Speaker: Associate Professor Ian Watson from the Department of Computer Science
As AI becomes more ubiquitous, in the home, workplace and battlefield, with the deployed systems increasingly becoming autonomous, society needs to consider the ethics underpinning and supporting these systems. This talk will consider the ethical issues surrounding AI, look at the global initiatives that are currently underway and explore the wider role that society as a whole may need to take. Will AI work for the greater human good or will AI make our society even more unequal?
Originally from England, Ian Watson gained a PhD from Liverpool University. He then worked at the University of Salford applying AI in the construction industry. He came to the Computer Science Department at The University of Auckland in 2000 and is now an Associate Professor. Ian has research interests in the areas of: Case-Based Reasoning, Machine Learning, Game AI, Knowledge-Based Systems, Knowledge Management and Business Intelligence. Ian has a particular interest in memory and the role it plays in cognition and problem solving. He also has interests in the wider aspects of IT, being the editor of the Computer Science Department’s blog, and having published the popular science book The Universal Machine – From the Dawn of Computing to Digital Consciousness.
Drinks and nibbles will be served from 6pm on Level 1 of the Owen G Glenn building.