The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and their Thinking Machines Will Change Humanity
Author, Founder of the Future Today Institute, Professor
NYU Stern School of Business
“Can machines think?” That sentence begins Alan Turing’s famous 1950 paper on machine intelligence. For as long as we’ve had computers, humans have been trying to anthropomorphize them. Conversation between humans and machines — and ultimately machines with each other — is the foundation upon which modern AI is being built. Right now, we are on the brink of a great AI awakening, says Amy Webb. So what happens when we get what we’ve always said we want? What happens when the machines really do learn not just to think – but are trained to out-think us humans? In this opening keynote, Amy will explain how the big nine corporations – Amazon, Google, Facebook, Tencent, Baidu, Alibaba, Microsoft, IBM and Apple – are becoming the new gods of AI and how they may be short-changing our futures to reap immediate financial gain. She will point out a path for liberating us from algorithmic decision-makers and powerful corporations. She’ll also offer a “call to arms” about the broken nature of artificial intelligence and what technology leaders can (and should) do to help turn the human-machine relationship on its head.