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Scary Smart: Interpreting in a Tech World


Artificial intelligence (AI) has roots back to classical philosophers trying to describe human thinking as symbolic systems. The field of AI was formally founded in a 1956 conference at Dartmouth College. AI is here to stay, it’s projected that AI will be a billion times more intelligent than humans by 2049.  What does AI mean for life as we know it? Is technology putting our humanity at risk? What about the relationships and careers that humans have forged? What about sign language interpreters? 


The Deaf Community, and thus the Interpreting Community, have long been early adopters of technology. How will advancements in technology and AI benefit or harm the Deaf Community, service provision by sign language interpreters, and the relationships between the two communities? 

This book discussion will use Mo Gawdat’s Scary Smart as a framework to explore technology and its influence in and on sign language interpreters.

Scary Smart: Interpreting in a Tech World is a book discussion facilitated by Sandy Fritz. This interactive book discussion is for working and student interpreters.

By the end of this book discussion, you will be able to...

  • Describe Artificial Intelligence (AI) including it’s benefits and potential harms

  • Identify a blueprint of future AI and technology advancements

  • Relate AI and advancements in technology to the Deaf Community and service provision by sign language interpreters

CEUs & Time Commitment

Amy Kroll is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This Professional Studies (PS) program is offered for 1.4 PS CEUs at the little Content Knowledge Level.

You should plan on 12 hour of reading and reflection in preparation of the discussions and 8 hours of group interactions.  The 20 hours of content will be spread out weekly over the 4 week duration of the book discussion.


Dates & Location


This book discussion starts on July 8, 2022 (Friday) and ends on August 5, 2022 (Friday).

Friday meetings are on July 15, 22, 29 & August 5, 2022 via Zoom from 9:00-11:00 AM Mountain.


You have two costs associated with this book discussion: 1) the book discussion fee and 2) the cost of the book.


Book Discussion Fee: $125

A PayPal invoice will be emailed to you along with confirmation of your registration.

A $100 refund will be offered through the original payment source for cancellations made at least 24 hours prior to the first day of the book discussion. No refunds are offered after this 24 hour cut off.​

Email for cancelations.

Cost of the Book:

You are responsible for obtaining a copy of the book for the duration of the book discussion. Online retailers sell print, eBook, and audio editions. Local libraries may have copies available.



Submit your registration form by July 6, 2022. Registration is limited to 7 participants.


Requests for reasonable accommodations can be made on the registration form. 

Referral Program


Refer a co-worker and earn a $10 discount on a future CEU fee. Your co-worker will need to provide your name on the registration form.

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