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Digital Science Webinar: Scientific Research in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

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With rapidly increasing advances that extend across science, researchers are applying artificial intelligence (AI), often in the form of neural networks, to tackle big challenges. Mirroring how our brains function, the outputs of these neural networks are based on computations that currently can’t be explained. How does this align with the scientific method? Can ‘AI neuroscience’ unlock this black box? Will AI itself become a scientist?

Hiroaki Kitano, Director of Sony Science Laboratories, has a grand challenge for science: “To develop an AI system that can make major scientific discoveries in biomedical sciences that is worthy of a Nobel Prize and far beyond.”

Attendees were introduced to the basic tenets of AI and hear about practical examples of the technology in research, as well as the ethical implications all this brings.

Thought leaders speaking on the webinar:

- Jeffrey Ng, Chief Scientist at Founders Factory
- Doug Raymond, General Manager for Semantic Scholar, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
- Anita Schjøll Brede, CEO and co-founder of Iris AI
- Roman Gurinovich, CEO at Xpansa and Systems Architect at sci.AI.

From Digital Science, Steve Scott moderated the panel and Cameron Shepherd hosted the webinar.

View a summary of the webinar in a blog post here: