Ada Lovelace Lecture: Artificial Intelligence through the Looking Glass
Monday, 19 March 2018
Weston Lecture Theatre
Computer scientist Dame Wendy Hall explains how artificial intelligence can already outperform humans on some tasks and looks at the implications for human society. This event is free but tickets must be booked through the usual channels.
Hall says artificial intelligence is still a long way from being as powerful as the human brain but it will lead to many jobs being replaced by automated processes and machines. It is particularly able to outperform humans in analysing large amounts of data and predicting results. Hall argues that artificial intelligence offers great opportunities to develop new companies, grow jobs and benefit society. However, we must be aware of the threats to society and the ethical, accountability and diversity issues we need to address.
Hall is Regius Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, executive director of the Web Science Institute, and co-chair of the UK government’s AI review.
The Ada Lovelace Lecture is presented by Bodleian Libraries in association with the University of Oxford Department of Computer Science.. Ada Lovelace was the daughter of Lord Byron and a mathematician and writer who is seen as an early pioneer of the computer. This annual lecture is devoted to a scientific topic.
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