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Scientist Spotlight February 11

Feb 11, 2017 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Bradbury Science Museum
1350 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA
Linda Anderman
(505) 665-9196

Event Description

Join us for this family-friendly activity!

Machine learning

Things that are very easy for people, like knowing what a chair is, can be very difficult for a computer. Does it have to have four legs, does it have to have a backrest? In this demonstration, Diane Oyen, with the Lab’s Space Science & Systems group, will help show how computers can be taught to recognize things. Applications could range everywhere from is this fruit ripe to where did this uranium come from?


How do computers “know” what they are doing? Trick question! Computers don’t “know” in the sense that people “know”—but that might change in the future. Right now, computers blindly follow instructions. So, how do computers get instructions? Programming. Come and explore computer concepts from binary digits (0 and 1) to supercomputers. Teri Roberts guides you and your family members through this learning experience in about 15 minutes through hands-on exercises.