Science on Tap

Artificial Intelligence: From Science Fiction to Science Fact


Monday, August 28, 2017

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Balmoral Lounge, Saville Sports Centre

11610 65 Avenue, Edmonton

Free parking available

Closest LRT Station - South Campus

$10* advance tickets - (10% off for TELUS World of Science Members)
$15* at the door (Members and Public)

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Randy Goebel is one of the world's leading experts in artificial intelligence (A.I.). A professor of Computing Science at the University of Alberta, Randy has worked on the development on A.I. throughout the world, including Kuala Lumpur, Japan, Germany, and Australia.

The University of Alberta is ranked second only to Carnegie Mellon University as a centre of expertise in A.I. Much of the U of A's expertise in this new field began as a result of research into creating computer programs that could beat humans in games that were increasingly complex commencing with checkers. Earlier this year the Google DeepMind AlphaGo Team defeated the world best Go player which is a board game with more permutations and combinations than chess. Recently the UK based DeepMind group announced they are locating the first international A.I. lab in Edmonton to take advantage of the U of A expertise.

Researchers are now using the knowledge gained from these successes to develop practical applications of A.I. in the fields of medical diagnosis, finance and many other fields. Although A.I. is still in its early stages, we have already come to take for granted A.I. developments that improve our lives. Think for a moment about what powers spam filters, or a call from a credit card company that has recognized an unusual pattern of purchases in your account.

Even at this early stage, it is clear that A.I. will be a yet another disruptive technology that comes with both challenges and immense opportunities. California is less than 18 months away from allowing driverless cars to operate on some roads. There are still profound challenges to be met before older vehicles can be retrofitted with new technology, and public infrastructure can be upgraded to take full advantage of these developments. Research done to date shows that A.I. is already capable of doing a better job than humans in navigating traffic. Driverless cars will never drive drunk or make many of the mistakes caused by distracted driving. It is not hard to imagine some of the benefits that could come from this brave new world including: dramatically more efficient use of existing infrastructure, energy saving, homes with little need for garages or driveways etc.

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The Edmonton Space & Science Foundation in partnership with

TELUS World of Science - Edmonton