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TEDx Speaker and author Erika Twani to discuss AI’s effect on humanity at CSU Pueblo

Release Date: June 20, 2024

Gena Alfonso

Director of Communications/PIO

Colorado State University Pueblo

(719) 671-0929

Erika Twani

Pueblo, COLO - Bestselling author and AI thought leader Erika Twani is set to challenge conventional wisdom on artificial intelligence at CSU Pueblo in an upcoming interactive talk. As debates rage over AI's ethical implications and potential risks, Twani offers a refreshingly optimistic perspective, arguing that AI could be the key to unlocking human potential. Her presentation will explore how this rapidly growing technology, projected to become a $52.2 billion market by 2028, might elevate human consciousness, creativity, and problem-solving skills by freeing us from mundane tasks.

In an era where even industry insiders like former OpenAI chief scientist Ilya Sutskever are raising safety concerns, Twani's insights promise to spark a thought-provoking discussion on AI's role in shaping our future. OpenAI, the company behind the widely popular ChatGPT, has been at the forefront of AI development, further highlighting the importance of understanding this technology's impact on society. The talk, titled "Enhancing Human Potential with AI," will explore how generative AI tools like ChatGPT can be utilized to automate mundane tasks, freeing up cognitive energy for humans to focus on developing critical abilities like emotional intelligence, creativity, and the "adaptability quotient" needed to thrive in an AI-driven era. 

Twani, who founded the Learning One on One Foundation to help students "harness their curiosity" across subjects, believes AI presents an opportunity to redefine notions of achievement and better cultivate the unique strengths of human consciousness and ingenuity.

"By offloading tedious tasks to AI assistance, we reclaim cognitive bandwidth to explore the very depths of our humanity - our consciousness, creativity, emotional richness, problem-solving skills," said Twani. "Those are the realms machines cannot replicate, which we can double down on in an AI-augmented world."

The interactive session will be held on Wednesday, June 26th in the Life Sciences Auditorium RM 105 on the CSU Pueblo campus. A reception with hors d'oeuvres will be held from 5:30-6:00 pm, prior to Twani's talk which begins at 6:00 pm.

The event is free and open to the CSU Pueblo community as well as the general public. Seating is limited, so attendees are encouraged to arrive early. 

 

About Erika Twani

Erika Twani is a former software engineer at Microsoft and a pioneering voice in educational technology and lifelong learning. She is the founder and CEO of the Learning One on One Foundation and author of the bestselling book "Harnessing Your Adaptability Quotient." Twani is a frequent speaker on leveraging emerging technologies like AI to enhance human potential.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Shahrane Karim at 719-549-2198 or s.karim@csupueblo.edu 

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