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 explore and think about the future of AI as well as what questions we need to ask in order to be prepared for human-level artificial intelligence. Shalev is conducting research at the University of Waterloo to further the community’s efforts towards reaching Artificial General Intelligence and has developed a new Artificial Neural Network that aims to behave more like the human brain. In addition, Shalev is working to create solutions for some of Canada’s top hospitals. He is working at SickKids Hospital in Toronto creating a computer vision system to expedite diagnostic and drug discovery processes and is also working with St. Joeseph’s Hospital where he created a remote system that will assist stay-at-home patients and caregivers while enabling remote metric gathering to allow for better care. His goal is to spark the next wave of human innovation and help humanity reach a new evolutionary step.

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