This is Subject to Change


Part Three: Blurred Realities 13:50 - 15:10


The final session explores the opportunities and threats on the horizon from our accelerating world of immersive and virtual reality, enhanced experiences and artificial intelligence. How does our sense of humanity fit with this new world and should we be excited or very very afraid!

Prof Peter Cowling -  'AI Might Kill Us, But What if AI was Delightful?'

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is here. AI is making decisions about which ads to show you in Google, which friends to show you on Facebook, whether to reject your credit card transaction, whether a photo has your face on it, ...


There are naysayers of doom all around. Hollywood thinks killer robots will finish us off, or a "thoughtless" superintelligent AI will squish us as we might squish a bug. International figures like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking talk of existential risk. 


But, what if we could design a delightful AI? One that surprises and challenges us like a good friend. One that presents us with useful opportunities and suggestions as to how we might enjoy our time, without trying to make a fast buck. One that connects us with interesting compatible people, who can enrich our lives. Maybe, while we still have control, we should be thinking about and creating such a delightful AI.


In the talk we'll explore how we might design a delightful AI, what form it might take, what it could do for us, and what a world full of delightful AIs might look like.


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9:30am - 3:30pm 
Friday 16/11/18
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