Toby Walsh, AI expert and “rock star” of Australia’s digital revolution holds this year’s prestigious Vienna Gödel Lecture and talks about machines behaving badly.
- When: June 9, 2022 17:00 – 18:30
- Where: 1060 Vienna, Getreidemarkt 9, AudiMax
- Details: https://informatics.tuwien.ac.at/news/2204
Artificial intelligence is an essential part of our lives – for better or worse. It can be used to influence what we buy, who gets shortlisted for a job, and even how we vote. Without AI, medical technology wouldn’t have come so far, we’d still be getting lost on backroads in our GPS-free cars, and smartphones wouldn’t be so, well, smart. But as we continue to build more intelligent and autonomous machines, what impact will this have on humanity and the planet?
About Toby Walsh
Toby Walsh is one of the world’s leading researchers in Artificial Intelligence. He is a Laureate Fellow and Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW Sydney. He leads the Algorithmic Decision Theory group at CSIRO Data61, Australia’s Centre of Excellence for ICT Research.
Newspapers refer to him as the “rock star” of Australia’s digital revolution. Walsh’s regular appearances in the media testify not only to his popularity as a scientist and educator but to his longstanding efforts in calling AI and its impacts to the attention of a broader public. He is passionate about AI regulations to ensure the public good, playing a leading role in the campaign to ban lethal autonomous weapons and advising the United Nations, the European Parliament, and federal governments.
Toby Walsh is an advocate for science education. His outreach activities include various popular science books, among them “2062: The World that AI Made” (2018), “Machines That Think: The Future of Artificial Intelligence” (2019), and his latest publication “Machines Behaving Badly: The Morality of AI” (2022).
Toby Walsh is a Humboldt Prize Awardee and has won the NSW Premier’s Prize for Excellence in Engineering and ICT and the ACP Research Excellence Award. He has been elected to the Australian Academy of Science, he is an ACM fellow, as well as a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and of the European Association for Artificial Intelligence. Throughout his international research career, he has held positions in England, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, and Sweden.
About Vienna Gödel Lectures
Named after the famous Austrian-American logician, mathematician, and philosopher Kurt Gödel (1906-1978) and introduced in 2013, the annual Vienna Gödel Lectures bring world-class scientists to Vienna. The lecture series illustrates computer science’s fundamental and disruptive contribution to our information society, and it investigates how our discipline explains and shapes the world we live in—and thereby, our lives as such.