Michael Wooldridge

Michael Wooldridge

“What's the future for generative AI?”

MEETING DATE: Thursday, May 23, 2024

6:45PM - 8:45PM (Zoom meeting room opens at 6:45 PM; Meeting starts at 7 PM)

via Zoom virtual meeting.


Mike Wooldridge talking about the history and future of generative AI. This starts with some background history, then an explanation of what is new and big now, and what we expect next. Mike explains what generative AI can and cannot do. He also discusses Artificial General Intelligence and consciousness. It is a clear presentation for general audiences by an expert in the field.

Michael Wooldridge’s Background

Mike’s main research interests are in the use of formal techniques of one kind or another for reasoning about multiagent systems. He is particularly interested in the computational aspects of rational action in systems composed of multiple self-interested computational systems. His current research is at the intersection of logic, computational complexity, and game theory.
He has published more than four hundred articles in the theory and practice of autonomous agents and multiagent systems, including nine books (see also his Google Scholar profile).
Mike is a Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford, and a Senior Research Fellow at Hertford College. From 2014-21 he was Head of Department of Computer Science. He joined Oxford on 1 June 2012; before this he was for twelve years a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Liverpool.

This was the Royal Institute 2023 Christmas lecture, the Alan Turing Lecture, also shown on the BBC. It is available at What's the future for generative AI?