Photo of Artificial Intelligence: Promises & Perils

This free event happens Sunday, December 10th, from 2 - 4 p.m., at the Bainbridge Public Library (1270 Madison Ave. N.).

Artificial Intelligence is everywhere - and it's here to stay, offering promises of unprecedented advancements that could revolutionize every aspect of our lives. From enhancing efficiency in industries to providing personalized healthcare solutions, the benefits seem boundless. They are, however, accompanied by possible perils such as job displacement, legal and ethical dilemmas, misinformation, and the potential for AI to advance beyond human control.

To help sort it all out, Library U has assembled a panel of speakers to provide an overview of several facets of AI, followed by an audience discussion. Bring your questions and ideas!

  • Bill Sams, Bainbridge Island-based retired tech executive and university administrator. Bill will provide a “nuts and bolts” introduction to AI.
  • Jim Phuong, MSPH, PhD, Acting Assistant Professor of Biomedical and Health Informatics and Lead Research Data Scientist, UW Medicine Research IT, who will bring us up to date on AI in science and healthcare.
  • Kiyomasa Toma, Director of Technology at the Bainbridge Island School District. Kiyo will talk about how BISD is dealing with AI in its classrooms.
  • Ben Hodges and Lucas Michels, attorneys and board members of Washington Lawyers for the Arts, who will address the impact of AI on the creative sector.
  • Mark Chinen, Professor of Law at the Seattle University School of Law and a Fellow of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality. Mark will help us understand the legal and ethical issues of AI.

Library U is sponsored by the Bainbridge Public Library with funding support from the Bainbridge Island Friends of the Library and a generous donation in memory of Louise Brody Weissman.

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Bainbridge Public Library is a nonprofit corporation that owns, operates, and maintains the Bainbridge Island Library building and grounds through community donations and grants. BPL performs this role in partnership with Kitsap Regional Library, who provides the library staff, collection, classes, and a virtual library at

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