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Bayes Talks: AI & Ethics: the view down under - presented by Professor Toby Walsh

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I describe activities under way in Australia to ensure the development of AI benefits all. This range from an AI plan commissioned by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet from the learned academies which puts improving the economic, societal and environmental well-being of Australia at its centre, an ethical framework being prepared (again at the request of government) by Data61, through to the Human Rights Commissioner's championing of a focus on how technology can enhance rather than hurt human rights.

Biography

Toby Walsh is a leading researcher in Artificial Intelligence. He was named by the Australian newspaper as a "rock star" of Australia's digital revolution. He is Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at UNSW, leads the Algorithmic Decision Theory group at Data61, Australia's Centre of Excellence for ICT Research, and is Guest Professor at TU Berlin. He has been elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and has won the prestigious Humboldt research award as well as the NSW Premier's Prize for Excellence in Engineering and ICT. He has previously held research positions in England, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland and Sweden.

He regularly appears in the media talking about the impact of AI and robotics. He is passionate that limits are placed on AI to ensure the public good. In the last two years, he has appeared in TV and the radio on the ABC, BBC, Channel 7, Channel 9, Channel 10, CCTV, CNN, DW, NPR, RT, SBS, and VOA, as well as on numerous radio stations. He also writes frequently for print and online media. His work has appeared in the New Scientist, American Scientist, Le Scienze, Cosmos, the Conversation and "The Best Writing in Mathematics". His twitter account has been voted one of the top ten to follow to keep abreast of developments in AI. He often gives talks at public and trade events like CeBIT, the World Knowledge Forum, TEDx, and Writers Festivals in Melbourne, Sydney and elsewhere. He has played a leading role at the UN and elsewhere on the campaign to ban lethal autonomous weapons (aka "killer robots").

Bayes Centre is co-hosting this event with the Centre for Shaping our AI Future, Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications (CISA) and the School of Informatics

Jul 09 2019 -

Bayes Talks: AI & Ethics: the view down under - presented by Professor Toby Walsh

Toby Walsh - Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence

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Informatics Forum
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Edinburgh
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