May 21, 2020

Avast at DLD Conference: What does AI add to our lives?

Bizclik Editor
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PRAGUE and MUNICH, Jan. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Avast (LSE:AVST), a global leader in digital security products, today announced that Garry Kasparov, Chess Grandmaster, Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation in New York and Avast Security Ambassador, and Michal Pechoucek, Chief Technology Officer at Avast, and Director of the AI Center at the Czech Technical University, will discuss the risks and opportunities of AI on the "Bavaria" stage at the annual Digital Life Design (DLD) Conference in Munich, Germany. The talk titled "What does AI add to our lives?" will take place on January 20 at 1:20 p.m. CET and will also demonstrate how AI can be used to thwart cyberattacks.

Artificial Intelligence is today increasingly applied in critical areas such as medicine and across industries including automotive and manufacturing, but it also raises questions: Which jobs are machines taking from humans? What advantages will humans continue to have over AI algorithms? In conversation with Michal Pechoucek, Garry Kasparov will address these questions and discuss the role of AI in our society in the future.

On January 19th at 5:00 p.m. CET, Garry Kasparov will also play chess with ten selected participants of the conference simultaneously.

About Garry Kasparov, Avast Security Ambassador
Garry Kasparov became the youngest world chess champion in history in 1985 and was the world's top-rated player for 20 years. He first discovered the potential of AI during his famous matches against the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue. Ever since, he's spoken about future tech, most recently as Avast's security ambassador. His matches against arch-rival Anatoly Karpov and Deep Blue popularized chess and machine intelligence in unprecedented ways.

About Michal Pechoucek, CTO at Avast
Michal Pechoucek joined Avast as CTO in September 2019. Mr. Pechoucek leads the core technology and R&D organization at Avast. He is also responsible for the company's scientific research in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, and cybersecurity. Before joining Avast, Mr. Pechoucek spent over twenty years as a professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague, during which time he led the Department of Computer Science and founded the Artificial Intelligence Center in 2001. Mr. Pechoucek has authored more than 400 high impact publications and contributed numerous innovative AI applications to research in computer science. He also started and successfully exited several startups in the field of Artificial Intelligence.

About Avast
Avast (LSE: AVST) is a global leader in digital security products. With over 400 million users online, Avast offers products under the Avast and AVG brands that protect people from threats on the internet and the evolving IoT threat landscape. The company's threat detection network is among the most advanced in the world, using machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies to detect and stop threats in real time. Avast digital security products for Mobile, PC or Mac are top-ranked and certified by VB100, AV-Comparatives, AV-Test, SE Labs and others. Visit:

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