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CMU’s Moore Wows GABC Audience with Views on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning


Carnegie Mellon University's Andrew Moore


Nov. 30, 2015 - At the German American Business Circle’s fall meeting, guest speaker Andrew Moore, Dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, held the audience rapt with his observations of how computers making decisions based on data – which he calls artificial intelligence and machine learning— will impact human behavior and activity in the not-too-distant future.


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BKD’s Jeffrey Deane led a moment of silence in memory of the late David Murdoch, who passed away recently after serving for 11 years as Honorary German Consul in Pittsburgh.

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More About Moore's Remarks – Moore, who spent several years with Google Pittsburgh before joining CMU’s faculty last year, and was named one of Pittsburgh magazine’s “50 Most Powerful People,” said humans increasingly will use sophisticated algorithms to predict future events.

These will increasingly factor in complex knowledge of businesses, trends, relationships, opinions and events. In Google’s case, this means getting better at showing finely directed advertisements to Google searchers based on their search histories in the context of wider spectrum of internet usage by large groups of people.

For another example, logistics firms will evaluate a wider range of “what if scenarios” and better predict customer behavior, and health care providers will use automated systems to answer patients’ health questions.

CMU researchers are using high definition video cameras to study human facial expressions and muscle movements, both voluntary and involuntary, to better analyze an individual’s underlying emotions, and in some cases these are outperforming humans in making such judgments. This technology will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment for those suffering from depression, assist paralytics in better manipulating robots and to help drivers to avoid or mitigate devastating vehicular accidents.

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