Perspective on AI Expected from Hawking at Web Summit 2017 Next Month

Stephen Hawking, author of the international best-seller “A Brief History of Time,” and professor at Cambridge University, made news Monday after the university put his thesis online, crashing its site.

His thesis, “Properties of Expanding Universes,” published in 1966 when Hawking was just 24, explored ideas about the origins of the universe—concepts the scientist has continued to explore and discuss throughout his career.

Next month, Hawking will reportedly give his thoughts on Artificial Intelligence live at the Web Summit 2017 in Lisbon.

His talk in Lisbon will be sponsored by Feedzai, the leader in using artificial intelligence to empower enterprises to manage risk and fight fraud in real-time, Chief Marketing Officer Loc Nguyen told FinTech Unlimited at Money2020.

Last week, Feedzai announced that it closed $50 million in new funding, including a Series C round from an undisclosed investor, in addition to funding from current investor Sapphire Ventures, Oak HC/FT, and Citi Ventures. The 6-year-old startup builds machine learning tools to help merchants and financial institutions spot payment fraud.

Feedzai presented AI Deep Dive at Money2020, a full day of curated content featuring thought-provoking keynotes and executive panel discussions, along with technical presentations from leading data scientists, machine learning engineers and experts in the field of artificial intelligence. “Everybody is talking about AI this year,” Nguyen said.

Founded in Portgual, Silicon Valley-based Feedzai is using its newest round of funding to increase its employee headcount to about 300 this year. At the beginning of 2017, the company was adding a new employee every 1.8 days, Nguyen said.

Web Summit is the world’s largest tech conference, with more than 60,000 attendees.