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The Rise & Foreseeable Future of Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities & Threats

January 16, 2019 @ 12:00 - 14:00


TitleThe Rise & Foreseeable Future of Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities & Threats

Date: Wednesday January 16th  2019   

Speaker: Peter MacKinnon

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.

Please confirm attendance by email to Madeleine Aubrey on or before Monday January 14th.  Please remember that CACOR is responsible for payment of guests who have registered. If you register and need to change your commitment, please inform us as well before Monday January 14th.  Thank you for your assistance in this matter. We unfortunately will follow up with an invoice for those who were not able to honour their commitment.

In order to accommodate all members, associates and guests please indicate your presence to this event as soon as possible. Please indicate as well your dietary needs. The Mess can prepare alternative for either gluten free, vegetarian or vegan meals.

About the presentation:

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is constantly in the news with stories of promise and threat for good and bad.  Political leaders have declared it a national priority, the global high tech industry is racing AI apps to markets and policy and governance implications of AI are in their infancy.  We will explore where this is all heading.

We will begin with some definitions and a bit of history behind the rise of AI.  The talk will then place AI in the context of being a potentially disruptive technology on society.

Today, AI is such a ‘hot topic’ that even political leadership in many countries talk up the benefits of AI while pouring money into AI research and commercialization opportunities.  We will briefly look at the emerging AI market with respect to scale, offerings and expectations resulting from all the ‘hot topic’ activities.

The notion of an ‘AI race’ and its possible future scenarios will be considered in respect to developments such as autonomous decision making, which in the end demands the establishment of appropriate ethical choices as prerequisites for prevention and management of rogue situations.

This will lead to a discussion about ethics and moral issues regarding the development and use of aspects of AI as a dual-use technology.  The role of AI in defence and security will be used as an example for appreciating the complexity and ethical issues brought on by AI.

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.


January 16, 2019
12:00 - 14:00
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