Date: 16 May 2018
Prof. Stephen Chung (Dean, Division of Science and Technology)
Prof. Ken Tsang, (Professor, Statistics Programme)
Speech Topic:
Science, Technology, Intelligence and the future of Homo sapiens


About the Speaker

Prof. Tsang got his BS degree in Physics from Chinese University of Hong Kong, MS in Physics from State University of New York at Stony Brook, and Ph. D. in Astrophysics from Princeton University. Since then, he spent almost 30 years in the U.S. as research scientist, senior research scientist and project leader in Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and various NASA sites, specialized in controlled fusion energy and space plasma physics researches. Since 2006, he has been teaching Statistics in UIC, as well as broadening his research interest to data-mining and machine learning.



“WHAT HAVE BEEN THE most important developments in human history?”

According to the authors and professors from MIT, Brynjolfsson and McAfee,  of “The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies”, it is the Industrial Revolution started by James Watt’s tinkering and improvement of the steam engines between 1765 and 1776. Since then, judging from the total population on Earth or other comparable measures, the human race has entered an unprecedented explosive growth period in productivity and wealth creation, never seen in the entire human history, despite of all the wars and disasters.

This talk serves as a historical excursion for audience to trace back to the origin of the recent and on-going Intelligence Revolution, which brings us new technologies such as driverless car and AlphaGo.

The fast-pace, exponential growth-rate of change in technologies has some of the astute thinkers in our time worry about our future. I will offer my own rumination to conclude the talk.



Online registration via MIS system. Students who have successfully registered for the event will receive an automatic reply email from MIS email. The seating plan will be sent by HTD email before 23:59, 15 May 2018.