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Exploring AI and an aging society in the Nobel Prize Dialogue

Exploring AI and an aging society in the Nobel Prize Dialogue

Editor's note:  Today we are featuring a Q&A with Laura Sprechmann, Deputy CEO and Director of Partner Relations of Nobel Media, who spoke with us about the upcoming Nobel Prize Dialogue on aging and artificial intelligence in Seoul.

Can you give us a general description of the event and its purpose?

The Nobel Prize Dialogue on the theme “The Age to Come” will take place on October 30, 2017 in Seoul. At this global conference, Nobel Laureates, key opinion leaders, policy makers, students, researchers and the general public will meet to explore the challenges of an aging population and how artificial intelligence (AI) can support us to tackle those challenges. 

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Nobel Prize Dialogue is one of the pillars of Nobel Media’s global outreach and aims to stimulate interest in science, literature and peace in line with Alfred Nobel’s vision and legacy for the greatest benefit of mankind. Together with around 20 scientists and experts, five Nobel Laureates will attend the dialogue, and they will engage in lectures, discussions and panels. The event is free of charge and the reason is that we would like this to be accessible for everyone, not least students.

What is it about artificial intelligence that is so important to an aging society?

While increasing average life expectancy is undoubtedly one of humanity’s greatest achievements, a steadily aging global population brings with it a range of new challenges and opportunities.  We need to understand and raise issues of how AI can help optimize geriatrics, for example. Furthermore, AI can most likely help improve the lives of older people and that is important to explore.

Within the joint partnership between Nobel and Ericsson, how do you see Ericsson adding to the technology perspective in the areas you address?

Nobel Prize Dialogue is about inspiration and interaction. We all learn when we engage in knowledge-based conversations. Via these cross-disciplinary discussions, we want people to open their minds to science, research, education, peace and literature in line with Alfred Nobel’s vision and legacy.

Ericsson shares our efforts to encourage current and future generations to learn, think and discover. As a leading global technology company, Ericsson has many relevant insights to share. Thus, we invited the CEO of Ericsson Korea, Patrick Johansson, to attend one of the panel sessions during Nobel Prize Dialogue and together with other speakers elaborate on how to improve mobility for the old.


 You can learn more about Ericsson's related event on October 31: Innovation for an Aging Society.  Or you can register directly for live streamed sessions on intelligent care assistance and innovative agriculture, among others.

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