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Enabling the ethical development of strong AI

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Price: £5.00 /per person

Birkbeck College

Torrington Square WC1E 7HX · London

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Room B36 is on the basement level

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be humanity's most disruptive technology. But what is the best way to direct the development of AI, so that AI will work alongside humans to solve the intractable problems of our day, and the future - problems which humans alone cannot solve?

This question has long been on the mind of Michael Stewart, the founder, chairman, and CEO of Lucid. As the AI technology created by Lucid has grown increasingly powerful, the company took the decision to create an Ethics Advisory Panel (EAP).

At this London Futurists event, Michael Stewart and Kay Firth-Butterfield of Lucid will describe the goals and activities of the Lucid EAP, as potential best practice for the AI industry to follow.

The Lucid EAP is designed as a cross-cutting multi-disciplinary team of world-class experts. It is chartered to guide the Lucid Board by:

*) Highlighting practical ways in which AI tools can be used to advance humanity

*) Conducting its own research into ethical issues and AI

*) Pursuing links with other organisations which think and advise in this area.

About Michael Stewart:

Michael E. Stewart is the Founder, Chair and CEO of Lucid.

Michael created the first integrations between CAD systems, relational databases, and business analytic algorithms. Then in the late 80s and early 90s, he served as a principal systems design specialist for the U.S. government, pioneering next-generation Knowledge Computing and Intelligent Software Agent systems.

About Kay Firth-Butterfield:

Kay Firth-Butterfield has worked as a Barrister-at-Law, Mediator, Arbitrator and Professor. In the UK, she practiced and taught law and sat, part-time, as a Judge. She has been living in the US since 2008 where she obtained her LL.M. in International Law and Masters degree in International Relations. Her focus for both degrees was the impact of emerging technologies law and geo-politics. In the US, Kay has taught International Relations, Cybersecurity, Communications and Law at University.

Since October 2014, Kay has been the Chief Officer of the Ethics Advisory Panel for Lucid.

About Lucid:

Lucid is driving the evolution of Artificial Intelligence by delivering customized solutions derived from what is arguably the world's most comprehensive intelligence platform, "Cyc".

At present, Lucid is creating innovative AI applications for global finance, energy, healthcare, devices, and social media. Each of Lucid's solutions tackle big data challenges by utilizing Cyc's ability to reason like humans, but to do so across thresholds of information complexity, scale, velocities, and endurance levels which humans cannot.

Here are further details from :

Big data is at a tipping point

It's growing faster than data scientists can interpret it. In fact, 85% of Fortune 500 companies won't gain a competitive advantage from the data they gather in 2015. That's why artificial intelligence is key to help us understand the data we're acquiring, and discover the valuable insights behind it.

A different approach to artificial intelligence

32 years ago, Doug Lenat placed a bet. He believed the future of problem solving was not in conventional computing, but in an intelligent system that could understand the meaning of the data it was interpreting. Like a person would.

So he left his tenured computer science position at Stanford and pursued his dream. It took over 1 million PhD hours, but his long shot paid off.

And now Lucid is ready to offer the world's most robust collection of structured knowledge and the strongest causal reasoning platform to solve intricate problems in commercial applications.

But the innovation didn't stop there. Lucid also created an Ethics Advisory Panel a first for any Artificial Intelligence Company to guide the growth of its world-changing technology.

Meeting logistics:

2pm-4pm, Saturday 1st August 2015.

Venue: Room B36, Birkbeck College (, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.

Room B36 is on the basement level floor in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.

Coffee and other light refreshments can be purchased from the Costa Coffee shop in the reception area of the building, either ahead of or after the meeting.

The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Marlborough Arms (, 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ.

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Covering meeting costs:

A small fee (£5) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room costs. Please pay in advance, online, after you RSVP.

This will be refunded if the meeting is cancelled or rearranged, or if the attendee cancels at least 3 days before the meetup.

Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment can be made in cash at the door on the day. (Requesting payment in advance assists with accurate planning of the event.)

Journalists are welcome to attend the meeting free-of-charge - please contact the organiser, notifying us in advance of your plans to attend.