September 26th, 2018
Convergence of the titans: Nobel Peace Prize Recipient, Irakli Beridze, to Present in Toronto at AiDecentralized Summit (May 22)
AiDecentralized | Jane Boo | May 1, 2018
Convergence of the titans: Today’s top technologies meet in Toronto
Toronto – On May 22, Irakli Beridze, Head of the United Nations Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (UNICRI), joins an impressive lineup of thought leaders in blockchain and artificial intelligence at AiDecentralized, the first in a series of global summits initiated by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
A stellar, full-day event designed to connect the AI (artificial intelligence) and blockchain communities, AiDecentralized promises compelling insights into just what’s possible when two revolutionary technologies come together for a common goal. Each is transformative on its own, but together blockchain and AI achieve a synergy that has critical implications for data accountability, security, and oversight.
Beridze initiated and managed the first United Nations Program on AI and Robotics and has organized high-level events for the United Nations General Assembly and other international organizations. Renowned for his efforts to enhance understanding of AI’s risk-benefit duality, he advises governments and international organizations on issues related to global security, sustainable development, emerging technologies, and political trends. Prior to joining UNICRI, Beridze undertook missions in politically sensitive areas around the globe as a special projects officer at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). In this capacity, he was the recipient of recognition on the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to OPCW in 2013.
AiDecentralized Summit May 22 - Reshaping the Future
AiDecentralized takes place on May 22nd in Toronto at the storied Fairmont Royal York. The five-star event features presentations by the experts in today’s two hottest technologies, including ACM Turing Award recipient, Silvio Micali, former Wikimedia CEO, Lila Tretikov, ColliderX and Canadian Blockchain Co-founder, Mark Lijour, and IBM Master Inventor, Neil Sahota.
“The extraordinary challenges that face our global society require extraordinary solutions,” says Irakli Beridze. “AiDecentralized is one of these solutions. By combining the skills, expertise, knowledge, and brain power of the AI and blockchain communities, this summit has the potential to be a real game-changer in our quest to build a safe, prosperous, and happy future.”
ACM, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. ACM provides the computing field’s premier Digital Library and serves its members and the computing profession with leading-edge publications, conferences, and career resources.
What happens when the world’s leading society for educational and scientific computing hosts the largest summit to date on today’s two hottest technologies? See for yourself on May 22nd when the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) delivers the inaugural AiDecentralized summit at Toronto’s storied, Fairmont Royal York.
An ACM global initiative, AiDecentralized is a stellar event designed to connect the AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Blockchain communities and provide compelling insights into just what’s possible when the two technologies come together for a common goal. Each is transformative on its own, but together they achieve a synergy that has critical implications for data accountability and oversight.
Transforming all sectors
“AI and Blockchain are poised to reshape our entire society,” says Wonki Min, Chair of the OECD Committee on Digital Economy Policy and a professor at State University of New York, Korea. “Not only do they bring innovative solutions to the IT sector, but they also have the capacity to transform the business models of all economic sectors, including banking, retail, and transportation.”
Professor Min compares AI to other revolutionary technologies, such as the steam engine, electricity, and the Internet. The essential difference, he says, is that unlike previous technologies that replaced human mechanical power, AI replaces and complements human cognitive power.
A way to address vulnerabilities
The danger, according to Min and other experts in today’s digital economy, is the vulnerability of AI in the face of rising cybercrime. In our IoT world, where even an interconnected aquarium thermostat can be used to steal a London casino’s high-roller database, there is clearly a need to safeguard and guarantee the accuracy of our data.
“Some of the issues around privacy, transparency, and ethics could be addressed by fully distributed decentralized Blockchain technology,” suggests Min. “By bringing together experts in the field, AiDecentralized provides an opportunity to share knowledge and information that could help solve the current problems resulting from the rapid adoption of these technologies.”
A stellar line-up
As one of the Summit’s expert presenters, Min will be speaking on the importance of global multi-stakeholder cooperation in maximizing the benefits and mitigating the risks of AI and Blockchain. He joins an impressive list of speakers and panelists, including Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Irakli Beridze; ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient, Silvio Micali; and former Wikimedia CEO, Lila Tretikov.
“AiDecentralized seeks to be a catalyst for new innovative technologies born out of the intersection of Blockchain and AI,” says award-winning futurist and serial entrepreneur Stephen Ibaraki.
At a reception following the event, participants will be able to mingle and share their thoughts with some of the top IT thought leaders in the world.
As an organization, AiDecentralized brings together 870,000 AI practitioners with 280,000 blockchainers and cryptographers from around the world. These communities will come together to explore the possibilities at the intersection of these two technologies.
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