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Siebel Scholars presents

2018 Conference

The Social
of AI


Moderated by
Alan Murray, President, Fortune

November 2 - 4, 2018
Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA

Friday, November 2

6:30pm to 9:30pm

Dinner and fireside chat between Garry Kasparov, World Chess Champion and Chairman, Human Rights Foundation and Alan Murray.

Saturday, November 3

8:30am to 4:00pm

Panel discussions moderated by Alan Murray

9:00am – 11:45am - AI: What’s the Catch?

  • Garry Kasparov, World Chess Champion and Chairman, Human Rights Foundation
  • Naveen Rao, VP and GM of AI Products, Intel
  • Ajay Agrawal, Creative Destruction Lab and Author, Prediction Machines
  • Deirdre Mulligan, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Information

12:00pm – 1:00pm - Luncheon

1:15pm – 3:45pm - Weaponized AI: Promise or Peril?

  • Mark Nehmer, Director, R&D and Tech Transfer DSE/FVE PEO (Acting), Defense Security Service
  • Pedro Domingos, Author, The Master Algorithm and University of Washington professor
  • Max Tegmark, Author, Life 3.0

7:00pm to 11:00pm

Reception, dinner and entertainment

Sunday, November 4

8:30am to 12:00pm

Breakout sessions, lunch, and recommendation presentations



Panel discussions will focus on these key questions:

AI: What’s the Catch?

  • What are the human consequences of AI?
  • To what extent is AI innovation outpacing regulatory checks and balances?
  • Why may AI one day escape human control?
  • Where can AI make the greatest impact?
  • How is AI paving the way to new applications offering enormous social benefit?

Weaponized AI: Promise or Peril?

  • What are the biggest threats in weaponizing AI?
  • To what extent can actions be taken to mitigate risk?
  • Who is most vulnerable for attack?
  • Why is more AI the only way to combat weaponized AI?
  • How can weaponizing AI amplify the power of adversaries?


The era of artificial intelligence is upon us. With great promises of human benefit and prosperity, AI is being rapidly applied in critical societal domains including healthcare, transportation, education, entertainment, government, and public safety.

While it is clear that considerable social and economic benefits will result, there are and will be negative implications that need to be anticipated and addressed. Such implications include privacy, security, cyber security, identity theft, weaponization of social media and AI, and the many ways in which bad actors will attempt to gain control of and influence such systems to dire effect.

The 2018 Siebel Scholars Conference will bring together political and industry leaders to discuss the social implications of AI and collaborate on solutions to mitigate the risks.

Catastrophic Consequences

The speed of AI innovation is moving faster than regulatory checks and balances can keep up, driving debate around the unwelcomed and potentially detrimental consequences related to personal privacy, security, safety and more. In effect, the same intelligence that allows self-driving cars to avoid pedestrians could allow future weapons to hunt and attack targets on their own.

Warnings from artificial intelligence industry leaders and researchers only add fuel to the AI fire. The Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) argues a third revolution in warfare is underway, while a recent report entitled The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence: Forecasting, Prevention, and Mitigation from two dozen experts at institutes including Oxford University, Cambridge University, and Stanford University, cautions AI is on the cusp of being a catastrophic force as rival states, criminals, and terrorists use its scale and efficiency to launch finely-targeted and highly efficient attacks.

These warnings further highlight the need to be prepared, not scared of AI advancements and urge policymakers, technologists, academics and others to work together to prevent future calamity, getting AI under control before it controls human society.

At “The Social Implications of AI” conference, speakers and attendees will discuss and debate the societal and ethical implications of artificial intelligence, expose the dangers and illuminate the opportunities where AI can have the greatest impact.

Innovative Solutions

Nothing illustrates the vitality of the Siebel Scholars community as well as its conferences. Current and alumni Siebel Scholars come together with some of the most brilliant minds in the world to discuss and debate critical social issues, developing innovative solutions to society's most pressing needs.

At our conferences, held periodically since 2000, attendees convene with eminent authorities—including heads of state, scientists, lawmakers, and experts—on pressing global challenges to discuss breakthrough discoveries and ideas.

Participants in past Siebel Scholars conferences have included British Prime Minister John Major, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt, U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, and U.S. Secretaries of State Alexander Haig and Condoleezza Rice.


Siebel Scholars conference attendees play a key role in transforming discussion into action. The 2007 Siebel Scholars conference entitled, “The Economics of Alternative Energy,” and the 2010 conference entitled, “Energy and Climate,” led to the creation of several initiatives to significantly advance energy efficiency and security, including the Siebel Energy Institute.

The 2004 Siebel Scholars conference, “Justice in America,” gave rise to the Meth Project. Since the program’s inception in Montana in 2005, teen Meth use in the state has declined 63% and has since been adopted by seven additional states.  The Meth Project received a commendation from the White House as the most successful anti-drug program in history.

The 2002 conference, “Stem Cell Research and the Role of the State in Regulating the Economy,” prompted formation of the Siebel Stem Cell Institute to investigate the root causes of diseases and prospective therapies.



– Speaker –

World Chess Champion and
Chairman, Human Rights Foundation

Garry Kasparov is widely regarded as the greatest chess player in history, becoming the youngest world champion ever at 22 in 1985 and retiring still the world’s top-ranked player in 2005. He left professional chess to become a leader of the Russian pro-democracy movement against the rising dictatorship of Vladimir Putin. He is the chairman of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation and the founder of the Renew Democracy Initiative. Kasparov speaks frequently on politics, decision-making, and the human-machine relationship. In 2015, he wrote the prescient book Winter Is Coming: Why Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped.

Kasparov’s latest book is Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins (2017). It reveals the full story of his legendary matches against Deep Blue and his optimistic and pragmatic discussion of our future with intelligent machines. His 2017 TED Talk on this theme was one of the event’s most popular. Kasparov states, “AI will transform everything we do, and we must press forward ambitiously in the one area robots cannot compete with humans: in dreaming big dreams. Our machines will help us achieve them. Instead of worrying about what machines can do, we should worry more about what they still cannot do.”


– Moderator –

President, Fortune

Alan Murray serves as president of Fortune. As editor-in-chief since 2014, he integrated the print and digital editorial teams, established new franchises and platforms, and helped significantly increase’s traffic. His diverse background includes serving as president of the Pew Research Center, hosting an eponymous show on CNBC, and spending more than two decades at the Wall Street Journal, where his experience included overseeing digital operations and the Journal’s Washington bureau. The author of four books, Mr. Murray is also a member of the Gridiron Club and the New York Economics Club.

M. Siebel

– Speaker –

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, C3

Mr. Siebel is the chairman and chief executive officer of C3. He is also the founder and chairman of the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation. Mr. Siebel was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Siebel Systems, which merged with Oracle Corporation in January 2006. Founded in 1993, Siebel Systems became a leader in application software with more than 8,000 employees in 32 countries, over 4,500 corporate customers, and annual revenue in excess of $2 billion. Mr. Siebel is also Chairman of the Siebel Energy Institute, a global consortium for innovative and collaborative energy research for the public domain. Mr. Siebel is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and serves on the College of Engineering boards at the University of Illinois and the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Siebel is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a B.A. in history, an M.B.A, and an M.S. in computer science.



Author, Life 3.0

Max Tegmark is a professor doing physics and AI research at MIT, and advocates for positive use of technology as president of the Future of Life Institute. He is the author of over 200 publications as well as the New York Times bestsellers Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality. His work with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey on galaxy clustering shared the first prize in Science magazine’s “Breakthrough of the Year: 2003.”

Photo credit Discover Magazine


VP & GM, Artificial Intelligence Product Group, Intel

Naveen G. Rao is vice president and general manager of the Artificial Intelligence Products Group at Intel Corporation.

Rao’s team focuses on deep learning, a subset of machine learning and artificial intelligence, and works to develop the hardware and software ingredients needed to enable its scalable deployment. Intel uses deep learning to accelerate complex, data-intensive processes, such as image recognition and natural language processing, to improve the performance of Intel® Xeon® and Intel® Xeon Phi™ processors in various business segments, including autonomous driving and personalized medicine.

Trained as both a computer architect and neuroscientist, Rao joined Intel in 2016 with the acquisition of Nervana Systems. As chief executive officer and co-founder of Nervana, he led the company to become a recognized leader in the deep learning field. Before founding Nervana in 2014, Rao was a neuromorphic machines researcher at Qualcomm Inc., where he focused on neural computation and learning in artificial systems. Rao’s earlier career included engineering roles at Kealia Inc., CALY Networks and Sun Microsystems Inc.

Rao earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University, then spent a decade as a computer architect before going on to earn a Ph.D. in computational neuroscience from Brown University. He has published multiple papers in the area of neural computation in biological systems. Rao has also been granted patents in video compression techniques, with additional patents pending in deep learning hardware and low-precision techniques and in neuromorphic computation.


Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Information

Deirdre K. Mulligan is an Associate Professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley, a faculty Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, a co-organizer of the Algorithmic Fairness & Opacity Working Group, an affiliated faculty on the Hewlett funded Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, and a faculty advisor to the Center for Technology, Society & Policy. Mulligan’s research explores legal and technical means of protecting values such as privacy, freedom of expression, and fairness in emerging technical systems.  Her book, Privacy on the Ground: Driving Corporate Behavior in the United States and Europe, a study of privacy practices in large corporations in five countries, conducted with UC Berkeley Law Prof. Kenneth Bamberger was recently published by MIT Press.  Mulligan and  Bamberger received the 2016 International Association of Privacy Professionals Leadership Award for their research contributions to the field of privacy protection.  She is a member of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Information Science and Technology study group (ISAT); a board member of the Partnership on AI; and, a member of the National Academy of Science Forum on Cyber Resilience. She is past-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Center for Democracy and Technology, a leading advocacy organization protecting global online civil liberties and human rights; a founding member of the standing committee for the AI 100 project; and a founding member of the Global Network Initiative, a multi-stakeholder initiative to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy in the ICT sector, and in particular to resist government efforts to use the ICT sector to engage in censorship and surveillance in violation of international human rights standards. She recently served as a Commissioner on the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission and helped to develop a local ordinance providing oversight of surveillance technology. Mulligan chaired a series of interdisciplinary visioning workshops on Privacy by Design with the Computing Community Consortium to develop a shared interdisciplinary research agenda. Prior to joining the School of Information. she was a Clinical Professor of Law, founding Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, and Director of Clinical Programs at the UC Berkeley School of Law.


AI Expert and Author,
The Master Algorithm

Pedro Domingos is one of the world’s leading experts in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and big data. He is a professor of computer science at the University of Washington in Seattle and the author of The Master Algorithm. He is a winner of the SIGKDD Innovation Award—the highest honor in data science—and a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. He has received a Fulbright Scholarship, a Sloan Fellowship, the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award, and numerous best paper awards.

Pedro is the author or co-author of over 200 research publications, and has given over 150 invited talks at conferences, universities, and research labs. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Irvine in 1997 and co-founded the International Machine Learning Society in 2001. He has held visiting positions at Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, and MIT. His research spans a wide variety of topics, including scaling learning algorithms to big data, maximizing word of mouth in social networks, unifying logic and probability, and deep learning.


Creative Destruction Lab and
Author, Prediction Machines

“Humans make noisy predictions” says world-leading Artificial Intelligence researcher and economist Ajay Agrawal. Author of the game-changing book Prediction Machines and founder of University of Toronto’s Creative Destruction Lab—which boasts the greatest concentration of AI start-ups of any program on the planet—Agrawal’s talks illuminate the incoming realities of AI: how machine prediction, stripped of all that noisy (and expensive) human thought, is on the verge of presenting us with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change the way we do business, “drive” cars, run governments, and provide healthcare.


Director, R&D and Tech Transfer DSE/FVE PEO (Acting), Defense Security Service

Mark Nehmer is the (Acting) Director, Research & Development (R&D) and Technology Transfer for the Defense Security Enterprise (DSE)/ Federal Vetting Enterprise (FVE) Program Executive Office (PEO), Defense Security Service (DSS), Quantico, VA. The DSS mission is to support national security and the warfighter by securing the nation's technological base, and overseeing the protection of U.S. and foreign classified information in the hands of industry. DSE/FVE PEO is a new R&D and agile technical capability delivery organization that supports and enables security and counterintelligence missions across the DoD enterprise and the vetting-related missions across the Federal Government. Mr. Nehmer has had responsibility for managing projects and initiatives that covered the entire spectrum of technology and process related activities necessary for establishment of the Defense Vetting Directorate within DSS. He is now responsible for research agenda and technology transfer to program requirements with a focus on practical application of artificial intelligence and other advanced capabilities.


Friday, November 2

6:30pm - 9:30pm
Dinner and fireside chat between Garry Kasparov and Alan Murray
Private Estate

Saturday, November 3

8:30am - 4:00pm
Panel discussions
CEMEX Auditorium, Stanford Graduate School of Business
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Vidalakis Dining Hall, Stanford Graduate School of Business
7:00pm - 11:00pm
Reception, dinner, and entertainment
Private Estate

Sunday, November 4

8:30am - 12:00pm
Breakout sessions, recommendation presentations and lunch
McCaw Hall, Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University


Stanford University

450 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305
venue website

Stanford University is a private research university in Stanford, California. Stanford is known for its academic strength, wealth, proximity to Silicon Valley, and ranking as one of the world's top-ten universities.

CEMEX Auditorium, Stanford Graduate School of Business

655 Knight Way
Stanford, CA 94305
venue website

One of the seven schools at Stanford University, Stanford Graduate School of Business is one of the top business schools in the world. The school's mission is to create ideas that deepen and advance our understanding of management and with those ideas to develop innovative, principled, and insightful leaders who change the world.

Vidalakis Dining Hall, Stanford Graduate School of Business

655 Knight Way
Stanford, CA 94305
venue website

Vidalakis Dining Hall is within the Schwab Residential Center at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. The Dining Hall presents cuisine inspired by Chef Raul Lacara. Focusing on fresh, sustainable, local ingredients, Chef Lacara has earned the coveted Financial Times #1 rated executive dining award numerous times.

McCaw Hall, Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University

326 Galvez Street
Stanford, CA 94305
venue website

The Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center is the home-away-from-home for Stanford alumni while they are on campus. It consists of meeting and event spaces, a lounge, a library, a business center and gardens and fountain.

Sheraton Palo Alto

625 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA, 94301
venue website

Just past the newly renovated lobby, our inviting pool catches your eye creating a relaxing, resort like atmosphere.   We have a 24 hours access Fitness Center that can be accessed by guestroom room key or feel free to use one our walking maps of the area.  Our 346 recently renovated guestrooms are spacious, offer large bathrooms with an oversized work desk, comfortable seating, and complimentary wi-fi.  They provide a comfortable home away from home.  Situated near the famed University Avenue and Cal Train Station, one can take in all the local sites, including rides to nearby San Jose and San Francisco.

Westin Palo Alto

675 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA, 94301
venue website

The Westin Palo Alto is a peaceful, boutique style property that boasts 184 guestrooms and suites. Guests will enjoy our signature Heavenly Beds with  balcony views of our lush landscape courtyards from each room.  Relax and unwind in our outdoor heated pool and whirlpool located in our Courtyard of the Water.  We have a 24 hours access Fitness Center than can be accessed by room key, featuring a Peloton bike.  There’s plenty to do, see and experience in Palo Alto with shops and restaurants within walking distance in addition to touring Stanford University.


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