EMS welcomes international expert on Artificial Intelligence

7 Apr 2016 - 12:00
Professor Toby Walsh


On 26 April Professor Toby Walsh from the University of New South Wales will deliver a lecture entitled Will Artificial Intelligence end jobs, wars or humanity? as part of UCT's Summer School's Extension Lecture series. The lecture is being presented in association with the 15th International Conference on Principles of Knowledge  Representation and Reasoning, which will see leading experts on AI gather at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 25 to 29 April.

Toby Walsh is Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales and leads a research group at Data61, Australia's Centre of Excellence for ICT Research. Prof Walsh regularly appears in international media talking about the impact of AI and robotics, and writes and lectures on the topic (among his recent appearances was this TEDx talk). He was named in the inaugural Knowledge Nation 100, the one hundred 'rock stars' of Australia's digital revolution. He is a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of AI for his contributions to AI research, and has won the prestigious Humboldt research award. In addition to Australia, he has held research positions in England, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland and Sweden.

The lecture will engage some of the most pressing debates around artificial Intelligence. The Chief Economist of the Bank of England has predicted that AI could destroy 50% of jobs in the UK. Thousands of researchers have signed an open letter predicting that AI could transform warfare and lead to an arms race of ‘killer robots’. And Stephen Hawking and others have  predicted that AI could end humanity itself. What should we make of all these predictions? And what should we do to ensure a safe and prosperous future for all?

The lecture takes place on April 26 at 18:30 in Lecture Theatre 1 of the Kramer Law Building, on UCT's Middle Campus. Please contact or 021 650 2888 for more details.