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From self-driving trucks to grandmaster-beating artificial intelligences, machines today are brainier than ever. These developments offer vast potential new benefits—highly efficient delivery networks, intelligent clothing, and gamers who train with machines to greatly improve their skills—but also come with a wide range of risks.
Join Quartz, Tech City UK and General Assembly for a discussion exploring one of technology's most complex new frontiers.
18.30: Arrival reception
19.00: Opening remarks
19.05: AI is boring and it's already all around us
19.25: Making boxes transparent: Why it’s important to understand how algorithms affect us
19.45: Why are tech giants snapping up British AI startups?
20.05: Closing remarks
20.10: Drinks reception & networking
Stan Boland co-founded and was CEO of two VC-backed communications silicon and software companies, Element 14 Inc. and Icera Inc., one bought by Broadcom and the other by NVIDIA, for an aggregate value of over $1 billion. Before that he was CEO at computer pioneer Acorn and a BoD member at its then associate ARM. His early career includes spells at Rolls-Royce and ICL (now Fujitsu Services). Follow Stan @stanboland.
Dr. Alison Powell
Alison Powell is Assistant Professor in Media and Communications at LSE and Programme Director of the MSc in Media and Communication (Data & Society). Her research examines how people’s values influence the way technology is built, and how discourses, practices and governance structures are produced in relation to new technological systems. Her most recent collaborative funded research is VIRT-EU, a Horizon 2020 project examining ethics in practice among Internet of Things developer communities. Along with Nick Couldry, she recently published “Big Data From the Bottom Up” in Big Data and Society. Follow Alison @a_b_powell.
Jerome Pesenti is the CEO of BenevolentTech, the technology arm of BenevolentAI, a company that aims to leverage AI to create better medicines and make the world a better place. Prior to that role, Jerome worked at IBM Watson where he lead a team of developers and researchers to create the IBM Watson Platform—a set of AI services that anybody, students, start ups, or fortune 500 companies, can integrate through the cloud. Jerome joined IBM after its acquisition of Vivisimo, the innovative search solutions company he co-founded in 2000. Follow BenevolentAI @benevolent_ai.
Nathan Benaich is a Partner at Playfair Capital where he invests in entrepreneurs solving complex, high-value problems using data, AI and experiential design. He has invested in companies including Mapillary, Appear Here, Numerai and Ravelin. Nathan also organises the annual Playfair AI Summit on research and applied artificial intelligence. Prior to Playfair, Nathan earned an M.Phil and Ph.D in oncology as a Gates and Dr. Herchel Smith Scholar at the University of Cambridge, and a BA in biology from Williams College. Follow Nathan @NathanBenaich.
Co-founder & CEO,
Husayn Kassai is the co-founder and CEO of Onfido. Powered by machine-learning technology, Onfido’s solution enables businesses across sectors to verify identities—ensure that someone is who they say they are—and run background checks such as criminal or anti-money laundering checks remotely and at scale. Founded in 2012, Onfido has received over $30m in investment and has grown to service over 1,000 clients globally. Husayn is currently based in San Francisco and sets the overall direction and strategy for Onfido. Follow Husayn @HusaynKassai.
Alex is an investor at Notion Capital where he focuses on early stage machine learning startups. Prior to joining venture, he was the first employee at IBM Watson's European Ecosystem, working on ML partnerships and corporate ventures. Outside of work, he co-organizes London.AI, a product driven machine learning meetup. Follow Alexandre @AlexCFlamant.
Tech City UK's mission is to accelerate the growth of London and the UK’s digital economy. We focus on areas like digital skills, smart capital investment, infrastructure, international development and leadership.
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