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Sunday, October 22 • 9:45am - 10:15am
Keynote: Artificial Intelligence: Hype, Reality, Vision.

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There has been tremendous progress in AI over the past few years. For example, speech recognition in devices like Siri and Alexa, language translation, image categorization, and semi-autonomous driving are now performing at levels that engineers could only dream about just 5 years ago.

Almost all of these improvements are driven by Machine Learning, Big Data, and Massive Computing. These rapid advances have spawned an AI investment mania driven by often quite unrealistic hype and projections – including such claims as fully autonomous driving in 2 years, or 50% unemployment within 10 years. Such claims, plus other misconceptions, are fostering a cadre of ‘prophets of doom’ with warnings of demons and WW3. 

A more sober view, one held by most computer scientists actually working on AI, is that today’s ‘AI’ technologies actually possess very little intelligence – they are very narrow and quite brittle. We seem to be a long way from achieving, for example, the navigational or learning ability of a bee. Never mind the conversational skills of a 4-year old. 

Recently, an increasing number of prominent researchers have begun to publicly acknowledge some core problems of current approaches – namely, the inability of systems to learn incrementally and autonomously, and their lack of generality, transfer learning, and reasoning ability. 

I order to break through this intelligence bottleneck, another approach is starting to gain momentum: ‘Cognitive Architectures’. This paradigm is closely related to what has been called the ‘Third Wave of AI’ – computers that can think, learn, and reason like humans.

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Peter Voss

Founder & CEO, AGI Innovations Inc.
Peter Voss' careers include being an entrepreneur, engineer, and scientist. His experience includes growing a computer solutions company from zero to a 400-person IPO. For the past 15 years, his focus has been on developing AGI (artificial general intelligence). In 2009 Peter founded... Read More →

Sunday October 22, 2017 9:45am - 10:15am PDT
Room D Room D