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4th Annual Rotman Conference on Machine Learning and the Market for Intelligence

7:30-8:25am check-in and light breakfast; 8:30am sharp to 6:00pm sessions

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Speaker Series | Research Discussions | Panel Discussion | Networking Event

Date: Tuesday October 23, 2018 | 08:30 AM - 06:00 PM
Speaker(s): Ajay Agrawal, Founder, Creative Destruction Lab; Geoffrey Taber Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Professor of Strategic Management, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Ryan Avent, Senior Editor and Economics Columnist, The Economist
Mark Carney, Governor, Bank of England
Jack Clark, Director – Strategy & Communications, OpenAI
Sally Daub, Founder, ViXS Systems
Michael Evans, President, Alibaba Group
Walter Frick, Senior Editor, Harvard Business Review
Suzanne Gildert, Co-Founder, Sanctuary AI
Ben Goertzel, Chief Scientist, Hanson Robotics; Aiydia Holdings
Geoffrey Hinton, Engineering Fellow, Google/Emeritus Distinguished Professor, University of Toronto
Anja Lambrecht, Associate Professor of Marketing, London Business School
Mara Lederman, Site Lead, CDL-Toronto; Associate Professor, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Ramez Naam, American Fiction Writer
Ramana Nanda, Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Heather Reisman, Chief Executive Officer, Indigo
Sonia Sennik, Executive Director, Creative Destruction Lab, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Kevin Sneader, Global Managing Partner (Hong Kong), McKinsey & Company
Scott Stern, Professor, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ilya Sutskever, Co-founder & Research Director, Open AI
Geoffrey West, Distinguished Professor of Theoretical Physics, Santa Fe Institute
Shivon Zilis, Partner, Bloomberg Beta LLP

More speakers TBA. Last updated September 20, 2018.
Topic: Machine Learning and the Market For Intelligence
Venue: Desautels Hall (2nd floor, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Location: Toronto
Cost: $1,800.00 per person for non-alumni; $1,200.00 per person for organizations that register 10 or more; $900.00 per person for alumni of Rotman and/or U of Toronto and for employees of not-for-profit organizations including universities, hospitals and governments; $450.00 per person for current full time students and for employees of start-ups (Fees include all sessions, light breakfast, box lunch and refreshments)
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  • AI and the Human/Machine Interface
  • Economic Growth, Algorithmic Bias, and Complex Cognitive Tasks
  • Implementing Commercial Grade AI
  • Scaling AI Systems
  • AI in Africa
  • AI on the Frontier

SESSIONS (subject to change):

  • “Not Just Algorithms, Data, and Compute: AI Complements”
  • “AI and Innovation: Inventing A New Method of Inventing”
  • “AI, Innovation and Economic Growth”
  • “AI, Science and Scaling”
  • “Implementing Commercial Grade AI”
  • “Worldwide Implementation of Machine Intelligence”
  • “AI at Alibaba”
  • “AI and the World Economy”
  • ‘AI and the Human/Machine Interface”
  • “AIs in Human-Like Bodies: Virtues and Challenges”
  • “AGI and Embodiment”
  • “Algorithmic Bias”
  • “Humans vs Machines in Complex Cognitive Tasks: Investing”
  • “Dimension of AI Progress”
  • “On the Nature of Intelligence”

SYNOPSIS: On October 23, 2018 the Creative Destruction Lab at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management will host our 4th 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.


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 launched many nascent startups, including Atomwise, BridgIt, BenchSci, Nymi, Knote, OTI Lumionics,, Thalmic Labs, Validere, Kyndi, Deep Genomics, and Xanadu, among others. To learn more, please visit

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QUESTIONS: | Daniel Ellul, 416-978-6119 | Megan Murphy, 416-978-6122






416-978- 6119 or 416-978-6122

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