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Can we build an AI brain and will it take over from humans?

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Published on 18 January 2018


Chris Bowerman is a Professor of Data Science (Artificial Intelligence) in the University of Sunderland’s Faculty of Computer Science and will give his talk this month (January) as part of the annual Professorial Lecture Series on campus.

His own research is centred on the areas of AI and machine learning in data science.

In this lecture, Professor Bowerman will look at how a major shift in the computing landscape is under way.

“Computers are learning!”, he says. “They are becoming thinking machines. Such cognitive computers will aid humans in formulating solutions and decision making. 

“Advances are already having an impact in our lives such as Amazon Echo, personalised medicine and IBM Watson health, computers are also making fraud predictions.

“But when and what will happen if our 60 year old AI brain-child turns on us?”

The event on Wednesday, January 31, 6pm-7pm, takes place in
Room 007, Prospect Building, Sir Tom Cowie Campus. It is free and open to the public, however places must be booked. Places can be booked online here.

Registration and refreshments will take place at 5.30pm and the lecture will run from 6-7pm.

The Professorial Lecture Series 2017/2018 celebrate and share the expertise and achievements of our new and established Professors. They showcase the breadth and quality of the research being conducted at the university.

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