New Scientist article New Zealanders will have a chance to see how a new form of artificial intelligence is developed by the BBC and IBM, in the first time the tech giants have ever been asked to show off their latest innovations.
The event, called AI New Zealand, is being hosted by the technology industry body that manages New Zealand’s national security.
The event will take place in Auckland, with a panel of experts, including IBM chief research officer JB Straubel and New Zealand government ministers and other top government officials, expected to speak about their plans for the coming year.
New Zealand’s National Security Agency (NSA) and Communications Security Establishment (CSE) are among those to be at the event, which will also be streamed live via the BBC.
The events, organised by IBM, aim to spark conversations about how to build AI systems that are better at certain tasks.
IBM is partnering with the NZ government on the event.
According to IBM, the event will bring together representatives from the New Zealand Information Security Agency, the National Security Bureau, the Government Communications Security Bureau and other government agencies.
“The aim is to make sure that we have the tools, knowledge and capabilities to get this new form and technology to the front of the minds of New Zealandans,” IBM spokesperson Scott Krammer said.
“We’re looking forward to bringing some of the world’s leading experts and innovators to Auckland.”
New Zealander Joanna Blyth, chief information officer for the NZ Information Security Service (NIS), said the event would be a “once in a generation opportunity” to “help us build a better future”.
“We’re really excited about it, as it brings together a number of the top intelligence, security and digital teams and the best minds in the business, who are bringing a wealth of expertise,” she said.
In the US, the tech industry has been keen to promote AI, which has been gaining traction in the tech sector, and its potential uses, for years.
Companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google are working to develop software that can read human language and recognise human facial features.
Google has said it aims to develop artificial intelligence to help the search giant “understand” the speech of a person, such as how they might describe themselves, as well as to identify patterns and patterns that people use to recognise each other.
The UK government recently announced it had signed a deal with IBM to develop AI that could help in areas ranging from the war on drugs, which is helping to tackle organised crime, to healthcare, which could help hospitals and GP surgeries better treat people.
But the potential for AI to play a role in the fight against terror has sparked concerns that it could undermine the nation’s national sovereignty.
The US government has argued that it has a right to control what it calls its “enemy” AI systems.
The government’s argument is that the threat from AI systems is real, but the government’s ability to regulate the development of AI systems should not be based on fears about the future of the nation, according to the US Federal Communications Commission.
It argues that it is important that the US government be able to decide what it considers to be the best use of its technology, which should not include concerns about the potential impact on the country’s sovereignty.
Meanwhile, IBM has warned that the creation of AI and AI systems “will make life more difficult for the UK”.
IBI’s Straubl said the UK was “on a collision course” with AI and it was “very difficult to say what that collision will look like”.
“It’s not that we think that this will be a big problem for us in the future, it’s just that the UK is on a collision path with AI,” he said.
“We think there are some things that are going to be hard to control and the technology is going to make it easier for us to control them, and some things are going (to be easier).”
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