Dr Sabine Haeurt on the Impact of AI | CogX17 Highlights | CogX

Hi everyone, so I’m an optimist. I think robots and AI have the ability to improve the way we work, the way we live, and the way we explore new frontiers. And I think there’s many worthy applications. This whole notion of precision agriculture and our ability to use AI and robotics is going to be helpful to diminish water use, to diminish pesticides and hopefully to produce more. By the time ice, we’re in 60, a quarter of the population is going to be 60 above, and we are going to need help. The productivity gap is on everyone’s mind, and I think that technology has the ability to increase our productivity and speaking of productivity, well, that is going to be key if we’re going to feed 10 billion people by 2015. And so this is my area of research. I’m interested in swarms. And if you look at birds and ants, they can do these beautiful complex behaviors, and I take inspiration from these swarms to engineer solutions for real world applications. Can we design nanoparticles that work in huge numbers and improve how they distribute in tumors for cancer applications? And what we did is look at the potential for machine learning specifically for the next five to 10 years and the barriers to reaching that potential, and they looked across a number of sectors, whether it was legal, ethical, social, or scientific. But what I really appreciated with this work is that they asked the public what they think. The other thing that we did is we, in very small groups, asked them more in depth about where they would see this technology being helpful for them. But they have real worries as well that we need to be mindful when we develop these technologies. And the other thing that they cared about was to make sure that the outputs of this increasing productivity are shared by all. What this has taught me is that we need to do a better job communicating as a community, but also with the public. So in my world, I’d like to say that making robots in AR-AI is very hard. This is what I do on a daily basis in the research world.

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