Jubilee Seminar: Peak Human?

The expectations for artificial intelligence (AI) are high. The basic idea behind AI research is for human intelligence to be imitated by a machine. This raises a number of questions about what human intelligence is, how our brain works and if AI will be our saviour or downfall. Do we want to build machines that support us or machines that are smarter than us? Will we soon have created a “peak human” – marking the point at which humans are no longer the smartest beings on the planet?

IVA Konferenscenter, Grev Turegatan 16, Stockholm
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 11:00 - 17:00

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Although optimism about AI is high at times, there are also setbacks and scepticism. Today, AI’s main strength is making predictions and analysing large amounts of data quickly; for example, to discover which bank customers are likely to be able to pay back their loans or to identify diseases in images better than a doctor.

The seminar will show what AI can do today and the challenges we will face as we develop new applications. We will also get an idea of what aspects of AI could soon be a reality and how they will impact us.

Listen to, and take part in, a discussion on how developments in AI, machine learning and hardware are affecting our future and how we should address these issues.

  • What do we mean by peak human? What is artificial general intelligence?
  • What technical opportunities do we have and what is limiting what we can do?


10.30 am – Registration and refreshments 

11 am – Welcome and introduction

11.05 – What can AI do today and what will it be able to do tomorrow? What challenges have we identified?

Danica Kragic, professor of computer science, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH); Fredrik Heintz, associate professor and lecturer in computer science, Linköping University and Chair of the Swedish AI Society, (SAIS); and Anders Ynnerman, professor of scientific visualisation, Linköping University and Chair of Research Strategy, WASP.

Noon – Lunch and conversation 

1.30 pm – Hardware and software for future AI

Irem Boybat, Predoctoral Researcher IBM Research Zurich; Thomas Schön, professor, Uppsala University; Anders Lansner, professor, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and Stockholm Uuniversity; 

3 pm – Break

3.15 pm – Peak Human?

Virginia Dignum, professor of computer science, Umeå University; Mouna Esmaeilzadeh, physician and neuroscientist; Darja Isaksson, Director General, Vinnova; Robin Teigland, professor, Chalmers University of Technology; Staffan Truvé, co-founder and CTO, Recorded Future; and Jonas Ivarsson, professor, University of Gothenburg.

5 pm – Reception

The seminar moderator will be Kristina Höök, professor of interaction design at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).

The seminar will be held in English. It will be live-streamed and can also be viewed afterwards.


Contact information

Linda Olsson
Project Manager
Phone +46 8-791 29 06

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