SHIFT Business Festival opens the doors of the former prison of Kakolan Lääni tomorrow, Tuesday May 22nd. The program features world-class business speakers as well as thought-provoking art pieces in a unique prison environment. We have selected the top picks from the extensive program that you will want to make sure to follow, either at the venue or via our communications channels.
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TUESDAY May 22nd
Nick Bostrom, Future of Humanity Institute
The World After Superintelligence
Main Stage 14:00–14:45
Nick Bostrom is the founding Director of Future Humanity Institute at Oxford University, the research center with a multidisciplinary team of experts working on the big-picture questions for humanity. Bostrom argues that the doomsday scenario where superintelligent AI exposes an existential risk to humanity can be avoided by making an effort now.
Liron Rosenbaum, OrCam
OrCam MyEye Can Give You Secret Powers
Main Stage 12:15–12:45
OrCam MyEye is a breakthrough wearable artificial vision device designed to assist people who are blind, visually impaired, or have a reading disability. It instantly and discreetly reads printed and digital text aloud and recognizes faces, products, and money notes, all in real time.
Rosenbaum will also host a roundtable discussion “Artificial Intelligence and Assistive Technology - Assistive or Disruptive?” at 16:15–17:45.
Daniel Chao, Halo Neuroscience
Neurostimulation and the Future of Human Performance
Main Stage 15:15–15:30
Can we improve brain performance using technology? In his talk, neurotechnology entrepreneur Daniel Chao will explain the science behind neurostimulation and demonstrate how we can optimize the brain’s performance across a wide variety of tasks.
Yoram Levanon, Beyond Verbal
Using Voice & AI to Revolutionize Emotions Understanding, Well-being & Healthcare
Main Stage 16:45–17:00
It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. Beyond Verbal’s research team has unveiled the vocal patterns that carry our emotions and decoded the human intonation mechanism - essential knowledge in near future when AI solutions will have a central role in monitoring for example human health.
AI in Maritime Industry Track
Finland is known to be one of the global leaders in development of both maritime-industries and AI. On the first day of SHIFT, our program bring together these two fields and provides visions from the market’s biggest players in automation, AI and autonomous fleets: Rolls-Royce, Meyer and MacGregor, alongside with the freshest technological developments from top Nordic maritime startups such as KNL Technologies and Fleetrange. Read more about the AI in Maritime Industry track.
WEDNESDAY May 23rd
Cathy O’Neil, ORCAA
Bad Algorithms & The Ethical Matrix
Main Stage 15:30–16:15
Cathy O’Neil is a world-leading algorithm activist working tirelessly towards exposing the malicious effects some algorithms have on the society – and ultimately on humanity. She calls these algorithms Weapons of Math Destruction – they are non-transparent mathematical models and they have ill effects on those who are already disadvantaged in our society.
Geoffrey West, Santa Fe Institute
The Future of our Planet: Life, Growth and Death in Organisms, Cities and Companies
Main Stage 10:15–11:15
A renowned theoretical physicist and one of the leading scientists researching the scientific model of cities, Geoffrey West is the foremost authority on urban growth studies. He believes that cities are the key to understanding global sustainability, and this is essential to develop a global strategy for change, without leading to chaos.
Andrew Siemion, Berkeley SETI Research Center
Determining the Prevalence of Technologically-Capable Life
Main Stage 12:00–12:45
Dr. Siemion is an expert on the search for life beyond the Earth and the prospects for detection. He is one of the leaders of the “Breakthrough Listen Initiative” – an effort sponsored by world-renowned astrophysicist, Professor Stephen Hawking, and Yuri Milner’s Breakthrough Prize Foundation, that is conducting the most sensitive search for advanced extraterrestrial life in history.
More on the topic in roundtable discussion “Intelligent Universe” 14:15–15:45.
Risto Miikkulainen, Sentient Technologies
Autosegmentation: Opportunities and Challenges
Main Stage 15:15–15:30
Machine learning algorithms can reinforce stereotypes and commonly held biases, if not properly applied. However, with detailed enough data, they can also be highly useful. Risto Miikkulainen is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas in Austin and the Vice President at Sentient, an AI technology forerunner company, which combines multiple AI disciplines from deep learning to evolutionary AI and neuroevolution.
Miikkulainen will also host a roundtable discussion “Evolution is the new deep learning” at 12:15–13:45.
Modern Mobility Industry Track
We are witnessing a radical shift in how people get from Point A to Point B. The future of mobility will be frictionless, automated and personalized and it will affect us all. Let us nerd-out and discuss the implications with leading experts. Read more about the Modern Mobility Industry track.
Complete your SHIFT with the world's biggest RFID Chip Party!
This After Party comes with a twist: SHIFT Business Festival brings the first chip implant party to Finland. Festival visitors will have not only a chance to get acquainted with the numerous possibilities RFID chips offer for wireless communication and information transfer, but also to get an actual implant as well.
SHIFT After Party at the festival venue 19:00–02:00.
Mari Männistö / Communications & Marketing / SHIFT Business Festival
Picture: Roosa Karhu
SHIFT Business Festival connects groundbreaking technology with leaders of traditional industries for a discussion about the ethics of future development. The festival, attracting 4000 great minds and visionaries, is held May 22nd - 23rd 2018 in the abandoned prison of Kakolan Lääni, Turku, Finland.
SHIFT is organised by a non-profit organization with the purpose of shaping breakthrough technology to be responsible and sustainable.
SHIFT is not an event. It is a beginning.
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