The Co-Evolution of AI and Humanity

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Parliament of New South Wales

6 Macquarie Street

Sydney, NSW 2000

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How will artificial intelligence (AI) evolve? How will humanity change in the process?

Most of the world’s largest technology companies have declared themselves to be AI first, from Google to Amazon to Microsoft to IBM. Many governments have also declared they want to be world leaders and are pouring in billions of dollars.

Liesl Yearsley will bring perspectives from the frontline. She was CEO and founder of Cognea Artificial Intelligence, which delivered tens of millions of interactions for Fortune 100 companies and which was subsequently acquired by IBM.

Liesl will first look at the ages of AI, to see how AI has evolved and what is coming next, and disentangle what is real and hype

She will offer some surprising takes on what this means for humanity and delve into what we should really be planning for (and it’s not Skynet).

Finally, Liesl will consider the unique opportunity Australia has, if it moves fast enough.

ABOUT THE EVENT

The 2019 NSW Science & Research Breakfast Seminar Series is held in the Strangers’ Function Room at Parliament House of New South Wales, Sydney.

Entry is via Macquarie Street, Sydney. Guests are required to undergo routine security screening.

Breakfast, tea and coffee will be served from 7.30am.

The seminars will commence at 8am sharp and conclude by 9am. Tea and coffee will also be available afterwards.

For further information, please call (02) 9338 6617.

PREVIOUS NSW SCIENCE & RESEARCH BREAKFAST SEMINARS MAY BE VIEWED HERE.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Liesl Yearsley, CEO and Co-Founder, a·kin

Liesl is an experienced company CEO and founder who is adept at creating technological breakthroughs and fostering industry-wide advancements. She has a proven ability to build and develop technology companies, with three past successes – two of which are in the artificial intelligence space.

As CEO and co-founder of a·kin, Liesl is developing a new approach to general artificial intelligence: the ability to autonomously solve complex problems and form deep relationships with humans.

Previously, Liesl was CEO and founder of Cognea Artificial Intelligence, which was acquired by IBM and is now an integral part of Watson. She also founded Mooter, a search engine company specialising in predictive personalisation. The company was subsequently listed.

Liesl is the inventor of four patents in Search and AI, has training in Cognitive Sciences and her field is Computational Neurosciences.

She divides her time between a·kin's Silicon Valley headquarters and their new Australian AI research hub in Sydney.

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