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Machine learning and the metric system

Oct 14, 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

A chance to interact with our scientist ambassadors on some of their favorite topics.

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?"

Measuring with metric

Even though the United States signed the Treaty of the Meter in 1875, we continue to use two sets of measurement units side by side, leading to wasted time and medical errors—among other issues. Stop by and learn from Linda Anderman, with the Lab's Bradbury Science Museum, about the advantages of the metric system. There are scales both old and new to play with and an opportunity to consider if our current path really "measures up."