"Technology is only a tool. It is an amazing tool, and one that has had on balance, a profoundly positive impact on the world. But it is still only a tool. It can only ever reflect our values back at us." – Dr Vivienne Ming
Technology is changing our lives. Changing the way we work – how we work, where we work, what we work on and who does it. Artificial Intelligence and machine learning are having a profound impact on society, on our economic potential, and on our human potential. In New Zealand, we must be forward-thinking about how we work, how we build and grow our workforce, and how AI can support our health and wellbeing. Within our companies and communities, we need to choose that future now.
In her keynote, Dr Ming will discuss how her own and others' work in developing AI for good — treating diabetes, predicting bipolar, precision farming, and much more — comes with complex ethical questions. “I don’t build artificial intelligence, I build augmentive intelligence,” says Dr Ming. “This is not about targeting ads better or optimizing supply chains. This is about human potential, and why AI can be such an amazing force for humanity - why it can truly improve the world.”
Join us for drinks, nibbles and networking, followed by Dr Ming's Keynote and interactive Q&A hosted by Dr Michelle Dickinson (aka nanogirl).
Theoretical neuroscientist, entrepreneur, author and Mad Scientist Dr Vivienne Ming is all about ‘mashing up’ artificial intelligence, human behaviour, neuroscience and economics to augment humans and “build better people”. Named one of 10 Women to Watch in Tech by Inc. Magazine, Dr Ming co-founded Socos Labs, her fifth company, an independent think tank exploring the future of human potential. Socos Labs combines machine learning, cognitive neuroscience, and economics to maximize life outcomes in education and the workplace; uniting creative experts to expand their impact on global policy issues, both inside companies and throughout our communities. Previously, Vivienne was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, pursuing her research in cognitive neuroprosthetics. In her free time, Vivienne has invented AI systems to help treat her diabetic son, predict manic episodes in bipolar sufferers weeks in advance, and reunited orphan refugees with extended family members. She sits on boards of numerous companies and non-profits including StartOut, The Palm Center, Cornerstone Capital, Platypus Institute, Shiftgig, Zoic Capital, and SmartStones. Dr Ming also speaks frequently on her AI-driven research into inclusion and gender in business.
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