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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
Mark Carney, Governor, Bank of England
Jack Clark, Director – Strategy & Communications, OpenAI
Michael Evans, President, Alibaba Group
Renato Faria, SVP, Global Consumer Analytics, Scotiabank
Marzyeh Ghasemmi, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Medicine, University of Toronto
Suzanne Gildert, Co-Founder & CEO, Sanctuary AI
Ben Goertzel, Chief Scientist, Hanson Robotics; and CEO, SingularityNET
Linda Hasenfratz, CEO, Linamar Corporation
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
Tiff Macklem, Dean, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Parvin Mousavi, Queen's University
Ramez Naam, American Fiction Writer
Ramana Nanda, Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Heather Reisman, Chief Executive Officer, Indigo
Maryanna Saenko, Principal, Khosla Ventures
Ruslan Salakhutdinov, UPMC Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
Sonia Sennik, Executive Director, Creative Destruction Lab, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Kevin Sneader, Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company
Scott Stern, David Sarnoff Professor of Management, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management, MIT Sloan School of Management
Ilya Sutskever, Co-founder & Research Director, Open AI
Geoffrey West, Distinguished Professor and Past President, Science Board, Science Steering Committee, Santa Fe Institute; Author, Scale
Shivon Zilis, Project Director, Office of the CEO, Neuralink, Tesla

Last updated October 17, 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, refreshments and 1 paperback copy of "Scale" by Geoffrey West)
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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.


Conference Co-Chairs: Ajay Agrawal & Shivon Zilis
MC: Sonia Sennik, Creative Destruction Lab

8:30 am Welcome
Tiff Macklem, Rotman School of Management
8:35 am Not Just Algorithms, Data, and Compute: AI Complements
Ajay Agrawal, Creative Destruction Lab

Economic Growth, Algorithmic Bias, and Complex Cognitive Tasks
8:50 am AI, Innovation and Economic Growth
Scott Stern, MIT
9:10 am

Algorithmic Bias
Anja Lambrecht, London Business School

9:30 am Humans vs. Machines in Complex Cognitive Tasks: Investing
Ramana Nanda, Harvard Business School
9:50 am AI Insights from Economics
Scott Stern, Anja Lambrecht, and Ramana Nanda in conversation with Mara Lederman, Creative Destruction Lab
10:05 am Break

Implementing Commercial Grade AI and the Economic Impact

10:25 am

Worldwide Implementation of Machine Intelligence
Kevin Sneader, McKinsey & Co.

10:45 am AI at Alibaba
Michael Evans, Alibaba 
11:05 am AI at Linamar
Linda Hasenfratz, Linamar
11:20 am AI and the World Economy
Governor Mark Carney, Bank of England 
11:40 am Dawn of a New Era?
Governor Carney, Michael Evans, Linda Hasenfratz, Heather Reisman, and Kevin Sneader - in conversation with Ajay Agrawal, Creative Destruction Lab
12:00 pm Annual CDL Awards
12:20 pm Lunch

2:00 pm AI, Science, and Scaling
Geoffrey West, Santa Fe Institute - Presentation and in conversation with Maryanna Saenko, Khosla Ventures
AI and the Human/Machine Interface
2:30 pm Brains 2.0
Ramez Naam, author More than Human
2:50 pm AIs in Human-Like Bodies: Virtues and Challenges
Suzanne Gildert, Sanctuary 
3:10 pm What Kind of AGI are We Moving Towards
Ben Goertzel, SingularityNET 
3:30 pm Lightning Round "What are we headed?"
Shivon Zilis and Jack Clark (OpenAI) with Ramez Naam, Suzanne Gildert, Parvin Mousavi, Ben Goertzel, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, Ilya Sutskever, Marzyeh Ghassemi, and Geoff Hinton
3:50 pm Break 

AI on the Frontier

4:10 pm Recent Advances and New Challenges for AI
Ruslan Salakhutdinov, CMU
4:30 pm Learning "Healthy" Models in Machine Learning for Health
Marzyeh Ghassemi, University of Toronto
4:50 pm Dimension of AI Progress
Ilya Sutskever, OpenAI
5:10 pm On the Nature of Intelligence
Geoff Hinton, Google and University of Toronto
5:30 pm What's Next?
Russ Salakhutdinov, Ilya Sutskever, Marzyeh Ghassemi, and Geoff Hinton in conversation with Shivon Zilis, Tesla
5:50 pm Reflections and Looking Ahead
Renato Faria, Scotiabank
5:55 pm Concluding Remarks
Ajay Agrawal and Shivon Zilis
6:00 pm End

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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