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Instant Expert: Artificial Intelligence

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Instant Expert: Artificial Intelligence

From fake news and election meddling to driverless cars and the changing job market, many of the forces shaping the world today share one thing in common: artificial intelligence. We are growing used to the idea of AI impacting our daily lives – usually for the better. It recommends songs to play, helps us find our way around unfamiliar cities and tries to answer any question we care to ask. We are close to breakthroughs in AI-assisted healthcare and driverless cars promise to make our roads safer and less congested.

But there’s a darker side too. AI’s reach has grown in ways most of us did not see coming, with knock-on effects ranging from an epidemic of misinformation, in which AI is being used to distort our sense of reality, to unprecedented levels of surveillance. Face recognition systems are rapidly being adopted by police forces and the military around the world, with big implications for privacy. And this year also saw the first pedestrian killed by a driverless car.

Come to our one-day masterclass and let six leading experts guide you through one of today's most exciting fields of science.


Topics covered will include:

  • What is AI?
  • How machine learning works
  • AI in healthcare
  • AI in democracy
  • Can AI be creative?
  • The real risks of AI
  • How to get AI to explain its decisions
  • The future of AI
  • And more


Speakers:

  • David Runciman – professor of politics, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge. Author of How Democracy Ends
  • Maja Pantic – professor of affective and behavioural computing, Imperial College London
  • Kanta Dihal – postdoctoral research assistant on the AI Narratives project, University of Cambridge
  • Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE – CEO and co-founder of STEMettes and a renowned champion and inspiration for women looking to find a role in the world of STEM.
  • Simon Colton – professor in digital games technologies at Falmouth University and a professor of computational creativity in the Department of Computing of Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • Plus 1 more leading expert to be announced
  • Hosted by Will Douglas Heaven New Scientist consultant and freelance journalist. He is editor of the New Scientist Instant Expert book on artificial intelligence, was previously chief technology editor at New Scientist and founding editor of the BBC's tech-meets-geopolitics website Future Now


Overview:

We’ve been trying to create machines that mimic human intelligence for more than 75 years. When Alan Turing asked in 1950 “Can machines think?” he captured the imaginations of the best minds in computing and neuroscience. For decades, attempts to build such a machine were hit and miss, and more than once the grand project faltered. All that changed in the last few years, however. Thanks to the success of machine learning, there are not many tasks at which AI does not excel. Machine learning is involved in ever more crucial, life-changing decisions, from filtering job applications and recommending parole for prisoners to making medical diagnoses and identifying human targets on the battlefield. There’s no denying that AI’s impact will be global – the question now is how to wield this incredibly powerful tool safely and responsibly.

At this event, six expert speakers will guide you through the basics of AI, from conception to current successes, and introduce you to some of the biggest questions we now face. Can Facebook’s algorithms influence elections? Are driverless cars safe? How will AI affect the job market? How do we stop AI from boosting existing prejudices? What’s really worth worrying about? And what isn’t? Learn about the latest in AI – and understand how the world is changing.


Who should attend?

Anyone interested in the future of machines and intelligence, whatever your age or background. Whether you're a scientist, a student or simply a fascinated human being, Instant Expert: Artificial Intelligence offers the chance to learn directly from the experts at our one-day masterclass.


What's included in your ticket:

  • In-depth and engaging talks from six leading AI experts
  • Ask-an-expert Question Time session
  • Your chance to meet our six speakers and host Will Douglas Heaven
  • Hot buffet lunch, plus morning and afternoon refreshments
  • Exclusive Instant Expert certificate
  • Exclusive on-the-day New Scientist subscription deal, book and merchandise offers


Booking information:

  • The event will be held in the Brunei Auditorium at RCGP / 30 Euston Square.
  • Doors will open at 9:15am, with talks commencing at 10am sharp. The event will finish at 5pm.
  • We require the name of each person attending - please ensure this is provided at the time of booking. If you need to change the name of an attendee, please notify us as soon as possible: live@newscientist.com
  • Eventbrite will email you your ticket(s) immediately after purchase. Please remember to bring your ticket(s) with you as you'll need it to gain entry. We can scan tickets from a print out, or off the screen of a phone / tablet / smartwatch.
  • The ticket price includes a buffet lunch, as well as morning and afternoon refreshments.
  • The schedule / exact running order for the day will be confirmed closer to the event, and will be emailed to all ticket holders.
  • Should you require details about disabled access, please contact us at: live@newscientist.com
  • Tickets are non-transferable to any other New Scientist event.
  • All tickets are non-refundable. If the event is sold out and you can no longer make it then we may be able to offer your ticket(s) to someone on the event waitlist and provide you with a refund. Please email us at live@newscientist.com asap to notify us. We will deal with all such requests in the order received, although we offer no guarantee that we will be able to sell you ticket onto someone on the waitlist.
  • New Scientist reserves the right to alter the event and its line-up, or cancel the event. In the unlikely event of cancellation, all tickets will be fully refunded. New Scientist Ltd will not be liable for any additional expenses incurred by ticket holders in relation to the event.
  • Tickets are subject to availability and are only available in advance through Eventbrite.
  • A limited number of discounted early bird tickets (£129) and student tickets (£99) have been made available, saving £20 and £50 respectively on the full ticket price of £149. Both tickets can be purchased by following the green "Buy" button at the top of this page, if still available.
  • Please note: if you have been to a past New Scientist Instant Expert: Artificial Intelligence event, this event will be exploring different areas of the subject with different speakers, including some of the latest advances.

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