09.06.2023 | “The Shortcut - How machines became intelligent without thinking in a human way”: An online conversation with Professor Nello Cristianini

 By reading the media, it might seem as if Artificial Intelligence was born in November 2022, with ChatGPT. Instead, the current form of this technology is the result of decisions that we have made many years ago, and understanding those can help us make sense of it, and of what we should expect from it. Dr. Nello Cristianini, Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Bath, will discuss “How machines became intelligent without thinking in a human way in an online conservation that is hosted by the Cyprus Center for Algorithmic Transparency (CyCAT) of the Open University of Cyprus. The event will be held on Friday 9 June, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. (GMT+3).

People interested to join the online discussion must registered to receive the ZOOM link herehttps://tinyurl.com/27rba4e8

This discussion, which is open to students, researchers, academics, and the general public interested in this “hot” topic, will help us understand that we need to prepare ourselves, and future generations, for the changes brought about by our increasing interactions with intelligent machines. However, it is not always clear which measures and actions are needed. The most important measures may well be those about legal regulation, but getting those right requires understanding what we have created. To what extent can we say that AI understands the world? What can be the risks in delegating important decisions to our intelligent machines? Can they be used for propaganda or surveillance? Prof. Cristianini aims to help non-technical audiences understand the nature of machine intelligence, explaining how modern AI has developed over time, and why AI applications often behave in ways that are not compatible with human values and expectations.

Nello Cristianini is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Bath, and a researcher in many areas of Artificial Intelligence, including machine learning theory, natural language processing, social implications of AI, philosophical foundations of AI, computational social science. He is the author of “The Shortcut - Why Intelligent Machines Do Not Think Like Us” published by CRC Press (2023).


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