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Artificial intelligence is artificial and not intelligent

Mason Square's Tech futurist and director of Mason’s new robotics and AI center, Missy Cummings, discusses the strengths, weaknesses, and shortcomings of AI

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Mason Research in the top 25 nationally

George Mason University’s $214 million in research funding in fiscal year 2021 represented an increase of more than $100 million over five years, and puts the university on track to meet its goal of $225 million by 2025.

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Mason's research shows its strength in National Science Foundation (NSF) report

George Mason University’s $214 million in research funding in fiscal year 2021 represented an increase of more than $100 million over five years and puts the university on track to meet its goal of $225 million by 2025. Read More.

U.S. News & World Report Ranks 5 of Mason's programs in the Top 20

Mason’s stature as the most innovative and diverse public university in the Commonwealth of Virginia positions it to provide evolving online learning opportunities. Read More

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The U.S. News and World Report ranks five Mason programs in the top 20

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Photos of the Week

"Doc Nix" Nickens dressed in a yellow suit, green mardi gras beads around his neck, wearing a yellow hat, holding a basketball. Athletic director Nena Rogers to his left, his mother Linda West to his right. They stand on the court as Doc Nix is honored by Mason Athletics

Mason Athletics recognized Green Machine Ensembles director and associate professor of music Michael Nickens, “Doc Nix,” during the men’s basketball game vs. Massachusetts on Wednesday at EagleBank Arena. 

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Mason Nation woke up this morning to a beautiful dusting of snow on the Fairfax Campus. 

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Events Around Campus

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Mason Cabaret

Saturday, February 4 @ 2 PM & 8PM

Visual Voices Lecture Series with Saki Mafundikwa. Saki is a Black man with long dreadlocks, he is wearing a white button down shirt and an orange African print vest.

Visual Voices Lecture Series with Saki Mafundikwa

Thursday, Feb. 09 at 4:45 p.m.

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Homecoming: Tip-Off Party

Friday, February 10 @ 7–10 PM

Mason in the News

Missy Cummings is a tech futurist, charged with making tech work

As one of the U.S. Navy’s first female fighter pilots and an engineer, Mary “Missy” Cummings is accustomed to breaking barriers and solving problems. So, when the opportunity to develop a new interdisciplinary program in artificial intelligence at Mason’s College of Engineering and Computing emerged, she didn’t hesitate. Cummings wants to increase the public and workforce's understanding of AI and its limits by utilizing the environment of ideation and innovation coming to Fuse at Mason Square.

Read more about Missy Cummings' research.

"I am hoping, personally, to teach classes in [Fuse] and actually have an offshoot of my lab out there because with all this work that we're doing with government agencies on safe, secure, trustworthy AI, we anticipate offering research and lab-based classes out there. So it's critical to my research and critical to the overall interdisciplinary nature of AI in general."


Missy Cummings,
from the Access to Excellence Podcast
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