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Thu, Apr 11


Vaughan City Playhouse

Maplemind Debate Series - AI Acceleration vs. Safety

*This event has been postponed. The new date will be announced. A dynamic debate show involving two AI experts, audience participation, networking, prize draws and light refreshments. The show will be taking place in a beautiful theater located in Vaughan. Ticket link below (in the description).

Maplemind Debate Series - AI Acceleration vs. Safety
Maplemind Debate Series - AI Acceleration vs. Safety

Time & Location

Apr 11, 2024, 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Vaughan City Playhouse, Thornhill, ON L4J 8G3, Canada

About the event

*This event has been postponed. The new date will be announced. Ticket holders will be fully reimbursed.*

Doors open at 6pm for networking and registration; debate starts at 7pm.

Maplemind Debates is excited to announce its upcoming event: "Artificial Intelligence: Acceleration vs. Safety," taking place at the Vaughan City Playhouse on Thursday, April 11th, 2024.

In a world where Artificial Intelligence sparks curiosity, excitement, confusion, and fear, Maplemind Debates is bringing together two industry thought leaders, to engage in a lively debate on the pressing topics surrounding AI acceleration and its safety concerns. Topics will range from identity theft and fake news to ethical considerations and beyond.

Our event will feature an experienced and professional moderator who will set the stage for an engaging and thought-provoking discussion. While adhering to a traditional debate format, we will also integrate audience participation, enriching the dialogue and fostering a dynamic exchange of ideas. Have a question for one of your debaters? Have the chance to ask to live during the debate!

Join us for an evening of intellectual stimulation and exploration as we delve into the complexities of Artificial Intelligence and its implications for our society.

About the Debaters

Alexandra Petrus  

Alexandra is a Product Leader bringing a wealth of experience in driving innovative tech capabilities, products, and strategies across industries and teams. Her diverse experience spans across industries like data management, cloud services, robotics, automotive, retail and more.

Alexandra is focused and passionate about advancing and enabling AI in global contexts to solve real world problems and society's most pressing issues. She has been doing this for the past 7 years in diverse setups like public-private partnerships (World Economic Forum), large corporations (Amazon/AWS, Adobe), startups (Reincubate, Eyeware) and tech communities (Bucharest AI). She also advocates for introducing young children to AI concepts as they grow in a digital age, and hosted an AI podcast 'Applied AI Pod'.

Mario Gibney 

With a background in humanities and a career that started out as a schoolteacher, Mario became increasingly interested in technological development throughout his 20’s largely due to the growth of the bitcoin and AI industries.

Starting in 2018, he spent 5 years working for early-stage startups in the bitcoin industry. In early 2022, he became steadily more concerned with the rapid pace of AI capabilities advancements and the comparative lack of development on AI safety.

Mario decided to apply his community-building skills from his bitcoin days and his passion for teaching to AI Safety. He began by establishing the Toronto AI Safety Meetup, which runs workshops and study sessions to assist its members in transitioning to working on AI safety.

In late 2022, Mario joined Wyatt Tessari L'Allié in co-founding AIGS Canada, a cross-partisan nonprofit engaged in political advocacy for better AI governance in Canada.

He also co-founded and currently manages the Trajectory Office, a coworking space for AI safety practitioners in the Toronto area.


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