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Why AI?

An introduction to why AI matters

Over the course of an hour, we explain the power of AI and trace why AI has been instrumental in creating the most powerful companies of our time — Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple. We explain how AI has fundamentally altered competition and detail why that matters for all companies, today. We demystify how AI impacts jobs, how it exacerbates inequality and how it can perpetuate bias and discrimination. Finally we wrap up with ideas about what you and your audience can do about both the opportunities and threats that AI brings.

How Machines Learn

An introduction to how AI works

Over the course of a two-hour session, we explain, in simple, non-technical language, how machines learn. We de-jargonize complex AI terms and make them easy to understand. We describe the most important types of AI and where they are most commonly found. We explain the frontiers — where the research is going and what breakthroughs are needed. Finally, we wrap up  with important ways that humans control AI and leave audiences with a clear understanding of what human control means in AI.

AI and Your Inner Self

AI is fundamentally disrupting our privacy

In this one-hour session, we disrupt the traditional view the audience has of privacy. We describe how a new type of intelligence is interacting with us, forcing us to think differently about privacy. We detail how, instead of the inputs — what information we volunteer — we have to think of the outputs — what inferences are made about us. We explain how AI is alien in its knowledge about us, and how passive and unavoidable data collection can be used to track and infer our inner states, giving away our doubts and hesitations. We explore where these are used to budget us to alternate ends. We thread many privacy-related themes together to end with audience insights into AI’s role in denying us the right to explore, change, make mistakes and grow.

AI and our Biased Society

AI is biased because it learns from data about the world and the world is biased.

In this one hour session, we explain how data bias impacts AI. We explain how data reflects human bias and how this presents in the data, as well as how AI algorithms amplify bias. We explain fairness and how fairness metrics can conflict. We explain why it’s vital to have diversity in AI, and give multiple, concrete examples of where bias in AI has caused harm. Finally, we close with the promise of AI done well — reducing human bias and increasing inclusivity.

AI and the Human Frontier

A deep dive into the technical frontiers of AI and human neuroscience, psychology and AI research

 In this session, we explain the emerging fields that cross-pollinate ideas from AI and aim to help us understand humans and AI as different, but complementary, intelligences. We outline how researchers are teaching AIs to learn more like humans — generalizing from sparse data as a child learns — or to make decisions more like humans do — “system 1” fast versus “system 2” slow. And we take insights from algorithms and show how these are used to understand how humans think. We stretch your audience’s minds and expand how they can think about intelligence and their own conscious experience while educating them on the scientific frontiers of AI — causality, context and control.

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