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Frontiers of Big Data, AI, and Analytics

Discussion Theme: The Impact of AI on Society in the Coming Years (Dr Steve Shwartz)

We are pleased to welcome Dr Steve Shwartz 

Discussion Theme: The Impact of AI on Society in the Coming Years


Steve will briefly explain how AI works and why we do not need to worry about evil robots trying to exterminate us. He will then discuss how AI will impact society in many ways in the coming years. He will explain why self-driving cars are not safe and should not be allowed on our roads. He will also discuss AI-enhanced weapons of war, threats to our privacy, how AI can increase discrimination, and the impact of AI on employment.


Steve started his career as a postdoc in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Yale University Computer Science Department. He was a founder or co-founder of three companies in the AI area including Esperant which became one of the leading business intelligence tools of the 1990s. He co-founded Device 42 which is one of the fastest-growing software companies in the country. And he has been fortunate enough to participate in two IPOs and multiple M&A exits. He is also an active angel investor and is involved in non-profit work.

Steve is the author of “Evil Robots, Killer Computers, and Other Myths: The Truth About AI and the Future of Humanity” to be published February 9, 2021 by Fast Company Press. He also maintains a website,, that contains a free 400-page AI 101 textbook.

About this event series

This event series aims to unleash ideas and insights for harnessing the successful future of business & society. The first part (speaker's talk) focuses on cutting edge ideas and the second part (discussion and Q&A from audience) explores its practical usages/implications in business and society, bridging a gap between new ideas and business & society.

Main audience includes business professionals (including C-suites, directors, managers) from small to large organizations, government and regulatory and not-for-profit organizations. It is not necessarily to have a fluency of data.

While the idea transfer to business and society is the focus, interested academics and students are also welcome to join this event series.