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Top 5 AI headliners for the AIBC Summit

As the Malta A.I. and Blockchain Summit inches closer to the big day, here’s a breakdown of some of the top AI speakers gracing the stage on May 23-24.

Ben Goertzel

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Dr. Ben Goertzel.

Descending on the island for the second time, Dr. Ben Goertzel is one of the world’s foremost experts in Artificial General Intelligence, a subfield of AI oriented toward creating thinking machines with general cognitive capability at the human level and beyond. He also has decades of expertise applying AI to practical problems in areas ranging from natural language processing and data mining to robotics, video gaming, national security and bioinformatics. Dr.Goertzel is currently the CEO of the decentralised AI network SingularityNET, a blockchain-based AI platform company, and the Chief Scientist of Hanson Robotics, famous for its humanoid robot Sophia. Dr.Goertzel also serves as Chairman of the Artificial General Intelligence Society, the OpenCog Foundation, the Decentralized AI Alliance and the futurist non-profit Humanity+. He has published 20 scientific books and 140+ scientific research papers, and is the main architect and designer of the OpenCog system and associated design for human-level general intelligence.

Noel Sharkey

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Noel Sharkey.

Born in Belfast, Noel Sharkey became familiar to the British public through several appearances on television as an expert in robotics. Sharkey is also well known in the sphere of academia, he is currently emeritus professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield, co-founder and co-director of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics and chairs the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, an NGO seeking an international treaty to prohibit the development and use of autonomous robot weapons.

Sharkey will deliver a keynote speech on the 24th of May during the A.I., IoT and Big Data conference, where he will give his insight on the fragile and often fraught relationship between machines and humans. He also makes up part of a panel on Artificial General Intelligence, joining the likes of Ben Goertzel, Thomas Power, David Gunkel and Dr. Claudia Borg.

Angelo Dalli

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Angelo Dalli.

Malta’s home-grown world famous leader and expert in AI. As Umnai’s Chief Executive Officer, Angelo is responsible for leading the company’s commercial, product and technology strategy. Umnai was founded as an innovative AI focused solutions provider that is creating new AI technology that can explain itself and its decisions while helping to assist people rather than replacing them, with an emphasis on achieving a positive social impact.

Angelo has published over 23 scientific publications in Europe and the US and has over twenty years of experience in various executive positions in technology, entertainment and fintech companies. Angelo has also represented Malta in various international events and one of his first international achievements was to win a bronze medal at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in 1995.

As a serial entrepreneur, Angelo has been involved in four IPOs and invested in more than 40 successful companies. This long track record was recognised in 2014, when he was awarded with Malta’s Top Entrepreneur of the Year award. Angelo’s profile is a realization of the mantra he works by ‘To create scalable, repeatable technology businesses that lead by innovation’.

David Hanson

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David Hanson.

Known for having built a worldwide reputation for inventing the world’s most human-like, empathetic, intelligent character robots, inspiring massive media coverage and public acclaim. To accomplish this, Hanson integrated figurative arts with science and engineering, and invented novel skin materials, facial expression mechanisms, and intelligent software to animate the robots in face to face interactions with people.

Hanson started as a Walt Disney Imagineer, working as both a sculptor and a technical consultant in robotics.  As a researcher, he published dozens of papers in materials science, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and robotics journals — including SPIE, IEEE, the International Journal of Cognitive Science, IROS, AAAI, AI magazine and more. He wrote two books including “Humanizing Robots” and received several patents. David was featured in the New York Times, Popular Science, Scientific American, WIRED, BBC and CNN. He also received earned awards from NASA, NSF, Tech Titans’ Innovator of the Year, RISD, Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, and the 2005 AAAI first place prize for open interaction of an AI system.

David Orban

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David Orban.

Last but not least, Orban is an alert analyst of the global technology landscape, applying cycles of accelerating technological change to the needs of high-growth organisations. He has deep understanding of the needs and mechanics of both product marketing, sales development, localisation, and globalisation.

Orban’s vision is at the crossroads of technology and society as defined by their coevolution. There are times when things change fast, and this is one of them. Orban hold it as a true privilege to be able and act from the position where the perspective on this change is accessible.

“What is the question that I should be asking?” is Orban’s motto. Meta-analyses, and meta-rules are the tools of the trade when going breadth first is an advantage. The new renaissance is also about cutting across the limits of deep specialisation. Tolerating high levels of pressure, and frequent mistakes, accelerating cycles of invention and innovation build the new worlds ahead of us.

Naturally, we’d be here all day if we were to list all our great speakers and contributors. So come and join these legends in the second edition of the Malta A.I. &Blockchain Summit at the Hilton on the 23-24 May and hear what the top thought leaders in the industry have to say.

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