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Sosanna Saad S. mutans and Infective Endocarditis Good oral hygiene is essential for the overall health of the body. It prevents the dominance of species such as Streptococcus mutans, a major cause of dental and systemic disease. Certain serotypes of S. mutans can express virulence genes which allow it to evade the immune system, persist in the bloodstream for a long time, and colonize the endothelial tissues of the valvular surface, leading to infective endocarditis, a disease with high mortality. Computer Information Sciences Mark Meade Artificial Intelligence: Thinking Machines and the Future of Humanity Artificial Intelligence (AI) is growing exponentially and impacting every aspect of our lives. However, despite this massive growth, AI is still in its infancy. This lecture discusses the differences between Narrow AI, General Intelligence, and Superintelligence. Where are we now, and will AI help or harm mankind? Where is humanity’s place in the imminent world autonomous machines? Ethan MacBain-Adornetto Virtual Reality: How VR Can Be Used to Enhance the Quality of Life for Individuals with Disabilities Virtual Reality (VR) allows individuals to experience and interact with a simulated 3D world. However, VR is not just for entertainment. VR can be beneficial to people with disabilities, post-traumatic stress disorder, stroke victims, and students with learning disabilities. VR also enables individuals to experience the world from the perspective of people with disabilities, PTSD, and autism. William McGuire Autonomous Policing Autonomous Policing, capable of sharing data between multiple agencies simultaneously, can assist law enforcement in solving crimes more accurately, expeditiously, and cost efficiently. This research examines the feasibility of autonomous policing and how it can be integrated into local police departments and the communities they serve. How close are we to deploying this technology? Machine bias will also be discussed. 17