Exploring the Unfolding Mystery of AI’s  Impact on Humanity


Luke Nosek, Co-Founder, PayPal, Managing Partner, Founders Fund

Miles Ward, Global Head, Solutions, Google Cloud Platform

John Denning, Director and Co-Founder, Princeton Artificial Intelligence

Luca Foschini, Co-Founder & Chief Data Scientist, Evidation Health

Is humanity at the dawn of a new age of enlightenment, inspired by benign AI enabled tech; or on an unalterable path to computer driven subservience to AI powered, self-aware machines?

At present, the benefits of AI enhanced applications spanning a plethora of technologies emerging in the areas of healthcare, transportation, security and data management, dominate the realm of public commentary.

However, the perceived risk that a future mutation of AI controlled technology might evolve to generate what Elon Musk describes as a potential “non-benign” outcome for humanity, in which machines ostensibly possess more self-awareness than human beings and threaten our existence, is an immediate concern to some.

Please join us for a discussion of today’s exciting AI enabled technologies, and how to address the common sense moral and ethical questions being created as we expand  machines’ ability to learn, and implement them as decision making agents in our communities.


Luke Nosek, Partner, Founders Fund, (speaker/panelist) discussing AI Applications Coming Down the Pipe;

Miles Ward, Global Head, Solutions – Google Cloud Platform, (keynote speaker); discussing search, security and leading edge AI applications;

John Denning, Director and Co-Founder Princeton Artificial Intelligence, (speaker/panelist); discussing the origins and scope of AI research to date; and

Luca Foschini, Co-Founder & Chief Data Scientist, Evidation Health (panelist), discussing healthcare applications.


About the Speakers

lukenosekLuke Nosek

Partner | Founders Fund
Luke Nosek is a co-founder of PayPal and served as the company’s VP of Marketing and Strategy.

While at PayPal, Luke oversaw the company’s marketing efforts at launch, growing the user base to 1 million customers in the first six months. Luke also created “Instant Transfer,” PayPal’s most profitable product. Prior to PayPal, Luke was an evangelist at Netscape. Luke has also co-founded two other consumer Internet companies, including the Web’s first advertising network, and was an active venture capitalist in his personal capacity before launching Founders Fund. Luke received a BS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

miles wardMiles Ward

Global Head, Solutions | Google

Miles Ward is the Global Head for Solutions at Google Cloud Platform. Miles has a passion for delivering the value of cloud computing to startups, agencies, ISV’s, and enterprises so they can stop wasting time with infrastructure and start accelerating their businesses. He has helped NASA live-stream the Mars Rover landing; and has helped Obama For America win the 2012 presidential campaign. Additionally, he has helped thousands of companies make the leap to the cloud.

Miles is fascinated by the dynamic, community-driven, meritocratic information economy that is growing online. Before he worked with clouds, Miles helped design and build a system that allows Fortune 1000 companies engage in that discussion, to harness value from it, and affect change in it called Visible Technologies. Before that, he got excited about prediction markets, built UI’s for laser measurement tools; and built an IT services business.

Miles’s specialties include System Architecture and design; Enterprise-scale networking and hardware; UI/UX Conceptualization; data visualization; internet data collection; solution design; and cross-platform development.

john denningJohn Denning
Director & Co-Founder
Princeton Artificial Intelligence, Inc.
As co-founder and director, the company was created to create conversational AI to surpass the Turing Competition threshold for a machine to exhibit intelligent behavior.  John and his team achieved its goal in June 2014, when 33% of participants believed chatbot Eugene Goostman, was an actual 13-year Ukranian boy.
John led the development of breakthrough technologies in medical R&D (bio-tech, pharma and medical device) as Director and Co-Founder of Wholesale Change, Inc., a data-science company focused on helping healthcare consumers navigate the complex decision making process inherent in obtaining and financing their healthcare, and has also served as Director & Senior Enterprise Architect for Kaiser Permanente; Director, Medical Informatics, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Minnesota; and Chief Go-To-Market (“GTM”) Architect, GE Healthcare.

lucaLuca Foschini, PhD

Chief Data Scientist | Evidation Health

As Cofounder and Chief Data Scientist at Evidation Health, Luca Foschini PhD is responsible for data analytics, computing, research and development. Dr. Foschini has driven research collaborations with machine learning experts at NYU, behavioral economics departments at Harvard Business School and the Wharton School. Prior to this role, Dr. Foschini worked as R&D at Ask.com and was a visiting scholar at Google Research and ETH Zurich where he developed efficient algorithms for mining spatial data, partitioning large graphs, and detecting traffic anomalies in computer networks. He earned a PhD in Computer Science from UC Santa Barbara focusing on traffic analysis in computer and road networks. He has published numerous papers in the broader area of computer science and he co-authored several patents in information clustering and behavior phenotyping. Dr. Foschini is an alumnus of the Sant’Anna School of Pisa, Italy.



This program will be moderaRT-SBSF-Picted by Rick Tico. Executive Director, Relationship Executive at Chase. Rick is a seasoned professional focused on working with Middle Market Banking customers based on the California Central Coast, from Paso Robles to Ventura County. He joined JPMorgan Chase & Co. in 2016, and brings over ten-years’ commercial banking experience to clients. In prior roles he has worked with customers ranging from well-conceived, venture-capital funded / pre-revenue start-ups, to private-equity backed growth companies, and $1-billion plus annual sales industry leaders, helping them optimize their day to day treasury, cash management and financing needs.

Rick received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University, and earned an MBA in Finance from DePaul University in Chicago.


Event Registration:

When:  Wednesday, September  21, 2016, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center, 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93103


  • Student $15.00
  • Regular (Online pre-registration only) $30.00
  • At the Door $40.00
  • Parking $4.00 – $6.00 (separate; paid at lot)


  • 5:00 – 6:00 Networking Hour, Check-in & Registration for Walk-ins
  • 6:00 – 7:30 Discussion
  • 7:30 – 8:00 Q&A

Registration includes appetizers and refreshments.

If you miss the early-bird registration, not to worry! We welcome walk-in guests to register at the registration table in the lobby of the venue.

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