JPL has several groups devoted to the research on artificial intelligence, machine learning and autonomous systems. We welcome members from these groups, and all interested employees to come to our upcoming TED Talk session that will focus on AI. Within the last six months, several well-known scientists and technology entrepreneurs have expressed their concerns about certain developments within the AI field. How has the field grown? Can a machine learn from itself? The May TED Talks Thursday will show several recent TED Talks giving specific examples of AI development. Come to the Hub (111-104) to watch the Talks and exchange your opinions with colleagues.
JPL Library’s ebook collection contains several books addressing the impact of technologies to the society. Check here to see a list of these books.
Here are a few Q&A’s about TED Talk and TED Talk Thursday at the Hub:
Q: What is TED? What are TED Talks?
A: TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. TED Talks are short (usually less than 18 minutes), powerful presentations.
Q: What is TED Talk Thursday?
A: The JPL Library sponsors this event. A host selects three to four TED Talks to show, and moderates discussions related to any of the Talks. The whole event will last less than 60 minutes, and everyone at JPL is welcome to attend.
Q: Who is the host for the presentations?
A: Any JPLer can be a host for the TED Talk Thursday. All one needs is the desire to share interesting presentations to others, and there is no need to be expert in the topic of the presentations. Please contact Dudee Chiang (email@example.com) at JPL Library for more details.
Q: What if I am interested in doing a TED-Talk like presentation? Can I do that at the Hub?
A: Sure, please contact Dudee to set up your presentation.
Q: Since the TED Talks are videos accessible from anywhere, why can’t I watch them from my office?
A: The idea of TED Talk Thursday is to have face-to-face meeting with other JPLers outside of your immediate work group. You never know what new ideas may come out of the encounters.
Q: Since it will be lunch time, can I eat at the Hub?