Edmonton's second annual artificial intelligence conference will offer non-experts a glimpse behind the tech-world curtain as it brings industry professionals together to explore advances in the field.
Upper Bound, organized by the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii), runs from May 23 to 26. It will include presentations on AI's integration into areas such as food production and health, a family-friendly debate featuring Rapid Fire Theatre, and a variety of demonstrations, speeches, panels, and mixers for people of all levels of AI literacy.
"It's a really low-risk way to hear from some experts and to hear more dialogue directly from the community building this technology," Stephanie Enders, Amii's vice-president of product, told Taproot. "There really is a welcoming community here, and we hope to see everybody at Upper Bound."
The conference comes at a time when public awareness of machine learning and artificial intelligence is much higher than it was when Amii ran its first AI Week in May 2022. A large language model called ChatGPT went viral after it became available for public use at the end of November 2022, and the world is both curious and concerned about its potential impact.
Upper Bound won't be shying away from these kinds of concerns, Enders said. "We need to have really open dialogues around the concerns and some of the true mitigation of risk that we need to do as we're developing these technologies," she said.
The community events at the conference are meant to help people understand how the world is changing. It's an opportunity, for example, for students to explore "the areas of study that they might be interested in in high school and university to set themselves up for a career in AI," while equipping parents to "have knowledgeable conversations at the dinner table about things like ChatGPT when it comes to their homework," Enders said.