Global grad show to host world’s lead­ing ed­u­ca­tors at A.I. con­fer­ence

Kuwait Times - - Lifestyle Features -

Artists, engi­neers, aca­demics, de­sign­ers and com­puter sci­en­tists will come to­gether to­mor­row for the first ‘Be­lief in A.I.’ con­fer­ence at Dubai De­sign District. A key el­e­ment of this year’s Global Grad Show, in part­ner­ship with the In­vest­ment Cor­po­ra­tion of Dubai, the con­fer­ence will ad­dress the com­plex and chal­leng­ing sub­ject of Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence; where it is now, how it is in­ter­preted in dif­fer­ent cul­tures and where it could take us in the fu­ture.

Guests from or­gan­i­sa­tions work­ing in the fields of au­to­ma­tion, ur­ban de­vel­op­ment, in­fra­struc­ture, trans­port and avi­a­tion will at­tend the Be­lief in A.I. con­fer­ence, which will aim to chal­lenge com­monly- held as­sump­tions about the na­ture of Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence and our re­la­tion­ship to it.

Co-cu­rated by Ben Vick­ers, Chief Tech­nol­ogy Of­fi­cer of the Ser­pen­tine Gal­leries in Lon­don, and Ken­ric McDow­ell who leads the Artist + Ma­chine In­tel­li­gence pro­gram at Google Arts & Cul­ture, the lineup of speak­ers in­cludes some of the world’s lead­ing philoso­phers and aca­demic minds from lead­ing uni­ver­si­ties. Con­sist­ing of a se­ries of key­notes, talks, panel dis­cus­sions, pre­sen­ta­tions and per­for­mances from those work­ing in the field, the con­fer­ence will ex­am­ine how the un­der­ly­ing be­liefs of a per­son, na­tion, com­pany or re­li­gion, shape and in­flu­ence the de­vel­op­ment of a tech­nol­ogy. Top­ics that will be ex­plored, in­clude: Cre­ative Ma­chines and their Hu­man Col­lab­o­ra­tors, Ed­u­ca­tion in the Age of Au­to­ma­tion, De­sign­ing for In­tel­li­gence and the Fu­ture of A.I in Dubai.

Ben Vick­ers, Chief Tech­nol­ogy Of­fi­cer, Ser­pen­tine Gal­leries, Lon­don said; “We recog­nise that we live in a mo­ment where de­sign choices made to a sim­ple user in­ter­face can change the lives of over a bil­lion peo­ple si­mul­ta­ne­ously, im­pact­ing the way they think, how they in­ter­act and the re­al­i­ties they pro­duce in the world. The aim of the con­fer­ence is to an­a­lyse this new phase of de­vel­op­ment in tech­nol­ogy that in­cludes the cre­ation and in­tro­duc­tion of A.I., and where in some cases con­trol of the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process is be­ing handed over en­tirely to non-hu­man en­ti­ties.”

Ex­perts on the speaker panel will in­clude Rana Das­gupta, Bri­tish In­dian novelist and named one of Bri­tain’s best nov­el­ists un­der 40; Ben­jamin Brat­ton, Amer­i­can so­ci­ol­o­gist, ar­chi­tec­tural and de­sign the­o­rist, known for his writ­ing on the cul­tural im­pli­ca­tions of com­put­ing and glob­al­iza­tion; Yuk Hui, philoso­pher and one of the fore­most con­tem­po­rary the­o­rists on dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy; Noah Raford, the Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer of the Dubai Fu­ture Foun­da­tion; and one of the most in­flu­en­tial fig­ures in the world of art, Hans Ul­rich Obrist, artis­tic di­rec­tor of the Ser­pen­tine Gal­leries, Lon­don.

Bren­dan McGet­rick, Cu­ra­tor, Global Grad Show, added: “A.I. is a pow­er­ful, poorly un­der­stood tech­nol­ogy, and its ap­pli­ca­tion is now de­fined by nar­row in­ter­ests. It holds im­mense po­ten­tial value to gov­ern­ments and cor­po­ra­tions; as their cit­i­zens and cus­tomers, we’ll have to reckon with A.I. one way or an­other. At this still early stage, it’s es­sen­tial that we ex­am­ine ex­actly whose no­tion work or play, health or hap­pi­ness we’re adopt­ing when we al­low this tech­nol­ogy to in­fil­trate our daily lives.”

Douraid Zaghouani, Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer, In­vest­ment Cor­po­ra­tion of Dubai, com­ment­ing on the con­fer­ence, said: “‘Be­lief in AI’ is a ma­jor high­light of the pro­gramme for this year’s Global Grad Show and of­fers a unique fo­rum for ex­plor­ing the role of tech­nol­ogy in de­sign. Tak­ing place in Dubai, a city syn­ony­mous with en­abling in­no­va­tion and cham­pi­oning am­bi­tious de­sign, the con­fer­ence is the ideal set­ting for ex­plor­ing AI and the role it plays in cre­ativ­ity, de­sign, and art.”

Be­lief in A.I. con­fer­ence will be held as part of Global Grad Show dur­ing Dubai De­sign Week. Both events are owned and man­aged by Art Dubai Group. Tak­ing place at Dubai De­sign District, build­ing 4, the Be­lief in A.I. con­fer­ence will be streamed live on Face­book @Glob­alGradShow. To reg­is­ter your in­ter­est, and be part of the de­bate email: RSVP@glob­

The fu­sion of fash­ion and tech­nol­ogy is a re­minder of the ris­ing in­flu­ence of tech­nol­ogy on de­sign, and the ubiq­uity of cre­ativ­ity across sec­tors. Our mod­ern and highly con­nected world gave rise to the con­cept of ‘Dig­i­tal Art’, wherein art is cre­ated and stored dig­i­tally. As a se­cu­rity com­pany, Kasper­sky Lab not only mon­i­tors trends in the cy­ber space, but also con­stantly trans­forms its threat in­tel­li­gence and se­cu­rity ex­per­tise into next gen­er­a­tion se­cu­rity so­lu­tions. The same way artists and de­sign­ers trans­form their cre­ativ­ity and imag­i­na­tion into pieces of clothes that will be worn by peo­ple in com­ing sea­sons.

In or­der to lit­er­ally show­case the con­nec­tion be­tween art and tech­nol­ogy, Kasper­sky Lab has part­nered with Emi­rati de­signer Ayten AlKhayat, who took her in­spi­ra­tion from tech­nol­ogy to create a spe­cial col­lec­tion sought to ex­press the world of dig­i­tal code, gad­gets, and smart de­vices through cloth and tex­ture, forms and fem­i­nin­ity - with a fla­vor of Ara­bic cul­ture.

Ayten Al-Khayat, Fash­ion De­signer and owner of Raw by Ayten com­mented: “When first ideat­ing this col­lec­tion, it was cer­tainly a chal­lenge as I’ve never delved this deeply into tech­nol­ogy be­fore. As I pro­gressed with sketch­ing and con­tin­ued re­search­ing, how­ever, I was sur­prised to see the many sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween our pro­fes­sional in­ter­ests, such as hav­ing an eye for de­tail, and fol­low­ing the lat­est trends in or­der to create some­thing ap­peal­ing to cus­tomers.”

Artistry comes in many forms and, in the field of cy­ber­se­cu­rity artistry is al­ways stay­ing a step ahead of cy­ber­crim­i­nals and de­vel­op­ing cut­ting edge se­cu­rity so­lu­tions that are ad­vanced and for­ward look­ing. Thus, the com­pany’s port­fo­lio has been up­graded with a com­pletely new con­sumer prod­uct - a pa­tented adap­tive se­cu­rity ser­vice called Kasper­sky Se­cu­rity Cloud, which has the abil­ity to adapt to your life­style to keep you safe on­line.

In­di­vid­u­al­ity ap­plies to our on­line be­hav­ior as well, there­fore, each per­son’s on­line be­hav­ior dif­fers from oth­ers. This is why Kasper­sky Lab ex­perts in­vented this unique pa­tented so­lu­tion Kasper­sky Se­cu­rity Cloud. This sol­tu­ion com­bines all the best el­e­ments of the com­pany’s flag­ship so­lu­tions, in­clud­ing the mar­ket lead­ing pro­tec­tion against cy­berthreats, and adap­tive “sce­nar­ios”. Adap­tiv­ity means that the ser­vice of­fers pro­tec­tion ex­actly when it is needed, de­pend­ing on the in­di­vid­ual’s be­hav­ior and the de­vice they use.

Kasper­sky Se­cu­rity Cloud op­er­ates ac­cord­ing to the unique se­cu­rity-as-a-ser­vice scheme. It is “at­tached” not to the de­vice, but to its owner via their ac­count on the My Kasper­sky por­tal. In ad­di­tion, the ser­vice is avail­able on both an an­nual and monthly sub­scrip­tion ba­sis. How­ever, the unique­ness of the so­lu­tion lies in the fact that, with the ap­pro­pri­ate set­tings, the prod­uct be­haves like an “ad­viser” that promptly tells you what to do in or­der to main­tain a con­nec­tion when it is most needed, or to avoid jeop­ar­diz­ing your per­sonal data when such a risk oc­curs. Thus, the new adap­tive ser­vice al­lows peo­ple to al­ways stay con­nected while en­sur­ing that their data is pro­tected.

“While de­vel­op­ing Kasper­sky Se­cu­rity Cloud, we were guided by the de­sire to create a ser­vice that could pro­vide the right pro­tec­tion at the right time. Each per­son has their own do­main, which means each per­son needs spe­cial pro­tec­tion that suits their unique dig­i­tal life­style. We be­lieve that the fu­ture lies with se­cu­rity so­lu­tions that will adapt to the in­di­vid­ual, to each mem­ber of their fam­ily, to their en­vi­ron­ment and be­hav­ior. Kasper­sky Se­cu­rity Cloud is our first step to­wards this fu­ture”, says Aman Man­zoor, Head of Con­sumer Sales in the Mid­dle East, Turkey and Africa at Kasper­sky Lab.

Kasper­sky Se­cu­rity Cloud starts to be avail­able in the Mid­dle East on Novem­ber 8th. There will be sev­eral ver­sions of the so­lu­tion: the free ver­sion has a lim­ited num­ber of sce­nar­ios, it only ap­plies to one ac­count and three de­vices at a time, while the Per­sonal ver­sion pro­vides full ser­vice func­tion­al­ity for one ac­count and five de­vices. The Fam­ily ver­sion cov­ers up to 20 ac­counts and up to 20 de­vices.

Bren­dan McGet­rick, cu­ra­tor of the Global Grad Show.

Ben Vick­ers

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