The Real Timetable for Robust AI that We can All Trust


The media world is filled with breathless accounts of how artificial intelligence soon will transform almost all fields, take away countless human jobs, and keep improving until, by some accounts, AI ends up running the planet as our overlords. Gary Marcus is here to reset the conversation with a more realistic assessment of the actual capability of AI today, in the next few years, and in the decades to come too. He’s the co-author of the brand new book Rebooting AI: Building Artificial Intelligence We Can Trust, and our featured guest at the September What’s Now: San Francisco.

Marcus is someone to really listen to when it comes to AI. He’s got the practical chops as the co-founder and CEO of the new robotics startup Robust.AI, recently formed with the legendary roboticist Rodney Brooks. (Their company tagline is Creating a New Foundation for the Future of Robotics.) Gary also was CEO and founder of the machine learning startup Geometric Intelligence, which was acquired by Uber in 2016. He’s got the theoretical chops as a Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Neural Science at New York University, and has written in leading scientific journals such as Science and Nature. As a bonus, he’s an accomplished author of four previous books, including the New York Time’s bestseller Guitar Zero.

Marcus does think that the current path of AI using deep learning within clear parameters has important applications that are making an impact today and will continue in the near future. However, he thinks truly robust AI that can operate in the open-ended real world more like humans will need to take a different approach than just drilling down through huge data sets with deep learning. Marcus is out to help reorient the research agenda of the AI field towards a new set of breakthroughs that would get us to a more robust AI that humans could really trust working around them – driving cars, making medical diagnoses, moving around a work space or home. He has ideas on how that might happen, and how long it will take. Come join the conversation at Capgemini’s Applied Exchange. Our San Francisco event will come just a week after the book is released and you can get the first look.

Capgemini and their Applied Innovation Exchange is our partner for this series. This event is free but requires advance registration through an invite. If you are interested in attending, email If you can’t attend in person, the event will be streamed here starting at 6:30pm PT.

Scheduled September 18, 2019 5:30 AM PST

What's Now: San Francisco

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