A popular topic in science and technology industries is artificial intelligence. A subtopic on this matter is machine learning, an intellectual legwork technology expected to broaden the capabilities of artificial intelligence.

Orange Coast College will be hosting a Machine Learning Seminar in Room 218 of the Math Business and Computer Science building Nov. 30, from 3:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The seminar will feature seven students who are expected to cover subjects ranging from critical concepts involved in studying the topic to various applications, some as specific as calculating baseball statistics and probabilities.

Renaud Detry, research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is on the docket to give the keynote presentation titled “Combining Semantic and Geometric Scene Understanding: From Robot Manipulation to Planetary Exploration.”

Doyoung Kim, a 23-year-old electrical engineering and computer science major who organized the seminar, said students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math may be particularly interested in the subject, because they will likely find themselves using it occupationally. He said people such as engineers, stock traders and physicians are going to benefit from this technology first, but that is just the beginning.

“Andrew Ng said that AI is the new electricity. A long time ago, only the rich had access to electricity, but now it’s all over the place. Artificial intelligence is like that,” Kim said of the computer scientist who is often regarded as a guru of AI. “Machine learning algorithms will be deployed in your lights, your computer, your toaster, coffee pot; it will be in your daily life.”

Expecting machine learning to reach the current daily consumer, Kim suggests people try to find a general interest in the subject and consider attending the seminar.

Isabelle Phan, a 28-year-old biochemistry major and speaker for the event, gave some reasons for why people should at least be excited about it.

“Machine learning can enhance the quality of our lives. It opens the bright future for auto-navigate systems, which will control traffic flows and decrease accidents caused by human error,” Phan said. “It can also help diagnose diseases and improve treatments.”

Benefits aside, there are some aspects of this technology which some might consider drawbacks. According to Phan, one of these is its effect on the unemployment rate, as it could entirely replace lower tiers of some workforces’ organizational structure, including accountants and blue collar workers.

“The first line is the worker, the next line is the supervisor, then the next line is like the associate, so at first it will replace all the workers. Then it will replace the next line, then the next, it just won’t replace the top,” Phan said. “But it depends on how we train the machine and how smart it is.”

If artificial intelligence can be taught emotion, she said it could even replace journalists. For more information about the seminar, contact Doyoung Kim at dkim191@student.cccd.edu. To change your major and avoid being replaced by an intelligent computer, make an appointment with a counselor at (714) 432-5078.

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