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July 2019

Jul
19

“Machines Learning Values,” a lecture by Dr. Steve Petersen

Friday, July 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Center for Inquiry – Transnational, 1310 Sweet Home Road
Amherst, New York 14228 United States
$5

Dr. Steve Petersen, philosophy professor at Niagara University, will speak at CFI on July 19. Is it possible for humans to create a superintelligence—an artificial intelligence with a godlike ability to achieve its goals—that can learn human values? Dr. Steve Petersen will explore this question, particularly the three philosophical puzzles that come out of the value learning approach to AI. First, it is unclear how any intelligent system could learn its final values, since to judge one supposedly “final” value…

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Jul
22

Café Inquiry (City) discussion group

Monday, July 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until November 1, 2019

SPoT Coffee Hertel, 1406 Hertel Ave
Buffalo, NY US

Café Inquiry is a discussion group for those who love critical inquiry and friendly debates! Come join us to talk about religion, atheism, skepticism, culture, society, politics, and more. The group currently meets three times a month, typically on the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Mondays, with three rotating locations: 1st Monday - Café Inquiry (South) SPoT Coffee Orchard Park (Upstairs) 6519 E. Quaker St., Orchard Park 2nd Monday - Café Inquiry (North) Tim Hortons 748 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda…

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Jul
23

SOS (Secular Organizations for Sobriety)

Tuesday, July 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road
Amherst, NY 14228 US

SOS is a secular recovery group dedicated solely to helping individuals achieve and maintain sobriety. All those who seek sobriety are welcome as members in any SOS group. For more information contact Eric Chinchon at 716-636-4869 ext. 318 or echinchon@centerforinquiry.net. http://sos-nys.org/

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Jul
29

Café Inquiry (City) discussion group

Monday, July 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
SPoT Coffee Hertel, 1406 Hertel Ave
Buffalo, NY US

Café Inquiry is a discussion group for those who love critical inquiry and friendly debates! Come join us to talk about religion, atheism, skepticism, culture, society, politics, and more. To find us look for our Cafe Inquiry table sign. The group currently meets three times a month, on the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Mondays, with three rotating locations. The schedule is as follows: 1st Monday - Café Inquiry (South)SPoT Coffee Orchard Park (Upstairs); 6519 E Quaker St 2nd Monday -…

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Jul
30

SOS (Secular Organizations for Sobriety)

Tuesday, July 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road
Amherst, NY 14228 US

SOS is a secular recovery group dedicated solely to helping individuals achieve and maintain sobriety. All those who seek sobriety are welcome as members in any SOS group. For more information contact Eric Chinchon at 716-636-4869 ext. 318 or echinchon@centerforinquiry.net. http://sos-nys.org/

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