A.I. and Ethics - The Alignment Problem
In this session, Panos Bassios, Digital, Data & Analytics Director at MSD, will provide a comprehensive historical overview of the evolution of Artificial Intelligence (AI). With his extensive personal experience and unique perspective, he will delve into the captivating subject of "AI and Ethics" and specifically address the widely discussed "alignment problem."
br> Throughout the presentation, Panos will take us on a journey through the development of AI, highlighting key milestones and breakthroughs that have shaped its progression over time. Drawing from his own experiences in the field, he will offer valuable insights into the challenges and advancements that have propelled AI to its current state.

One of the central themes the session will explore is the ethical implications of AI. As AI continues to advance and become more integrated into various aspects of our lives, it raises important questions about how we ensure its responsible and ethical use. The concept of the "alignment problem" will be a focal point of discussion, as it pertains to the challenge of aligning AI systems with human values and goals.

Attendees can expect to gain valuable insights into the evolution of AI and the critical importance of addressing ethical concerns in this rapidly advancing field.
Panos Bassios
Panos Bassios
Digital, Data & Analytics Director, MSD
Thursday, November 2, 2023
11:50 -
12:10 EEST
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Panos Bassios
Digital, Data & Analytics Director, MSD

With more than 25 years of experience in the fields of technology, business and marketing, in a wide range of markets as well as a variety of companies (from startups to multinational organizations), Panos Bassios is the Digital, Data & Analytics Director at MSD, responsible for Greece, Cyprus and Malta.
He started his career in the Silicon Valley, USA, where he worked for 5 years at Apple and Sun Microsystems before returning to Greece, having experienced firsthand the evolution of the entire digital ecosystem from its birth until today. He then held various positions in a number of companies, while also co-founded and successfully ran the consulting firm Amperium. Before joining MSD, Panos was the Managing Director at iProspect, the largest multinational performance digital agency, part of the Dentsu group and prior to that he served as the Director of the Digital Center of Excellence at OPAP.
Back from his student years at both the National Technical University of Athens, as well as later on Stanford University, he has been given the opportunity to experience first-hand the evolution of the internet, as well as Artificial Intelligence from their birth until present day, which gives him a unique perspective on the development of digital technologies and AI. Panos has also gained solid experience in the field of information search, starting again during his student years where he experienced both the transition from online directories to search engines, as well as the creation of Google, which started within Stanford with the 2 co-founders being fellow graduates of his from the "neighboring" department of Computer Science.
Panos is an Electrical and Computer Engineer from the National Technical University of Athens, holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and also holds an Executive MBA degree from the Athens University of Economics and Business. He recently started his part-time PhD at the Ionian University in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Ethics and more specifically on the subject of the “alignment problem”.

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