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2016 IT Jeopardy Champions: The IT Futures Summit

The IT Futures Summit had a panel on disruptive technologies, a presentation by an IBM researcher, an a presentation by Mark Nuefville of Spokane Falls College on the NAO robot, an update on the WA IT Program marketing plan/action taken, the IT Jeopardy game, and more… This was an informative, interactive, and fun event. Look for it next year in May 2017.

The IT Jeopardy game took place on the second day of the event.  In true Jeopardy fashion, the game featured 50 questions with three daily doubles and a final Jeopardy question.

Meet our IT Jeopardy Champions from left to right:

IT Jeopardy Champions 2016

To say this team dominated is an understatement. Everyone get ready for IT Jeopardy: 2017 as it will be an epic match-up!

The following are available to all WA State IT Program CTC faculty from the Summit:

“There is a catch-22 in Isaac Asimov’s three laws of robotics.  There is a scenario where ethicists have discussed where a robot might be forced to break one or more its laws.  Imagine two-self driving vehicles going towards each other on Highway 101.  Now imagine that the vehicles are just about to cross each other and a large object from the mountains falls right in front of one of them.

To the right of that vehicle there is a cliff, so the vehicle has only two choices: 1.  Allow the collision with the large object to happen, which would prove fatal for the passenger of the car, or 2.  swerve towards the oncoming car, which would be fatal to the passenger of the oncoming vehicle.

What do you think should happen?  Now imagine that one of the cars is transporting children.  Should it respond differently?

Since we are talking about self-driving vehicles (cars), the outcome of this accident would have been pre-determined before the accident happened.  So, ultimately, vehicles (cars) will have to have a method to decide which life is more important and it will mirror the ethics and empathy of those who programmed the vehicles.”

  • Also, don’t forget to listen to the Center’s podcast series, WAInfoTechTalks.org.  We now have 11 episodes that explore with our IT industry guests:
    • Robotics/Automation
    • Hacking/Security
    • Entertainment and Technology
    • Web Development/Design/UX
    • Big Data (Our latest episodes – Listen to the three part podcast on Big Data)

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