Artificial Intelligence: what is it, how does it work, and what can it do for us?

The growth in the speed and capacity of computers, combined with the huge volumes of data generated by human activities, have led to major advances in Artificial Intelligence, and more specifically, “machine learning” techniques.

Such software is encountered routinely in internet services such as Netflix, Google and Facebook, and in speech recognition products such as Amazon’s Echo and Apple’s Siri. They are at the core of the imminent revolution in self- driving cars, and have a huge range of applications from medical diagnosis to basic science research.

In this talk James Richard Catmore will discuss some of the ideas behind machine learning technology, showcase some of its more spectacular applications, consider its impact on basic research such as his own field of particle physics, and address some of the concerns that are accompanying the growth of this field.

Part of the Science Library’s Physics Tuesday series.