AI and the Weaponization of Information with DarwinAI CEO Sheldon FernandezExport this event to calendar

Monday, November 25, 2019 — 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM EST

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Join DarwinAI CEO Sheldon Fernandez (BASc 2001, Computer Engineering) for this timely talk on misinformation in the digital age. Pizza lunch will be provided at 12:15pm, with the talk following at 12:30pm. All students, alumni, staff and faculty are welcome to register for this free event using the registration link below.

graphic of weapon and informationTalk Summary

“Communication has been weaponized, used to provoke, mislead and influence the public in numerous insidious ways. Disinformation was just the first stage of an evolving trend of using information to subvert democracy, confuse rival states, define the narrative and control public opinion.

Using large, unregulated, open environments that tech companies once promised would “empower” ordinary people, disinformation has spread rapidly across the globe. The power that tech companies offered us has become a priceless tool in propagandists’ hands, who were right in thinking that a confused, rapidly globalising world is more vulnerable to the malleable beast of disinformation than straightforward propaganda. Whatever we do, however many fact-checking initiatives we undertake, disinformation shows no sign of abating. It just mutates.”1

During this talk our speaker, Sheldon Fernandez, CEO of DarwinAI, will explore the role of Artificial Intelligence in weaponizing information.  Irrespective of your ideological sensitivities, the scope and power of the technologies you use every day may surprise you.

Sheldon, who received the University of Waterloo's Faculty of Engineering Young Alumni Achievement Medal for his professional and humanitarian endeavors, has substantial experience in this area, having spent time on the ground in Kenya after the country’s tumultuous election in 2007. He also obtained a Master’s degree in theology at the University of Toronto and underwent professional training at the Montreal Institute for Genocide Studies at Concordia University.

Sheldon Fernandez Bio

Sheldon Fernandez head shotSheldon Fernandez is the CEO of DarwinAI, a local venture commercializing IP from Professor Alexander Wong and his academic team. Darwin’s unique technology facilities edge and explainable AI and is being leveraged in numerous industries including autonomous vehicles, consumer electronics, and aerospace. 

Throughout his career, Sheldon has coupled his entrepreneurial endeavors with non-technical pursuits, resulting in an interdisciplinary approach that is critical to the intelligent application of AI.  He received the University of Waterloo's Faculty of Engineering Young Alumni Achievement Medal for his professional and humanitarian endeavors and has substantial experience in this area, having spent time on the ground in Kenya after the country’s tumultuous election in 2007. He also obtained a Master’s degree in theology at the University of Toronto and underwent professional training at the Montreal Institute for Genocide Studies at Concordia University. 

Cost 
Free
Location 
E7 - Engineering 7
2nd Floor Event Space
200 University Ave West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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