October 31st, 2020

Artificial intelligence PUBlic Professor topic

By Mabell, Dave on November 20, 2019.

Lethbridge Herald

For many years, the expression “AI” was used primarily by livestock producers.

But now it’s in the headlines, with an entirely different meaning. What is “artificial intelligence,” and how does it affect us?

Computer science professor Jackie Rice will present a public update on the new “AI” on Thursday, as part of the monthly PUBlic Professor series presented by the University of Lethbridge. Open to all interested, it’s set for 7 to 9 p.m. downtown at the Sandman Signature.

While Canadians frequently hear stories about AI being used in self-driving cars and robotics in the future, Rice says it’s already arrived. Banking, insurance, medicine, education and the justice system are all making use of it one way or another.

But is there a “downside” to using those applications? Can we harness the power of AI in ways that benefit everyone?

Rice will explore both the benefits of the amazing recent advances in artificial intelligence, as well as the risks it presents. She earned her PhD in computer science from the University of Victoria in 2003 and worked as a computer consultant for various areas of industry. She’s taught at the U of L for the last 17 years.

Rice is also active in outreach and mentoring for young people from many different backgrounds, including working with the local sea cadets as a civilian instructor. She is an associate dean with the arts and science faculty.

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