ECIE Keynote Speaker Outlines

The following are outlines for the Keynote Speeches which will take place at ECIE 2021.

Social Intelligence

Professor Soumodip Sarkar

Artificial intelligence is having a profound impact on the way businesses work and our interaction with technology - from digital assistants, to digital health. It has been heralded as the "new electricity", with the promise to transform every single industry, and create new industries in its wake. In the race for leading the AI age, with China and the USA  taking an early lead, concerns have been raised on how poorer sections of society and developing countries can be left behind. My talk would be upon the implications of AI for society, businesses, and research. In particular, I would like to focus on "social intelligence", where social entrepreneurs are leveraging AI tools for transformative social change.

Exploring the adjacent possible: play, anticipation, surprise

Professor Vittorio Loreto

What is new often defies the natural tendency of humans to predict and control future events and a deep understanding of the underlying mechanisms through which novelties emerge and humans anticipate their occurrence is key to progress in all sectors of human activities. In this talk, I will illustrate the notion of "adjacent possible", which captures the common intuition that one new thing often leads to another.

I'll briefly present a mathematical framework that describes the expansion of the adjacent possible and I'll focus on a few examples illustrating how people explore their adjacent possible space.