Friday 28 October 3.30pm The Beacon £7
Introduced by Ed Vaizey, MP
Driverless cars? Pilotless planes? Smart medical devices? Robot chefs? Welcome to the not-so-distant future! Technology journalist, author and former documentary film-maker Luke Dormehl explores the brave new world of Artificial Intelligence and why it is important to us all.
Back in the 1950s and 60s, the idea of A I or machines that could think was the stuff of science fiction. Today, we are entering an era when there seems to be no limits to the potential real-world applications of Artificial Intelligence. For instance, earlier this year Facebook created a facial recognition system with 97.25% accuracy. Human recognition, by comparison, is 97.5% for the same standardised test. Months later, a Hong Kong university beat the human threshold for the first time with a facial recognition system with 99.15% accuracy. Driverless cars, for years believed to be too complex a task for a machine, have already reached the prototype stage. Pilotless planes will surely follow….
Dormehl discusses the important questions thrown up by these technological advances. How did technology get here? Where is it heading? In a world obsessed with technology, how do we carve out a role for humanity in the face of accelerating computer intelligence? How will AI impact on employment? Can a machine be creative? Can a machine be accountable for its actions? How might AI save your life or end it?
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About the author
Luke Dormehl has written about technology, and specifically, artificial intelligence for a variety of publications including Fast Company, Wired, The Guardian, Politico, Consumer Reports and SFX. His previous books include The Apple Revolution: Steve Jobs, the Counterculture and How the Crazy Ones Took Over the World and The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems… and Create More. His documentaries have been screened on Channel 4.
His new book, Thinking Machines, is published by WH Allen.
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