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Interview with Toby Walsh

by | Oct 1, 2021 | Interviews,

Toby Walsh

Toby Walsh

Professor of AI at UNSW Sydney

Key Topics:Artificial Intelligence, AI, Ethics, Lethal Autonomous Weapons, Killer Robots

Toby Walsh is a Laureate Fellow and Scientia Professor of AI at UNSW Sydney and CSIRO Data61, and adjunct professor at QUT. He is a strong advocate for limits to ensure AI is used to improve our lives, having spoken at the UN, and to heads of state, parliamentary bodies, company boards and many other bodies on this topic. He is a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Science. He has authored two books on AI for a general audience available in a dozen different languages. The most recent is entitled "2062: The World that AI Made".

Toby recently featured in Onalytica's Who's Who in AI? report.

How did you get to become an expert in your key topics?

Reading science fiction as a young boy, I read of intelligent machines and dreamt of building AI myself. So I went off to university and have followed that dream.

What sub-topics are you most passionate about?

AI for good.

What challenges are brands facing in this space?

Trust. There are many examples of AI entering our lives in challenging ways.

What do you think the future holds in this space?

My book, “2062: The World that AI Made” discusses the promises and challenges that AI will bring into our lives when in 2062, as experts have predicted, AI is as smart as us.

What brands are leading the way in this space?

Google, Apple, Microsoft.

If a brand wanted to work with you, which activities would you be most interested in collaborating on?

Podcasts, webinars, whitepaper, speaking opportunities, product innovation, video interviews.

What are your passions outside of work?

Sailing, skiing, running.

What would be the best way for a brand to contact you?

By email.

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