University Research Conference 2020 - Page 20

John Danko The Turing Test: Do We Really Want Machines to Think Like Us? Alan Turing was a brilliant mathematician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist best known for cracking the German Enigma code during World War ll. However, Turing’s 1950 paper, “Computing Machinery and Intelligence” laid the foundation for the field of Artificial Intelligence. Tragically, Turing’s contributions in the field of AI were cut short due to mankind’s inability to think like a machine. Criminal Justice Lauren Waller Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity In this experiment, half of the participants were given information about the insanity plea and half were not. They were asked to read three crime vignettes in which the perpetrator has a history of mental illness and decide what the penalty should be for the crime they committed. The purpose of this research is to see if once educated about the insanity plea, if community members are more or less likely to award the insanity plea in criminal cases and what factors go into making that decision. Denise Sacco Drug Addiction and Treatment In the United States, drug addiction is an alarming complication among adolescents and adults. Although treatment may be offered in many cases, not all who suffer from addiction are interested in getting assistance. This research will provide a better understanding of the rejection of assistance as well as explaining useful tactics by professionals that allow successful recovering processes. Khaylah Williams Community Thoughts on Safe Injection Sites The purpose of safe injection sites is to provide healthy instruments, means, and placement for the use of pre-purchased drugs. These programs are implemented to bring drugs off of street so they are not visible to the community. The purpose of this study is to see what community members think about safe injection sites in their neighborhoods. Liam Sullivan Recidivism Rates: Does the Type of Original Crime Have an Effect on Who Commits an Additional Crime? The purpose of this research is to look at the recidivism rates of non- violent drug offenders in the United States, and the economic cost that a cycle of recidivism has on the micro and macro level variables. 18