Human Intelligence


Airdate: November 1, 2018

Fatma Mili is Dean of the College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte). Before joining the faculty at UNC Charlotte in 2017, Fatma was a professor of computer science at Purdue University, where she was the founder and director of the Center for Trans-Institutional Capacity Building and Educational Equity in STEM at the Purdue Discovery Park. She founded the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, an academic educational research institute to foster modern, transdisciplinary education. Her interests include spearheading new curricular innovations to equip students to shape the future. Fatma earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Universite Villetaneuse and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, France. 

This episode is perfect for anyone interested in computer science, artificial intelligence, big data, and the values we need to shape the future.  


  • Fatma describes the College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) at UNC Charlotte and the three transformative values at the core of CCI.

  • She defines informatics, big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and addresses where we are right now in the development of AI.

  • She considers an argument made by Yuval Harari of Oxford University about how artificial intelligence can give rise to tyranny.

  • Fatma talks about human biases programmed within computer systems, centralized versus decentralized processing, the transferring of human decision-making to algorithms, and the ‘data industrial complex.’

  • She answers whether CCI is contributing to the weaponization of data.

  • She reflects on growing up in Tunisia and learning Arabic, French and English and her time studying computer science in Paris.

  • She talks about teaching at Oakland University in Michigan, her scholarship, and redefining computer science education at Purdue University.

  • Fatma reveals why she came to work at UNC Charlotte and what is most important to her.

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  • What values should guide computer science education?

  • How do you respond to disruption?

  • What ethics should guide science and technology?

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This episode is sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts, celebrating its 25th year presenting the best in performing arts. 

Further support is provided by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, one of America’s leading urban public libraries, delivering exceptional services and programs, with a mission to improve lives and build a stronger community. 

And by the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's resource hub and lead advocate for the regional cultural community, providing Culture for All.

Additional support is provided by the UNC College of Arts + Architecture, celebrating a decade of creative education in the arts and design.