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Andrew Blake

Microsoft Research Cambridge

Artificial Intelligence: will it overwhelm us?

In 1984 when the movie The Terminator was released it seemed reasonable to most that a highly-sophisticated cyborg might come from the year 2029. Now, with just 15 years to go, it’s clear that artificial intelligence (AI) is a much tougher problem than Director James Cameron had imagined. This talk will explore AI as it is now and the gap between human and machine. We already have machines that see, recommend, predict and personalise. How much more do we want computers to do this and when does it hinder, more than help us? By looking at the ways in which computers do this, we can learn more about the limits and opportunities in machine learning and modelling human behaviour. Through examples of past and current research in machine learning, we will look at how AI is less about cyborgs and more about improving experiences in areas such as healthcare, entertainment, retail and education

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