The Program for Learning and Community Engagement at Texas A&M University-Texarkana will present science and technology lectures Tuesday in Texarkana and Mount Pleasant, Texas.
Both events are free and open to the public.
"Protecting Children in an Ever-Evolving Digital World," featuring an FBI special agent starts at 7 p.m. in University Center Room 217 at A&M-Texarkana, 7101 University Ave.
The lecture will cover current trends in Internet crimes against children around the world, websites and applications used by predators, case studies and methods to protect ourselves and children, and efforts by law enforcement to combat Internet crimes against children, child pornography and the sexual exploitation of children in general.
"This is a serious topic in today's time, and the community needs to equip itself with the tools and resources necessary to protect our children," said Dr. Corrine Hinton, assistant professor of English and PLACE chairwoman.
Dr. Kevin Rose will present The Sentient Machine: Teaching and Learning in the Age of Artificial Intelligence from 12:20 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. in the Humanities Community Room at Northeast Texas Community College, 2886 Farm to Market Road 1735 in Mount Pleasant.
Rose will attempt to answer the questions: What does the age of the sentient machine mean for society and learning? Will robots be able to learn faster than humans? Will they ultimately take over humans' roles, creating a 'jobless future'? What will humans need to learn if robots are performing the work?
PLACE is a faculty-led program designed to create a community of learners. This year's theme is "science and technology."
For more information, email Hinton at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit tamut.edu/PLACE.