The Museum will be closed on Tuesday, September 30 & Wednesday, October 1 for our Stibitz & Wilson Awards programs on the campus of Montana State University including:

Artifical Intelligence & the Future of Humanity & Biodiversity

A Free Public Forum

When?: October 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM
(Doors open at 6:30 PM as seating will be on a first-come-first served basis)

Where?: At the Strand Union Building (SUB)
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 


Join the world’s preeminent Naturalist & Father of Biodiversity, Dr. Edward O. Wilson as he presents the museum’s Stibitz & Wilson awards and then joins this forum with Important Pioneers of Artificial Intelligence and Biodiversity:


1. Dr. Eric Horvitz
2014 George R. Stibitz Award for Seminal Contributions to the Fields of Artificial Intelligence and Human/Machine Intelligent Interfaces
- Distinguished Scientist & Managing Director, Microsoft Research Laboratory, Redmond, WA (Washington)

2. Dr. Douglas Hofstadter
2014 George R. Stibitz Award for Seminal Contributions to the Understanding of Human Cognition, Consciousness and Perception
- Pulitzer Prize winning Author and Founder of the The Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana (Indiana)

3. Dr. Hans Moravec
2014 George R. Stibitz Award for Seminal Contributions to the Fields of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Transhumanism
- Acclaimed Author and former Research Professor in the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University (Pennsylvania)

4. Dr. Edward Feigenbaum
2014 George R. Stibitz Award for Seminal Contributions to the Fields of Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems
- Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Stanford University (California)

5. Dr. David Andes
2014 George R. Stibitz Award for the Invention of the World’s First Real Neural ComputerFounder of the United States Navy's Artificial Neural Networks Program at the Naval Weapons Center in China Lake, CA (retired, Montana)

6. Dr. Cynthia Breazeal
2014 George R. Stibitz Award for Seminal Contributions to the Development of Social Robotics and Human Robot Interactions
- Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts)

7. Ms. Rebecca Costa
2014 Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award for Exemplary Writing and Public Outreach Regarding Human Evolution and Sociobiology
- Acclaimed author, public speaker and talk show host (California)

8. Dr. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
2014 Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award for Exemplary Advocation of Biodiversity Through the Authorship of Children’s Science Literature
- Acclaimed author of children’s scientific and biodiversity related books (Montana)

9. Dr. Cathy Whitlock
2014 Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award for Outstanding Scientific Research, Advocacy and Public Outreach Regarding Biodiversity
- Montana State University Professor of Earth Sciences, Director of the Institute on Ecosystems (IOE) & Lead Investigator on NSF WildFIRE Partnership in Research and Education

10. Dr. John Priscu
2014 Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award for Outstanding Scientific Research, Advocacy and Public Outreach Regarding Biodiversity
- Montana State University Professor, Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences & Director of the Priscu Research Group

Forum Sponsors:

Montana State University’s:
Office of the President
College of Engineeing
College of Letters & Science
Honors College
Humanities Institute
Computer Science Department

Zoot Enterprises

The Nels & Liz Foundation




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A New Major Exhibit:

 Brains & Thinking Machines

A unique and comprehensive display on natural and artificial intelligence with a peek at the future

of robots & thinking machines on human culture & labor


 Just what is it that makes us human?


Will computers develop consciousness?


This exhibit was made possible through the generosity of the Federico and Elvia Faggin Foundation

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"Inch for inch, the best museum in the world."                   - Dr. Edward O. Wilson

Museum of Comparative Zoology Faculty, Emeritus

Pellegrino University Professor, Emeritus

Harvard University


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Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple

Steve Wozniak (Woz) signing a few years ago, the museum’s Apple II Computer (above left) and more recently, signing the Apple 1 Computer (above right) that he donated to the museum.

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