Predicting the future by inventing it – a view on Artificial Intelligence


Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the new frontier of the information age. Computers have evolved into indispensable tools of our modern societies, having modernized numerous aspects of our everyday lives. During this seminar we will discuss the remarkable progress of AI and give a glimpse of what the future may look like.

Dr. Costas Bekas, research manager at IBM, will guide us through the current state of AI and cognitive computing. AI turns our trusted programmable machines, into cognitive companions – a cognitive system.

AI and cognitive systems mimic the way humans reason, allowing us to express in unstructured ways, such as speech and vision in order to achieve in a small fraction of the previously required time feats such as pharmaceuticals and materials discovery, attacking cancer, understand complex natural ecosystems as well as man-made ecosystems such as the economy and technology.

When the computers can debate with us and test our ideas against incredible volumes of data – will this give us insights that ultimately free us? Will this let us focus on, and use, our deepest of capabilities: intuition and intelligence?

No pre-registration needed.

About dr. Costas Bekas

Dr. Costas Bekas is managing the Foundations of Cognitive Solutions group at IBM Research in Zurich, and has been with IBM since 2005. Costas's main research interests span AI, massive scale analytics and energy aware algorithms and architectures. He has a PhD in Computer Engineering & Informatics from University of Patras, Greece. Between 2003-2005, he worked as a postdoctoral associate with prof. Yousef Saad at the University of Minnesota, USA. Costas is a recipient of the PRACE 2012 award and the ACM Gordon Bell 2013 and 2015 prizes.

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27 March 2019


Holger Crafoords Ekonomicentrum EC3
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