Now is the springtime of artificial intelligence. All is blossom. But we have no idea what fruits will grow. Will AI nurture us, or accelerate our oblivion? What is our plan? In this groundbreaking series of open and accessible lectures, the technologist and novelist Jonathan Ledgard will examine the science and patterns of AI in truth, money, and nature.
Each lecture will look five years into the future. Professor Ledgard and his guests will pick AI winners by sector, show up the dark side of AI for liberal democracies, reveal new machines and services enabled by AI, suggest how AI can save non-human life forms from extinction, and ask whether AI is itself an emergent species.
What will happen to truth when AI is injected into our technology platforms? The lecture will consider positive ways AI can support truth, while looking at deep fakes in the media and facial recognition in state agencies. It will ask an essential question: will AI help defend free society, or undermine it?
Which companies stand to make money from AI and how? The lecture will outline promising sectors for AI advances from pattern recognition to quantum advantage. It will look at economic trends in personalisation and automation and recommend ways Prague might grow itself into a regional AI powerhouse.
The keynote in the series will draw on computing, ecology, history, and ethics to explore how future machine intelligences will coexist with nature. Will AI be curious about other life forms? Will there be imitation? In what ways can AI help protect diverse life on Earth?
Artificial Intelligence Center
Auditorium KN:E-301 (Šrámkova posluchárna)
CTU Faculty of Electrical Engineering
Karlovo náměstí 13, 120 00 Prague 2
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Professor Jonathan Ledgard is CTU Visiting Professor in AI and Nature. He is a leading thinker on advanced technology, risk, and nature. He spent two decades as an award-winning foreign correspondent for The Economist, reporting lead stories from over 60 countries and many wars - including a decade in Africa. His reporting for The Economist on the arrival of the mobile phone in Africa caused him to quit reporting and move into science.
As a director at the avant-garde École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne he invented the cargo drone and droneport concept for Africa, recruiting Norman Foster as design lead. His work on digital identity, robotic interfaces, and artificial intelligence led him to the idea of interspecies money transfer, now in a testing phase.
As J. M. Ledgard, he is an international bestselling novelist. His second novel, Submergence, a New York Times Book of the Year, was adapted by Hollywood by Wim Wenders. He maintains a separate practice with world-leading artists focused on non-human life forms.