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The future of intelligence

How is intelligence likely to develop in the future? What are the most promising approaches to machine intelligence? What is the reality behind the claims made for "deep learning" and "big data"? Is forthcoming superintelligent AI something to be feared? Can improved intelligence be applied to improve personal and global health and longevity?

These are just some of the topics being covered in the Computational Intelligence Unconference UK, which London Futurists is pleased to support.

To obtain a ticket for this conference, please visit the website for CIU UK. A number of free tickets are presently available.

That website also has full details of:

• The parallel streams of activities that are taking place that day

• The venue for the event

• What is meant by the phrase "Unconference".

Note that RSVP'ing on this London Futurists webpage will not guarantee entry to the event - please be sure to visit the CIU UK page and register there. (But please do RSVP here if you plan to come, to let your friends & acquaintances know.)

The following sessions may be of particular interest to London Futurists, since they feature people who have previously spoken at our own events:

• Ajit Jaokar will speak about "Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine Learning"

Stuart Calimport will speak about "Computational Approaches to Tracking Human Intelligence, Learning and Health"

Rohit Talwar will speak about (subject to be confirmed)

David Wood will speak about "Superintelligence - how afraid should we be?" This will feature an assessment of the analysis in the hot-off-the-press book by Professor Nick Bostrom of Oxford University, "Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies", as well some material drawn from "Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the end of the human era" by James Barrat.

Additionally, there's a session organised at this unconference by London AI Futurists, which is likely to interest many attendees.

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  • Ignas

    3 · August 2, 2014

    • Michael C P.

      Watson is not intelligent. It's just a research tool. When it starts de novo editing, rather than just reading, wikipedia, then I'll be impressed

      1 · August 2, 2014

    • David W.

      The video had an example of Watson assembling pro and con arguments in favour of a proposition. The arguments were taken from articles in Wikipedia, but Watson can also read many other books and research publications. Watson is probably not far away from being able to write new Wikipedia pages based upon the latest research publications. (Or to flag areas in existing pages as being in need of update.)
      Moreover, the medical version of Watson is able to recommend particular diagnostic tests to perform on patients, in order to most quickly decide between competing hypotheses as to the ailment afflicting the patient. I'd say that is impressive :-)

      August 3, 2014

  • Michael C P.

    Boltzmann learning. The most important article on AI I've ever read.
    <https://www.simonsfoundation.org/quanta/20130723-as-machines-get-smarter-evidence-they-learn-like-us/>;

    August 1, 2014

  • Mike

    We don't know anything yet about what form AGI should take - zilch. Best article acknowledging this:

    http://aeon.co/magazine/being-human/david-deutsch-artificial-intelligence/

    2 · July 25, 2014

    • Diogo N.

      I know that's something a lot of people talk about, my question is: Should we invest more in developing HGIs than AGIs?

      1 · August 1, 2014

    • Michael C P.

      Thanks for the Kurzweil link to Goertzel. I basically agree with it - namely that the main constraint in AI development is hardware capability. Something that time and Moore's Law should address.

      August 1, 2014

  • Barend B.

    Thank you to everyone involved for an interesting and well organised event. Looking forward to next week's meetup.

    2 · July 27, 2014

  • Tariq R.

    Fantastic unconference - great spread of topics, suitably unified. Great speakers, and great discussion. I can't stop comparing such open, honest, generous grassroots events with stage managed corporate "sales in disguise" events.

    1 · July 27, 2014

  • Janos A.

    My first meeting with futurists, so it vas a novel experience.
    Made several interesting contacts (including David Wood) I hope to follow up.

    1 · July 26, 2014

  • Paul S.

    I had a very interesting time today. Excellent speakers!

    1 · July 26, 2014

  • Maxwell T.

    I had a very interesting and engaging day. Many thanks to all the organisers and speakers!

    2 · July 26, 2014

  • Diogo N.

    What an inspiring day!

    July 26, 2014

  • Kathryn B.

    Excellent unconference with lots to ponder and some great short improvised presentations of current thinking in the break out rooms.

    2 · July 26, 2014

  • Lucca

    Great speakers, inspiring event

    1 · July 26, 2014

  • Lucca

    Great speakers, inspiring event

    July 26, 2014

  • Robert T.

    I just arrived at the self hacking event to find it's moved. Any chance I can come to this?

    July 26, 2014

    • Dave T.

      There seems to be plenty of space

      July 26, 2014

  • Diogo N.

    Probably only arriving around 11am, see you there ;)

    1 · July 25, 2014

    • Diogo N.

      Wohooo sorts & flip-flops weather :)

      July 26, 2014

  • Kathryn B.

    I will be there 11am, looking forward to it.

    1 · July 25, 2014

  • Janos A.

    Transhumanism???
    Don't moneky about with your space suit... Just my considered opinion.

    July 23, 2014

    • Joe Da S.

      Which requires/invites some actions to give proper attention to the risks involved, right David?

      July 25, 2014

    • David W.

      Yes, like raising general awareness of specific issues and some potential solutions. Which can happen via improved communications (also known as "culture engineering" http://dw2blog.com/20...­)

      July 25, 2014

  • Steve L.

    Look forward to this but agenda seems to be more about what may or may not transpire, rather than the actual technology.

    What's in the public domain about the tech. right now? (Is there a best portal out there for techniques, code, news, etc?)

    What do we know we don’t know right now? What do we think others might know but are not making public?

    How have the answers to the above changed over the last couple of years and why?

    In my view whilst CIs are for planned value creation (trading, video analysis, etc.) future AGIs are likely to arise unplanned ‘emergently’ from networked CIs, and could be harmful. That said, taking Hedge Funds as an example, whilst those employing CIs are enriched, others may be impoverished: particularly the poor when the price of staples rise, purely because of CI-led speculation. So not even all CIs are benign!

    A closing question is therefore, how can future CIs be practically financed, developed and deployed so that they are more for the public good ?

    1 · July 25, 2014

    • David W.

      Hi Steve, Short answer: the books by James Barrat and Nick Bostrom have both appeared within the last year, both cover new ground, and both highlight plenty of questions that remain unanswered. In terms of the practicalities of the tech behind CIs, the day features a range of different talks, and some will have a strongly practical bias.

      1 · July 25, 2014

  • terence f.

    Free places exhausted

    July 22, 2014

  • dalton w.

    AI activist

    July 21, 2014

  • Joanna B.

    I just wrote a book chapter on this topic (well, on the current state of AI & its present & future impact on humanity) It's a draft, final due August, so please email me any comments. http://www.cs.bath.ac.uk/~jjb/ftp/Bryson-CollectiveAgency14.pdf

    1 · July 21, 2014

  • Manoj N.

    Really looking forward to this!

    June 28, 2014

  • Peter M.

    This looks good :)

    June 27, 2014

  • Mike

    Useful overview of current state of AGI

    http://www.degruyter.com/printahead/j/jagi

    2 · June 27, 2014

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