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AI: The Power, Promise, and Pragmatic Potential

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Austin Central Library, Austin Public Library

710 West Cesar Chavez Street

Austin, TX 78701

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The Austin Forum on Technology & Society

in partnership with Austin Public Library presents

AI: The Power, Promise & Pragmatic Potential

Ganesh Padmanabhan
Molecula Corp
Shay Sabhikhi
CognitiveScale
Usman Shuja
SparkCognitition
Luke Wilson
Dell Technologies & Vizias

5:15pm — Check-in and refreshments

6:00 pm – Doors open for seating

6:15 pm – Presentation
7:30 pm – Networking

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is now pervasive in all aspects of our lives as citizens, employees, consumers, and social beings. This new class of software technology has the potential to completely rewrite the world economic order. Its impact can already be seen in homes, businesses and political processes, and it promises to transform everything from healthcare and transportation, from education to entertainment, from manufacturing to military applications, and more. When combined with robotics, AI will soon be driving cars, stocking warehouses, making complex products, repairing physical infrastructure, and caring for the young and elderly. It holds the promise of solving some of the most pressing issues facing our society, but also presents challenges such as unethical uses of personal data, inscrutable “black box” algorithms, potential job displacement, and numerous national and international security concerns.

In this Austin Forum session on AI, you will hear from experts on what's driving this, why is it a big deal, and how are individuals, organizations and governments poised to take advantage. You will gain perspectives on how you should shape your involvement and activities to prepare yourself for this new industrial revolution, but also gain practical insights on what you should do to thrive during its evolution into a global force.

Admission to the Austin Forum is always free. Free street parking is available on Tuesdays!


The Austin Forum accepts donations of used cell phones and smart phones at all our events. All devices will have a factory reset and be set up as new by the team at Austin Pathways’ nationally-recognized “Unlocking the Connection” initiative, which will connect every public housing resident with a digital device, digital literacy training, and a free or very low-cost internet connection. Your donated phone can change lives and help close Austin's digital divide, thanks to Austin Pathways.


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