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Thursday, May 14, 2020 — 3:30 PM EDT

Please note: Given the COVID-19 situation, this distinguished lecture may be postponed.

Oren Etzioni
Chief Executive Officer, Allen Institute for AI
Professor of Computer Science, University of Washington

photo of Orin EtzioniCould we wake up one morning to find that AI is poised to take over the world? Is AI the technology of unfairness and bias? My talk will assess these concerns, and sketch a more optimistic view.  

We will have ample warning before the emergence of superintelligence, and in the meantime we have the opportunity to create beneficial AI:

  • AI that mitigates bias rather than amplifying it
  • AI that saves lives rather than taking them
  • AI that helps us to solve humanity’s thorniest problems

My talk builds on work at the Allen Institute for AI, a non-profit research institute based in Seattle.


Biography: Dr. Oren Etzioni has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Allen Institute for AI (AI2) since its inception in 2014. He has been a Professor at the University of Washington’s Computer Science department since 1991, and a Venture Partner at the Madrona Venture Group since 2000.

He has garnered several awards including Seattle’s Geek of the Year (2013), the Robert Engelmore Memorial Award (2007), the IJCAI Distinguished Paper Award (2005), AAAI Fellow (2003), and a National Young Investigator Award (1993). He has been the founder or co-founder of several companies, including Farecast (sold to Microsoft in 2008) and Decide (sold to eBay in 2013).

He has written commentary on AI for The New York Times, Nature, Wired, and the MIT Technology Review. He helped to pioneer meta-search (1994), online comparison shopping (1996), machine reading (2006), and Open Information Extraction (2007). He has authored over 100 technical papers that have garnered over 2,000 highly influential citations on Semantic Scholar. He received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon in 1991 and his B.A. from Harvard in 1986.

Location 
DC - William G. Davis Computer Research Centre
1302
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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