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toronto | october 1–3

Facing change and guiding Ontario into the next quarter century

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602A: Place-making and Planning in the Age of AI

October 02, 2019

2:15PM - 2:30PM

Conventionally, making and perceiving place is a human-centered activity where individuals and groups perceive, understand and narrate a distinct and meaningful vision of a location in the landscape and the people and things in it. Can and will artificial intelligence (AI) make and perceive place? And if so, what are the possible practical implications for policy-making and the practice of urban and rural planning and design, where the understanding, creation, and preservation of place is essential? In this session, participants will gain knowledge about the technical workings of contemporary AI and its applications, especially in the context of generating insight about locations and the people in them, engage in thoughtful discussion about the practical limits of technology, in particular the practical nature of advanced statistics within the field of planning and gain knowledge about the potential impacts that AI technology has and will have on the planning profession.