Welcome Reception & Fireside Chat: Writing the Hitchhiker’s Guide to Autonomous Systems
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 — 6:00PM - 7:30PM
The culmination of endless streams of data, algorithmic advances, intuitive programming frameworks, and AI processing power spread from mobiles devices to the cloud are catapulting the proliferation of autonomous systems. Notable examples include autonomous vehicle ecosystems, smart cities, and cognitive financial services. The observed and foreseen benefits of autonomous systems include increased productivity and efficiency in the enterprise, and broader distribution of sophisticated services to a larger share of society (e.g., medical diagnoses, aide delivery). However, important concerns have arisen as well. For example, how are autonomous systems (especially AI) affecting employment and occupational training? What are implications and expectations regarding personal privacy? What complications arise in auditing automated decisions and managing system? Also, what further research, investments, and policies are needed to steer autonomous system development, deployment, and monitoring in effective responsible ways? The Fireside Chat will provide a stimulating forum for industry experts to provide insights on such topics.
Seraphin B. Calo, Principal Staff Member, IBM Research
Ayanna Howard, Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Tech
Jeff Ramos, General Manager, The Microsoft Garage
Hakim Weatherspoon, Associate Professor, Cornell University
Moderator: Valerie Taylor, Director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory