Mechatronics Madness: New Concentration Sparks Craze on Campus

By Matt McGregor, Arts and Features Writer 8/26/2015 Artificial Intelligence and liberal arts combine to form the mechatronics department at UNCA. Rebecca Bruce, professor in the mechatronics and computer science departments at UNC Asheville, says technologists are getting closer to developing artificial intelligence. “I really believe that as we get closer to mapping the brain with our huge processing capabilities and our huge memory, we will be able to imitate human behavior,” Bruce says. Bruce describes the Turing Test, based on the work of Alan Turing, developer of the Turing Machine, a quintessential model of the computer, and father of artificial intelligence. “Turing proposed a test for A.I. which involved having people on one side of a curtain and potentially people or a machine on the other side. They…

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