Saturday 25th November, 10am - 5pm | Cavendish Conference Centre, 22 Duchess Mews, London, W1G 9DT
Following the public release of ChatGPT on 30 November 2022, there has been an explosion of interest in AI, particularly generative systems to create text or images. But how do these systems work? How revolutionary are these new technologies? And what are the ethical, social and political challenges AI platforms raise?
This surge in curiosity and exploration has ignited a collaborative global effort to understand and harness the potential of generative AI systems. The quest to comprehend the inner workings of these technologies has led to remarkable breakthroughs in the fields of natural language processing, computer vision, and creative arts. As these systems continue to evolve and redefine the boundaries of what is achievable in the digital realm, the world stands on the cusp of a transformative era, with AI platforms poised to revolutionise industries, educational practices, and communication methods.
However, these advancements have not come without their fair share of ethical, social, and political challenges. The rapid integration of AI platforms into various sectors raises profound questions about data privacy, algorithmic bias, and the potential for job displacement in the workforce. Conversations around the responsible development and deployment of AI have gained traction, with an increasing emphasis on the need for regulatory frameworks and ethical guidelines to ensure these technologies benefit society as a whole. The interplay between innovation, regulation, and public awareness forms a crucial aspect of the ongoing dialogue surrounding the implications of AI in our lives. As the intersection between technology and society continues to evolve, these discussions remain central to shaping the future of AI in a way that aligns with the values and aspirations of our global community.
Join our expert speakers on an engaging journey through Artificial Intelligence, its current power, its potential and its risks.
At this Instant Expert, you will explore:
- The maths underlying Artificial Intelligence
- How Large Language Models such as ChatGPT work
- How machines learn to recognise images
- The ethics of AI systems
- AI and creativity
- The social impact of Artificial Intelligence
Talks and speakers:
Large Language Models: A technical walkthrough
Sebastian Berns, PhD researcher in generative machine learning, Queen Mary University of London
The increasing commercialisation of generative AI has put a spotlight on large language models (LLMs), in particular ChatGPT. Prominent perspectives on the capabilities of LLMs, and complex AI systems in general, range from sceptic, to enthusiastic, to alarmist. Without technical knowledge, it is difficult to assess whether bold claims are justified. This talk will provide a detailed technical but gentle introduction to the inner workings of LLMs. We will cover the principles of language modelling, specific engineering solutions at the core of language models, and the training process on large datasets. The aim of this talk is to equip the audience with enough technical understanding to be able to judge for themselves: are LLMs underrated or overhyped?
From principles to ethical practices: How to achieve fair and truthful AI
Brent Mittelstadt, Director of Research, an Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute
Interest in the ethics of artificial intelligence has grown rapidly in recent years and produced a broad variety of policies, frameworks, and academic work intended to make the development, usage, and governance of AI better aligned with ethical principles. Bringing these types of works down to the ground requires translating abstract normative concepts such as transparency, fairness, and accountability into practical requirements and design decisions. This talk discusses this process of translating AI ethics principles into practice and the practical harms that can result if ethics is oversimplified or ignored. The talk explores two key examples. First, how can ethical principles concerning concepts like ‘bias’ and ‘fairness’ be operationalised for traditional AI systems, and how can attempts to make AI ‘fair’ lead to more harmful systems in practice? Second, what is the impact of large language models like ChatGPT on truth, and what regulatory requirements and usage constraints are essential to protect science and education?
How will AI change creativity?
Rebecca Fiebrink, Professor of creative computing, UAL Creative Computing Institute
We have recently seen incredible advances in machine learning, including machine learning systems capable of making images, music, writing, and other content that can be mistaken for work created by people. In this talk, Rebecca will discuss what she sees as the implications for these advances for the creative arts. Are we heading into a dystopian future where all the content we consume is made by machines? Or is our future full of more exciting alternatives, in which computers help people create new works of art and music, and allow people to work in new ways? Rebecca will share what she sees as the most exciting research happening in these areas, and will show examples of her favourite creative work made with AI.
Reimagining Education in the Age of Generative AI
Oguz A. Acar, Professor of Marketing & Innovation, King's College London
From winning creativity awards to passing the bar exam, generative AI technologies, like ChatGPT, seem to be on the verge of radically transforming our ways of doing things. Faced with this new reality, educational institutions have adopted diverse strategies. Some, including prominent universities in the UK, have chosen a defensive stance, outright prohibiting the use of these technologies. The majority are in a phase of observation, adopting a cautious wait-and-see approach. Yet, a few progressive institutions are moving toward embracing these changes. In this talk, Oguz Acar focuses on identifying the right approach in navigating this new terrain, one that carefully weighs the immense potential against the inherent risks. Featuring cutting-edge academic research and innovative pedagogical approaches, including those led by himself and his colleagues, Oguz will explore how education can be reimagined in the era of generative AI.
Restoring sight with AI
Stephen Hicks, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, OXSIGHT Ltd
Stephen Hicks, co-founder and Head of Innovation at Oxsight, will unveil the groundbreaking technology behind their smart glasses. These glasses, designed to enhance the residual vision of visually impaired individuals, are a testament to the power of machine learning and augmented reality. Stephen will explain how embedded cameras in the glasses collect video data, which is then be processed using machine learning algorithms to detect faces, text, and other objects. He will also discuss the development of Oxsight Onyx, smart glasses specifically designed for people with central vision loss. The glasses will be able to magnify objects up to eight times, allowing users to utilize their peripheral vision to identify letters, faces, and objects. Stephen will not only shed light on the innovative AI technology of Oxsight but also underscore their mission to promote independence, inclusion, and opportunity for visually impaired individuals worldwide.
PANACEA: PANdemic Ai Claim vEracity Assessment
Rob Procter, Professor of Social Informatics and deputy head (research) in the department of Computer Science, University of Warwick
In this talk, I will provide an overview of the recently completed PANACEA project, which developed tools to assist in assessing the veracity of rumours in social media, with a particular focus on rumours relating to the COVID pandemic. I will summarise the technical challenges in veracity assessment and the findings from a study of fact-checking work.
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