L818 Summer 2018 AI: How Will it Change Our Future?
Wednesday, 9:40–11:05, July 25
Instructor: Jim Wentworth
This presentation will start with a brief overview of the current state of artificial intelligence (AI), with some specific examples. Next, we will discuss where AI is going for the next few years, including the benefits and disruptions that society may enjoy or endure. Finally, the long-term goals of AI will be addressed along with its promises and problems. The agenda will accommodate discussion, with both questions and disagreement welcome. The presenter will attempt to maintain a fair balance between enthusiasm and cynicism throughout the lecture.
Jim Wentworth retired from the Federal Highway Administration after spending nearly 30 years there in research and development, specializing in highway safety and in artificial intelligence. Following retirement he joined the Edinburgh University in Scotland as a visiting professor of intelligent transport systems. Later he taught software engineering courses, served as a senior research scientist at the Center for Intelligent Systems Research at The George Washington University, and worked as a guest scientist at the German Aerospace Center in Berlin, Germany. Currently he is a “behind-the-scenes” volunteer at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, working with curators on a new manned space program exhibit.