Hancock Student Club to Host Artificial Intelligence Debate With Cal Poly Professors to Raise Money for Youth in STEM

Learn more about AI what it means for the future at this exciting event!

FEBRUARY 25, 2019--From virtual assistants like Alexa and Google Home to self-driving cars, artificial intelligence (AI) is quickly making its way into daily life, and disrupting a variety of industries in the process. One Allan Hancock College student club wants to bring the debate on machine intelligence onstage at the Marian Theatre, Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. with their event, “The Artificial Intelligence Debate.”

The AHC Science and Engineering Club, a fully student organized and executed group, has enlisted the help of two AI and computer science experts, Dr. Foaad Khosmood and Dr. Maria Pantoja of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, to delve into the possibilities and ramifications of AI in the workplace and daily life. Hancock communication professor Ashley Grecko will moderate the discussion.

“Because AI is going to be increasingly significant in our future, we felt it was important to have this discussion,” said Matt Taber, a Hancock engineering major and AHC STEM Club member. “We want to explore the benefits and detriments of incorporating these types of technologies into our society to help people make informed voting decisions, or maybe guide them in their career focus.”

“Artificial intelligence can be a pretty controversial topic,” added Justin Dill, a Hancock physics major and AHC STEM club member. “When most people think of artificial intelligence, they think of the Terminator movies or Space Odyssey – examples where the machines take over. It’s important to dispel some of the connotations with AI but also explore what’s practical and what’s possible. For example, Google already has AI technology that can develop its own code. It’s critically important to understand what’s happening around us.”

Students, faculty, staff and the general public are all invited to the discussion. According to the committee, the discussion will be interesting to people who have never heard of AI in their life and computer science graduates alike. There will also be a question and answer period during the presentation. Questions can be submitted at the event or by visiting ahcstem.club/ai-debate.

Admission to the event is $5 at the door and all proceeds will go toward Iridescent, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the world’s underrepresented young people, especially girls, through engineering and technology to become innovators and leaders.

To learn more about the AHC Science and Engineering Club visit ahcstem.club. To learn more about Iridescent, visit iridescentlearning.org.

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Last Modified Feb 25, 2019