Beyond the AI Hype: Or is that just a Chatbot winding us up? (21 November 2017)

Globally-renowned scientists and entrepreneurs have warned of the immensity and immediacy of threat from AI. Prof Stephen Hawking said in 2014 “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” But is this a real concern or hyperbole?

Since that first alarming statement, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and dozens of artificial intelligence experts signed an open letter on artificial intelligence calling for research on the societal impacts of AI. The letter affirmed that “society can reap great potential benefits from artificial intelligence, but called for concrete research on how to prevent certain potential ‘pitfalls’: artificial intelligence has the potential to eradicate disease and poverty, but researchers must not create something which cannot be controlled.”

Our speaker, Kriti Sharma, will discuss ‘Beyond the AI hype’ – how organisations and consumers are already using AI, giving some of the best examples of AI in action and – according to Kriti – it’s not as ‘sexy’ as you might want to think and believe! But you won’t be bored by her examples and you’ll probably want to consider how you behave with the Chatbot next time you ask a question or make an online request.

She will also answer the question ‘But does AI actually work?’, give advice on how to handle the classic scenario “Sorry, I didn’t understand that”, discuss the design of AI, and how we can create user experiences and designs for robots and AI assistants.

Kriti will consider some of the ethical considerations: humans are biased and so are the algorithms and datasets we’ve created. Can this be fixed and if so, how? How will AI actually affect the future of work? Is it possible for us to create a world where humans and AI work together and augment each other’s strengths?

Our Speaker: Kriti Sharma, VP of Artificial Intelligence, Sage and CEO, Staysafe.ai

Kriti is the VP of Artificial Intelligence at Sage and co-founder and CEO of Staysafe.ai, a stealth mode start-up building the AI brain, on a mission to give AI superpowers to every business.

Kriti was recently named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 for advancements in AI. She was also elected as a Civic Leader by President Obama for her work in ethical technology. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Google Grace Hopper Scholar and Government of India’s Young Leader in Science.

She lives with a 4 feet tall humanoid robot and loves fixing the bias in AI.