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Machine Learning and the Market for Intelligence

A Rotman School of Management Conference



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Speaker Series | Research Discussions | Panel Discussion | Networking Event

Date: Thursday October 26, 2017 | 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Speaker(s): Ajay Agrawal, Founder, Creative Destruction Lab
Lukas Biewald, Founder & Chief Data Scientist, CrowdFlower
Elizabeth Caley, Director, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
James Cham, Partner, Bloomberg Beta
Michael Chui, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute
Don Crawford, CEO & President, Analytics 4 Life
Walter Frick, Senior Editor, Harvard Business Review
Joshua Gans, Professor, Strategic Management & Skoll Chair of Technical Innovation & Entrepreneurship, University of Toronto; Chief Economist, Creative Destruction Lab
Suzanne Gildert, Founder and CSO,
Ben Goertzel, Chief Scientist, Hanson Robotics | Aidyia Holdings
Sean Gourley, Co-Founder & CTO, Quid
Brad Hoover, CEO, Grammarly
Greg Ip, Chief Economics Commentator, The Wall Street Journal
Eric Jonas, Postdoctoral Researcher, UC Berkeley Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Steve Jurvetson, Partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Will Knight, Senior Editor, MIT Technology Review
Eugenia Kuyda, CEO & Co-Founder, Luka
Lisha Li, Principal, Amplify Partners
Steve Lohr, Reporter, Technology and Economics, The New York Times
Tiff Macklem, Dean, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Gary Marcus, CEO & Founder, Geometric Intelligence
Hilary Mason, Founder and CEO, Fast Forward Labs
Barney Pell, Co-Founder & CSO, Moon Express
Scott Phoenix, CEO & Co-Founder, Vicarious
Tomi Poutanen, Co-CEO & Co-Founder, Layer 6 AI
Doina Precup, Associate Professor, School of Computer Science, McGill University
Russ Salakhutdinov, Director, AI Research, Apple
Sonia Sennik, Executive Director, Creative Destruction Lab
Tom Simonite, Senior Writer, WIRED Magazine
Sven Strohband, Partner and CTO, Khosla Ventures
Alexandra Suich, US Technology Editor, The Economist
Richard Sutton, Professor of Computer Science, University of Alberta | Chair, iCore
Max Tegmark, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Albert Wenger, Partner, Union Square Ventures
Peter Wittek, Research Scientist, Quantum Machine Learning
Shivon Zilis, Partner, Bloomberg Beta | Director, OpenAI

CONFERENCE CO-CHAIRS: Ajay Agrawal, Professor, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; Founder & Academic Director, Creative Destruction Lab; Co-Founder & Academic Director, The Next 36 and
Shivon Zilis, Founder, Bloomberg Beta; G7 Fellow, Creative Destruction Lab, Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto

Updated (October 4, 2017)
Venue: Desautels Hall (2nd floor, South Building) | map
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SYNOPSIS: On October 26, 2017 the Creative Destruction Lab at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management will host our third annual “Machine Learning and the Market for Intelligence Conference”. This is not a technical conference. Our focus is on the business opportunities and economic implications arising from the recent advances in Artificial Intelligence. 

AUDIENCE: Similar to last year's conference we anticipate approximately 600 attendees including ; CEOs and industry leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, academics, government officials, etc.


8:15am  Registration and Breakfast
9:00am Welcome
Sonia Sennik, Executive Director, Creative Destruction Lab; Tiff Macklem, Dean, Rotman School of Management; former Senior Deputy Governor, Bank of Canada
9:10am Prediction Machines and Business Strategy
Ajay Agrawal, Creative Destruction Lab
9:25am Peter Drucker Meets Machine Intelligence
James Cham, Bloomberg Beta
9:35am Recent Advances in Deep Learning
Russ Salakhutdinov, CMU and Apple - Fireside chat with Steve Lohr, The New York Times
9:55am Super Humans
Presentation by Sean Gourley, Stealth Machine Intelligence Company
10:10am How Will Machine Intelligence Transform Scientific Discovery?
Elizabeth Caley, Meta - Fireside chat with Will Knight, MIT Technology Review 
10:25am Brain Science and AI
Presentation by Eric Jonas, UC Berkeley
10:35am Why are Goals Central to Intelligence?
Rich Sutton, University of Alberta; DeepMind - Fireside chat with Steve Jurvetson, DFJ
10:55am BREAK
11:15am Intelligent Machines and the Future of Human Communication
Brad Hoover, Grammarly - Fireside chat with Alexandra Suich, The Economist
11:30am What’s Possible Today That Wasn’t Last Year? New Practical Applications of AI
Hilary Mason, Fast Forward Labs - Fireside chat with Sven Strohband, Khosla Ventures
11:45am Deciphering Cardiac Signals with Machine Learning
Don Crawford, Analytics 4 Life - Fireside chat with Barney Pell, LocoMobi inc
12:00pm Humans-in-the-Loop: Prediction and Judgment at Work 
Presentation by Lukas Biewald, CrowdFlower 
12:15pm How We Won the International ACM Recommendation System Challenge 2017 
Tomi Poutanen, Layer 6 AI - Fireside chat with Lisha Li, Amplify Partners and Doina Precup, McGill University
12:30pm Quantum Machine Learning and its Discontents
Peter Wittek, Creative Destruction Lab
12:40pm Accelerating AI Futures
Steve Jurvetson, DFJ
1:00pm Lunch generously sponsored by Scotiabank
AI Company Demos; Presentation of Awards: Labour, Capital, Ideas
2:20pm Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (Knopf, 2017)
Presentation by Max Tegmark, MIT

AGI and Embodiment 
Presentations by Suzanne Gildert, Kindred; Scott Phoenix, Vicarious; Ben Goertzel, Hanson Robotics

Lightning Round on General Intelligence
Alexandra SuichSuzanne Gildert, Max Tegmark, Ben Goertzel, Scott Phoenix, Rich Sutton, Gary Marcus, Shivon Zilis

4:00pm BREAK
4:25pm Realtalk on AI in Business
Michael Chui, McKinsey & Company - Fireside chat with Greg Ip, The Wall Street Journal
4:45pm The World After Capital
Albert Wenger, Union Square Ventures
5:00pm Prediction Machines: They're Good For Business, But Are They Good For People?
Joshua Gans, Creative Destruction Lab - Fireside chat with Walter Frick, Harvard Business Review
5:15pm If AI is Stuck, then How Should We Unstick It? Beyond Deep Learning 
Gary Marcus - fireside chat with Tom Simonite, WIRED
5:35pm On Humans and Machines 
Eugenia Kuyda, Luka - Fireside chat with Shivon Zilis, Bloomberg Beta
5:55pm Closing Remarks
Shivon Zilis; Ajay Agrawal
6:00pm  Conference Ends

About The Creative Destruction LabFounded by Prof. Ajay Agrawal, the Creative Destruction Lab leverages the Rotman School's leading faculty and industry network as well as its location in the heart of Canada’s business capital to accelerate massively scalable, technology-based ventures that have the potential to transform our social, industrial, and economic landscape. The Lab has helped many nascent startups, including Atomwise, BridgIt, Minuum, Nymi, NVBots, OTI Lumionics, PUSH, Thalmic Labs,, Neverfrost, Chargespot, and VoteCompass, among others. To learn more, please visit

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