Past Event

Beijing Book Talk: The Sentient Machine

October 30, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, No. 26, 1F Core Plaza, 1 Shanyuan Street, Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing

On October 30, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing invites you to a book talk featuring Mr. Amir Husain, member of the board of advisors for IBM Watson, and his new book, The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence. This book talk is co-hosted by MIC and CITIC Press Group.


About The Sentient Machine

Amir Husain, a brilliant inventor and computer scientist, argues that we are on the cusp of writing our next, and greatest, creation myth. It is the dawn of a new form of intellectual diversity, one that we need to embrace in order to advance the state of the art in many critical fields, including security, resource management, finance, and energy. 

He addresses broad existential questions surrounding the coming of AI: Why are we valuable? What can we create in this world? How are we intelligent? What constitutes progress for us? And how might we fail to progress?

Husain boils down complex computer science and AI concepts into clear, plainspoken language and draws from a wide variety of cultural and historical references to illustrate his points. Ultimately, Husain challenges many of our societal norms and upends assumptions we hold about "the good life."



Amir Husain, recognized as Austin's Top Technology Entrepreneur of the Year, is a serial entrepreneur and inventor based in Austin, Texas. He is the founder & CEO of SparkCognition, Inc. an award-winning Machine Learning/AI driven Cognitive Analytics Company, a Member of the Board of Advisors for IBM Watson, and a Member of the Board of Advisors for The University of Texas at Austin, Dept. of Computer Science.

Professor Yuhuang Zheng graduated from Columbia University with his PhD degree in marketing. He is currently Associate Professor of Marketing and Faculty Director of the Marketing Department Doctoral Program at the School of Economics and Management (SEM) and Research Fellow at the China Business Research Center, Tsinghua University. Previously he was on the faculty at Fordham University School of Business (New York) and has marketing and strategic planning experiences at Motorola and Compaq.



18:30 - 19:00 Registration

19:00 - 20:00 Talk by Mr. Amir Husain

20:00 - 20:45 Dialogue between Mr. Amir Husain and Professor Yuhuang Zheng

20:45 - 21:00 Q&A


Special Notice
  • The event will be conducted in Chinese.

  • Due to limited seats, registration will be verified through the QR code confirmation. Please present your QR code at the entrance. 

  • The registration will start 30 minutes before the program. Please plan to arrive no earlier than the registration time and no later than 20 minutes after the end of registration period.

  • If you are unable to attend the event, please inform us in advance. 

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