Artificial Intelligence: Should It Be Trusted?


Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas Wed, Jan 17 7:00 PM


PI Public Lecture Series:

Title: TRuST Scholarly Network’s Conversations on Artificial Intelligence: Should It Be Trusted?

Free tickets to attend the event in person will be available on Tuesday, January 9 at 9:00 AM EDT.


Artificial Intelligence and big data are dramatically transforming the way we work, live and connect. Innovators have begun designing AI solutions to advance society at a rapid pace, but often new technologies bring both promise and risk. How can we trust AI and safeguard society from unintended consequences to ensure a safe and human-centred digital future?

Join the University of Waterloo in partnership with the Perimeter Institute for the TRuST Scholarly Network’s Conversations on lecture series where technology leaders from UWaterloo, Google and NASA will discuss how AI is transforming society and if we should trust these technologies.

Introductions by:
- Donna Strickland, Nobel Laureate, Professor, University of Waterloo and board member at the Perimeter Institute
- Ashley Mehlenbacher, Professor, University of Waterloo and Canada Research Chair in Science, Health and Technology Communication
- Mary Wells, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo

- Jenn Smith, Engineering Director and WAT Site co-lead, Google Canada

- Lai-Tze Fan, Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies and Canada Research Chair in Technology and Social Change
- Makhan Virdi, NASA researcher
- Anindya Sen, Professor of Economics and associate director of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute
- Leah Morris, Senior Director, Velocity Program, Radical Venture

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live webcast at home rather than joining us in person. If you need to cancel your tickets, please go to CANCEL FREE TICKETS.

Attendance to the lecture is free, but advance tickets are required. Our lectures consistently sell out. As a courtesy to our waiting list guests, your ticket will be honoured until 6:45 PM only. If you have not arrived by 6:45 PM your reservation will be filled by another guest, and you will be asked to join the end of the waiting line.

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Pre-Lecture Activities
Doors open at 6:00 PM for the following pre-lecture activities. Tickets are not required to participate.

  • Ask AI Scientists!
    ‘Learn more’ Waterloo AI Institute (WAII) specialists will be on hand to answer AI related questions from 6:00 - 6:45 PM.
  • Black Hole Bistro
    The Black Hole Bistro will not be open.

Waiting Line Experience
There will be a waiting line for last minute cancelled (or ‘no show’) seats on the night of the lecture. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Come to Perimeter and pick-up a waiting line chit at the Waiting Line sign. An announcement will be made in the Atrium around 6:50 pm if theatre seats are available. Note: you must arrive in person to be part of the waiting line and be in the Atrium when the waiting line announcement is made.

No Disappointments
Everyone who comes to Perimeter will be able to participate in the lecture. The public lecture will be shown simultaneously on closed circuit television in the quiet of the Time Room for any members of the waiting line who are not able to get a theatre seat.

Live Webcast Online
For most lectures the on-demand playback will be online within 24 hours after the live event. Check our YouTube page for the playbacks.