Why unconference? #Reimagine2017

A traditional conference or workshop structure inherently subjugates itself to hierarchies of every sort... At an unconference, everyone is brought to the same level, and everyone’s contributions are valued. There is a rule of “two feet” at an unconference: if you are not contributing or asking questions, you are in the wrong room. As such, the success of the format is that it forces those with interests, stakes, and opinions into the same place: with no space for spectators.

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Isak Nti AtareComment
AI: Is a robot assistant going to steal your job?

Conversations about artificial intelligence incite a reaction that is equal parts excitement and dread. Excitement because of the potential cost-saving efficiency gains that may come with AI. Dread because any mention of automation induces a fear of redundancy and disposability among mid-skilled and low-skilled workers.

In public sector management the conversation about machine learning applications is no different...

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Making it personal: civil service and morality

There are moments as a teacher or a facilitator when the mood in the room changes very suddenly. Sometimes this is the beginning of a disaster: misreading the room, choosing an example with an awful hidden meaning, or simply losing trust. But at other times, it is when someone shows something of themselves – something real – and the whole room turns towards them. These are some of my favourite moments. Earlier this month, training a group of talented civil servants in Ukraine, the room turned towards a participant who talked about God.

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Five levels of AI in public service

AI is a very broad term which covers everything from machine learning to general intelligence. People can get caught up thinking about how to design the perfect system for dealing with problems we won’t face for years. I’ve been thinking about what a common framework might look like to make it clearer what we mean when we talk about AI.

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AIRichard Stirlingai, AI
Why Government is ready for AI

The potential of Artificial Intelligence comes from its ability to deal with the complexity of real life. It offers is the beginnings of computer programmes that can make judgments - rather than simply following preset rules.

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AIRichard Stirling