AI: Beyond the Hysteria and Hype


Date & Time

Monday, 25 Feb

11:00 - 12:10


Hall 4 - Auditorium 5


With a multiplicity of definitions, applications and rapidly evolving technological capabilities, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a subject which polarizes popular opinion. Key protagonists remain divided in their assertions on whether AI will ultimately benefit society or destroy it. Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is an AI which can carry out any cognitive function that a human can. The key distinction between the Narrow AI applications we see today (in the form of Alexa, IBM Watson, Siri and others) and true AGI involves goal-setting and volition. Crucially, AGI will have the ability to reflect on its goals and decide whether to adjust them. While this is in itself an extraordinary feat of human technological achievement, many fear that Artificial Super Intelligence (ASI) will one day go beyond this, surpassing human cognition. Examining the myths vs. realities of utopian hopes and dystopian fears, this pivotal session is sure to provide an enlightening debate on how we can harness the true potential of AI, exploring the rapidly changing relationship between man and machine.

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