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Rida Klink

Founder & CEO, Augment

Starting as a Civil Engineer, Rida Klink switched to Facility Management during his Masters at the Georgia Institute of Technology. After his professional career in construction management and then in building operations management, technology became an obvious way to solve optimization and efficiency problems. Entrepreneur & facility manager with international experience across the construction & facility management industries, he is currently the CEO of Augment, leading it towards the development of software to disrupt Facilities Management.

At Augment, Rida has been instrumental in directing the company towards groundbreaking software development to disrupt facilities management. With a forward-thinking approach and a value-driven mindset, Augment aims to integrate AI into facility management, striving to redefine industry standards.

 


The Tech Cold War: AI and the Future of Global Competition

 

In this thought-provoking speech,  Klink delves into the intricate world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its profound impact on global geopolitics. The first point of order will be demystifying AI, illustrating how this transformative technology has been an unobtrusive yet influential presence in our lives, akin to electricity in its nascent days. A compelling parallel between the current 'AI race' and the historical space/nuclear race of the Cold War era is therefore drawn, emphasizing the urgency and significance of AI in shaping global dynamics.

The speech addresses the dual nature of AI, highlighting its potential to either catalyze progress or wreak havoc, akin to the duality of nuclear fission technology. We will explore the geopolitical implications of AI, noting how developments in one nation can have far-reaching effects across the globe. The speech sheds light on the darker potential of AI in undermining national sovereignty through misinformation and election interference.

Emphasizing the developer's bias, Klink warns of the consequences when AI systems, embedded with the ethics and approaches of their creators, are used in contrasting cultural contexts. He concludes with a call for international cooperation to regulate AI, drawing a parallel to the collective efforts in regulating nuclear technology, underscoring the need for a unified approach to harness AI's potential while safeguarding global ethics and values.

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