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Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Artificial Intelligence

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Monday 12th March 2012

  • Robot Panelists, AI and the Future of Identity

    by Stephen Reed, John Romano and Bruce Duncan M Ed

    In the future, we aren't going to fight the robots, we're going to become the robots. In fact, it may be even sooner -- like, now. We’ll have an AI-powered panelist taking questions from the audience.Oh, we'll have some great biological panelists, too. They'll discuss artificial intelligence, digital life forms, and the future of identity. Along the way we’ll learn: * Just how close we are to seeing self-aware, digital life forms * How new AI technology might enhance our biological lives * How digital avatars might keep living for you after you dieThe singularity won't be televised, folks. We'll make sure you don't miss it.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Citadel, Driskill Hotel

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Tuesday 13th March 2012

  • Human Language Technology and Where It's Headed

    by Jason Baldridge and Lillian Lee

    Language is the holy grail of artificial intelligence. When we imagine sharing a world with smart machines, we don't think about logic, or problem solving, or winning at chess. We hear HAL-9000 declining to open the pod bay doors, and the Terminator saying he'll be baaack. Researchers have been working on building computers we can talk to for 60 years; in the 1990s, Bill Gates predicted that speech would soon be “a primary way of interacting with the machine”. So why aren't we talking to our computers yet ....Or are we? Thanks to new developments in human language technology (also known as "natural language processing") and text analytics, computers are analyzing everything from e-mail and tweets to clinical records and and speed-date conversations. How does the technology work, when does it work well (and when not), what's it doing for us, and where is it headed?

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Tuesday 13th March

    In Salon K, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • Wall-E or Terminator: Predicting the Rise of AI

    by Daniel Wilson, Chris Robson and William Hertling

    This fun and thought provoking session will look at fundamental issues about the rise of artificial intelligence (AI). When is human-level AI likely to emerge? When it does emerge will it be more likely to be friendly, hostile, or indifferent to humanity? What, if anything, can we do to influence these outcomes?Panelists will draw on their expert knowledge in the field as well as look at science fiction for inspiration.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Tuesday 13th March

    In Salon J, Hilton Austin Downtown

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