AI and the future

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Event details

Seminar

Date & time

Thursday 17 March 2016
12.30pm–1.30pm

Venue

Seminar Room 1.13, Coombs Extension Building (8), Fellows Road, ANU
ANU Canberra

Speaker

Tom Everitt & Jan Leike

Contacts

RegNet
+61 (0)2 6125 3948

Progress in artificial intelligence (AI) steadily diminishes the domains of human superiority over machines. Historic milestones include mastering chess, Jeopardy, and very recently the game of Go.

In today’s world, AI has become indispensable, with applications ranging from stock market trading and machine translation to self-driving cars. This talk outlines present and future advancements in AI and their impact on society: in the not-too-distant future, this technology will lead to mass unemployment and other major transformations which we are currently unprepared to deal with.

Moreover, once the field of AI achieves its holy grail of engineering human-level intelligence, we will face entirely new challenges. This calls for tight international cooperation and a major research effort ensuring AI remains robust and beneficial.

About the Speakers

Having completed his Master’s degree in mathematics at Stockholm University, Tom Everitt is also currently a PhD student at the Research School of Computer Science, ANU. Since 2014, he has co-authored a number of papers on decision theory, problem difficulty in optimisation, and algorithm selection.

Having completed his Master’s degree in software verification at the University of Freiburg, Jan Leike is currently a PhD student at the Research School of Computer Science, ANU. Since 2013, he has co-authored a number of papers on termination analysis, software synthesis, learning theory, and general reinforcement learning.

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