AI Monday®

AI Today & Tomorrow

AI Monday, Mar 18, 2024
Mar 18, 2024 @ 5:00 PM

Last week's AI Monday event in Helsinki, themed "AI Today and Tomorrow," offered a deep look into artificial intelligence. Hosted by Patrik Floreen from the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI), experts talked about AI now and what it might be like in the future.Here's a summary of what each speaker said:

Heikki Ailisto - This Time is Different

Ailisto explained that AI is a complex area with many different methods and ideas.

He said that in the last ten years, the growth of data and better computers have made it possible to use deep learning neural networks effectively.

Ailisto also talked about the rise of generative AI, like large language models, showing how powerful AI has become.

Hugo Gävert - Do Machines Dream?

Gävert compared AI development to human brain studies. He mentioned that although AI research started by looking at the brain, it has now moved in new directions because of technology advancements.

Despite these changes, there are still similarities between AI and how the brain works, such as models that are built in layers and the idea of training through “dreams” or simulations.

Gävert highlighted the importance of making AI more understandable, especially for large language models, as we still don’t fully know how they work.

Minna Ruckenstein - AI Folklore at the Edge of the Future

Ruckenstein introduced the idea of AI folklore, the stories we tell about AI based on our limited understanding and the complex nature of AI developments.

She criticized the way AI is often hyped up through stories, leading to unrealistic expectations.

She called for more realistic stories that better reflect the changing world.

The event was not only informative about AI technology but also made attendees think critically about how we talk about AI and its impact on our future. With a full venue and hundreds watching online, it’s clear that the conversation around AI’s role in society and where it’s headed is of great interest to many.


Stay tuned for the next event in May!

The talks

Minna Ruckenstein
AI Folklore at the Edge of the Future
Heikki Ailisto
This Time Is Different
Petri Malmelin
Six Futuristic AI Stories – One is Fake News

The speakers

Research Professor
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Professor, Emerging Technologies in Society
University of Helsinki


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