KEYNOTE - MIT Media Lab

"Artificial Intelligence, the Next Big Thing? "

Kevin SLAVIN , Assistant Professor, MIT MEDIA LAB

12/1/16

As the complexities of payment systems continues to increase, the relevance of Artificial Intelligence and algorithms has moved centre-stage. Algoworld navigator and data science expert, Kevin Slavin has discussed the way in which algorithms are increasingly controlling our lives, the opportunities and risks this give rise to and the implications for the payments world.

About Kevin SLAVIN, Assistant Professor, MIT MEDIA LAB

As the complexities of payment systems continues to increase, the relevance of AI and algorithms has moved centre-stage. Algoworld navigator and data science expert, Kevin Slavin will discuss the way in which algorithms are increasingly controlling our lives, the opportunities and risks this give rise to and the implications for the payments world.

Professor at the MIT Media Lab and a serial entrepreneur, Kevin has worked on many cutting-edge projects and has run companies that are at the intersections of entertainment, games, big data, next-generation technologies, and design. He is also author of the acclaimed book ‘How Algorithms Shape the World’ in which he states,

“We have collectively written something that we can no longer read. We are producing greater complexity in the systems that we use and a diminishing capability to understand what we’ve built.”

Kevin discusses its effects far beyond Wall Street and his work remains on the cutting edge of the world these technologies have unleashed.

In 2013, MIT's Media Lab appointed Kevin to start and lead “Playful Systems,” a new division of the lab who have now worked with the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values, chess grandmaster Maurice Ashley, and MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. In 2013, he also co-founded Everybody at Once, a consultancy focused entirely on how online audiences and fans interact with TV, movies, and sports. In 2005 he co-founded Area/Code (acquired by Zynga in 2011), where he developed large-scale, real-world games using mobile, pervasive, and location-aware technologies. Prior to acquisition, their work served several billion pages, and more than 50 million users.

Slavin has taught at NYU’s ITP, the Cooper Union, Fabrica, and his TED talk has had 3 million views to-date.