One Book: I Robot

Happy Birthday Raspberry Pi!

Eight years ago a credit card-sized, affordable computer landed on the market, making computing and programming accessible to a wide audience. Since then, the Raspberry Pi has been a hit with scientists, hobbyists, students, and kids alike.

Take a look at these fun projects for beginners to get some inspiration!

The Library has several books and eBooks about the Raspberry Pi to get you started on your project. We also have resources on coding in Python and Scratch.

Have you been participating in this year’s One Book One College program? Use your Raspberry Pi to experiment with machine learning!

Pi day is coming up on March 14th (3-14!). Here’s how one academic library celebrated using the Raspberry Pi.

The Fear of Automation and Technology: A Historical Perspective (video)

The fear of technology has been constant across history. Some of this fear has been well-founded while some has not. A panel of historians will discuss examples of technophobia and as well as the transformations that technology has enabled.

In Relationships with our Phones: Our Emotional Attachment to Gadgets & Devices (video)

Who’s the most important person in your life? Is it not a person at all? In honor of Valentine’s Day, a panel of faculty members will discuss our relationships with technology. This event is part of our One Book, One College program on Isaac Asimov’s, I, Robot.

Early Designs: Early Automatons (video)

Dr. Amani Wazwaz discusses early forms of robots and automatons designed by such great thinkers and designers as Archytas, Al Jazzari, Leonardo da Vinci, John Joseph Merlin, Pierre Jaquet-Droz, and others. This talk is inspired by Moraine Valley’s 2019 One Book, One College on Isaac Asimov’s I Robot and MOSAICS Building Bridges Program.

Visions of Tomorrow: Science Fiction as Social Commentary (video)

As a genre, Science Fiction has pushed us to see our future (and present) in new ways. It has predicted new technologies and challenged us to think about how society will change. In this event, a panel of faculty members will discuss SciFi as a genre and explore how to understand and recognize its relevance. This event is part of our One Book, One College program on Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot.

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning: Realities & Possibilities (video)

There’s a great deal of hype around intelligent systems that identify patterns in data and make decisions. This faculty panel discussion seeks cut through the hype with the goal of helping us understand the current state of machine learning and how this technology will shape the future.This event is part of our One Book program on I, Robot by Isaac Asimov.

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.

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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:

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