Preparing for AI
AI technologies have the potential to dramatically change aspects of our society...
Artificial intelligence (AI) technology is becoming increasingly useful and increasingly powerful.
Otago University associate professor and computer scientist Alistair Knott, who is giving a talk in Wanaka this week, argues we need new interdisciplinary structures to coordinate a response.
The technologies have the potential to dramatically change aspects of our society, Knott says.
‘‘We need AI technologists to have some training beyond computer science, that gives them some understanding of how technologies affect communities.
‘‘And we need political and legal administrators to have some understanding of AI technologies, so they can make informed decisions about how to regulate them,’’ he said.
Knott studied psychology and philosophy at Oxford University, and has a PhD in artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh. He has been interested in the ethical and social implications of AI throughout his career, and in January 2016 co-founded the AI and Society discussion group at Otago. He jointly coordinates a project funded by the New Zealand Law Foundation on ‘AI and Law in New Zealand’, with Associate Professors Colin Gavaghan (Law) and James Maclaurin (Philosophy).
Knott’s Wanaka talk follows a short presentation by the Royal Society president Richard Bedford.
WHAT: Royal Society talk, Wanaka Presbyterian Church, Tenby Street, Wanaka.
WHO: Associate Professor Alistair Knott, Otago University
WHEN: Friday, August 4, 6pm. Cost $5.
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