AI has become an increasingly visible term in mainstream media as technology continues to proliferate in this modern day. However, the increasing use of AI brings complex implications for public policy that need to be addressed through cooperation between AI researchers and governments. My internship with a financial regulator last summer exposed me to the practical realities that governments face in facilitating and regulating technologies such as FinTech. Given this experience, the AI Ethics and Society course, offered by the Oxford AI Society, piqued my interest because of its focuses on the intersections between governance and technology, and more importantly, the grey spaces between them.
Michaelmas term was very productive for OxAI Labs. At the start of the term the team chose two topics to work on during this academic year, and spent the following couple of weeks interviewing students interested in joining the projects. We are glad to admit that there were many exceptional candidates, and we were happy to see so many Oxford students passionate about AI. The applications truly reflected a wealth of talent and passion in the community and it was a great pleasure to talk to everyone.
On September 18th, OxAI partnered with the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and the Oxford Climate Society for an event Climate Change and AI. The evening acted as a showcase for some of Oxford’s cutting-edge tech startups that are helping to fight against climate change and began with a drinks reception and opening remarks from the organisers.
During Hilary and Trinity Term 2019, OxAI Labs piloted its premier research project with a team of seven mixed-discipline Oxford students. The objective of the team was to investigate the development of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) level generator for the Beat Saber Virtual Reality (VR) game.
The Emerging Technologies Party was a coming together of Oxford’s main student societies that focus on emerging tech. The event provided an opportunity for students to gain an understanding of the emerging technologies scene at Oxford in a relaxed environment, with music, food and drinks provided. It also offered the societies a chance to recruit new members and develop potential collaborations.
On May 8th, OxAI’s Careers Team collaborated with the Oxford Foundry to host our first AI Tech Talent Networking Event. A variety of exciting multinational companies and rising start-ups, who are leading global AI innovations, were invited to showcase their businesses. The event attracted over 100 graduate and undergraduate students interested in careers in AI, whether they were actively looking for a job/internship, or were just curious about what the market offers.
This month we contribute tips focussing on communication as a means to improving one’s prospects for Securing Careers in AI.