Prof. Dr. Tobias Friedrich


Toby Walsh visits the HPI

Toby Walsh is a leading researcher in Artificial Intelligence. He was recently named in the inaugural Knowledge Nation 100, the one hundred "rock stars" of Australia's digital revolution. He is Guest Professor at TU Berlin, Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at UNSW and leads the Algorithmic Decision Theory group at Data61, Australia's Centre of Excellence for ICT Research. He has been elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and has won the prestigious Humboldt research award as well as the 2016 NSW Premier's Prize for Excellence in Engineering and ICT. He has previously held research positions in England, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland and Sweden.

On Thursday, July 6, at 16:00 he will give a talk at the HPI colloquium in HS 1.

Title: Will AI end jobs, wars, or humanity?

Abstract: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is in the zeitgeist. The Chief Economist of the Bank of England
recently predicted AI will destroy 50% of jobs in the UK. In 2015, thousands of AI researchers
signed an Open Letter predicting that AI could transform warfare and lead to an arms
race of "killer robots". And Stephen Hawking and others have predicted that AI could end
humanity itself. What should you make of all these predictions? What should we do to ensure
a safe and prosperous future for all?