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Friday, January 19, 2024


Pieter Scholtz and friends invite you to open your minds to the brave new world of AI. AI as in artificial intelligence.

Brian Downie will give a talk on February 5, 2024, at 18h00.

In his year as President of the Institution of Civil Engineering in 2019, Brian Downie spoke to thousands of students about education and artificial intelligence (AI) in a talk entitled “It’s a New World”.

Back then it was something in the future with occasional articles heralding “change ahead”.

“Now it is upon us and accelerating at a rate which few can comprehend.”

The truth, says Downie, is that you either learn how to manage this phenomenon, or it will manage you. His audio-visual presentation will start you on that journey.

Downie, who continues to be called upon to share versions of his talk given the topicality, controversy, rapid changes and interest in AI, will leave time for questions and discussion.

Background: “A little more than a year ago, the world seemed to wake up to the promise and dangers of artificial intelligence when OpenAI released ChatGPT, an application that enables users to converse with a computer in a singularly human way. Within five days, the chatbot had a million users. Within two months, it was logging a hundred million monthly users — a number that has now nearly doubled. Call this the year many of us learned to communicate, create, cheat, and collaborate with robots.” By way of background, click on the link to continue reading this December 2023 New Yorker article: The year A.I. ate the internet.

When the donations box is passed around, they encourage a minimum of R50 per person.

They plan to be outdoors. If it is chilly, remember to dress warmly. If it rains, they will need to set up indoors. They will adapt. All will be well.

Bookings limited to diners in support of St Clements restaurant and staff. They stay open specially for these evenings. Be there in time to order before the performance. Official starting time is 18h00.

Please cancel if you book then cannot make it as they often close the bookings due to space constraints.

St Clements is situated at 191 Musgrave Road. Mondays @ Six run between 18h00 and 19h00. Table bookings are essential on 031 202 2511.

If you wish to dine after the presentation, place your order before 18h00.