A vast amount of research has gone into the development of artificial intelligence, especially regarding how computers perceive and understand the “real” world. At the same time, great progress has been made in recent years in the understanding of the processes of human sensation and perception, as well as related aspects of human-computer interfaces such artificial sensory prostheses and virtual reality. This lecture will examine the two separate lines of research together to discuss multiple aspects of this dual relationship. First, what do computers have to learn from human perception and related intelligence? How can what we already know about how humans process information lead to better computer processing and even artificial intelligence? Second, can computers improve on humanity? In the short term, this would include technology such as cochlear and retinal implants, and even prosthetic limbs that can sense touch and respond to the wearer’s motor commands. What are the long-term implications? Finally, how can systems such as virtual and augmented reality fundamentally change the way we perceive and interact with the world around us?
"When Robots Rule the World" will explore the futuristic portrayal of robots in film, the daily use of artificial intelligence (A.I.) in mundane tasks and the latest advances in the field of human-centered A.I. and its implications. The 2022-2023 series is sponsored by the University Personnel Development Committee (Research and Creative Activities Grant), and presented by the College of Letters and Science.