Biased bots: why A.I. might lead to injustice, and how to avoid it

Rather than worrying about some far-fetched doomsday scenario akin to Terminator or I, Robot, artificial intelligence researchers are concerned with the real-world dangers presented by modern A.I. In recent years, eminent scientists and intellectuals, including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, have warned of the existential risk entailed by developing advanced artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence researcher Jennifer…

MU research team using robotics to study corn plants

By Catherine Wheeler With climate change looming, researchers are studying how factors like heat and drought affect corn plants so that farmers can weather changes better. In 2014, MU won a $20 million grant to study stress on corn plants, identifying how plants react to different kinds of stressors in the environment Gui DeSouza, a professor of…

The Big Electron radio show breaks down big ideas

By Catherine Wheeler Ever wonder how the iPhone touch screen works or want to know what the stages of cancer really are? Those are just some of the topics discussed on a local Columbia radio show, making science a little more understandable. The Big Electron on KCOU 88.1 FM makes science topics understandable for those do not have an…