Toby Walsh is a world-renowned professor on artificial intelligence at the University of South Wales and Data61. He was named by the media as a "rock star" of the digital revolution and included on the list of the 100 most important digital innovators in Australia. Toby is the author of the books ‘IT’S ALIVE’, ‘Android Dreams’, ‘Machines That Think’ and ‘2062: The Year that AI Made”.
Toby is a sought-after keynote speaker on how artificial intelligence influences business, education, warfare, personal development, and finance, among others. His talks were featured at TED, Adobe Pacific Summit, Future Shapers Forum, CEBIT and Quest Future of AI. He has advised a number of leading organizations on their AI strategy such as McKinsey & Co, Bertlesmann, TATA Consulting, SeviceNow, Clayton Utz, the NSW Department of Education, and Penguin Random House.
Prof. Walsh is a passionate advocate for limits to AI to ensure AI is used to improve, not hurt, our lives.
Together with Pope Francis, Toby was voted runner up in the Person of the Year Award by the Arm Control Association, recognizing his work in ensuring safe use of AI in warfare.
How will artificial intelligence impact our lives? Toby Walsh, one of the leading AI researchers in the world, takes a critical look at the many ways in which thinking machines will change our world. Based on a deep understanding of the technology, he describes where artificial intelligence is today, and where it will take us. It has been rightly called the Fourth Industrial Revolution. And like the industrial revolutions before, it will have a huge impact on the nature of work, especially in the manufacturing sector. But the effects will reach out to touch almost every aspect of our society. As industry leaders we are charged with a great responsibility to engage with governments, education systems, policymakers and society in order to help make this transition positive for humanity