The Future Impact of AI

Prof. Toby Walsh

Special Guest: Prof. Toby Walsh

MoTcast host Ingo Stoll talking to AI researcher Prof. Toby Walsh from the University of New South Wales on the incredible impact of Artifical Intelligence (#AI) on future society.


"We have to embrace technology - we have to embrace the change."


Please note: Episode 045 hosts an international guest and is released in english.


About Prof. Toby Walsh

Toby Walsh is one of the world's leading experts in artificial intelligence (AI). He was named by the Australian newspaper as a "rock star" of the digital revolution, and included in the inaugural Knowledge Nation 100, the list of the 100 most important digital innovators in Australia. Professor Walsh's research focuses on how computers can interact with humans to optimise decision-making for the common good. He is also a passionate advocate for limits to ensure AI is used to improve, not hurt, our lives. In 2015, Professor Walsh was behind an open letter calling for a ban on autonomous weapons or 'killer robots' that was signed by more than 20,000 AI researchers and high profile scientists, entrepreneurs and intellectuals, including Stephen Hawking, Noam Chomsky, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and Tesla founder Elon Musk. He was subsequently invited by Human Rights Watch to talk at the United Nations in both New York and Geneva. Professor Walsh is a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Science, and winner of the Humboldt Award. His book, "Thinking Machines: The Future of AI" will be published in early 2017 by Black Inc. His twitter account, @TobyWalsh was voted one of the top ten to keep abreast of developments in AI. His blog, attracts tens of thousands of readers every month.


Quotes and statements by Toby Walsh within the show:

"AI could make us healthier, waelthier and happy - if we let it."
[Prof. Toby Walsh]


"This is gonna be a real transformation to our society."
[Prof. Toby Walsh]


"There is a lot of misconception that people have about what AI can and can't do."
[Prof. Toby Walsh]


"AI could bring us into the next renaissance."
[Prof. Toby Walsh]


"If we sleepwalk into the future we could easily end up in one of hollywood's dystopias."
[Prof. Toby Walsh]

"When we succeed in AI it has the habbit of disappearing out of sight."
[Prof. Toby Walsh]


"We have to start reinventing our eduction, our taxation and our political system."
[Prof. Toby Walsh]


"CEOs are the people with great emotional intelligence - not the geeks or computers."
[Prof. Toby Walsh]


Shownotes and links

Thanks to Prof. Toby Walsh for taking his time out of a busy day - and tributes to Thomas Mosch (Head of CGC) for making the talk possible on CeBIT 2017.