Rotary Club of Portland: Service Above Self

Oct
31
2017
Ethics of Driverless Cars

Ethics of Driverless Cars

  • Tuesday
    October 31, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Hans Witt

It's HALLOWEEN! Feel free to dress up 

The shift to digital is transforming the way businesses deliver and track goods, from the point of initiation to the final destination.

Last-mile delivery, self-driving cars and trucks, delivery drone and robots, and artificial intelligence applications in logistics are all poised to change how companies send goods, how customers receive packages, and how the population gets from Point A to Point B.

This talk will focus on the disruptive impact that self-driving cars will have on technology, economy, city planning and society.

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Mr. Witt received a Masters in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) from the University of Brunswick in Germany and a Bachelor in Business administration from the University of Hamburg, Germany.

 

He worked in senior management positions at IBM, NCR, Datapoint, Microsoft and Intel over the years. His aim was always to use AI algorithm in his projects.

 

In 2000 he joined a small startup from the Carnegie Melon University to develop a natural language business rule system based on machine learning algorithm. The company was acquired by Oracle Corporation in 2008 to be incorporated in the Oracle policy management suite.

 

In 2012 Mr. Witt joined a small Portland startup, Attensa Corporation, to work on external content processing services. At the core of the system is a natural language engine that allows semantic tagging of content for categorizing, searching, filtering and other advanced AI capabilities. The services are in use at several large pharmaceutical companies (Novartis, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sanofi, etc.)

 

Mr. Witt’s background in AI and the machine learning algorithm has spiked his interest into the self-driving car segment since it touches several core areas that the AI community is trying to resolve - Ethics in AI development, Economic impact through advances in AI development, and control and regulation of those categories.