Free

Keynote Talk with Sheldon Fernandez: Computational Creativity

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Avanade Canada

200 Wellington Street West

Toronto, ON M5V 3C7

Canada

View Map

Friends Who Are Going
Event description

Description

*Due to the intimate nature of the event and our limited number of seats, please only RSVP if this topic is of serious interest to you and/or your company. This event is on a first come, first serve basis. Thank you*

Come one, come all! Join Tech in Motion and Avanade Canada (previously known as 'Infusion') for a night of networking, mixing & mingling, while learning about computational creativity and the implications of machines that can 'imagine' from our Keynote Discussion with Sheldon Fernandez.

AGENDA:
6:00-7:00PM: Networking + Food & Drinks
7:00-7:45PM: Tech Talk w/ Keynote Speaker
7:45-8:00PM: Audience Q&A
8:00-9:00PM: Networking

TOPIC: Computational Creativity: The Implications of Machines that can ‘Imagine’

The explosive progress of Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning systems has given rise to a new and flourishing area of research termed Computational Creativity. A multidisciplinary enterprise that resides at the intersection of AI, philosophy, cognitive psychology and the arts, this evolving discipline continues to challenge our assumptions about the limits of non-human forms of intelligence and our relationship with machines.

We have reached the stage where software can generate pictures, melodies, jokes and poems, can invent new words and even discover new and interesting mathematical theorems. In addition to probing the scientific underpinnings of creativity, such endeavors raise fascinating questions about the nature of intentionality, originality, and inspiration.

In this talk Sheldon will explore such topics as:

What is the relationship between creativity and computation? Can the latter truly beget the former and if so, how?

• How do we evaluate whether something is truly creative given the emotional, subjective, and often contradictory qualities of creativity itself?

• And, most importantly, if creativity is partially about ‘discordance’ – setting one’s mind free from the worn channels of tradition to concoct something novel – how can an algorithmic system ever be creative? Phrased alternatively, if a machine can do only what it is programmed to do, how can it ever exhibit what might be termed creative behavior?

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep” - Scott Adams

MEET OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Sheldon Fernandez, Senior Director with Avanade

After receiving his degree in Computer Engineering from Waterloo in 2001, Sheldon founded Infusion with four classmates, an innovation firm that specialized in the blending of creative prowess with engineering know-how. During the last 16 years, he helped grow the company from 6 people to over 650, with offices around the world. In that time, he served as the company’s chief architect, and was been responsible for honing the firm’s technical direction amidst ongoing industry changes. In March of this year, Infusion was acquired by Avanade to augment its digital solution and consulting practices.

Through his career, Sheldon has coupled his entrepreneurial endeavours and engineering exploits with non-technical pursuits. He completed a Master’s degree in theology at the University of Toronto in 2008, and pursued thesis work in the area of neuroscience and metaethics. He also pursued creative writing at Oxford University to hone his interests with literary craft, and finally, completed a professional training program at the Montreal Institute for Genocide Studies in mass atrocity prevention.

Today, Sheldon spends a considerable portion of his time determining the how emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, and Quantum Computing can be leveraged in the Enterprise. He has spoken and written extensively about Computational Creativity, both with respect to its pragmatic applications and its more grandiose aspirations.

---

As always we would like to thank our sponsors: Jobspring Partners & Workbridge Associates for sponsoring this month’s event. Interested in sponsoring a Tech in Motion event? Click Here!

---

Want to learn more about Tech in Motion?
• Visit TechinMotionEvents.com
• "Like" us on Facebook!
• Join the conversation on Twitter! Share and follow along with @Tech_in_Motion
Check out our Tech Job Board
• Read insightful content from our speakers across the country on our blog
• Want to sign up for our email list? Click Here!
• Interested in sponsoring a Tech in Motion event? Click Here!

Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

Avanade Canada

200 Wellington Street West

Toronto, ON M5V 3C7

Canada

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved