The Computer Says No Event

Event date: October 06, 201712:00u
End date: October 06, 2017

Techruption organizes the "The Computer Says No Event" bringing together the 3 strands of work: Artificial Intelligence, Climate Change and Blockchain. The event will be an opportunity for an interdisciplinary conversation with presentations from leading participants in the Techruption programme, followed by a broad ranging panel discussion.


12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 13:45 Dr. Maarten Everts, TNO, University of Twente

13:45 – 14:30 Dr. Darian Meacham, Maastricht University

14:30 – 15:00 Coffee break

15:00 – 15:45 Marjolein Sciamate Msc, ReGen Villages

15:45 – 17:00 Moderated round table discussion:

• Dr. Christopher Brewster, TNO
• Dr. Maarten Everts, TNO, University of Twente
• Dr. Darian Meacham, Maastricht University
• Prof. Rudolf Muller, Maastricht University

17:00 – 18:30 Drinks


Brightlands Smart Services Campus, Smedestraat 2, 6411CR, Heerlen

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With the growing digitisation of our society, we depend more and more on information technology to inform us, to advise us, to make decisions for us.

In Artificial Intelligence, with the growing use of Deep Learning, a range of commercial and personal decisions depend on the use of machine learning trained on large data sets. Well known examples include loan applications and, in the US, university admissions. Climate change policies and decisions depend on sophisticated computer models of the changes we are observing in our environment, and these models result in specific advice as to the actions humanity needs to take. Information technology is playing a growing role in mitigation and adaptation strategies. The recent emergence of Blockchain technology has led to an enthusiasm for “Distributed Autonomous Organisations” and smart contracts to handle potentially a large variety of social and business interactions. How do these technologies make our societies more effective, more adapted to the challenges we face? What implications does the use of these technologies have for wider society and business, for our culture and our well being? How can governance and regulation respond to these technological developments?

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