Choice Scholar Lecture: Professor Stephanie Tom Tong: Communication and Artificial Intelligence

Event Date: 

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Event Location: 

  • 1920 Buchanan Hall

Event Price: 


Event Contact: 

Professor Joe Walther,

Stephanie Tom Tong (PhD. 2011 Michigan State University) is an Associate Professor of Communication at Wayne State University.  This year she is a visiting scholar at the UCSB Center for Information Technology and Society.  Her work is situated at the intersection of social media and interpersonal communication and focuses on how we use technology to initiate, maintain, and terminate relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners.  At present, she is investigating how people perceive the algorithms that are embedded in the popular online and mobile technologies that they use every day.

Communication and Artificial Intelligence

Many of us are already using artificial intelligence (AI) systems, even if we don’t always recognize them.  But as AI continues to develop, we see its influence on our decisions and behavior expanding into new areas like online dating and personal health. Accompanying these advancements in AI are new questions that this talk addresses:

  • How do people perceive AI technology?
  • Are we comfortable with AI in these contexts?
  • Do our feelings about AI affect our willingness to engage with it?