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CCNY Inaugural Harry Lustig Lecture: Arthur I. Miller

Please join the CCNY Physics Department for a one- hour lecture from alumni, Arthur I Miller. The topic of his lecture will be art-science-technology, based on his recent book The Artist in the Machine: The World of AI-Powered Creativity.

AIs are already creating works that we recognize as art. But does this make them truly artists? Can AIs possess the attributes of living beings even though they are alien life forms? If and when this is the case, their intelligence will no longer be ‘artificial’ but as real as ours. In my talk I will focus on the exciting art, literature and music already being created by artificial neural networks and consider the key issue of whether machines can be creative like us.


Arthur I. Miller is a CCNY Physics graduate, went on to MIT PhD.  After faculty positions at U of Massachusetts and Harvard, he became in 1991 Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at UCL.  He is the author of a groundbreaking theory of creativity which applies to both humans and machines. He has written many critically acclaimed books, including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Einstein, Picasso: Space, Time, and the Beauty that Causes Havoc; 137: Jung, Pauli, and the Pursuit of a Scientific Obsession; and The Artist in the Machine: The World of AI-Powered Creativity.


The Harry Lustig Lecture is supported by the Harry Lustig Fund, established 2020 in honor of Harry Lustig, a 1948 CCNY Physics graduate who from 1964 as Dept Chair, Dean of Science, and Vice-President for Academic Affairs & Provost of CCNY helped transform CCNY from world-class teaching institution into a world-class research institution.  After retirement 1993, he went on to be treasurer of American Physical Society and Acting Executive Secretary.


This hybrid event will take place in the ASRC Auditorium at 4pm, with drinks and food served beforehand, at 3:30pm.

Please register here  for the event. For those unable to attend in person, zoom link will be emailed.

Hosted by:

Vinod M. Menon

Professor & Chair of Physics

City College of New York

Please contact Shelby Truitt at asrc.event@gc.cuny.edu with further questions.


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April 27, 2022
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC)
85 St. Nicholas Terrace
New York, NY 10031 United States
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(212) 413-3300
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