Session

Fireside chat with Garry Kasparov: Our cyber-rights in times of crisis

2020 will forever change the modern history of humankind, and the world of artificial intelligence. Many of our habits and priorities are changing in response to the recent global events. These changes are both confusing and challenging for scientists and experts, as well as for computer algorithms. At Cybersec & AI Connected, Avast Security Ambassador and chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov, who first discovered the potential of artificial intelligence during his famous matches against supercomputer Deep Blue in 1985, will be talking about the future of AI and how it will influence privacy, human rights, and safety.

If we – as a democratic society – want to remain free, safe and healthy, we have to embrace technological progress instead of fearing it, claims Garry Kasparov. Can AI make our rights more equal and our lives safer and free? In his opinion, we have lost decades of technological research that could have left us better prepared for the crisis. Garry Kasparov believes AI is a wonderful tool that will expand our minds the way the telescope extended our vision. But a telescope needs to be aimed accurately in order to get desired results. In a fireside chat, Garry Kasparov will discuss what will need to change in order for AI to help us aim high.

Biography

Garry Kasparov became the youngest world chess champion in history in 1985 and was the world’s top-rated player for 20 years. In 2016, he was named a Security Ambassador by Avast, where he discusses cybersecurity and the digital future.

He first discovered the potential of AI during his famous matches against the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue, helping to popularize chess and machine intelligence in unprecedented ways.

Garry appears frequently before business, academic, and political audiences to speak about decision-making, strategy, technology, and artificial intelligence. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford-Martin School, where his lectures focus on human-machine collaboration.

Garry is a pro-democracy figure in Russia and an outspoken defender of individual freedom around the world, a mission he continues as the chairman of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation.

His influential writings on politics, cognition, and technology have appeared in dozens of major publications around the world. He has written two acclaimed series of chess books and the bestsellers How Life Imitates Chess on decision-making, and Winter Is Coming on Russia and Vladimir Putin. In 2017, he released his latest book, Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins.

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