Engaging conversations and good feedback on my presentation on the need for responsible and ethical AI working for humanity at AI Europe on 20/21 November 2017.
On 27 September I will be one of the panelists at the Technology for Marketing conference held at the Olympia in London. We will be discussing the role of AI in marketing. Here are the details the panel:
- Jeremy Waite, Evangelist, IBM Watson
- Parry Malm, CEO, Phrasee
- Tom Smith, Senior Manager, Product Marketing EMEA, Salesforce
- Berndt Müller, Chair, AISB (Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour)
Roland van Breukelen, Director Customer Engagement & Commerce, SAP Hybris
On 19 September the 25th annual Loebner Prize in Artificial Intelligence was held at Bletchley Park. Dr Bertie Müller, Senior Lecture in Computing at the University of South Wales and Chairman of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB), organised this event with the help of further AISB-Committee members for the second time running. Bertie was interviewed by BBC News (broadcast live at 10:28 on 19 September) from Bletchley Park talking about the competition and how the Turing Test was relevant to us more than 60 years after its first publication. The interview and further BBC coverage was part of the week-long Intelligent Machines season across the BBC TV and radio channels. Throughout the day further coverage of the event was provided by the BBC News channel, Sky News, and CBS.
Some of the BBC coverage of the event is archived here and in related posts.
Furthermore, Bertie is quoted in the New Scientist article entitled “Forget the Turing test – there are better ways of judging AI” suggesting alternatives to the Turing Test as a measure of (machine) intelligence.
None of the chatbots managed to fool any of the judges. The prize for the most human-like machine went to Rose (developed by Bruce Wilcox).
Jacob Aaron – Physical sciences reporter for New Scientist
Rory Callan – Jones Technology correspondent for the BBC
Brett Marty – Film Director and Photographer
Ariadne Tampion – Independent Writer and Thinker
Paul Beesley – Software Engineer at ARM
Emily Jones – Admissions registrar at Moorlands School, Leeds
Paul Sobek – Software Engineer at Imagination Technologies
Chris Wignall – Senior Software Developer at Lotus F1 Team
What has happened to the perception of programming being a science, an engineering discipline, or even art? Today’s students seem to think programming is nothing but copying code snippets from some dodgy sources, renaming variables (if they can even be bothered with that) and hoping that by magic this conglomeration of code odds and ends will produce the desired result. This approach is certainly not science or engineering. One might see an artistic spirit in it, but to me it mostly resembles guessing, gambling, and hoping that the parser will highlight & correct some syntax errors … and when the code compiles it surely has to be correct.
Straight after holding our 2nd-year degree students’ induction event, I will be travelling to Warsaw tomorrow to present a paper on a layered agent framework for smart home environments at Concurrency, Specification & Programming (CS&P 2013). The work presented is joint with my PhD student Jack Betts.
I have started an espresso subscription. Starting this week, I will receive a delivery every week. The first roast I received is:
- Tiamo (roasted on 28/6/2012)
- Roaster’s description: Bursting with floral aroma, and some hints of Lavender and Jasmine, this is a juicy, bright, clean cup with a light and luxurious mouthfeel. Medium body with a deliciously sweet aftertaste.
Tasting notes: 15/7/2012 nice, smooth with plenty of crema, a good morning roast
From Drury in London I got some Prime Honduras beans. Very exquisite taste, though not a dedicated espresso roast. Will surely be returning for more …