Fredrik Heintz

Artificial Intelligence - What is it and Where are we going?

Self driving cars, intelligent robots and computers with superhuman performance in games like Go and Poker was previously science fiction. Today it is reality. Or? What is state of the art in artificial intelligence (AI)? What are the consequences for society? This talk will explore these questions at the limit of what science and engineering can do today. Be prepared as it is not unlikely that you leave with more questions than answers.

Fredrik Heintz is one of the biggest names in Sweden when it comes to AI. You want proof? Despite being an associate professor at Linköping University where he does research on AI och autonomous systems, Fredrik is the chairman of the Swedish AI Society and he's the director of the graduate school of Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Programs (WASP) with almost 300 PhD students. He was also on the EU commission's High Level Expert Group on AI. Needless to say, Fredrik Heintz is a top dog in the area AI. The knowledge he has to share is extremely valuable for people to take part of, which is why we're very happy that Fredrik will share it at KVIT.

Peter Gärdenfors (will participate on Zoom)

Discussion: The Future of AI and Man’s Place in it

Peter Gärdenfors is a senior professor of Cognitive Science and an internationally acknowledged philosopher. He has for a long time been leading pioneering research in the area of cognition. He has also written several books on the subject. Not the least, Peter has been given perhaps the greatest honor a Swedish scientific researcher can be given - being chosen as a member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Peter Gärdenfors has for a long time been a great friend of KVIT, something we truly take an enormous amount of pride in.

Sofia Thunberg

The Role of Man in a World of Robots

This lecture will shed light on the relationship between man and robots. Is there a limit for what is only human, and will robots and man be able to live in symbiosis? Sofia will present different types of robots and their role in society today and in the future. You will leave with new insights on AI and robotics, and topics that will be addressed are how they affect digital exclusion, ethics, law, philosophy, change management and trust.

Sofia Thunberg is a PhD student in Cognitive Science at Linköping University on the topic human-robot interaction, and she also runs her own robotics company. She's shown a great amount of skills in the area of robots and how they affect humans, and Sofia’s dissertation is on social robots for the elderly. She's also the team captain of the Swedish national team in social service robotics. Sofia is one of LiU's great promises and KVIT are very excited to let you all take part of what she has to say.

Christer Sturmark (will participate on Zoom)

Discussion: The Future of AI and Man’s Place in it

Christer Sturmark has for more than 20 years been a recognized face in Sweden in the areas of technology and society, where he's acted as a thinker as well as an entrepreneur. In the year of 1994 Christer released the book Internet@Sverige which has been described as the first Swedish book about the internet. He was early on writing för Dagens Nyheter on the subject of how technology was growing in society. Since he was studying computer science and mathematics at Uppsala university, Christer has had a special interest in the area of AI. Beyond the technological sector Christer has also made a name in the intellectual sphere, where he's been recognized as a philosophical writer as well as a publisher. He's the CEO and one of the founders of the publishing house Fri Tanke, who has been responsible for the Swedish editions of books written by authors such as Sam Harris, Rebecca Goldstein, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Steven Pinker, Nick Bostrom, Patricia Churchland and many more.

Fredrik Löfgren

AI and the Future – Threats and Opportunities

(This lecture will be held in Swedish)

The industrial revolution saw us starting to rely on mechanical rather than biological muscles. Today, we’re on the verge of a new paradigm shift. “The big difference is that we will not be replacing our muscles — but our brains”. Fredrik Löfgren presents concrete examples of how robots are widely used in various industries and how these can affect people's quality of life. How will the future labor market change and what new exciting jobs will be created? Technology is so much more than just choosing the right algorithms, there are many ethical considerations and moral dilemmas. Fredrik touches on these more like a philosopher than the engineer he is.

Fredrik Löfgren is truly an expert in the areas of AI and robotics. He's been developing the robots of the future and he's been competing in the Olympics of robotics. Fredrik has also won the televised competition "Genikampen" on SVT. Fredrik has been described as a visionary in the future of robots and AI, where Fredrik studies how artificial intelligence affects our society. He's a celebrated speaker whose lectures have reached the ears of people such as the former prime minister Göran Person and Crown Princess Victoria.

Ashkan Fardost

From Tribal Days to Cyberspace!

Besides having a PhD in organic chemistry Ashkan Fardost is an expert in the area of digitalization and its future. He says his goal is to "inspire for change and give a deep understanding of how digital technology affects society, industries and human behaviour". He combines the areas of technology, philosophy and anthropology to gain insight in how humans and technology evolve through time. Ashkan is an amazing speaker who has been holding lectures at events such as TEDxBerlin, and in 2017 he was nominated as Sweden's Speaker of the Year.

Carolina Olsson

Discussion: The Future of AI and Man’s Place in it

Carolina is a well known face for many in the region as moderator of LiU Game Conference, C Awards, East Sweden Hack and of course - KVIT 2019. With a background in history and behaviour science she is now using her experiences to create opportunities for the technologies of the future. Carolina works with LEAD, the business incubator at LiU, where she helps turn ideas into businesses. Just like last year KVIT are glad to have Carolina as our moderator for the day.