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Artificial intelligence, the science of making clever machines, has resulted in programs that can win a game, recognise your face and even appeal against your parking ticket. AI has given machines linguistic skills and mathematical-logical reasoning abilities. Now research has been developed that is giving machines (including software agents, robotic pets, desktop computers, and more) skills of emotional intelligence, allowing them to have feelings and develop a personality. As technology advances AI systems will need to interact, communicate, and coexist with humans. This panel explores whether we are at the dawn of sentient artificial intelligence and what that really means for the human race.

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Leeanna works as an AI practitioner, working with businesses and government organisations to design and deliver AI technology into existing business processes, and embedding artificial intelligence alongside a human workforce. She presented recently at Civil Service Live on ‘The Digital Workforce’, and works with organisations to deliver practical implementations of AI which improve services, reduce costs and improve the citizen and customer experience. Leeanna aims to integrate AI technology into the way our organisations work, and embed AI into the human workforce.
Pao-Chang graduated from the department of drama and theatre, National Taiwan University and had his master in music theatre from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. He is currently the co artistic director at Tainaner Ensemble. But with learning also comes teaching, as Pao-Chang has spent time teaching youth theatre and also universities, where he puts to practice all that he has learnt. Pao-Chang Tsai is frequently seen as a creator equipped with three talents, playwrighting, directing and acting, and has worked with the National Symphony Orchestra, Shakespeare’s Wild Sisters Group, Creative Society, Horse Dance Theatre and If Kids Theatre. Since 2009, Pao-Chang has been invited as co-artistic director to collaborate with Po-Shen Lu at Tainaner Ensemble. The list of productions he has been involved in have won him great recognition- these include: Taishin Arts Award: the Creative Society’s that has won the best production of the year, Tainaner Ensemble’s Shakespeare Unplugged 3: Macbeth has been listed as the top 10 performing arts production of the year. His Musical script has not only won the first price of the 3rd Tainan Literature Award, but also been selected as the 10th anniversary annul production of the Dept. of Drama and Theatre, National Taiwan University. The CommonWealth Magazine has selected Pao-Chang Tsai as the Future Young Leader in Performing arts. He also went to America Repertory Theater at Harvard University for further study in Voice and Speech sponsored by Asian Cultural Council, and visited Moscow Art Theatre for three months. Pao-Chang just completed his residency at Cité internationale des Arts in Paris.
Ali Hossaini works at the cutting edge of art, technology and business. Having collaborated with a wide range of talent, his productions have been exhibited in museums, performing arts centers, galleries and festivals around the world, winning acclaim from Vanity Fair, Cool Hunting and others, including the New York Times, which calls him “a biochemist turned philosopher turned television producer turned visual poet.” Hossaini is CEO of Cinema Arts Network, an Associate of Lord Cultural Resources and Research Fellow in Department of Informatics, King’s College London. In 2013 he completed construction of Britain’s Network for the Arts, a national broadband project that supports culture and creative enterprise in cities across the United Kingdom. He writes and speaks widely on culture tech – the intersection of creativity and technology – and he is completing a volume on digital museum planning for Rowman and Littlefield in 2016. Hossaini’s video cycle Epiphany premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) during the 2015 Next Wave Festival. His video installations and film productions have been presented by the New York Times, the Barbican, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, New York City Opera, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Beijing, Tribeca Film Festival, PS1/MoMA, the American Museum of the Moving Image, Whitney Biennial, Anthology Film Archives and other venues.
Dr Mary Ellen Foster is a Lecturer in Computing Science at the University of Glasgow. Her main research goal is to build artificial characters – especially robots – that are able to engage in natural, face-to-face conversation with people in real-world settings. She is currently the coordinator of the European-funded MuMMER project, which is developing a socially intelligent humanoid robot for a public shopping mall in Finland. She has previously worked on projects including a robot bartender, an empathic robot tutoring agent, and a virtual character for children with autism. She received her PhD in Informatics from the University of Edinburgh in 2007.
Emoshape LLC is owned and run by entrepreneur Patrick Levy-Rosenthal (50), who currently lives between London and New York. He grew up in Paris. In 2006 Patrick won the European Information Society Technology (IST) prize for his work on a 3D interactive screen. He moved to London in 2009 to work on his passion and ideas surrounding emotion synthesis. He studied the relationship between cognition and emotion, the root of the cognitive processes underlying each emotional responses and the influence of emotion on decision making. Patrick has developed a new generation of microchip named EPU (Emotion Processing Unit) for Ai and Robots and the world's first Al that can feel the 12 primary human emotion. EmoSHAPE LLC is dedicated to providing a technology that teaches intelligent objects how to interact with humans to yield a favourable, positive result. Emoshape EPU microchip technology represents a massive leap for Artificial Intelligence especially in the realm of robots, smart toys, IoT, TV, cars and other major consumer electronic devices. Applications including Human machine interaction, emotion speech synthesis,  emotional awareness, machine emotional intimacy, machine learning, affective computing, medicine, advertising, and gaming will significantly benefit from the EPU.