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Robots Gone Wild: 
Mind-bending Videos and the Extraordinary Implications of Intelligent Machines

Yes, we must run with the machines. But they are developing so fast that it is hard to wrap our minds around their capabilities. Ron Friedmann, Ashok Goel and Sharon Nelson will offer you some truly extraordinary videos to demonstrate just how far along AI is – and where it is going. The videos are thought provoking – let’s talk about the implications of AI. This open mic session will also include a demo of Jill Watson – a teaching assistant who, unknown to students, turned out to be a bot. 

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Meet the Session Faculty

Ron Friedmann
Fireman & Company

Ron improves law practice efficiency with knowledge management, legal project management, outsourcing, process improvement, and legal technology. A graduate of NYU Law, Ron has over 25 years of legal market experience. As a Fireman & Company partner, Ron advises law firms and law departments on strategic and operational issues. Prior legal market positions include Integreon executive team, Mintz Levin CIO, Wilmer Cutler head of practice support, and director at two legal software companies. Ron was also a Bain & Company strategy consultant and an analyst for an economic forecasting firm. Ron regularly blogs, tweets, presents at conferences, and writes articles. He is a Fellow and former Trustee of the College of Law Practice Management and co-organizes the leading annual private legal KM summit. 
Ashok Goel
Computer Science and Cognitive Science
Georgia Institute of Technology

Ashok Goel is a Professor of Computer Science in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA. He is also the Director of Georgia Tech’s Ph.D. Program in Human-Centered Computing. For more than thirty years, Ashok has conducted research into artificial intelligence, cognitive science and human-centered computing, with a focus on computational design, modeling and creativity. He has pioneered the development of Jill Watson, a virtual teaching assistant for answering questions in online discussion forums. Chronicle of Higher Education recently called virtual assistants exemplified by Jill Watson one of the most transformative educational technologies in the digital era. Ashok is the Editor-in-Chief of AAAI’s AI Magazine.
Sharon Nelson
Sensei Enterprises, Inc. ​

Ms. Nelson is the President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., a digital forensics, information security and information technology firm in Fairfax, Virginia. Sharon is the author of the noted electronic evidence blog, Ride the Lightning and is a co-host of the Legal Talk Network podcast series called “The Digital Edge: Lawyers and Technology” as well as “Digital Detectives.” She is a frequent author (fifteen books published by the ABA and hundreds of articles) and speaker on legal technology, information security and electronic evidence topics. She was the President of the Virginia State Bar June 2013 – June 2014 and is a past President of the Fairfax Law Foundation.
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2017 Conference Co-Chairs

Sharon Nelson
Sensei Enterprises, Inc. ​
Mark Tamminga
Leader, Innovation Initiatives/Partner
Gowling WLG

2017 Sponsors

The Futures Conference and InnovAction Awards would not be possible without our Sponsors. Please be sure to thank them for their support.
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