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Understanding the AI revolution

Understanding the AI revolution

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Two contrasting talks about the ever evolving field of AI and why it is inevitable that AI will take us all in new directions

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Understanding the AI revolution

Artificial intelligence (AI) is emerging as one of the most important issues of our time. Whilst we are growing used to the idea of AI impacting our daily lives, key questions remain; is AI a threat or an opportunity? What are the applications that will change our way of life? How impressive is AI, how good will it get, and how soon?

Join leading Artifical Intelligence experts Dr Beth Singler, University of Cambridge and Dr Shakir Mohamed, Deepmind for an evening exploring both technical and sociocultural themes in AI. You will be guided through the evening by a New Scientist host.

This event will take place at Conway Hall in London and a will be live streamed online. An on-demand recording of the talk will be available for all ticket holders for 1 month after the live event.

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fAIth: Believing in AI

When we don’t understand AI it can become something much greater in our minds than it actually is. In this talk, Dr Beth Singler will explore our hopes and fears for AI and how they can distract from what is really happening, and who is making the decisions behind the decision machines. She will explore the stories we tell ourselves about AI, from the utopian to the dystopian, and think about what it means to believe in AI.

Dr Beth Singler, Junior Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence, University of Cambridge

Dr Beth Singler is the Junior Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence at Homerton College, University of Cambridge. Her anthropological research considers the social, ethical, and religious implications of AI and robotics. She has spoken about her research at the Hay Festival, Cheltenham Science Festival, the London Science Museum, the Edinburgh Science Festival, and has appeared in international press and media including the BBC, the New York Times, and Forbes.

Advancing Science Through AI: new thinking in weather, engineering and energy

AI is helping us expand the types of scientific questions we can ask, while also creating opportunities for new technologies in sectors that affect our lives each day. Join Shakir Mohamed from DeepMind who will help us understand these advances by showing how the tools of AI – data-driven analysis, prediction, control, and generation – are being used to combat crucial challenges in weather, engineering, and energy. These are not only technical problems, but also social ones, and understanding AI as a sociotechnical field is another important advance. Shakir will argue that greater understanding of AI is needed in order to align AI to the task of serving our shared prosperity.

Dr Shakir Mohamed, Research Scientist, DeepMind

Dr Shakir Mohamed works on technical and sociotechnical questions in machine learning research, aspiring to make contributions to machine learning principles, applied problems in health and environment, and ethics and diversity. Shakir is a research scientist and lead at DeepMind in London, an Associate Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, and a Honorary Professor of University College London. Shakir is also a founder and trustee of the Deep Learning Indaba, a grassroots organisation aiming to build pan-African capacity and leadership in AI. Shakir was the General Chair for the 2021 International conference on Learning Representations, and a member of the Royal Society’s Diversity Committee.

Event Timings:

This event will take place in-person and online. Those with online tickets will be able to tune in to the talk from 7-9pm. Those with in person tickets can following the details below. All ticket holders will be able to watch a recording of the talk on-demand for 1 month after the event.

CONWAY HALL, LONDON:

Doors: 6.30pm

Talks start: 7.00pm

Close: 9.00pm

The event will be held at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL.

Doors will open at 6.30pm with talks commencing at 7.00 pm. The event will finish at 9.00pm.

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