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UA Science Lecture Series: ‘Humans, Data and Machines’

The UA College of Science presents the fourth of six free lectures at Centennial Hall on “Humans, Data and Machines.”

In our automated lives, we generate and interact with unprecedented amounts of data. This sea of information is constantly searched, catalogued, analyzed and referenced by machines with the ability to uncover patterns unseen by their human creators. These new insights have far reaching implications for our society. From our everyday presence online, to scientists sequencing billions of genes or cataloging billions of stars, to cars that drive themselves – this series we explore how the confluence of humans, data and machines extends beyond science – raising new philosophical and ethical questions.

Luis von Ahn, associate professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, will talk about harnessing human time and energy to address problems that computers cannot yet solve in his lecture titled “What Humans Do That Machines Cannot.” Although computers have advanced dramatically in many respects over the last 50 years, they still do not possess the basic conceptual intelligence or perceptual capabilities that most humans take for granted. By leveraging human skills and abilities in a novel way, he wants to solve large-scale computational problems and collect training data to teach computers many of the basic human talents. 

Parking is available on a pay-per-use basis in the Tyndall Avenue Garage.