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Synthetic Intelligence (SI) is changing the game of business and applied machine learning, deep learning, and reinforcement learning are disrupting industries as well as reshaping markets. If "data is the new oil" then Synthetic Intelligence spans the value chain from the oil well to the gas tank! Commercial and public sector organizations are facing unprecedented upheaval and uncertainty as a result of the innovatory potential of these technologies. As a result, many organizations are redesigning their business models and go-to-market strategies to take advantage of optimization algorithms and data lakes. In this setting, the role of the Data Science professional has risen in prominence and significance across the board. Many organizations are seeking data scientists, data engineers, and data integrators to activate their digital transformation strategies.

This is a meetup for Synthetic Intelligence specialists and enthusiasts to come together and learn from each other in an open, inclusive, and safe space. Data science roles have grown rapidly in the industry and a variety of practices have emerged around the application of Synthetic Intelligence to solve organizational problems. This meetup is a forum for industry professionals, that work with Synthetic Intelligence, to share ideas with each other. The focus of knowledge sharing will not be limited to best practices alone but will also cover shortcuts, workarounds, hacks, as well as tips and tricks. Each month, SI specialists will share their insights via presentations and panel discussions. There will also be ample opportunities for professional networking and knowledge sharing among attendees and meetup group members. Time will be allocated for an open mic segment during each session when interested attendees will be able to deliver one-minute lightning pitches to the audience about relevant topics.

We have chosen the term "Synthetic Intelligence" as opposed to "Artificial Intelligence" in our title because SI more accurately encapsulates the idea that is signified by the term "Artificial General Intelligence" (AGI). The philosopher John Haugeland introduced the term "Synthetic Intelligence" (SI) and differentiated it from "Artificial Intelligence" (AI) with reference to an analogy between artificial diamonds and synthetic diamonds. Cubic zirconia (the cubic crystalline form of zirconium dioxide (ZrO2)) looks like a diamond from a distance and can be regarded as an artificial diamond. However, Cubic zirconia is not truly a diamond because its chemical composition and molecular structure are different from those of a diamond (i.e., a metastable allotrope of carbon). In contrast, a synthetic diamond (or cultured diamond) is a diamond that is produced via an industrial process. It is every bit as "real" as a diamond that is produced by geological processes because it has an identical chemical composition and molecular structure as a mined diamond.

Philosophically, SI is a more accurate description of what the term AI (which includes Machine Learning (ML), Deep Learning (DL), Reinforcement Learning (RL), etc.) stands for. Artificial implies something that is not "real" but ML, DL, and RL are real since they exist in the real world, impact reality in many ways, and do many kinds of real work. Synthetic implies something that is created by intelligent agency rather than by undirected natural process and thus SI is a more appropriate category for ML, DL, and RL. You are cordially invited to join this platform for knowledge sharing and professional networking within a community of practice focused on applied Synthetic Intelligence.

Upcoming events (2)

AI Strategy Discussion with the CIO of the Government of Canada

Synthetic Intelligence Forum is excited to convene a fireside chat with Catherine Luelo, the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Government of Canada. The focus of this discussion will be on "Keys to Developing A Successful AI Strategy".

Topic: The use of AI offers a lot of promise in improving the efficiency of service delivery in government, but there are also risks. It’s critical that the use of AI be governed with clear values, ethics, and rules. To accelerate the responsible adoption of AI, the Government of Canada released a Directive on Automated Decision-Making, which outlined the responsibilities of organizations in the federal government about using AI. This Directive, along with the Algorithmic Impact Assessment, help institutions to better understand and ensure the ethical and responsible implementation of AI. This discussion will focus on critical success factors and key performance indicators associated with AI strategies to accelerate value realization through the responsible application of Advanced Analytics and Data Science.

Biography: Catherine Luelo is a Deputy Minister at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and the Chief Information Officer of Canada.

Prior to her appointment as CIO in July 2021, Catherine was the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Air Canada, where she was responsible for the Information Technology systems that support and enable Air Canada's global business. In this role, she additionally led innovation in the artificial intelligence space while managing the security and reliability of Air Canada's worldwide systems in an operational landscape that substantially shifted during the global pandemic.

From[masked], Catherine held senior management and executive roles at major Canadian companies, including Enbridge Inc., WestJet Airlines Ltd., and TELUS Communications.

Catherine holds an MBA from Athabasca University in Alberta and a BSc from the University of Alberta.

In 2018, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of scale ai, the Montreal-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) supercluster that aspires to increase competitive advantage for Canada globally in AI . She has also served as a Board Member for Creative Destruction Labs, as well as serving as Chair for Health Canada’s Industry Advisory Roundtable on COVID-19 Testing, Screening, Tracing and Data Management.

Catherine is a proud mother of two children and is a fierce advocate for mental health. In March 2020, she was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation and participates regularly as a panelist and speaker on Mental Health in the workplace.

Profiles of the host and presenter:
• Vik Pant, PhD - https://www.linkedin.com/in/vikpant
• Catherine Luelo - https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherine-luelo-60846332/

Web resources for technology in the Government of Canada:
• Digital Government - https://www.canada.ca/en/government/system/digital-government.html
• Strategic Plan - https://www.canada.ca/en/government/system/digital-government/digital-operations-strategic-plan-2018-2022.html
• Job Opportunities - https://www.canada.ca/en/treasury-board-secretariat/topics/information-technology-project-management/working-information-management-information-technology-government-canada.html

Join Synthetic Intelligence Forum online:
• Website - http://www.synthint.ai
• LinkedIn (Page) - https://www.linkedin.com/company/synthint/
• LinkedIn (Group) - https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12092618/
• YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/SyntheticIntelligenceForum

Special Thanks to our Partner:
• ET Business Services

AI Governance Discussion with Kay Firth-Butterfield (World Economic Forum)

Synthetic Intelligence Forum is excited to convene a fireside chat with Kay Firth-Butterfield, the Head of AI & ML and member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum. The focus of this discussion will be on "Keys to Successful AI Governance".

Topic: Principled governance is crucial for the realization of societal benefits from AI. In this fireside chat, Kay Firth-Butterfield will share her insights and foresight about sound governance policies and practices upon which responsible AI is predicated. She will outline strategic opportunities, challenges, best practices, and key performance indicators related to conscientious governance of AI. Take advantage of this great opportunity to learn about the role and impact of governance in ethically harnessing the potential of AI.

Biography: Kay Firth-Butterfield is Head of Artificial Intelligence and a member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum. She is one of the foremost experts in the world on the governance of AI. She is a Barrister, former Judge and Professor, technologist and entrepreneur who has an abiding interest in how humanity can equitably benefit from new technologies, especially AI. Kay is an Associate Barrister, Master of the Inner Temple, London and serves on the Lord Chief Justice’s Advisory Panel on AI and Law. She co-founded AI Global and was the world’s first Chief AI Ethics officer in 2014 and created the AIEthics twitter hashtag. Kay is Vice-Chair of The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems. She is on the Polaris Council for the Government Accountability Office (USA), the Advisory Board for UNESCO International Research Centre on AI and AI4All.

Profiles of the host and presenter:
• Vik Pant, PhD - https://www.linkedin.com/in/vikpant
• Kay Firth-Butterfield - https://www.linkedin.com/in/kay-firth-butterfield-b5b3853a/

Web resources regarding Artificial Intelligence in the World Economic Forum:
• Platform about Artificial Intelligence - https://www.weforum.org/platforms/shaping-the-future-of-technology-governance-artificial-intelligence-and-machine-learning
• Agenda for Artificial Intelligence - https://www.weforum.org/agenda/archive/artificial-intelligence-and-robotics/
• Empowering AI Leadership - https://www.weforum.org/projects/ai-board-leadership-toolkit

Join Synthetic Intelligence Forum online:
• Website - http://www.synthint.ai
• LinkedIn (Page) - https://www.linkedin.com/company/synthint/
• LinkedIn (Group) - https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12092618/
• YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/SyntheticIntelligenceForum

Special Thanks to our Partner:
• ET Business Services

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