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PMHS alum to speak at Oscar Foss Library


July 29, 2021
BARNSTEAD — Gordon Unzen, a Prospect Mountain High School alumnus, will be our first speaker for the Oscar Foss Memorial Library's new program, Oscar Talks, which looks to disseminate information on a broad spectrum of topics and skills found right here in our community. He will be presenting on "Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity," in the Meeting Room at OFML on Aug. 5 at 6:30 p.m.

According to Unzen, "Artificial intelligence (AI) is going to change the world of humans forever."

He postulates that AI is a powerful yet dangerous technology that has the potential to greatly impact the future and cause real harm to our species. During his talk, Unzen will use his background in philosophy, technology, and law to discuss AI, its benefits and drawbacks, and how it should (and should not) be used in society.

Unzen recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Hampshire with a triple major in Philosophy, Psychology, and Justice Studies. His research specialties are in social psychology and political philosophy, specifically where the fields intersect with the topics of artificial intelligence, criminal justice, and governance. Unzen was a recipient of the competitive SURF research fellowship and has several years of experience as a research assistant in the UNH Legal Socialization Lab. Most recently, he presented his work at the 2021 Law and Society Association conference. He was awarded the Herbert A. Carroll and Susan O. White Awards for his academic achievements and placed first in the Paul M. Barlow Memorial Essay Competition for his work in philosophy. He will be attending the University of Minnesota Law School in the fall on a full-tuition scholarship to study criminal justice and civil rights law.

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