COSAM News Articles 2024 02 A Road Not Taken: Exploring Alternate Realities to Explain AI

A Road Not Taken: Exploring Alternate Realities to Explain AI

Published: 02/20/2024

By: Maria Gebhardt

On Thursday, Feb. 22, you can learn more about one of the most popular topics discussed today, Artificial Intelligence (AI). Ash Abebe, chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, will present “A Road Not Taken: Exploring Alternate Realities to Explain AI” at the John Emerald Distillery at 6:15 p.m.

His talk will share insight through the exploration of diverse models and hypothetical scenarios in AI.

"As a long-time COSAM faculty member, I'm excited to have an opportunity to discuss the topics of AI and machine learning at the Science Café,” said Abebe. “These technologies are increasingly important yet challenging to explain. I look forward to discussing how exploring a range of equally valid models for a given dataset and conducting what-if scenario explorations can offer clearer insights."

From answering an array of questions to recommendations for music and television to planning a travel itinerary, AI has the potential to impact our lives with adoption in industries as well as for consumers.

Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the intricacies of interpreting AI and machine learning models and leave with a better understanding of this exciting field that has rapidly evolved. According to, the AI market is expected to reach more than $400 billion by 2027.

And the market will continue to grow.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear an engaging discussion from a statistical perspective about the enlightening field of AI.

Science Café is hosted by the Office of STEM Outreach and OIED in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. 

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