Keynote: The Ethical Dilemma of AI: Save Humanity or Destroy It?

English Intermediate AI & Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the processing capabilities of speed, scale, and capacity far beyond that of humans. As computers become more powerful, Machine learning (ML) the “brains” behind AI become exponentially more powerful. But… • Can that power always be trusted to be fair and neutral? • Can that power be trusted to protect your privacy within civic, state and federal laws worldwide? • Can the government hysteria of removing facial recognition technology from authorities like the police make me less safe against terrorism? • When Facebook or Google’s Photos service uses AI on my personal photos to identify people, locations, objects and scenes and consequently targets internet advertising at me based on that AI is it an invasion of my privacy? AI has already proven for years that it is saving lives. Not that it has to potential to save lives; it is already saving lives and has been for years. From cancer research to medical diagnosis to safety and security to covid-19 detection and everything in between; AI is saving lives. Yet we have technology industry pillars like Google, Amazon, and Facebook, leaders AI, who’s revenue, and consequently shareholder value is rooted in internet advertising. Companies who are using AI to track your activities on the internet to detailed granularity which produces influenceable advertising that is simply scary. And these companies have basically been doing this unimpeded for years. And then there is Microsoft, arguably the leader in AI in terms of sheer R&D, with revenue and shareholder value mainly based in cloud consumption who is pushing federal governments worldwide hard for AI regulation. It is years beyond the right time to talk about the nearly boundless landscape of artificial intelligence. In many ways, AI is just as much a new frontier for ethics and risk assessment as it is for emerging technology. Join Tim Huckaby in the discussion; a demo heavy keynote which will elaborate the power, the risk, the ethical dilemmas we are currently facing in AI and that we will face for many years to come.


Tim Huckaby

Founder, InterKnowlogy & Actus/VSBLTY, Microsoft Worldwide RD, Microsoft MVP-Artificial Intelligence

Tim Huckaby is an industry luminary focused on AI, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, AR/MR, Data Visualization, & Edge computing. Mr. Huckaby has over 35 years of technology experience including serving on a server product team as a development lead on an architecture team at Microsoft. Mr. Huckaby worked on some famous and not so famous Microsoft Server products in the late nineties where, as a young man he learned how scalable enterprise software is built. Mr. Huckaby is a Microsoft Global RD, a Microsoft AI MVP and serves on many councils and boards like the Microsoft Application Development Partner Advisory Council. Having worked for or with Microsoft for over 25 years, Mr. Huckaby has been on stage with and done numerous keynote demos for many Microsoft executives including Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer and many other Microsoft and other technology executives over a 20+ year speaking career. Mr. Huckaby has been awarded many times for the highest rated technical & industry presentations and keynotes for Microsoft and many other vertical (retail, hospitality, healthcare, etc.) & technology conferences like CES and events all around the world. Mr. Huckaby is consistently rated in the top 10% of all speakers at these events and is frequently the top-rated speaker. Mr. Huckaby is an accomplished writer having been published thousands of times including authoring 3 books, hundreds of magazine articles and hundreds of internet publications. Mr. Huckaby frequently works directly with the Technology Press and financial analyst community on technical messaging and industry comprehension. Mr. Huckaby’s expertise encompasses Emerging Experiences in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision on MSFT and Intel (OpenVino), Machine Learning, Touch, Gesture, Voice Recognition, AR&VR, Holographic, Neural, Demographic, Emotional, demographic & Face and Object Recognition and other futuristic interfaces as applied by a number of compelling software technologies on many hardware platforms on a broad spectrum of devices. Mr. Huckaby was deemed a “Pioneer of the Smart Client Revolution” by the press. Mr. Huckaby’s uncanny prediction of locally installed, native application dominance (ie: Apps on smartphones) in spite of a significant trend towards web application popularity became true. This prediction of “The Smart Client Revolution” was the predecessor to the app store phenomena we see today where applications are downloaded from an application store and installed natively on a smart phone device or tablet as contrasted to using web applications in a browser. In 1999 Mr. Huckaby founded InterKnowlogy (IK), a worldwide leader in custom application development. InterKnowlogy builds enterprise software for companies large and small all over the world. IK has delivered countless consumer quality desktop, web & mobile experiences with enterprise grade scalability earning customers 100’s of millions in revenue. With expertise in AI, Computer Vision, 3D, data visualization, & AR/MR InterKnowlogy is uniquely positioned to build v1 product with emerging technology. Mr. Huckaby served as InterKnowlogy’s board chair and chief technical strategist before he sold his membership interest in the Company in December of 2021. In 2011 Mr. Huckaby founded Actus Interactive Software, which licensed a suite of computer vision-based software products. In 2015 Actus was transformed into VSBLTY which went public in 2019. VSBLTY has a suite of retail & security products distributed worldwide that does analytics by audience measurement, sentiment analysis and object recognition through computer vision within interactive digital signage solutions. VSBLTY also offers a SAAS licensable, scalable, performant security suite products with features including facial recognition / person identification with precision in cloud and edge modalities. Mr. Huckaby served as VSBLTY’s CTO before he sold his interest & resigned from Company in December of 2021. Currently Mr. Huckaby is leveraging his love of cutting edge software consulting in Computer Vision, AI, AR and enterprise software while he looks for his next big thing. Email: Blog: LinkedIn: Twitter: @TimHuckaby

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