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31 May–1 June 2016: Training
1 June–3 June 2016: Conference
London, UK

The future of (artificial) intelligence

Stuart Russell (UC Berkeley)
10:15–10:35 Thursday, 2/06/2016
Location: Auditorium
Tags: ai
Average rating: ****.
(4.94, 16 ratings)

The news media in recent months has been full of dire warnings about the risk that AI poses to the human race, coming from well-known figures such as Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, Frank Wilczek, and Elon Musk. Should we be concerned? If so, what can we do about it? While some in the mainstream AI community dismiss these concerns, Stuart Russell argues instead that a fundamental reorientation of the field is required.

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Stuart Russell

UC Berkeley

Stuart Russell is a professor (and former chair) in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences department at the University of California, Berkeley, where he holds the Smith-Zadeh Chair in Engineering. He is also an adjunct professor of neurological surgery at UC San Francisco and vice chair of the World Economic Forum’s Council on AI and Robotics. Stuart’s research covers a wide range of topics in artificial intelligence, including machine learning, probabilistic reasoning, knowledge representation, planning, real-time decision making, multitarget tracking, computer vision, computational physiology, global seismic monitoring, and philosophical foundations. His books include The Use of Knowledge in Analogy and Induction, Do the Right Thing: Studies in Limited Rationality (with Eric Wefald), and Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (with Peter Norvig). His current concerns include the threat of autonomous weapons and the long-term future of artificial intelligence and its relation to humanity.

Stuart is a recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator Award of the National Science Foundation, the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award, the World Technology Award (policy category), the Mitchell Prize of the American Statistical Association and the International Society for Bayesian Analysis, the ACM Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, and the EAAI Outstanding Educator Award. In 1998, he gave the Forsythe Memorial Lectures at Stanford University and from 2012 to 2014, he held the Chaire Blaise Pascal in Paris. He is a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Stuart holds a PhD in computer science from Stanford and a BA with first-class honors in physics from Oxford University.