph.D. sharing his thoughts on Being Human in the Age of Intelligent Machines.
  • Guests interacting with panelist Brian Scassellati (left) after the program.
  • Panelist Laurie Santos (right) converses with guests during the closing reception.
  • Alumni “continuing the conversation” with panelist Shelly Kagan (center).