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AI in the City

Friday, October 19, 2018
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Social Science Centre (SSC)
Room: 1004
Renee Sieber - AI in the City

A.I. In The City

Renée Sieber, Professor of Geography and Environment (jointly appointed) at McGill University

Date: Friday, October 19th, 2018
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Location: 1004 ssc

Governments worldwide are seeing a rapid expansion of artificial intelligence (AI) and its component algorithms. Worldwide investment in the computational side of AI is estimated at $24billion in 2018. There is enormous potential for AI usage in government, especially in cities. AI, cities are told, will make transportation networks more efficient,reduce greenhouse gases, streamline budgets, detect fraud, alert citizens with real-time notifications and allow governments to predict urban change. Many of its promises and threats have been hyperbolized in popular media, with dramatic warnings of lost jobs or
sentient killer robots. The hyperbole is ironic, given that AI is already here (e.g., on our phones).

Renée Sieber is a Professor of Geography and Environment (jointly appointed) at McGill University, in Montréal, Canada. She is also affiliated with McGill’s School of Computer Science, McGill’s Digital Humanities Working Group and the Global Environmental and Climate Change Centre of Quebec.

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