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February 28th, Brett Martensen
Artificial Intelligence

Brett studied physics at UBC (Class of '71) and earned his MSc at Queens (Class of '76). At the same time he was doing Artificial Intelligence research as a hobby. He pursued it as a hobby until 2001. In 2002 he founded Adaptron Inc. to continue the research inside a corporate structure. The company performs Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) research. AGI should be able to learn to do anything a human can do. That includes recognizing things, performing tasks and learning how to think.

AI has become big news in the past few weeks, particularly ChatGP which, among other things, can write essays to order, an ability that the media built up to be (almost) the end of civilization as we know it. This talk will give us a clearer picture of what AI is, what it can do and what will be left for us to do.

Brett has said that a research principle is to explain things at the simple level first. That should dispel any worries that it will be over our heads.

March 27th, Ottawa's Riverkeeper

A swimmable, drinkable, fishable Ottawa River watershed For everyone.

Ottawa Riverkeeper, a charitable organization, is a champion and collective voice for the Ottawa River watershed, providing leadership and inspiration to protect, promote and improve its ecological health and future.

Stay Safe!

Johnson Insurance

We have added a link to the Johnson Insurance web site (see "Links" page).
Johnson provides competitive rates for Probus members for all kinds of insurance, particularly travel insurance.

Guests and Visitors from other Clubs are welcome.

We are a 'Combined' Club. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of the month (except December - 2nd Wednesday). Meetings begin at 10:00 with a few minutes of announcements and then a speaker. Members start to arrive about 9:30 for coffee, cookies and chat (tea, Tim-bits and talk).

Meetings are at:

Gloucester Presbyterian Church
91 Pike Street
Ottawa K1T 3J6

Pike Street runs north from Hunt Club just west of Conroy. The church is at the corner of Lorry Greenberg and Pike. The parking lot entrance is off Pike.


 PROBUS' Vital Purpose

... to stimulate thought, interest and participation in activities at a time in life when it is easy to become complacent and self-centred.

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