“The future has already begun.” Gerhard Weiss, professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, prepares us for the coming onrush in robotics. Like his colleague Tsjalling Swierstra, professor of Philosophy, he thinks robots will make our lives more comfortable, but also more complicated. We should see robots as helpers, saysWeiss,not as enemies.Swierstra is decidedly more reserved: we will need to control the new technology, lest it controls us.
To say that Solmaz Karami is driven would be an understatement. Born and raised in Tehran, this Maastricht University (UM) Knowledge Engineering alum has gone further than she thought possible. “When I first came to the Netherlands I couldn’t speak Dutch. I didn’t even know what I wanted, but I just thought, ‘go for it’ and look where I am now!” she exclaims. Now working as a business intelligence specialist for Vodafone in Maastricht, this 28-year-old is exactly where she wants to be.