Like it or not, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the way humans work with machines. One example is voice-controlled interfaces, sometimes referred to as personal voice assistants or digital assistants, where computers and humans are interrelating in a variety of ways to accomplish certain tasks. Going further, experts reveal that by 2020 there will be 50 billion connected devices interacting with and reporting data in real-time via the “Internet of Things” network where digital assistants could be one of the primary ways to initiate this interaction. In this webinar,

· Understand the basics of AI to see what it can and cannot accomplish,
· Discover a variety of digital assistants on the market now,
· Recognize how one can program digital assistants for their library,
· Learn the details of how a Google Voice AIY kit was assembled to use AI.


Original broadcast November 20, 2019 

Biography ~ Chad Mairn 
Chad Mairn is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries. In 2016, Chad received a League of Innovation Excellence Award in Teaching and Learning for Innovation in the Use of Technology.