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RDI Hub in Kerry to investigate future of AI

Written by Robert McHugh, on 2nd Sep 2020. Posted in Technology

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The RDI Hub, ADAPT Research Centre and Microsoft will this week investigate the societal benefits for AI at the inaugural John McCarthy AI Summer School. John McCarthy, who the RDI Hub building in Killorglin, Co Kerry is named in honour of, is considered one of the founding fathers of the discipline of AI when he coined the term in the mid-1950s.

This week, over two days, experts and thought leaders in the field of AI will virtually gather to discuss how the constantly growing field of AI can be harnessed for the benefit of society, with a particular focus on how it will change ways of working and the impact of AI post COVID-19. 

The inaugural event is aiming to create a community which will share best practice and foster the development of the conversation around AI which, according to estimates by PwC, has the potential to boost Ireland’s GDP by €48 billion in 2030. 
 
The John McCarthy AI Summer School will take place over two half days on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th of September, from 1pm to 5pm, with a mix of plenary lectures and roundtable discussions. 
 
Topics of discussion across the two days will include:

AI and the COVID-19 pandemic
AI for sustainable agriculture
AI for sustainable cities
AI from science fiction to the science classroom

The speaker list for this online event brings together Irish and international experts and includes:

Professor John Kelleher – TU Dublin
Professor Vinny Cahill – Trinity College Dublin
Professor Joseph Walsh – IT Tralee
Mark Sparvell – Microsoft
Dr Haithem Afli – CIT
Rumman Chowdhury PhD – Accenture
Professor Rozenn Dahyot - Trinity College Dublin
Professor Rohit Nishant - Université Laval, Canada 

 
Commenting on the intiative, CEO of RDI Hub, Liam Cronin said, "AI is going to have a truly transformative effect on our lives over the coming years. Already it is a discipline which has risen to prominence recently with applications in the battle against COVID-19 but there is so much more to AI than in healthcare and we are looking forward to discussing its diversity with our speaker panel."

He added, "Our aim is that the John McCarthy AI Summer School will become a calendar moment for the development of AI and sharing of knowledge and we look forward to our first event next week in partnership with ADAPT and Microsoft."

Source: www.businessworld.ie

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