The concept of Artificial Intelligence in terms of digital computing has been around since the mid 1950s. Researchers have continued to work in this field since then, and these days, while there might not yet be the kind of artificial general intelligence those early researchers first imagined, there are lots of ways computers are doing work only humans could once do -- much of it behind the scenes in the systems we all take for granted. We explore the roles "big data" and maching learning are playing into efforts to develop AI.
We're joined by Dr. Larry Hall, he’s a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Florida. Dr. Hall has done research in pattern recognition, artificial intelligence and machine learning throughout his career, with more than 270 peer-reviewed publications. He has current funding from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA. He was in town to present a lecture at Florida Gulf University, as part of the Provost's Lecture Series, called “Artificial Intelligence Through Deep Learning.” So, we thought we’d sit down with him to pick his brain about this still advancing field.