Sydney Ideas: Maths, AI and intuition

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Sydney Mathematical Research Institute

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Sydney Ideas: Maths, AI and intuition Geordie Williamson (University of Sydney)

Tuesday 15 March

Lecture: 6:00-7:00pm (AEDT) Canapes: 7:00-8:00pm (AEDT)

Delve into the surprising ways that artificial intelligence can enhance our human intuition with esteemed Australian mathematician Professor Geordie Williamson and MC Adam Spencer.

Artificial intelligence is one of the defining technologies of the 21st century. Over the last 15 years, machine learning models have learnt to perform tasks that humans find easy, such as speech and image recognition. However many problems are still out of the reach of AI, including most unsolved problems in pure mathematics.

Hear from University of Sydney Professor of Mathematics Geordie Williamson as he explores how machine learning can help with the intuitive aspects of mathematical research. Geordie recently carried out one of the first applications of AI in pure mathematics, in collaboration with Oxford University mathematicians and DeepMind, the AI company of AlphaGo fame. The results were published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature in December 2021.

Geordie and the DeepMind team used machine learning models to uncover surprising patterns in mathematical objects, leading to progress on problems that have puzzled mathematicians for decades.

Mathematician and MC Adam Spencer will host this Sydney Ideas talk.

Join us to find out how AI can help deepen our understanding of the world and our brains, and enhance one of our human superpowers: intuition.

This event is presented with the Sydney Mathematical Research Institute.

Date and time Tuesday 15 March, 6pm (AEDT)

Join us live This event is free and open to all, taking place in-person at the University of Sydney (Camperdown campus).

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Accessibility The venue provides wheelchair access and infrared hearing system. For enquiries about access requirements, get in touch with the Sydney Ideas team at the earliest opportunity. Email or phone +61 2 9351 2943.

Will it be recorded? Yes, you can catch up on the Sydney Ideas podcast if you can’t make it on the day for any reason.

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