Keynote: Building the Enchanted Land

Location: Grand Ballroom ABC & Simulcast in Bayview AB and Seacliff ABC

Duration: 9:00am - 10:10am

Day of week: Tuesday


Allen Newell, one of the founders of the field of artificial intelligence, once observed that "computer technology offers the possibility of incorporating intelligent behavior in all the nooks and crannies of our world. With it, we could build an enchanted land." Given recent advances in computational power, data curation, and machine learning, it seems we are ready to cross the threshold into that new world. To some, AI represents an existential risk to humanity; to others, AI is a disruptive technology that compels us to rethink everything. In our experience, AI is neither to be feared nor something by which to be overwhelmed: rather, it is yet another - albeit very powerful - component by which we may craft software-intensive systems of lasting value. In this presentation, we'll examine what AI is and what it is not, as well as how it came to be and where it's headed. Along the way, we'll examine some best practices for engineering AI systems.

Speaker: Grady Booch

Co-Creator of UML & Chief Scientist for Software Engineering @IBMResearch

Grady Booch is Chief Scientist for Software Engineering at IBM Research where he leads IBM’s research and development for embodied cognition. Having originated the term and the practice of object-oriented design, he is best known for his work in advancing the fields of software engineering and software architecture. A co-author of the Unified Modeling Language (UML), a founding member of the Agile Alliance, and a founding member of the Hillside Group, Grady has published six books and several hundred technical articles, including an ongoing column for IEEE Software. Grady is also a trustee for the Computer History Museum. He is an IBM Fellow, an ACM and IEEE Fellow, has been awarded the Lovelace Medal and has given the Turing Lecture for the BCS, and was recently named an IEEE Computer Pioneer. He is currently developing a major trans-media documentary for public broadcast on the intersection of computing and the human experience.


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