Gibbons Lectures - The Ethics of AI Event as iCalendar

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25 May 2017


Venue: 260.092 (OGGB3), Level 0

Location: Please join us for refreshments from 6pm at Level 1 of Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road.

Host: Department of Computer Science

Cost: Free - all welcome


Associate Professor Ian Watson
Associate Professor Ian Watson

Speaker: Associate Professor Ian Watson, Department of Computer Science, the University of Auckland


As AI becomes more widespread, 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 it make our society even more unequal?

Originally from England, Ian Watson gained a PhD from the University of Liverpool. He then worked at the University of Salford applying AI to the construction industry. He came to the the Department of Computer Science 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 Department of Computer Science’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. Lecture commences at 6.30pm. Live streaming will also be available.

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If you cannot attend the lecture, you can watch it live on Thursday 25 May from 6.30pm at the link below: