The future of AI and sustainability, with Alex Housley

London Futurists
London Futurists
Public group

Birkbeck College

Torrington Square WC1E 7HX · London

How to find us

We'll be in B36, on the Basement level

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is powering the fourth industrial revolution. Intelligent machines are tackling new cognitive tasks at scale, leading to enormous economic efficiency gains and disruption across the labour market. But what will be the net impact of AI on society and the ecological environment?

In this talk, Alex Housley, founder of open-source machine learning platform Seldon, will explain how the collaborative approach to AI development helps transform industries and provides the macro-scale opportunities for AI to make the world a better and more sustainable place.

Questions to be considered will include:

• What role can AI play in the transition to a sustainable economy?

• What successes can we already identify, with AI systems improving uses of energy, waste recycling, and the circular economy?

• What extra results can reasonably be expected, with future enhancements in AI?

About the speaker:

Alex Housley ( is on a mission to help people solve the world's biggest problems with machine intelligence. He is currently CEO and founder of Seldon, a machine learning deployment platform working with blue chip clients and a popular open-source project.

Alex has a BSc in Business Computer Systems from City, University of London. He has been building start-ups since 2003 when he founded a global WiFi hotspot locator that helped people get connected while on the move.

Alex is also the creator the Genome Laser, the world's first public genome broadcast via laser. Dr. Charles Townes (inventor of the laser and Nobel Prize winner), and Dr. Jonathan Rothberg (inventor of high-speed genome sequencing) were the first people to have their genomes broadcast via laser.

About Seldon:

Seldon ( is the open-source machine learning pipeline for real-time recommendations and enterprise-grade predictive analytics. It includes proven algorithms, industry models and a micro-services API. Seldon is platform-agnostic with no lock-in. Users keep full ownership and control of sensitive data on-premise or in the cloud.

Seldon is currently part of Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars, building out use cases for the finance sector.

Meeting logistics:

2pm-4pm, Saturday 1st July 2017.

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

Room B36 is on the basement level 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.

Event hashtag:

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Wifi access:

Wireless network: BBK-Guest
Username: FutureAI
Password: rbPTqJ

(This account is restricted to the day of the event.)

Covering meeting costs:

A small fee (£7) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room hire costs. Please pay in advance, online, after you RSVP.

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This will be refunded if the meeting is cancelled or rearranged, or if the attendee cancels at least 2 days before the meetup.

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