Robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are already having a major impact on our lives. Lecturers in this series will give their professional perspectives on what we can expect today and in the future.
Series Cordinators: Joan Irvine, Carol Mair,
Gord Edwards, Lynne Celhoffer, Bill Celhoffer
This talk will review the economic challenges and the promises of the emerging AI revolution. How will the rise of intelligent machines change the economy, the sorts of jobs that are available, and how wealth is distributed among us? Have governments learned from the last great wave of automation, or will laissez-faire economic policies rule the day? Or is all of this just Silicon Valley driven technological hype?
Michael L. Anderson, Ph.D., is the Rotman Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Science at the University of Western Ontario. He studies the functional structure of the brain, networks, neural reuse, network theory, and the various ways we have to begin to think about the brain if we are ever going to understand it.
In this lecture I will discuss our accelerating pursuit of artificial intelligence and its increasing impact on science and society. I will focus in particular on the consequences of this technology on the future of our own human experience, and what our species may look like as artificial intelligence increasingly becomes a part of our everyday lives.
Dr. Roger Melko is a theoretical physicist. He is a professor at the University of Waterloo and the Perimeter Institute, which is a major centre for physics research, focused on new, mind-bending ideas about the ultimate nature of our universe, from space and time to matter and information.
Big Data is everywhere. Should we be worried? This lecture will take you for a walk through the recent trends in Big Data and how big corporations are using your data.
Chris Dyck is the Program Coordinator and Full-Time Faculty for Big Data Analytics at Georgian College. Chris brings more than 25 years of experience from the Information Management industry. Early in his career he developed a groundbreaking company, GeniSoft, that changed the face of electronic publishing and introduced the beginning of the eBook industry. Since then, Chris has worked with companies like: Microsoft, Apple, IBM, NASA, Sony, and RCA to name a few. Chris now spends his time developing strategies for education and dissemination of data management technologies. Chris has led over 300 projects in partnership with Research and Innovation.
More and more, personal digital devices—from wearable brain-computers to digital skin tech to implanted computer chips—are being invented, adopted and even celebrated before we have a chance to understand their likely impact on our lives. The rise of Artificial Intelligence is accelerating this process. Pedersen explores how immersive embodied technology may change how we act, interact with others, participate in cultures, and understand our identities.
Isabel Pedersen, Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media and Culture, is also Associate Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). Dr. Pedersen was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.
This talk highlights the work of Geoffrey Hinton, based in Toronto and considered the godfather of Deep Learning. Adam will look at what Hinton has taught us about the learning power of machines, and how these machines are learning to do things like read X-rays, improve diagnostic accuracy and digitally summarize physician-patient interactions. Looking ahead, how will AI and technology continue to change the delivery of health care?
Dr. Adam Kassam works as a physiatrist and clinical associate at Runnymede Healthcare Centre and Athlete’s Care in Toronto. His clinical practice focuses on musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation, and he also serves as a faculty lecturer in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
Born and raised in Toronto, the son of a Kenyan mother and Tanzanian father, Dr. Kassam was the first in his immediate family to graduate from university and become a doctor. Dr. Kassam is the youngest person ever to be elected as president of the Ontario Medical Association and is the first Ismaili Muslim and first physiatrist in this role.
Dr. Kassam has a passion for bringing people together, engaging in meaningful discussions and making a difference. Dr. Kassam is proud and honoured to represent and advocate for his colleagues as the voice of physicians with health-care partners, elected officials and in the media. Dr. Kassam lives in Toronto with his wife, Naila, and their rescue dog, Lucy.
Robots and AIs are starting to outperform human experts in an increasing array of narrow tasks. Can they invade your privacy without being sentient beings? Should they have moral and legal status? Professor Thomasen will challenge traditional views on such questions from both a legal and ethical perspective.
Kristen Thomasen is Acting Assistant Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on the legal, social and ethical implications of robotic technologies and artificial intelligence.
She is completing her Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa. Her thesis explores the implications of drone technology for privacy in public spaces in Canada. Her doctorate was supervised by Dr. Ian Kerr, Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law and Technology.
Prior to starting her Ph.D., Professor Thomasen clerked for the Honourable Madam Justice Rosalie Abella at the Supreme Court of Canada. She is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and holds a JD from the University of Ottawa and a MA from the Norman Paterson School of International Relations at Carleton University.