George Dyson, PhD, an independent historian of technology who has charted the course of several crucial inventions and ideas in human history, will visit the Creighton University campus this week for a lecture on artificial intelligence.
Creighton’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa , the nation’s oldest and most esteemed honor society for the liberal arts and sciences, will host Dyson on Thursday and Friday for its annual visiting scholar program.
Dyson’s lecture takes place on Thursday at 6 p.m. in Creighton’s Mike and Josie Harper Center, Room 3028. It is free and open to the public.
The historian’s books have included studies on the baidarka, a kayak central to life for the Aleut people, the evolution of artificial intelligence, the potential for atomically powered space travel and the digital revolution brought about by the work of Alan Turing and others working to crack codes during World War II.
The lecture will highlight Dyson’s work on artificial intelligence, including the book on which he is currently at work, a project titled Analogia that opens with the American government’s brutal campaign against the Chiricahua Apache and ends with the digital revolution being subsumed by another movement.
Dyson also will make three classroom appearances during his two-day visit to Creighton’s campus.
In addition to his books, Dyson has also lectured widely and contributed to Scientific American, Nature, Forbes, Discover, Wired, The Atlantic, Make and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Dyson is the son of Freeman Dyson, a renowned theoretical physicist and mathematician. George Dyson’s early life is documented in Kenneth Brower’s The Starship and the Canoe.