USU’s Science Unwrapped braces for ‘Robot Apocalypse’ Friday, April 15

USU mathematician David Brown is featured speaker at Utah State University’s Science Unwrapped Friday, April 15. Brown presents “Artificial Intelligence: Too Late to Stop Robot Apocalypse?” at 7 p.m. in the Eccles Science Learning Center Auditorium. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Learning activities and refreshments follow the talk.

LOGAN — Many of us dream of a robot, or two or more, to relieve us of the monotonous tasks and heavy lifting of daily living. But could these technological advancements backfire and result in the dreaded “Singularity” – popularly known as the “Robot Apocalypse” – where artificially intelligent machines take over the world?

Utah State University’s Science Unwrapped explores this chilling hypothetical phenomenon Friday, April 15. Featured speaker David Brown, associate professor in USU’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presents “Artificial Intelligence: Too Late to Stop Robot Apocalypse?” at 7 p.m. in the Eccles Science Learning Center Emert Auditorium, Room 130, on campus.

Brown’s talk, free and open to all ages, is followed by hands-on learning activities and refreshments. More than 20 USU student and community groups will offer educational exhibits.

Hosted by USU’s College of Science, Brown’s presentation is the fourth and final event in Science Unwrapped’s spring 2016 “Show Me the Data” series.

“We welcome our community to experience this fascinating series,” says Nancy Huntly, Science Unwrapped chair, director of USU’s Ecology Center and professor in the Department of Biology. “Our presentations offer something for everyone.”

Science Unwrapped returns with its new series “Science in the Movies” in fall 2016, featuring speakers Jamie Strange, USU and USDA entomologist, on Sept. 16; USU alum and Penn State physicist Sydney Chamberlin Oct. 14, and University of Rochester physicist John Howell Nov. 11.

For more information, call 435-797-3517, visit www.usu.edu/science/unwrapped or view the ‘Science Unwrapped at USU’ Facebook page.

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