The Future of Artificially Intelligent Assistants

panelist: Bing Liu, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago
panelist: Larry P. Heck, Research at Google, Google, Inc.
panelist: Usama Fayyad, Open Insights, LLC
panelist: Deepak Agarwal, LinkedIn Corporation
moderator: Muthu Muthukrishnan, Department of Computer Science, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
moderator: Andrew Tomkins, Google, Inc.
published: Oct. 9, 2017,   recorded: August 2017,   views: 1364

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Artificial Intelligence has been present in literature at least since the ancient Greeks. Depictions present a wide range of perspectives of AI ranging from malefic overlords to depressive androids. Perhaps the most common recurring theme is the AI Assistant: C3PO from Star Wars; the Jetson’s Rosie the Robot; the benign hyper-efficient Minds of Iain M. Banks’s Culture novels; the eerie HAL 9000 of Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Today, artificially intelligent assistants are actual products in the marketplace, based on startling recent progress in technologies like speaker-independent speech recognition. These products are in their infancy, but are improving rapidly. In this panel, we will address the product and technology landscape, and will ask a series of experts in the field plus the members of the audience to take a stance on what the future of artificially intelligent assistants will look like.

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