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FEB 2018

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20 • ROCK products • February 2018 Singularity. It's discussed by futurists and by scientists. Then there are the rest of us grappling to get our heads around the "reality" that within a decade or so, Artificial Intelligence (AI) will change everything. CMRubinWorld recently asked mil- lennials around the world to answer this question: Do we need to regulate AI now before it becomes a danger to humanity? "We are experiencing a time where five companies are holding most of the economical (and even political) power in the world: Facebook, Alphabet, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft," stressed Reetta Heiskanen, a CMRubinWorld mil - lennial blogger. "We should think about fundamental questions: what are the elements that make a human a human? And what are the ingredients that help us execute our own, individual potential?" CMRubinWorld millennial blogger Sajia Darwish commented, "It is crucial to control the power and availability of AI in order to prevent the dominance of powerful companies with large amounts of data and funding." CMRubinWorld millennial blogger Wilson Carter stated, "It saddens me to think that a technology that could improve the lives of billions, like imple- menting autonomous farming to ensure all of the world's peoples are sufficiently fed, is being warped into creating new age killing machines." CMRubinWorld launched in 2010 to explore what kind of education would prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing globalized world. The speaker at this year's National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association Young Leaders Luncheon, sponsored by Rock Products, will be former Navy SEAL Dave Sears. The event will take place at AGG1. For 20 years, Sears served in the most elite special operations force in the world. A decorated veteran, he planned, led and executed hundreds of special operations missions in more than 40 countries on five continents. Sears will offer a look inside how the nation's most elite special operations forces train to make quick and effective decisions in life and death environments. With more than 20 years of tactical and strategic experience, he shares stories about some of our most headline-stealing conflicts (like the first successful prisoner of war rescue since WWII) and show how to create a process around decision-mak- ing that leads faster, better decisions. He will offer a practical framework: 1.) End state – what are the goals; 2.) Test for decisions – is it S.A.F.E. (suitable, accept- able, feasible, and end state); and 3.) Practice – talk through the process and be aware of what decisions are being made. Sears' presentations are a high-energy look into how audiences can apply the best of the Navy SEALs to their own organizations. The decision to add a new Ph.D. specialization in the Mining Engineer - ing and Management Department at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will increase research opportunities and funding, and develop critical collaborations. The department recommended the Ph.D. mining engineering specialization in response to increased interest from students; an increased need within the industry and government for Ph.D. employees; and a desire for more fed- eral research funding opportunities. The addition will also develop stron- ger collaborations between the earth systems programs at Mines – geology, geological engineering, petroleum systems and mining engineering, said Lance A. Roberts, Ph.D., head of the Department of Mining Engineering and Management. "Working collaboratively with the Department of Geology and Geologi- cal Engineering allows us to efficiently leverage numerous resources and attract new students into a unique interdisciplinary program," said Rob- erts. "Our goal is to graduate top-notch academics, engineers and researchers who are needed to solve the most com- plex minerals-related problems facing the United States and the world today." Roberts said the new specialization in mining engineering, in concert with the existing specialization in geology and geological engineering, will allow the departments to "incubate and nurture emerging programs" that could lead to additional specializations. Inter- disciplinary specializations also make departments more competitive when vying for research funding, as many funders want research expertise in multiple areas. Roberts said one example is the devel- opment of strategic minerals, which are minerals critical to both the national defense of the United States and its indus- try. Currently, the United States must often import the minerals from less-than- friendly nations. "To ultimately solve this problem will involve the disciplines of multiple specialties," Roberts said. The addition of this Ph.D. specialization at Mines was approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents last summer. Should Artificial Intelligence Be Regulated? South Dakota School of Mines Now Offers Mining Ph.D. Young Leaders Luncheon to Feature Dave Sears Dave Sears

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