IEEE Ottawa Webinar Series on AI and Machine Learning - Sponsored by IEEE Ottawa PHO Chapter, CS Chapter, ComSoc Chapter, TEMS Chapter, and SP Chapter, jointly with Vitesse- Reskilling

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The Rise & Foreseeable Future of Artificial Intelligence: Observations from a Commercial Pioneer
Peter MacKinnon
Synergy Technology Management, Canada


Artificial Intelligence (AI) is constantly in the news with stories of promise and peril.  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. 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.  Time permitting, 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. We will then turn to the role of the engineer in this new world being enabled 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; and, ultimately end with a precautionary note.



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  • Please note, this is an online webinar
  • All registered attendees will receive an email notice on how to sign in to the webinar
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • Canada

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  • Co-sponsored by Vitesse Re-Skilling Canada, IEEE Ottawa PHO Chapter, ComSoc Chapter, CS Chapter, TEMS Chapter, and SP Chapter
  • Starts 05 March 2020 12:39 PM
  • Ends 22 April 2020 10:30 AM
  • All times are America/Montreal
  • No Admission Charge
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  Speakers

Peter MacKinnon of Synergy Technology Management, Canada

Topic:

The Rise & Foreseeable Future of Artificial Intelligence: Observations from a Commercial Pioneer

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is constantly in the news with stories of promise and peril.  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. 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.  Time permitting, 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. We will then turn to the role of the engineer in this new world being enabled 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; and, ultimately end with a precautionary note.

Biography:

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 and 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.  Peter also blogs on AI for the Institute on Science, Society and Policy, an interfaculty organisation at uOttawa.

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Address:Ottawa , Ontario, Canada





Agenda

noon - 13:00 Presentation

13:00-13:30 Q&A