AI means more hype, more technology, more future - and more money! But what actually is it? In this talk, Doug will explain what people mean by artificial intelligence and machine learning, what sort of problems they can solve, and how they do it. We'll see a range of examples where they're being used, and look at how it goes well and how it goes wrong, from entertaining AI weirdness to serious algorithmic bias. You won't end up being able to implement techniques like Support Vector Machines or Generative Adversarial Networks (unless you already could) but you should end up with a better idea of what the people who can are up to.
Doug is a data scientist, researcher, and digital project leader, with expertise in a wide range of subject areas. After 20 years as an academic at the Open University, he now works as a freelance consultant. His earliest attempts at AI were on a ZX Spectrum 48K (RIP Sir Clive Sinclair). It would be fair to say that his later work in the field has been more successful in technical terms and of more practical benefit to his clients.