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‘Move 78’ Retreat – A great success
February 20, 2017

“I’m afraid of humans. I’m not afraid of AI,” – Max Versace

Wow! What a day we had at RIT on Friday, February 17, 2017. Over 275 faculty, students, staff, alums (and at least one trustee!) and friends came together to listen to talks, view posters, and discuss the topics of machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, augmented intelligence and the like; we called it the Move 78 Retreat*. It was a day of thinking big.

A steering committee crafted a superb agenda and ran the retreat like clockwork. A super thanks to the members:

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On the unique genetic makeup of RIT, collisions, access technology, and our partnership with the Al Sigl Community of Agencies
January 6, 2017

“The accessibility problems of today are the mainstream breakthroughs of tomorrow” (Interview with Google’s Even Andersson

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GIS, Food Waste, and Disruptive Innovation
December 2, 2016

Note: This post was created in collaboration with Natalie Surace, Marketing & Communication Program Coordinator, Golisano Institute for Sustainability

 

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From Pac-Man to Pokémon Go: The Role of a Video Game Designer
October 27, 2016

This is a cross-post from Stephen Jacobs, Professor, Interactive Games and Media, in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, from the RIT Online blog.

 

We love video games because they take us out of our own reality and immerse us in an engaging experience. Whether you’re behind the scope of a rifle as you fight in an interstellar war in Halo, manage a farm and its crop development in Farmville, or strategize your gameplay in Tetris, there is a gaming escape for everyone. From console games to smartphones, the video game industry is constantly evolving to meet the needs of new audiences.

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Move 78 – an RIT retreat focused on cognitive technologies for the RIT community
October 20, 2016

“This isn’t human versus machine. It’s human and machine.” Cade Metz, "In Two Moves, AlphaGo and Lee Sodel Redefined the Future," Wired Magazine

 

In a very short time, there has been an explosion of announcements, articles, and advancements on the topics of artificial intelligence, machine (‘deep’) learning, robotics, quantum computing, and other related topics that fall under the general header of ‘cognitive technologies’. Examples abound:

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News & Numbers from the Innovative Learning Institute
October 12, 2016

I’m pleased to share with you some recent data from the Innovative Learning Institute regarding online enrollment, course availability, and faculty resources.

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Purpose and Grit
September 2, 2016

Note: The following is a transcript of remarks given at the 2016 President's Address to the Community. 

It has been a short but great summer. Really short. Really, really short.  It seems like RIT starts earlier with each passing academic year. Makes you wonder who is in charge of the academic calendar … oh, wait! …

The good news is that this is a summer of Olympics. We have been entertained with the vast array of different sports, records that were broken, and the stories behind the stories.  And then there are the athletes - like Simone Manuel, Simone Biles, Michael Phelps, or Ibtihaj Mohammed - with their incredible dedication, persistence, and passion.

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Welcome Back!
August 23, 2016

Note: This message was sent to all RIT faculty and staff August 23, 2016.

“A fixed mindset can also lead us to think that we don’t belong or that we can’t be good at a particular subject or we’re not qualified enough to be in a particular major or may even interfere with our ability to complete our college degree. And that’s a terribly sad outcome because, you know what, our institution and our nation wants and needs each of you complete your college degree. We need all of your ideas, energy and creativity because we have many complex problems to solve and it’s going to take all of us, working together, to solve them.”

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