Knowledge-based Social Entrepreneurship
Some of the recent spectacular achievements of Artificial Intelligence, its dominant presence in many industries, and its rapid penetration in our everyday work and life are confirming that the world is going through a new technological revolution. This new transformation is tantamount to the ones that humanity has witnessed before with the emergence of such general-purpose technologies as the steam engine and electricity. The signs of the enormous economic and social impact AI is going to make are increasingly becoming apparent, which is making many people both nervous and optimistic at the same time. The seemingly exponential growth of AI technology has prompted scholars, practitioners, and philosophers to wonder whether we are heading towards the creation of a sentient machine and what is the future of this technology? The speedy advances of this technology are also making people curious about what is considered the state-of-the-art in this area. This keynote presentation will briefly touch upon the history of AI, its evolution, several of its new accomplishments and its exciting future. It will also talk about the contentious and ambiguous subject of consciousness, looking at what it is from different perspectives, and we will speculate about whether the machine can truly achieve consciousness.