Speaker: Dr. Peter MacKinnon
Topic: Artificial Intelligence is on the Rampage: A Call for Guardrails & Regulation.
Time: Aug 30, 2023 13:30 Eastern Time (US and Canada)
The AI rampage started in the public eye less than a year ago with the release of an AI tool based on advances in Natural Language Processes, a branch of AI, and generally referred to as a chatbot. ChatGPT, the tool in question, is now in its 4th iteration since its release in November 2022, with each iteration improving performance and its anthropomorphic likeness. ChatGPT currently has over 100 million monthly users and the website generated 1.6 billion visits in June of this year.*
Concurrently, other types of AI tools that manipulate and replace a person’s likeness with that of another have created a burgeoning field of deep fakes. This is achieved through the use of generative visual and audio content by means of AI methods based on deep learning and neural network architectures, such as generative adversarial networks. We will highlight these and other technical developments.
Current uses of AI in the form of chatbots, deep fake imagery and the creation and manipulation of sound (e.g., a person’s voice), are creating a wide range of concerns about the design, deployment, and use of such sophisticated AI tools. Consequently, governments, lawmakers, and many commentators on the evolution of AI are raising concerns these days about the need for AI guardrails and regulations. We will explore the present state of national and international efforts to constrain unrestricted competition through various ways and means that amount to minimum guardrails, (e.g., voluntary buy-in to certain constraints like 3rd party certification of algorithms) to hard rules with criminal penalties.
Peter has a background as a scientist, business manager, entrepreneur, domestic and international bureaucrat, executive, diplomat, management advisor, and academic; including today being affiliated with both the Telfer School of Management and the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa.
He is a pioneer in the commercialization of AI and today is actively involved in ethical and policy issues related to AI, especially as a member of the IEEE-USA Artificial Intelligence Policy Committee. Peter has an extensive background at the forefront of scientific and technological breakthroughs around disruptive technologies and their impacts on society. See www.linkedin.com/in/peter-mackinnon-ba88682a/ for more background.