From Samuel Butler’s Erewhon (1872) and 20th Century Fox’s The Day the Earth Stood Still to Marvel Comics’ Ultron and Clarke/Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, popular culture has long envisioned hypothetical scenarios in which artificial intelligence (AI) becomes the dominant form of intelligence on earth, only to wrest control of the planet from the human race. But how likely is this scenario? And what of the possible benefits of AI?
The field of artificial intelligence has made astonishing advancements in the last few years. Every day we read in the scientific and popular press about how AI is pervasive and has the potential to affect society in major ways; the speed of its evolution is rapid and there is no end in sight.
In the not-too-distant future, intelligent systems and robots will become part of our daily lives, helping with routine tasks (logistical applications), professional services (autism diagnosis), dangerous jobs (search and rescue), and keeping us company (think: R2-D2 companion).
Join us February 7, when award-winning computer scientist Dr. Maria Gini will assess the current state of the art in intelligent systems, dig into its future developments and challenges, and highlight the specific research that is centered on increasing productivity and improving people’s lives.
Maria Gini is a Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Computer Science in the College of Science and Engineering who has earned an international reputation for her research in robotics and artificial intelligence.
Her work at the University has garnered many awards, including the inaugural Distinguished Women’s Scholar Award, Mullen-Spector-Truax Women's Leadership Award, and Outstanding Contribution to Post-Baccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education Award.
A Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and IEEE, Gini received AAAI’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to the profession through her sustained service, mentoring of colleagues, and pioneering recruitment of women into the field of robotics.
Gini has given the University’s prestigious Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture, is listed in “Twenty-five Women in Robotics You Need to Know About,” and is editor-in-chief of Robotics and Autonomous Systems. Earlier this year, she received the National Center for Women in Technology’s Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award.
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