March 10: Really Intelligent Computers
Paul Cohen, the UA computer science department head, will talk about developing really intelligent computers. Really intelligent computers will do more than current artificial intelligence, which has delivered cars that drive themselves, airline reservation systems you can talk to, and search engines for the Web. Current artificial intelligence is no match for the general, flexible, adaptive mind of a two-year-old child. The stage is being set for next-generation artificial intelligence systems.
Feb. 17: Darwin's Strange Inversion of Reasoning
Daniel Dennett is the Austin B. Fletcher professor of philosophy at Tufts University. Before Charles Darwin wrote "Origin of the Species," people assumed that living organisms were built according to a pre-existing plan. When Darwin showed that...
March 3: Visualizing Human Thought
Elena Plante heads up the UA's speech, language and hearing sciences department. Throughout most of medical history, the human brain's ability to think and communicate thoughts could only be understood in terms of behavior following brain damage. But new tools...
Feb. 10: A Great Leap for Bioresearch
Vicki Chandler is a Regents' Professor of molecular and cellular biology and director of the BIO5 Institute. Understanding plants – from their most minute cellular processes to their roles in ecosystems – is critical to sustain life on Earth. Chandler is...