Can you imagine a world without personalised Spotify playlists, curated social media feeds, or recommended cat videos on the sidebars of YouTube? These modern-day conveniences, which were made possible by artificial intelligence (AI), also present a scary proposition – that the machines could end up knowing more about us than we ourselves do.

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Above: SMU Lee Kong Chian Professor of Law (Practice) and founding Director of SMU’s Applied Research Centre for Intellectu

The NRF Investigatorship grant will support SMU Professor Archan Misra’s vision of a smart city where humans and devices work collaboratively on projects.

SMU Professor Archan Misra has received a National Research Foundation (NRF) Investigatorship grant to develop new capabilities in ultra-low power sensing and embedded machine intelligence, which can catalyse innovative applications in smart cities, factories and buildings.

Associate Professor Warren Chik from SMU’s School of Law takes a deeper look into consumers’ trust, organisational security, and government regulation as AI becomes an integral tool for the management and processing of data.

Artificial intelligence can be integrated into transportation and security systems to improve our quality of life.
Cities have been the centres of innovation and economic growth throughout our history. By 2050, urban areas are expected to be home to 68% of the global population. As cities continue to evolve, transform and grow, technology has been playing an increasingly critical and differentiating role in the way that cities function. As next-generation digital technologies get more pervasive, they have the potential to transform the fundamental fabric of our cities and in turn deliver on key citizen outcomes – that of more efficient and inclusive services, more economic growth and opportunities, and a sustainable planet, thus driving better quality of life. The question is, what is beyond the horizon? Youths today are the architects of tomorrow’s reality, and it is imperative that we equip our young with the tools required to create the Cities of the Future that we envision. Hear from Dell Technologies’ President of Asia-Pacific & Japan and Global Digital Cities, Mr Amit Midha, on how the Cities of the Future will evolve and transform, accelerated by the increasing adoption of next-generation digital technologies, what skillsets will be in demand, and how you can leverage on resources available to you to thrive in this important growth sector. Mr Midha will join the panellists for a discussion on the potential blindspots which may come as we build these Digital Cities of the future: inequitable access, cybercrime, and sustainability are a few examples. The discussion will also address how some of these adverse impacts could be mitigated, and how the public-private partnership axis can help to ensure that we continue to develop technology in a way that leaves no one behind.
SMU PDLS: Mr Jack Dorsey | Special Dialogue on 20 Mar 2019
SMU PDLS: Prof Subbarao Kambhampati | Lecture and Q&A on 2 Apr 2019

Over the past few decades, with the rise of the Internet and now, the metaverse, navigating the seemingly endless deluge of options online feels almost like a full-time occupation.

From e-commerce to music and movie suggestions, recommender systems are responsible for powering our on- and off-line activities: from Amazon’s product recommendations, restaurant suggestions and Facebook’s newsfeed personalisation, to movies to watch — handpicked by Netflix’s Recommendation Engine.