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Melanie Mitchell is the Davis Professor of Complexity at Santa Fe Institute. She is the author and editor of six books, including Artificial Intelligence: A Guide For Thinking Humans, the author of numerous scholarly papers, and one of the world’s leading thinkers on artificial intelligence systems.
Much of Mitchell’s current research centers on conceptual abstraction, analogy-making, and visual recognition in AI systems. She also created the Santa Fe Institute’s Complexity Explorer platform, which provides online courses and resources related to the discipline of complex systems. Her own course on that platform, “Introduction to Complexity,” has been taken by over 25,000 students and is one of Course Central’s top 50 online courses of all time.
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