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From Drones to Flying Cars: New Frontiers in Human-Technology Interaction

September 13, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Opening lecture for the exhibition, Flying Machines: A History of Early Aviation

The lecture

This talk will discuss how artificial intelligence (AI) is changing transportation systems, including drones, driverless cars, and flying cars. Where and why humans will be needed as operators and supervisors in these systems will be illustrated, as well as how you can know if your job will one day be threatened by AI and robots.

The speaker

Mary “Missy” Cummings is a professor in the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering, the Duke Institute of Brain Sciences, and Director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory and Duke Robotics.

A naval officer and military pilot from 1988-1999, she was one of the U.S. Navy’s first female fighter pilots. Dr. Cummings received her BS in mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy, an MS in space systems engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a PhD in systems engineering from the University of Virginia.

Her research interests include human supervisory control, human-unmanned vehicle interaction, human-autonomous system collaboration, human-robot interaction, human-systems engineering, and the ethical and social impact of technology.

Admission tickets

The lecture is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required.

Live Stream

If you are unable to attend the lecture in person, you can watch a live broadcast from the Library’s Facebook page or via livestream.com.


Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Further reading

To learn more about drones and artificial intelligence, check out these books at the Linda Hall Library:


September 13, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Eric Ward


Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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