Wednesday, 30 May

Talk @ 11-12pm: Blockchain & machine learning in music

Location: Said Business School - Andrew McCormack Room

Park End St, Oxford OX1 1HP

We've heard a lot about blockchain disrupting various industries, but did you ever think blockchain would disrupt the music industry? Come listen to the CEO and Founder of Blokur, a startup company building a blockchain-based platform for the management and monetization of creative rights, with a mission to complete the potential of the internet for the creator. Blokur is led by several music industry veterans, and has raided a $1.2 million seed round to bring blockchain technology to music and other creative arts. 

Speaker: Phil Barry

Moderator: Pat McQuillan

Talk @ 1-2pm: Ethics by design in the age of AI

Location: Said Business School - Rhodes Trust Lecture Theatre

How do you incorporate ethics into product design for AI?


Come hear Alice Thwaite, founder of the Echo Chamber Club, and Andrew Strait, a former Legal Policy Specialist at Google Inc., discuss core ethical challenges that AI-based technologies pose today. We will focus on the theory of ethics by design, or how to bake ethical practices and processes into product design. Starting with different theoretical backgrounds of ethics, Alice and Andrew will work their way through a few cases of ethical design decision-making.

Speakers: Alice Thwaite and Andrew Strait

Moderator: Katherine Li

Talk @ 2-3pm: AI - The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Location: Said Business School - Rhodes Trust Lecture Theatre

We often hear about how AI is disrupting entire industries from algorithmic trading to virtual assistants that can make hair salon appointments. But how often do we hear about its limitations?

This interactive discussion will provide you with an understanding of the differences between AI, machine learning, and deep learning. We'll also examine real-world application areas and examples of when ML triumphs and fails. Expect plenty of photos, videos, and discussion!

Speakers: Jelena Luketina and Tim Rocktäschel

Moderator: Katherine Li

Talk @ 5.45-6.45pm: SBS Distinguished Lecture Series - Economics of AI

Location: Said Business School

Simple economics suggest that when the cost of something falls, we do more of it. As Artificial Intelligence improves, prediction will become so good and so cheap that it will transform business and society. It is no longer a question of if AI will change what you do, but when.

Your decision to invest in AI depends on your thesis on when you expect prediction to get good enough to transform your organization. How imminent is the transformation and what will be the economic effect of it?

Speaker: Avi Goldfarb

Documentary @ 7-9pm: AlphaGo

Location: Oxford Foundry

3-5 Hythe Bridge St, Oxford OX1 2EW

What can artificial intelligence reveal about a 3000-year-old game? What can it teach us about humanity?

With more board configurations than there are atoms in the observable universe, the ancient Chinese game of 'Go' has long been considered a grand challenge for AI. On March 9, 2016, the worlds of Go and AI collided in South Korea for an extraordinary best-of-five-game competition, coined the Google DeepMind Challenge Match. Hundreds of millions of people around the world watched as a legendary Go master took on an unproven AI challenger for the first time in history.

This is their story.

Drinks and snacks will be provided.

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