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KTN Event: Alexa, what happens after the AI Revolution?

KTN Event: Alexa, what happens after the AI Revolution?

Location: Arthur Francis Lecture Theatre, School of Management, The University of Bradford, Emm Lane, BD9 4JL

Date and Time:
Mon 4 Mar 2019, 17:30 - 20:30

Join us to discuss AI, the imminent AI revolution and what it will mean for everyone (including Alexa).

Not so long ago we were bracing for the coming of AI. The computer that thinks for itself was heralded as a must-have to do all those jobs that human beings either find boring or that require a lot of complicated brain work. Magazine articles and books promised us homes to be run entirely by "smart" computers while we would be going to work only infrequently to check on the "intelligent factory's" progress.

In reality, the results have been slow to arrive. Recent developments in computer programming and software are just beginning to bring AI technology into the mainstream of industrial production.”

If this message sounds familiar, don’t be surprised because it has been with us for a while. The American Journalist Brian Cooke penned the words in 1991. Ever since Marvin Minsky coined the term Artificial Intelligence in 1951, the promise of smart technologies has been with us. A year later Alan Turing suggested that by the year 2000, machines would be passing his test: people would struggle to differentiate the responses of a computer to that of a person. Fast-forward to today and we are still on the cusp of something big, an explosion of AI that will herald what Klaus Schwab termed the 4th Industrial Revolution. But despite the arrival of both Alexa and smart energy meters in our homes, we might have to wait a little longer for AI to transform our lives. The self-driving car Elon Musk promised us by 2017 has still not passed its driving test. Last year Google quietly dropped its own AI Recruiting Tool (possibly because it was sexist) and this year Google has acknowledged it is still a long way from creating a computer that can think. Not for the first time, commentators are getting tired of hype and unfulfilled promises:


“AI today is more myth and marketing hype than reality. Companies rush to deploy AI anywhere and everywhere to lay claim to having an “AI-powered business, but these…deployments aren’t always any more accurate than the classical systems they replace.”


About the speaker: Ian Fouweather

Ian has lectured in a range of Business and Research disciplines at business schools and Universities around the world for over a decade. Previously he worked in industry in Operations Management and Strategic Planning. He has interests in a variety of organisational issues, including: change management, operational improvement and our interaction with technology in the workplace. Ian also runs a well-established Business Consultancy supporting client organisations to change and improve, at both a strategic and tactical level.  He currently lectures in Operations and Information Management at the University of Bradford, School of Management. His recent publications have explored the impact of Big Data in the workplace.


Registration: 5.30-6:00pm
Evening Speaker: 6:00-7:30pm
Networking (optional): 7:30-8:30pm


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