About this Workshop
Participants can attend live event in NYC or via the video livestream in our private forum — accessible via the web and mobile app. All participants will be given password access to the private forum for live chat with fellow attendees, the Q&A and two additional lessons that will be uploaded to the forum. Workshop limited to 50 attendees at live workshop in NY and 50 attendees for private livestream. Livestream video and workshop resources, exercises and discussion forum will be available up to 3 weeks after workshop.
Instructor: Ed Maguire, Insights Partner at Momenta Partners and Managing Partner at Bluemont Partners
Guest Speaker: Ariel Conn, Director of Media and Outreach for the Future of Life Institute (FLI), speaking on FLI’s AI Safety Research Program funded by Elon Musk
“The new spring in AI is the most significant development in computing in my lifetime. Every month, there are stunning new applications and transformative new techniques. But such powerful tools also bring with them new questions and responsibilities.” – Sergey Brin (co-Founder, Google)
Venture capital funding of AI companies soared 72 percent last year, hitting a record $9.3 billion, according to a new report from PwC and CB Insights. By the year 2020, global spending on artificial intelligence research is estimated to reach $46 billion, with money pouring in from big tech companies, private investors, public institutions and governments. AI is set to change humanity and our world in unimaginable ways and AI research is the fuel catapulting us into to this next era of technological innovation.
What is AI research? Who are the key players (people and companies) in AI research today? Which research is having the most impact on innovation? And how can becoming well-versed in AI research help you to think more strategically about how AI will impact your personal life, career and the future?
Instructor, Ed Maguire (Insights Partner at Momenta Partners and Managing Partner at Bluemont Partners) will introduce you to the global AI research ecosystem and trends (the researchers, the companies, the conflicts, the money funding it, and the research leading to new business innovations). This is part of our Mission AI program.
Guest Speaker: Ariel Conn on AI Safety Research funded by Elon Musk
Ariel Conn, Director of Media and Outreach for the Future of Life Institute (FLI), an organization focused on keeping AI safe and beneficial, will join us via private video livestream to discuss their AI Safety Research Program funded by Elon Musk, and to do a Q&A with attendees.
The concerns about the risks involved with developing AI is one that haunts us all. Scientists, technologists, politicians and ethicists (among others) around the world have sounded the alarm about AI’s potential to harm humanity in a number of ways (especially Artificial General Intelligence). No one has been more vocal about this than Elon Musk.
In Spring 2018, Elon Musk donated $2 million to FLI to fund its AI Safety Research Program. The research program awarded 10 researchers grants to publish research on Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) and how to keep it safe and beneficial to humanity. Musk, who sits on FLI’s Scientific Advisory Board, has donated a total of $10 million to the organization to further AI safety research.
You will learn how to stay on top of the latest research without becoming overwhelmed, and how you can participate in AI research even if you aren’t an academic or a technologist. You’ll walk away with an understanding of how companies use AI research to develop technologies and a solid list of resources to keep you connected with developments in AI in the areas most relevant to your professional goals). We will cover:
- a brief history of AI research
- the AI research global ecosystem today based on the latest data (as of December 2018)
- different types of AI research (academic computer science, social science (ethics in AI), long-term AI (AGI), corporate R&D, government-funded AI research)
- AI research labs of big 5 tech companies (Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Amazon)
- AI safety research funded by Elon Musk (livestream Q&A with guest expert, Ariel Conn, Director of Media and Outreach for the Future of Life Institute)
- AI research published by think tanks (funded by companies to influence public opinion and policy)
- corporate AI R&D (how are companies funding and using AI research to develop technologies?)
- the concerns and protests of researchers developing AI
- how to participate in artificial intelligence research
There are no prerequisites or specific experience necessary to participate. This workshop is open to everyone.
There will be an exercise to be completed in our online forum during the workshop. Please bring a laptop or mobile device to access the internet.
Ed Maguire brings more than 17 years of Wall Street experience in equity research and investment banking to his role as Insights Partner at Momenta Partners, with deep domain expertise in enterprise software. He has proven success identifying strategic opportunities and articulating actionable insights based on rigorous analysis of technology, operations, competition and markets.
Most recently he was Senior Analyst and Managing Director at CLSA Americas, LLC, covering the software industry, technology and innovation. Prior roles include CEO of strategic consultancy firm MAGNet Strategies, Director at Merrill Lynch’s technology investment banking group, Senior Director at Merrill Lynch’s equity research department, and Research Associate at CIBC World Markets.
Prior to Wall Street, he was Senior Sales Manager for Twinbrook Music Distribution and worked extensively performing and recording as a professional musician. Mr. Maguire holds a B.A. in music from Columbia University and an MBA in finance and management information systems from Rutgers Business School. He has appeared extensively in major media including CNBC, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, BNN, NPR and other outlets.
Ariel is the Director of Media and Outreach for the Future of Life Institute, where she leads collaborations with various organizations and oversees outreach and communication efforts. Her work covers a range of fields, including the safety of artificial intelligence (AI), AI policy, autonomous weapons, nuclear weapons, biotechnology, and climate change. She’s recently focused on bridging the gap between technical experts and policy makers, both in the U. S. and internationally, and she has presented on the floor of the United Nations.
She holds a B.A. in English, a B.S. in physics, and an M.S. in geophysics, and she has nearly two decades of experience mixing advertising, marketing, and scientific research. She’s worked with NASA, the Idaho National Laboratory, the National Energy Technology Laboratory, MIT, and Virginia Tech.
She previously worked for the ad agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners where she created a got milk? ad.
Participants can attend live event in NYC or via the video livestream in our private forum — accessible via the web and mobile app. All participants will be given password access to the private forum for live chat with fellow attendees, the Q&A and two additional lessons that will be uploaded to the discussion forum. Workshop limited to 50 attendees at live workshop in NY and 50 attendees for private livestream.
The workshop will begin sharply at 6:10PM:
- 6pm – 6:10pm: sign-in, technology check for live forum
- 6:10 – 6:15: introduction and instructions by facilitator, Jessica Perez
- 6:15 – 7:00: presentation lecture by instructor, Ed Maguire
- 7:00 – 7:05: brief break
- 7:05 – 7:30: interview and Q&A with guest speaker, Ariel Conn (via livestream)
- 7:35 – 8:00: interactive exercise (in class and online), instructor feedback
You are welcome to bring food and beverages.
There will be at least one in-class exercises that will take place in our online forum. Please bring a laptop, tablet or other device to access the internet and participate in the exercises.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation via email that will include (1) the physical address of the workshop if you are attending in person, (2) an invitation to join the workshop’s private forum and livestream instructions, and (3) course materials (links to manifestos, other info and resources) to prepare for the workshop.
If you’re attending the live event, please bring current, valid state or government-issued ID to show building security at the venue.
If you have any questions or need additional information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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