Could artificial intelligence turn on humankind?

A Sunderland professor is set to give a free public lecture on the future of artificial intelligence (AI) and debate its role in the world

Chris Bowerman is a Professor of Data Science (Artificial Intelligence) in the University of Sunderland’s Faculty of Computer Science and will give a talk about the future of AI later this month, as part of the annual Professorial Lecture Series.

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

“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 on 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 will take place from 6pm-7pm on January 31, in Room 007, Prospect Building, Sir Tom Cowie Campus. It is free and open to the public, though places must be booked. You can do so here .

Registration and refreshments will take place at 5.30pm.

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