Westworld: Robots, Entertainment, Power & Desire

Faculty members from different areas of study will discuss HBO’s hit show Westworld. They will consider this show as a commentary on our relationship with technology, the ways we engage in entertainment, and the power dynamics underlying modern life. This event is part of our One Book program on I, Robot by Isaac Asimov and a part of the Library’s Graphic Novel Symposium.

How AI is Changing the Healthcare Landscape and What’s Coming Next

Machine learning and high-powered data processing has the potential to transform medicine and healthcare. How will you make healthcare decisions in the future? How will treatments evolve thanks to data? In this talk, A.I. expert David Ducat will talk about the actual work in healthcare-related, machine learning based on what he is seeing in the field. This event is part of our One Book program on I, Robot by Isaac Asimov.

Inequality, Automation, Algorithms, and Technology: A Faculty Panel (video)

What is an algorithm and how are algorithms applied to our lives? What assumptions are built into algorithms and our technology infrastructure? Does technology combat inequality or make it worse? Faculty members will discuss these questions and more. This event is part of our One Book program on I, Robot by Isaac Asimov.

Find the audio of this event here:

Voyages in Computer Engineering featuring Machine Learning (Video)

Do you know how the technology in your pocket works? What are the systems and architectures behind it? In this talk, Jim VanDeCasteele will talk about computer engineering and the move toward automation and machine learning. He will share his journey through computer engineering and offer tips about learning and being successful.
Jim VanDeCasteele is a Sr. Sales Engineer at Resolve Systems. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University. This event is part of the STEM lecture series.

Voyages in Computer Engineering Featuring Machine Learning

The audio of this discussion is available below:

The Intelligence on A.I.

“NAO” by Erik Arlen is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Have you seen the upcoming events for our One Book program? Over the next couple months the program will explore the expanding world of artificial intelligence. Get ahead of the robot invasion with the following books and videos from our collection.

Looking for fiction?

Machines Like Me: And People Like You

Set in an alternate 1980’s London, two people work together to create a personality for a synthetic human. A love triangle ensues and leads to questions about what makes us human. 

Looking for non-fiction? 

A Human’s Guide to Machine Intelligence : How Algorithms are Shaping our Lives and How We Can Stay in Control

“Kartik Hosanagar surveys the brave new world of algorithmic decision making and reveals the potentially dangerous biases to which they can give rise to as they increasingly run our lives.” (From the book jacket)

Interested in medicine?

Deep Medicine : How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again

“’Deep Medicine’ shows us how the awesome power of AI can make medicine better, and reveals the paradox that machines can make humans healthier–and more human.” (From the book jacket)

Looking for a thriller?

Ex Machina (Streaming Video)

“A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I.” (IMDb.com)

Looking for a romance? 

Her (Streaming Video or DVD)

“In a near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need.” (IMDb.com)

Want to binge watch? 

Westworld: Season One (DVD)

“’Westworld’ is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin–exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.” (From the publisher)


Real Robots & Real Science: STEM Opportunities for Students On Campus

Paula DeAnda-Shah and Rob Schwein join Tish and Troy for a discussion related to the One Book program on I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. This discussion is a preview for the 2019-2020 One Book program. Visit https://onebook.morainevalley.edu.?

You can visit the STEM Center website at: https://www.morainevalley.edu/stem-center/

Robot umpires and I, Robot

Robots will become a familiar word on the MVCC campus this school year. The One Book One College is I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. There will be numerous faculty panels, guest speakers, classroom discussions, and podcasts that will center on the implications of A. I. in our world.

These two links show the pros and cons of Robot Umps calling balls and strikes on baseball players at the plate. You may be able to use this topic in one of your classes next semester. Robots…they are everywhere.

“I, Robot” and “Frankenstein”? A Review of the upcoming One Book (video)

Faculty members Amani Wazwaz and Carey Millsap-Spears join librarians Tish Hayes and Troy Swanson to talk about Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot which is the text for the 2019-2020 One Book program. They offer highlights from the book and discuss other texts that connect with this book such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Learn more about the upcoming program at https://onebook.morainevalley.edu

The audio of this discussion is available below: