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AI for good for good business

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Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are fast moving out of the hype status and into the reality status. South African industry recently launched the AI Institute of South Africa, with the objective of consulting with government on AI policy, while also representing South Africa in global AI forums and initiatives. The world is faced with many questions. How can we ensure that AI is for good and will not destroy itself and in the process, the world? Do we need global regulations? The debate between the late Steve Jobs and Elon Musk comes to mind. Musk believes that AI must be regulated while Jobs was adamant that it should not be, so that development would not be impeded by bureaucracy.

EngineerIT is planning a virtual panel discussion on 16 September 2020 under the heading “AI for good for good business”. The panellists will be asked to give their views about why enterprises should embrace AI, where to start, how to win the confidence of their employees and whether or not it should be regulated by government verses a global UN regulated approach.

Companies are invited to propose people with experience in AI to be considered for inclusion on the panel. Six participants will be selected, based on their experience, to join the 40-minute discussion which will run from 10 am. The discussion will be recorded and an audio recording published on www.engineerit.co.za. A summary article will be published in the September edition of the magazine as well as a link in the e-Newsletter.

Please send nominations and a motivation to hansv@engineerIT.co.za by COB on 10 September 2020. The six panellists will be announced on Friday 11 September 2020.

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