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Artificial Intelligence: Fact & Fiction
with Sir Nigel Shadbolt

Monday, June 26, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

In the early part of 2017, there was a rash of indignation in America over allegations that household machines were spying on people, i.e., a microwave and the new president.

Some Americans are late to that party. The council's June 26 guest speaker Sir Nigel Shadbolt, was co-author of a book about it in 2008: The Spy in the Coffee Machine: The End of Privacy as We Know It.

Sir Nigel, a respected professor and scientist, was knighted “for services to science and engineering” by Queen Elizabeth in October 2013 in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

He is a champion of Open Data, the concept that helpful information should be available to everyone in the era of the World Wide Web. And he is focused on the development of Artificial Intelligence. He once told an interviewer, that he finds AI in the background on the web. He applies the phrase “trying to find the signal in the noise.”

Among his missions is the practical application of AI beyond a gimmick such as the IBM computer Watson which “defeated the world’s best Jeopardy player” in 2011.

“Many people see AI as building a brain in a box,” he said in that interview, then added that the bigger challenge of building a replica of the human brain is “extraordinarily hard.”

Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, to use his official academic title, is Principal of Oxford’s Jesus College, a Professorial Research Fellow in the Department of Computer Science at Oxford and Chairman and Co-Founder of the Open Data Institute.

He was president of the British Computer Society (2006-2007 in its 50th anniversary year) and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the British Computer Society.

His official Oxford biography notes that he is “researching the theory and practice of social machines – applications that succeed at Web scale by integrating humans and computers in novel and unanticipated ways.”

His other interests? Sir Nigel’s list includes nothing artificial or necessarily online: “Sailing, running, gardening, wine and collecting.”

 

MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017
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Time:
6 PM Reception
6:30 PM Program
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Place:
Hotel Crescent Court
400 Crescent Dr.
Dallas, TX 75201
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Tickets:
$25 Members
$40 Non-Members
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