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AI & Why It Will Transform Everything

July 7, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm


Artificial intelligence (AI) is perhaps the most hyped technology trend in the world right now–and with good reason. The combination of highly capable algorithms, exponentially increasing amounts of digital data, and ever-increasing computational power have enabled tremendous successes in the development, application, and impact of AI in recent years.

We see or experience some of these daily: facial recognition in place of passwords, conversational AI assistants (e.g. Alexa, Siri) and chatbots, detection of fraudulent credit cards charges, improved recommendations for what to buy or watch next, and much more. Companies now use AI to improve operational efficiencies, predict possible maintenance issues, optimize sales and marketing efforts, and more. Perhaps most importantly, AI is now poised to revolutionize healthcare and medicine, mobility and transportation, manufacturing and robotics, finance, national security, and many of the fundamental needs of humanity and society.

But what is AI? What makes AI so powerful? Why is it so hyped and why is it considered disruptive, transformative, and revolutionary? (And is it?) What are the most important applications that of AI today and tomorrow? How is Austin contributing to the advancement of AI?

​Join us to hear some answers to these questions from Austin AI leaders and experts in Part 1 of this special two-part Austin Forum event, and stay for an extended Q&A session with breakout groups organized by topic. (Join us again for Part 2 on July 21 to explore additional topics about AI including the ethical implications and societal benefits and risks of AI, how to augment humanity and promote inclusion with AI, and more.)


July 7, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
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Austin Forum on Technology & Society
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