Artificial Solutions’ Fred Roberts to Discuss: Is Gender a Salient Issue in AI?


Artificial Solutions™, the natural language interaction (NLI) specialist that enables users to have a meaningful, humanlike interaction with technology, announced today that Fred Roberts will be speaking at ICAART 2016 as part of a panel to discuss whether gender is a salient issue in AI.

Held in Rome, Italy, from 24-26 February 2016, the International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence (ICAART) brings together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested in the theory and applications in the sector.

The half day panel “Is gender a salient issue in the development of intelligent agents and does AI need a sex?” is inspired by the full robot Turing test conducted in the 2014 movie, Ex Machina1, between a male human and an artificial intelligence that is “housed in a beautiful female robot”. The panel seeks to determine whether there are instances when gender-in-AI could be appropriate.

Speaking alongside Fred Roberts is Dr. Huma Shah Research Fellow, Coventry University; Professor Kevin Warwick, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Coventry University; Professor Barbara Henry, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa and Professor Katia Sycara Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University.

An R&D Engineer at Artificial Solutions with 15 years of experience developing commercial virtual assistants and conversational agents, Fred Roberts is the “father” of the multi-award winning conversational agent Elbot that has interacted with hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

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