Where is artificial intelligence headed?

Oct 27, 2015 In Stanley Kubrick’s classic 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, the protagonist, astronaut Dr. David Bowman, has a standoff with his spacecraft’s artificial intelligence (AI) system, HAL. After discussing plans with a fellow astronaut onboard to deactivate HAL, Bowman attempts to re-enter the spacecraft from an external rescue mission. However, he is prevented from doing so by HAL, who calmly tells him that it will not allow him back inside because if he were to turn off the system, it would jeopardize their mission.  This act of defiance by a computer makes it only fitting that a screening of this particular movie would follow a presentation on AI given by Dr. Jeremy Cooperstock, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Cooperstock’s  presentation, titled…

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