College of Natural Resources and Environment has consistently been recognized as a leading program in North America and as the nation’s best for studying natural resources and conservation (USA Today, 2015, 2017; Virginia Tech News, 2016 ). It thus presents an exemplary site of academic practice with implications for other sites of similar institutional portfolio or academic profile. Uniquely positioned within the college, the Center for Natural Resources Assessment and Decision Support engages in translational work of assessing the complex dynamics of changing land
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evolved to study the impact of these new generations of IT. Now we are talking about AI. Is AI just another IT application or an advanced version of previous IT initiatives? What is unique about AI? As an author and researcher, I really want to know what is really new about AI. After many conservations, I have come to the conclusion that, compared with the previous generations of IT, AI has three unique characteristics.
First of all, AI is self-learning. One thing I believe very different from the previous generations of IT is that AI can learn from itself. Through