5pm - 7pm GMT

Thursday 16 February 2023

12th Annual Lewis Elton Lecture

School of Maths & Physics - 12th Annual Lewis Elton Lecture


University of Surrey, Management School (ground floor),
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5pm - 6pm - Drinks Reception (for School staff and students) in Management School (Foyer)

6pm - 7pm - Lecture in 03MS01 (ground floor)


  • Professor Nira Chamberlain OBE

How do you prevent an AI from taking over the world? In this talk, Prof Nira Chamberlain discusses how
mathematics is providing crucial answers Mathematical modelling is the most creative side of applied
mathematics which itself connects pure maths with science and technology Mathematical models look into the
real world, translate it into mathematics, solve that mathematics and then apply the solution back into the
real world.

Looking through a mathematical model of the competition and Prof Nira will show how the same model can
be used to investigate how to minimize the probability of an artificial intelligence takeover The late great
Professor Stephen Hawking once said ::“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the
human race."

He also went on to state that he advocated research into precautionary measures to ensure future super
intelligent machines remain under human control However, an AI apocalypse is not necessarily robots
marching down the street, there are a number of examples subtler than this So, what is the risk of AI
apocalypse and can we calculate this probability?

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