This is according to the annual conference of Tech.AI, the center for artificial intelligence at the Technion
On March 2, the annual conference of Tech.AI, the center for artificial intelligence at the Technion, was held at the Technion, with the participation of about 500 experts, students and guests. The conference focused on the promises and risks in this field and ways to translate the theories in artificial intelligence into useful applications. It was held with the support of the companies Mobileye, Nvidia, Harel Technologies, IBM Research and the "Zimin Institute for the Development of AI Solutions for Medicine" at the Technion.
In the panel of the opening session, which was held under the title Generative AI: Evolution or Revolution and moderated by journalist Hila Korah, Dr. Tomer Simon, the chief scientist at Microsoft R&D, participated; Dr. Yoav Levin, Chief Scientist at AI21 Laboratories, and Prof. Karin Nahon, Head of the Program for Data, Governance and Democracy at Reichman University. The panel focused on questions such as does the creative artificial intelligence reflect a necessary and natural development of the human-machine interface? Is this a real revolution that changes the rules of the game and will change the academy, the industry and the labor market? Where are the new AI-based tools taking us? Where does ethics fit into the assimilation and operation of these models? And what does the future hold for us?
"For thousands of years," said Dr. Levin, "our way of working with texts has hardly changed - one person writes the text word by word, another person reads it word by word. Despite the invention of printing and the invention of word processors, the format remains the same. Now, with texts being written by artificial intelligence, there is the potential for a significant new revolution." Prof. Nahon referred to the democratization brought by the new tools of artificial intelligence - technologies that also allow the general public to use them. She warned that there are also dangers in artificial intelligence and that the countries must take care of appropriate regulation that will not slow down the technological development but also will not allow harm to people and society. Dr. Simon said that artificial intelligence is revolutionizing a variety of fields, for example in medicine: "In the medical field, thousands of studies are published a day and there is no doctor who can control them and all the data. Artificial intelligence will not replace doctors, but it will result in doctors who use it replacing doctors who do not."
After the opening session, hundreds of conference participants dispersed among seven content sessions that ran simultaneously. In the sessions, dozens of lecturers and senior lecturers, from the leading companies in the industry and from the leading academic institutions in Israel, lectured on the hottest topics from the front of artificial intelligence in the fields of medicine, core research and basic science, robotics and autonomous systems, natural language processing, transportation, and more.
The academic management of the conference was led on behalf of Tech.AI by the three heads of the center, Technion faculty members Prof. Shai Menor from the Viterbi Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Prof. Assaf Shuster from the Taub Faculty of Computer Science and Prof. Shai Shen-Or from the Faculty of Medicine According to Rapaport. According to Prof. Menor, "The AI and BEYOND conference aims to bring the Technion audience and conference participants the best of the artificial intelligence front in academia and industry. "To realize this goal, we made an effort to bring the best researchers and professionals who deal with the hottest topics in the field of artificial intelligence, and in addition we created a format in which the participants chose their own personal course of lectures throughout the day, so that they could go deeper both in their field of activity and in other fields."
"One of the main goals of Tech.AI," adds Prof. Shuster, "is to serve as a breeding ground for the thriving artificial intelligence community at the Technion, which today numbers about 150 researchers in a variety of artificial intelligence fields. The AI and BEYOND conference allowed us to integrate leading researchers from the Technion community in all the sessions, and at the same time create a platform for quality networking for the entire Technion artificial intelligence community with the community of practitioners in the field in academia and industry in Israel."
"The Center for Artificial Intelligence at the Technion is in the midst of an accelerated development process," concludes Prof. Shay Shen-Or. "As part of this process, several new programs under the Tech.AI umbrella emerged just this year, especially around the use of AI in the field of medicine. We launched the Zimin Institute for AI Solutions for Medicine and awarded research grants to leading research programs in which we see potential for commercialization. The AI and BEYOND conference gave us an excellent platform to reveal the center's partners to the conference participants and to present the Technion's artificial intelligence capabilities, ranked first in Europe in this field according to CSRankings, to potential partners."
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