UoSM to host public talk on The Artificial Intelligence Revolution

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 26 Sep 2018

Artificial Intelligence is being developed to learn and think more like humans.

ARTIFICIAL Intelligence (AI) is developing faster than we imagined.

If we look closely, our lives are being enhanced by AI or at least with technologies and applications using algorithms that monitor and learn from our behaviour. Applications such as Google, Facebook, Spotify, Uber and Netflix use machine learning to extract street names from photos, recognise and tag friends, find favourite songs, estimate arrival times and pick-up locations, and recommend movies.

As AI is developed to learn and think more like humans and to replace lower-skilled roles, its impact on future employment and data privacy has become a point of contention among technology experts, organisations, governments and the general public.

British computer scientist Prof Dame Wendy Hall DBE, FRS, FREng of University of Southampton is an authority on AI whose research in multimedia and hypermedia continues to be highly relevant to today's technologies.

In response, the University of Southampton Malaysia (UoSM) will be hosting Prof Dame Wendy Hall in a public lecture on The Artificial Intelligence Revolution on Sept 30 at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

Free and open to the public, the lecture begins at 2pm at Majestic 2. A question-and-answer session with Prof Hall will take place at 3pm. Visitors can book online at https://gecko.fm/brlpw.

''Artificial Intelligence is set to become a major technological revolution over the next few years. This means that some jobs will become obsolete. Some jobs will be automated.

"Therefore, there will be loss of jobs but at the same time, a huge growth of jobs as well, and the most important thing is to make sure that future generations have the right skill sets to work in the AI industry," says Prof Hall, Regius Professor of Computer Science and Pro Vice-Chancellor for International Engagement at the University of Southampton.

A distinction that Prof Hall makes is that that aside from training people to be machine-learning programmers is the importance of understanding what AI is all about and collaborating with tech firms to help governments and industries to utilise AI more efficiently and productively.

A recognised authority on AI, Prof Hall's research in multimedia and hypermedia continues to be highly relevant to today's technologies.

The influence of her work has been significant in many areas including digital libraries, the development of the Semantic Web, and the emerging research discipline of Web Science.

She was the co-chair of the UK government's AI Review published in 2017, and has recently been announced by the UK government as the first Skills Champion for AI in the UK.

''We are very pleased to host a high-profile event such as this,'' says Prof Rebecca Taylor, CEO of UoSM and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Asean).

''Having Prof Dame Wendy Hall in Malaysia to open a dialogue on issues surrounding AI is testament of our university mission: To change the world for the better.

"As with any revolution, we encourage everyone to discover his or her place in the world. The very act of engaging in intentional conversation enables us to explore ideas and affect change in society.," says Prof Taylor.

The University of Southampton Malaysia hosts research-based lectures throughout the year, including lectures that showcase the latest research of its professors. Spanning topics from nanotechnology to Artificial Intelligence, the lectures give you a great opportunity to learn more about the university's research and how it is addressing some of today's biggest challenges.

This article is brought to you by University of Southampton Malaysia.

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