Thursday, 08-08-2024

By The Book

Artificial Intelligence (AI), beyond the thoughts and concerns about its future prospects and the corresponding impacts on the lives of individuals and societies, raises multiple questions. Will evolving AI surpass human intelligence to such an extent and in such a way that it renders humans inferior? Does the dominant human species risk eventually being subjected to its creation, with the machine becoming an autonomous entity capable of claiming dominance? If AI can perform not only countless manual, design, legal, medical functions but also the deepest and most complex human functions (arts, philosophy, life choices and planning, etc.), then what is left for humans? These questions will be addressed by Timos Sellis, director of the «Archimedes» Unit at the «Athena» Research Center, and Yiannis Revolidis, Lecturer of Media, Communications & Technology Law at the University of Malta. An open discussion will follow the talk.

In collaboration with the Cultural Association of Sifnos


Timos Sellis is the Director of the Research Unit "Archimedes" of the Athena Research Center. In the recent past, he was a Research Scientist at Facebook (USA, 2020-22), and a Professor and Director of the Data Science Research Institute at Swinburne University of Technology (Australia, 2016-20). He was also a faculty member at the University of Maryland (USA, 1986-92), the National Technical University of Athens (Greece, 1992-2013), and RMIT University (Australia, 2013-2016), and served as Director of the Information Systems Institute of the Athena Research Center (2007-13). He won the prestigious Presidential Young Investigator Award (PYI, 1990) given by the President of USA to the most talented young researchers. He served as President of the National Research and Technology Council of Greece (2001-03). In 2009, he was awarded the title of IEEE Fellow, and in 2013 the title of ACM Fellow for his contributions to research. In 2018, he received the IEEE TCDE Impact Award “for contributions to database systems research and broadening the reach of data engineering research”.

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