Exploring the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) - A free workshop in London

Join us and the Mozilla Foundation on 21 October for an afternoon exploring the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on young people today. -- THE EVENT HAS HAPPENED - READ ABOUT THE OUTCOMES --

Exploring the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) - A free workshop in London

About this event

Starts: Monday 21 October 2019 1:00 PM

Ends: Monday 21 October 2019 4:00 PM

At: The Royal Society of Arts, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ

Organised by: Upstart Projects

Some of the products / projects you'll be exploring:

Ethi - Control of all your personal data in one place.

Ethi is building a tool to help you take back control of your personal data, making it easy to reclaim, control and use your personal data. At the event we'll demo a platform which shows analysis and visualisations of our Facebook data. We will be discussing the purpose of the overall project and explaining how we keep personal data secure. We think Ethi might be the route to ethical and user-controlled research, advertising and personal AI, and that's just the start.

AI for Good - Intelligent, ethical and scalable technologies for a better, fairer world

A social enterprise applying AI to tackle some of the toughest humanitarian challenges. On a small mission to help 100 million vulnerable people, we build ethical AI products that people really like and that address their most pressing needs including the need to sustain our planet.

FutureMakers - AI + Creativity education course available to all

Workshop series aimed at preparing young people for jobs that don’t exist yet by bringing together AI + creativity - learn more about this opportunity with the folks from AI for Good.

rAInbow - Preventing domestic abuse and violence

Powered by AI, rAInbow provides a non-judgemental and safe environment to prevent and detect early signs of abuse. You will get to see the app and discuss how it might affect society more broadly.

BBC Datalab - Personalised experiences at the BBC

The BBC Datalab team works on providing personalised experiences to audiences across BBC online products though data-driven recommendations.  The key feature of Datalab’s approach is the development of machine learning algorithms together with Editorial colleagues to create relevant, diverse, compliant to BBC values, and engaging recommendations for all audiences, with now a specific focus on younger audiences.  We will share our approach and outcomes from our work, discussing the importance of responsible approaches to machine learning, specifically in the case of recommendations.

Personal Assistants - What can they do and how should we use them?

Voice Magazine team members experiment with the requests and consider how we’ve been adopting ‘personal assistants’ in to our every day lives, but what risks do we open ourselves up to? 

Cognitive Business - Using AI to enhance renewable energy resources

Cognitive Business are transforming the operation and management of renewable energy sources and businesses with the help of AI. Their work with wind power means more potential for clean energy with no extra turbines needed! Join Cognitive to explore sensors and how AI is being used to help.

Creative Applications - Is this real?

Join us in determining what is real or fake; can composite images really look like real people that don’t exist? Or can AI power help you make your own Bach music? Our interactive test cases will help us discuss the issue of fakes in society and consider how technology can lead to more creativity.

NESTA - Longitude Explorer Prize

We would like to live in a world where people can live longer, live better, live together, and live greener. Can you create or improve a product, app or service that uses AI technology to make the world a better place? Find out more about being a part of or supporting this exciting opportunity for 11-16 year olds with the ultimate chance of winning £25,000.

More about the event

Discuss the good it might do, how it might be used in the future and what the product makers should consider - your privacy, how you want to use it, and how far it should go.  This afternoon will allow 14-25 year olds to get hands on with AI products, give you a chance to voice your thoughts and be considered as this technology develops.

What is AI? It’s all around us, here’s what we think a healthy AI should be: Artificial intelligence might bring to mind futuristic tech, like superhuman robots or devious computer systems. But algorithms that make decisions for us are embedded in emerging and familiar technologies today, from search engines and social networks to facial recognition and self-driving cars. At MozFest 2019, we’ll explore how machines are making decisions for us now, and what AI advances are on the horizon. Together we’ll brainstorm ways to bring more social responsibility, ethics, and user agency to AI... today, and in the future.

In short, AI is used for searching things online, for predicting what lanes to close on a smart motorway, for deterring what you’ve asked of Siri or Alexa for example.


Want to find out more? Try this BBC page: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/the-ultimate-guide-to-ai

Or this one from Google Arts & Culture: https://artsandculture.google.com/project/ai-more-than-human

You don’t have to be a techie, you don’t even have to know anything about how AI works.  We want people to come along with all viewpoints, creator or consumer, to learn a bit about it and feed in to the conversation.

We will be at The Royal Society of Arts which is right next to Charing Cross station.  There’s free coffee and refreshments available and the afternoon will start at 1pm.  We’ll finish around 4pm.  After an intro, we’ll go hands on with AI for a while, then have a break and get in to groups to discuss a few related questions for the last part.

This event is part of the Mozilla Festival Week House, take a look at the whole schedule at: https://www.mozillafestival.org/house/

All attendees will also get a free ticket to attend the Mozilla Festival weekend at Ravensbourne where you get:

  • 300+ workshops and sessions
  • Immersive hand-on experiences with the latest tech
  • Talks by leading voices from across the Internet health movement
  • Network and community building at our Sunday Breakfast
  • Engagement with artists as they respond to outcomes from sessions
  • Lunch both days and unlimited hot drinks
  • And Swag!

Cost shouldn’t be a barrier either, there are some bursaries available to cover travel costs for young people to get to London, please see the details and apply at: https://forms.gle/jBK32HdsGiN3GNwt9

Reserve your place now

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