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Toby Walsh

Leading Researcher in Artificial Intelligence

Toby Walsh is one of the leading researchers in the world in Artificial Intelligence. He is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales back in Sydney, Australia, and a Research Group leader at Data61, Australia's Centre of Excellence for ICT Research. He has been elected a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of AI for his contributions to AI research, and has won the prestigious Humboldt research award. He has previously held research positions in England, Scotland, France, Italy, Ireland and Sweden.

"Named in the inaugural Knowledge Nation 100, the one hundred rockstars of Australia's digital revolution."

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In detail

In 2015, he was one of the initial signatories of an Open Letter calling for a ban on offensive autonomous weapons. Nearly 3000 AI and Robotics researchers, many of them leaders in the field, have since signed this letter. The letter was also signed by Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak. In total, the letter now has over 20,000 signatures and has pushed this issue into the world's spotlight. The letter argues that we need to take action today to prevent an arms race in which these lethal autonomous weapons fall into the hands of terrorists and rogue nations. Following on from this, he was invited to give a TEDx talk on the topic, and later to talk about the issue to leading diplomats at the UN in both New York and Geneva.

What he offers you

As one of the leading researchers in the world working on Artificial Intelligence, Toby Walsh is able to talk about a wide range of topics concerning Artificial Intelligence, covering not only the state of the art but also where it might take us tomorrow.

How he presents

Toby is an engaging speaker who educates audiences about the opportunities and challenges of Artificial Intelligence. Toby is a great choice of speaker for events around the world.

Languages

He presents in English.

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Topics

  • Machine Learning
  • Computers being Creative
  • Technological Unemployment
  • Killer Robots
  • The Singularity
  • Optimising your Business
  • Future of Thinking Machines

Publications

  • Forthcoming 2016
    Thinking Machines: Mankind's Greatest Legacy

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