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May CACOR Ottawa Lunch Meeting: The Rise & Foreseeable Future of Artificial Intelligence

May 1, 2019 @ 12:00 - 14:00

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Man beats robot business concept knowledge and technology pop art retro style.Title: The Rise & Foreseeable Future of Artificial Intelligence

Part 2: Where is AI Heading?

Speaker: Peter MacKinnon

About the presentation:
Artificial Intelligence is one of the latest technical buzz terms one tends to encounter in the news and in every day conversation these days.  This address will go behind the news and explore some new frontiers created by AI.

In the January address to CACOR as Part 1 on the Rise & Foreseeable Future of Artificial Intelligence, (see below) we noted that AI technology, and AI-based products and services are outpacing advance in developing philosophical, ethical, and efficacy understandings and implications of AI to society. From other points of view the socio-economic implications (e.g., jobs) and general impact of AI on political economy are far from understood.

This address will focus on a number of these non-technical issues per se; yet they are highly dependent on technical advances in AI and the application of those advances.  This dependency also will be considered as we look into the near-term future of AI.

The notion of an ‘AI race’ and its possible future scenarios will be considered in respect to rising competition between state and non-state actors.  This will lead to a discussion about ethics issues regarding the development and use of aspects of AI as a dual-use technology.

We will then consider a number of socio-economic implications and the general impact of AI on political economy.  Finally, we will review potential governance and policy issues and options to address the rapid unchecked development and application of AI within society at large.

About the speaker:
The speaker was a pioneer in the commercialization of AI in the 1980s and today is actively involved in ethical and policy issues related to AI.  Peter has an extensive background on the forefront of scientific and technological breakthroughs around disruptive technologies and their impacts on society.  He was an early proponent in the development and promotion of Big Data analytics using High Performance Computers, and was a major contributor in creating the Internet in Canada, among other accomplishments.

Peter has a background as a scientist, business manager, entrepreneur, domestic and international bureaucrat, executive, diplomat, management advisor, and academic; including most recently affiliation with both Telfer School of Management and the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa and the Faculty of Engineering at Carleton University.

Note, you may find the following timely news article called Artificial intelligence: The good and the bad, which appeared in the Ottawa Citizen on April 12th.

Date: Wednesday May 1st 2019

Time: 12-2pm

Place: Army Officers’ Mess, 149 Somerset Street West, Ottawa

Cost: $25 general admission; $20 for members, their spouses and $10 for student guests. The upstairs ante-room and dining area will be open at 11:30 for those who wish to meet and greet friends and colleagues prior to lunch.


May 1, 2019
12:00 - 14:00
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Army Officer’s Mess
149 Somerset Street West
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