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How do we prepare for the rise of Artificial Intelligence


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Want to know more about AI and how it relates to 4th Industrial Revolution? What are the drivers behind this? How do we see past the Hollywood myths of the rise of machine intelligence? What are the future consequences of this new race in intelligence?

Date and Time

30 March 2017 - 18:30-20:30


Southampton, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - South: Solent local network. Contact Dr Alexander Boyland ajboyland@theiet.org for more information.

About this event

The 4th Industrial Revolution

In a recent conversation with Sergey Brin, co-Founder of Alphabet Google, Klaus Schwab, the founder of the World Economic Forum described his book the 4th Industrial Revolution published last year, as rapidly evolving with the rise of artificial intelligence.

The 4th Industrial Revolution was described by Klaus Schwab as the fusion of physical, digital, and biological worlds, advances in consumerization and embedding technology help to hyperscale the overall infrastructure. This has caused many observers, commentators, business leaders and governments to become acutely aware of the changes and consequences that such a combination of technologies are likely to have for human society.

The main driver for this revolution is not only the affordability and availability of reliable sensors and computing resources, but also the advancements made in software in particular within the realm of artificial intelligence (eg. machine learning).  Andrew Ng recently said there was little if any industry that could not be impacted by AI in some form and described AI as “the new electricity”.

While AI is projected to have a pervasive potential for disruption across most industry and business sectors, it is nevertheless important to distinguish the hype from real expectations for such a technology, particularly for practitioners and professionals within our society. Nevertheless, we must heed the cautions expressed by the preeminent minds of our times, never before in the history of humans has there been the availability of hardware and software that will enable humans to contrast ‘intelligent machines’. The interconnection of devices when coupled with the automation using these new kinds of technology will have a very serious impact on human employment, privacy, security, social and economic wellbeing – that will have huge long-term consequences and implications for the society of human beings. 


Earlier revolutions of industry, agrarian, political and social dislocations started in the West and East at different times, which have now become a global phenomenon. Have we reached a point in time where Adam Smith economics of the 18th century that defined the basis of the wealth of Nations as economic wellbeing, needs revising in order to accommodate changing value? Changes within our society and habitat, such as ageing populations and increasing limitations of global resources and concerns over greenhouse gases, etc. will inevitably present us with new challenges and hurdles for humankind to overcome often in unrealistic timeframes.

The presentation will raise awareness of these and other issues:

  • How do we see past the Hollywood myths of the rise of machine intelligence?  
  • What are the key practical terminology and meanings behind concepts of Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence, and reasoning?
  • How are industries that are emerging as first impacts in AI seeing its impact in greater insights, new experience and potential?
  • What are the future consequences of this new race in intelligence?


18:30  Arrive
19:00  Lecture start
20:00  Networking and refreshments
20:30  Finish

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Speakers - Prof. Mark Skilton and Dr. Felix Hovsepian

Prof. Mark Skilton
Professor of Practice, Information Systems and Management, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick
Global Head of Digital Strategy Center of Excellence , Enzen.

I am a +30 Experienced Professional Consultant with a track record in top 1000 Companies in over 20 countries and across multi public, private and start-up sectors. I've direct Industrial experience of commercial practice leadership, boardroom and investor strategy to program team and transformation management at scale. I'm a recognized International thought leader in Digital strategy, Telecoms, Digital markets and M&A strategies, CxO practices and an Author of books and International papers. My work and views have been published in the FT, NYT, WSJ, Washington Post, Bloomberg, AP, Mail, NewScientist, Nature, Scientific American and many channels around the world, TV and Radio including BBC, Sky, ITV, Al Jazeera and many others, I support Warwick with Industrial Best Practice in my interests and expertise areas. I am also currently Global Head of Digital Strategy for Enzen Global, a leading Energy & Utilities premium international consultancy.

Dr. Felix Hovsepian
I am a consulting CTO and a mentor. I have a solid academic background in mathematics, systems engineering with a PhD in Computer Science (Computational Intelligence). At the start of my academic career, I spent 4+ years undertaking research in AI and Automated Reasoning, then almost 10 years as a Professor of Informatics. In terms of software & systems development, I have designed and built enterprise-level imaging systems for multi-national engineering companies, x-ray imaging systems for dentists, a fingerprint recognition system and various flavors of eLearning systems.

Lecture theatre (1027) Nightingale Building (B67), Highfield Campus University of Southampton

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