Data Revolution: How AI and Machine Learning Are Remaking Our World

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More than 60 years since the obscure field of artificial intelligence was first defined as “the science and engineering of making intelligent machines,” AI appears headed for mainstream. The advent of deep learning, the power and possibilities of big data, and the plummeting cost of computing power and storage, have made machine-learning technologies as ubiquitous as they are transformative.

On August 25, Bloomberg Government, in partnership with Western Digital, will convene a half-day event to explore the vast promises of this technology revolution and weigh them against concerns over privacy, safety and control. We’ll examine how massive troves of data and deep learning technologies are teaching computers to see, understand natural language and think as humans do – and what this means for the potential of artificial intelligence to solve problems and do social good. We’ll explore the social, economic and security implications of these types of emerging technologies, and discuss policy prescriptions needed to balance rewards against disruption and ensure the democratization of gains.

August 25, 2016
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA Map
8:00 AM Registration & Breakfast
8:50 AM

Welcome Remarks


Eric Wagner, Vice President, Content Marketing, Cross-Platform Businesses, Bloomberg BNA


Stephen D. Milligan, Chief Executive Officer, Western Digital Corporation

9:00 AM

Machine Intelligence in National and Cyber Security



Dr. John Launchbury, Director, Information Innovation Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), U.S. Department of Defense


Moderated by: 

Eric Newcomer, Reporter, Global Technology, Bloomberg News

9:25 AM

AI: Impact on Economy and Society



Michael Littman, Professor of Computer Science, Brown University

Richard Mallah, Director of AI Projects, Future of Life Institute; AI Technologist, Cambridge Semantics


Moderated by:

Roy Bahat, Head, Bloomberg Beta

9:50 AM

Data for Social Good


Robert Kirkpatrick
, Director, Global Pulse, United Nations

Zach Romanow, Philanthropy Engineer, Palantir Technologies

Milind Tambe, Helen N. and Emmett H. Jones Professor in Engineering, University of Southern California; Director, Teamcore Research Group on Agents and Multiagent Systems, Armorway


Moderated by:

Lizette Chapman, Reporter, Bloomberg News

10:25 AM Break
10:35 AM

Keynote Address



The Honorable Anthony Foxx, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

10:55 AM

Artificial Intelligence in the Real World


10:55 AM                      The AI Lawyer

Presented by:

Andrew Arruda, CEO & Co-Founder, ROSS Intelligence


11:00 AM                      The Socially-Aware Robot Assistant

Presented by:

Justine Cassell, Associate Dean for Technology, Strategy & Impact and Director Emerita, Human Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University


11:05 AM                      The Reader of Emotions

Presented by:

Ken Denman, CEO, Emotient


11:10 AM                      The Personal Shopper

Presented by:

Babak Hodjat, Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, Sentient Technologies


11:15 AM                      Panel Discussion



Andrew Arruda, CEO & Co-Founder, ROSS Intelligence

Justine Cassell, Associate Dean for Technology, Strategy & Impact and Director Emerita, Human Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Ken Denman, CEO, Emotient

Babak Hodjat, Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, Sentient Technologies

Moderated by:
Shivon Zilis, Partner, Bloomberg Beta

11:50 AM

VC Talk: Investing in Smart Data and Machine Intelligence



Frank Chen, Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Shivon Zilis, Partner, Bloomberg Beta

12:05 PM

Robots in our Midst



Anca Dragan, Assistant Professor, EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley; Head, InterACT Lab (Interactive Autonomy and Collaborative Technologies)

Sergey Levine, Assistant Professor, EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley


Moderated by:
Ellen Huet, Reporter, Bloomberg News

12:30 PM

Autonomous Cars and the Future of Road Safety



Mark Davis, Senior Director, Design Research, Autodesk

Felix Holst, Founding Partner, Hack Rod

Hon. Christopher A. Hart, Chairman, U.S. National Transportation Safety Board


Moderated by:
Alex Webb, Technology Reporter, Bloomberg News

1:00 PM Closing Remarks
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We have reached capacity for this event. Registration is now closed. Thank you for your interest!