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The road to conscious machines: AI from Eliza to ChatGPT and beyond
The ultimate dream of artificial intelligence is to build machines that are like us: conscious and self-aware. While this remains a remote possibility, rapid progress on AI in this century is already profoundly changing our world. Yet the public debate and media hype is still largely centred on unlikely prospects from sentient machines to dystopian robot takeovers.
In this talk, Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford Michael Wooldridge, will bring a healthy injection of humility to an overhyped field and changes the prevailing narrative on AI. He will reveal how these anxieties distract us from the more immediate risks that this transformative technology poses – from algorithmic bias to fake news. He will also show us how they overlook the true life-changing potential of the field he loves.
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