The ML Arms Race: China vs. USA vs. Europe

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This MeetUp will be held at a new location, WeWork Waterhouse Square (138 Holborn, London, EC1N 2SW).


The premise behind the Machine Learning fireside chats is to bridge the gap between the technical and strategic implications of ML by inviting experts who will share their experiences.

Vladimir Putin spoke to Russian students at the start of the 2017/2018 school year and told them that "the future belongs to artificial intelligence," and whoever masters it first will rule the world. "Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world," Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

China unveiled a national artificial intelligence (AI) development plan in July 2017 with the stated goal of making the country “the front-runner and global innovation center in AI” by 2030. Released by the State Council, the plan formulates the key strategy for the development of China's AI industry.

At the moment US firms and research are still leading the way in the ML space. However this is mostly based on private companies progress and the US government has less leverage to force the direction of research than China and Russia.

So where does this leave Europe and Britain? With GDPR having come into affect in May and Britain potentially leaving the European Research Area over the coming years, where are we in this race? Or is there no race at all and ML instead will flourish because of international collaboration?

Please join us over a bite to eat and a glass of a beverage and tune into a panel discussion of industry practitioners and experts, this time in the new location of WeWork Waterhouse Square.

Our guests are:

Jeffrey Ding
As the China lead for the Governance of AI Program, Jeff researches China’s development of AI at the Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford. His work has been cited in the Washington Post, South China Morning Post, MIT Technology Review, Bloomberg News, Quartz, and other outlets. A fluent Mandarin speaker, he has worked at the U.S. Department of State and the Hong Kong Legislative Council. He is also reading for a D.Phil. in International Relations as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford.

Charlotte Stix is a Research Associate and Policy Officer for AI Policy at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge. She was formerly at the European Commission's Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Unit, where she oversaw a total of €18 million in projects and contributed to the formulation of EU-wide AI strategy as its youngest ever team member. Previously, she was a Policy Officer at the World Future Council, and before that founded an award winning culture magazine while managing a team of 15 freelancers.

We will start with some food and drinks, then a hosted discussion followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Registration begins from 18:30 for a prompt 19:00 start – food and drinks will be provided from 18:30pm.

Please make sure you download your ticket from Eventbrite as you will NOT be able to attend without this confirmation. You will also need to bring some form of photo ID to be able to enter the WeWork building and please expect your bag to be checked on arrival. This event is for ages 18+ only.

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