Shaping the future
It's widely predicted that machine learning and other emerging technologies will transform society in the not-so-distant future. How will it impact government? What can we do now to proactively learn about and adopt exponential technologies for the good of society?
FutureGov.AI is a Victoria, BC-based Meetup that explores these ideas. We are a diverse group of tech enthusiasts representing the public sector, academia, consulting, and the tech startup community. Our Meetups aim to demystify emerging technologies and explore the art of the possible in applying AI to solve complex problems relating to government.
The BC Ministry of Attorney General Cannabis Integration Initiative project team will will share their experiences adopting emerging tech, including the recent integration of private Cannabis retail licensing with OrgBook BC, an innovative business registry that leverages the Hyperledger Indy open source blockchain technology, a first for a government.
Adopting Blockchain for Cannabis Licensing: OrgBook BC demo
Innovation & Automation at BC Assessment
An evening of presentations and demos of recent AI-related projects at BC Assessment, including: Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Natural Language Processing (NLP), Machine Learning, and Linear Regression.
Latitude Geographics hosted a special collab meetup with the Victoria Salesforce User Group for those of us who couldn't make it to Dreamforce '18.
Local Salesforce experts from Deloitte and Slalom Consulting presented impressive use cases of for AI on the Salesforce platform using Einstein, and the group discussed the new Einstein Voice capabilities that were announced at Dreamforce.
Introduction to Einstein: Salesforce's "AI for Everyone"
AI Risks & the Control Problem
Peter Scott, author of "Crisis of Control", presented on the fascinating topic of potential long term impacts and risks of AI.
The presentation covered both the near-term, more certain disruptions due to AI and automation (such as employment), as well as the more distant and speculative impacts and risks of artificial super-intelligence. We discussed potential policies around emerging technologies, and various strategies for mitigating AI risks.
Limbic Consulting Presents
A diverse group of local AI enthusiasts met at Limbic Consulting's offices for beer, pizza, and great conversation, followed by a series of presentations focused on the importance of data for machine learning.
The topics included a report from the recent Canadian Open Data Summit and a demo of a Machine Learning and Computer Vision using convolutional neural networks and medical imaging open data.
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
For the inaugural FutureGov.AI meetup, presenters Dr. Dimitri Marinakis and Helen Fotos gave an introduction to AI and Machine Learning concepts, technologies, and real world use cases.
Dimitri also presented a demo of a Machine Vision proof-of-concept solution developed by Kinsol Research using open government data from the BC Ministry of Transportation.