109) Demystify Technology Series

Become well versed in today's high tech as we explore current events around areas such as space exploration, artificial intelligence, and self-driving cars. Meet for three weeks to explore these fascinating topics.  (Interested students may also choose to register for individual lectures instead of for the entire series.)  Click here to watch a brief video about the demystify lectures.

Demystify: Space Exploration

Are we really going back to the Moon? To Mars? With Space-X, Virgin Galactic, and Blue Origin there is way more going on with humans in space today than in the heyday of Apollo and the Space Shuttle. We will look at the goals, challenges, and progress (or lack thereof) of NASA and private companies so we can understand where we are headed, and why.

Demystify: Artificial Intelligence

Does AI think? Can it be creative? Should we be worried? Artificial intelligence is working its way into farming, cars, medicine and most every other business sector. In this engaging talk we’ll break down the topic, strip out the hype and have some fun. After seeing how a machine actually learns, we’ll be able to understand the real impacts of this transformative technology.

Demystify: Self-Driving Cars

Companies like Tesla, Volvo, Waymo and GM are racing to bring autonomous cars and tractor-trailer trucks to our streets and highways. Can they be safe? Are they here now, coming soon, or still years away? We will explain how they are being designed and brought to market so we can answer these and other questions. As with other "Demystify Technology" sessions, we will separate hype from reality, sprinkle in just a bit of tech talk, and add a dash of entertainment along the way.

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