Alan Turing Lecture: Beneficial AI for the Advancement of Humankind

Monday 20 February 2017, 5.45pm - 8.15pm

AQL, Salem Chapel, Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JW
Just 8 minutes walk from the train station.
Parking is available directly opposite Salem Church in the Brewery Care Park | Directions
Salem Church is situated 100 yards from the Adelphi pub, which is on the corner of Hunslet Road and Dock Street.



  • 5.45pm - Arrive, Registration, Refreshments
  • 6.20pm - Introduction
  • 6.30pm - 8.00pm Lecture (streamed live from London)

The 2017 Turing Lecture is being delivered in London, Dublin, Belfast and Cardiff. WY BCS are please to be live streaming the London lecture and you are invited to join us.

The talk topic is 'Beneficial AI for the Advancement of Human Kind' and it isdesigned to inspire the next generation of IT professionals and explore the cognitive computing revolution.

It will be delivered by Dr. Banavar, VP of Cognitive Computing at IBM Research.

'The talk is going to be about the cognitive computing era,' says Dr Banavar, addressing the topic of his lecture. 'Over the past few years,' he explains, 'we've witnessed the establishment of a new era in computing - the age of machine learning. And, as we move into this new age, the resulting technical, professional and societal changes will be profound.' Rounding off his summary, Dr Banavar says: 'It means having a very different relationship with machines. We'll need to start getting used to having machines with us, to having natural interactions with them and get used to the idea that they'll be doing a lot of tasks in every part of our lives.'

Dr. Banavar discusses cognitive computing, IBM Watson, his career and his 2017 BCS/IET Turing Lecture in December 2016 issue of ITNOW.