Shalev Lifshitz

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Humanity & AI: Preparing for an Intelligent Future

Since the birth of civilization, humanity has experienced stages of rapid growth and expansion. After each ‘revolution’ we have lived longer, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. Now, we are on the brink of another such revolution and Artificial Intelligence is at its core. How must we prepare and what changes will this transformation bring? Shalev Lifshitz, one of the youngest AI researchers in the world, has developed a new Artificial Neural Network that aims to behave more like the human brain. His goal is to pave the way towards achieving Artificial General Intelligence while ensuring that we ask the right questions and prepare for an intelligent future. Shalev will outline the work being done to achieve AI with human-level intelligence. When might we reach that point, what will it look like, and what can we do to prepare? Will humans remain the only intelligent species?

16 years old, Canadian, and striving to develop the future of technology: Shalev Lifshitz is one of the world’s youngest AI researchers and entrepreneurs. He has spoken at various conferences, inspiring many to think about the future of AI and explore which questions need to be asked to prepare for human-level artificial intelligence.

Shalev is conducting research at the University of Waterloo to further the AI community’s efforts in reaching human-level AI by developing new Artificial Neural Networks that aim to behave more like the human brain. He is also developing a new image search technique that increases cancer diagnosis accuracy while working on solutions for some of Canada’s top hospitals: creating a computer vision system to expedite diagnostic and drug discovery processes at SickKids Hospital in Toronto and designing a remote system that will assist stay-at-home patients and caregivers at St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton.

His goal is to spark the next wave of human innovation and help humanity reach a new evolutionary step.

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