Intelligent Machines: AI’s Present and Future

Feb 7 2019 - 7:00pm

Maria Gini with robots

Intelligent Machines: AI’s Present and Future

Dr. Maria Gini, Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Computer Science, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota


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. A Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and IEEE, Gini recently received the National Center for Women in Technology’s Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award.

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