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From Drones to Flying Cars: New Frontiers in Human-Technology Interaction
September 13, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Opening lecture for the exhibition, Flying Machines: A History of Early Aviation
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.
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.
The lecture is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required.
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.
To learn more about drones and artificial intelligence, check out these books at the Linda Hall Library:
- Gusterson, Hugh. Drone: Remote Control Warfare. MIT Press, 2016.
- Mindell, David A. Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy. Viking, 2015.
- Newcome, Laurence R. Unmanned Aviation: A Brief History of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2004.
- Tegmark, Max. Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
Questions? Contact Eric Ward at 816.926.8753 for more information about these events.