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How 'Big Data' and Machine Learning Factor into Efforts to Create Artificial Intelligence

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University of South Florida College of Engineering

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.

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University. 
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week.  Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.