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ESP Biography



ERIC ZELIKMAN, Stanford junior trying to do everything




Major: Symbolic Systems

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2020

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I enjoy learning from passionate people! I'm fascinated by language and how our brains.



Past Classes

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M6942: AI Ethics in Splash Spring 2019 (May. 04 - 05, 2019)
You might have heard the often-referenced question of whether a self-driving car should prioritize passengers or pedestrians, but there's so much more to talk about in the ethics of AI. Should you release a model with large potential for misuse? When should we start worrying about self-preserving algorithms which act on the world? How do we determine responsibility when an algorithm causes social damage? What role should legislation play in answering these questions? We'll talk about these questions and many more.


M6840: Art and Artificial Intelligence in Splash Fall 2018 (Dec. 01 - 02, 2018)
Computers are generating art which people find value in and can't differentiate from that made by humans. Understand recent progress in art generation including music, literature, visual art and see them in action. Discuss the broader implications of these developments on art and society.


H6848: How Art and Religious Teachings Have Shaped One Another in Splash Fall 2018 (Dec. 01 - 02, 2018)
Religions have historically played important roles in shaping cultures. We'll talk about how this has had differentiating effects on literature, music, and visual art, and moreover, how these media have shaped religious perceptions.


M6422: Mindless Creativity: Developments in AI Art in Splash Spring 2018 (May. 05 - 06, 2018)
Computers are increasingly able to create art that most people, and sometimes even experts, cannot differentiate from that made by people. Understand the premises underlying art generation including music, literature, visual art and see them in action. We will focus on cutting-edge developments in an accessible way, mainly drawing from the preceding months and weeks.


M5955: Mindless Creativity: Developments in AI Art in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
Computers are increasingly able to create art that most people, and sometimes even experts, cannot differentiate from that made by people. Understand the premises underlying art generation including music, literature, visual art and see them in action. We will focus on cutting-edge developments in an accessible way, mainly drawing from the preceding months and weeks.


H6082: What We Can't Say Yet: Open Questions in Linguistics in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
Discuss interesting problems in fields from psycholinguistics to computational linguistics that are considered unsolved. How is linguistic intuition formed? What is the best way to translate words which have no direct analog in another language? Are there patterns in the ways a standard dialect connects to other dialects? How did language come about in the first place?


S5878: Economics of Automation: Models and Arguments in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
As emerging technologies embed themselves in economic areas thought to be based entirely on human reasoning, new views and models have emerged on a variety of questions: To what extent will this affect our economy and how quickly? How should we respond and what are the theoretical consequences of those responses? Where have these approaches been implemented and what were the results?


H5880: New Approaches and Difficulties in Language Processing in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
The way in which computers interact with human languages is rapidly developing. Within the past few years, a variety of new techniques have emerged each with their own limitations and benefits for everything from understanding emotion in text to building maps of a language relating words.


M5882: Intro to Quantum Computing in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
Quantum computation is one of the most interesting, powerful, and misunderstood developing technological fields. This class approaches the math and physics of QC, going over the nature of a qubit and entanglement, the mathematics and representations of quantum circuits and gates, "teleporation," and the implementation and implications of algorithms including Shor's factoring algorithm


M5884: Mindless Creativity: Developments in AI Art in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
Computers are increasingly able to create art that most people, and sometimes even experts, cannot differentiate from that made by people. Understand the premises underlying art generation including music, literature, visual art and see them in action


H5888: Irony Kind-of Sucks in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
Irony is ever-present in art including literature, film, music, dance, from Shakespeare to Deadpool. Irony is closely tied to many movements and tools and signifies a specific kind of self-expression, often commenting on the expectations of a medium or of society as a whole. The class will seek to approach questions ranging from whether an artwork can be entirely ironic to the value of irony, to how irony is used and to what its impact is. (Irony: "...an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result", Oxford Dict.)


A5894: A History of Photography for Fun: Tracing Light to Instagram in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
Although photography has existed in some form for centuries, the role of photography at a sub-hobbyist level has changed substantially over that span including its boom in the past several years. Look at the purposes and artistic value of these photographs and discuss the implications of the evolution of its constraints as a medium.