Computer Science Events

Nov 9

CS Tea Talk Series

Dr. Gunnar Newquist will be our speaker this week.

Thursday, November 9th, 2017
4:00 – 5:00 pm / CMC 209

Title:  Want a real R2D2?  A new approach is developing.

Abstract:  Why don’t we have a real R2D2 yet?  Deep learning is the current buzzword in artificial intelligence. Though deep learning is highly successful in many applications, it is fundamentally incapable of bringing artificial beings like R2D2 from fiction to reality. Deep learning cannot provide the flexibility and personality required to provide the appearance of sentience. Biology, however, has already solved the fundamental problems that are keeping R2D2 from becoming real. Even simple organisms possess the abilities that deep learning lacks:  instant decision-making in uncertain environments, flexibility, and (surprisingly) personality in small, efficient packages.  Several companies have begun applying neuroscience to embedded AI problems, and the results are already quite dramatic. The process of biomimicry—applying natural intelligence principles to software strategies—is what is going to turn our devices into companions.  This lecture explores how the next revolution in AI will come from an understanding of natural intelligence. 

Bio:  Dr. Gunnar Newquist is a scientist turned entrepreneur obsessed with the functionality of the brain and how living creatures learn. He obtained a Ph.D. in Cell & Molecular Neuroscience from the University of Nevada, Reno, and conducted a post-doctorate in learning and memory at ESPCI Paris-Tech. Gunnar is also a trained concert pianist and a former professional extreme skier.

Sponsored by Computer Science. Contact: Sue Jandro, x4360