The AI & Big Data Expo Europe, the leading Artificial Intelligence & Big Data Conference & Exhibition event 19-20th June at the RAI, Amsterdam. It is a showcase of next generation technologies and strategies from the world of Artificial Intelligence & Big Data, an opportunity to explore and discover the practical and successful implementation of AI & Big Data in driving forward your business in 2019 and beyond.
4 co-located events. 4 AI & Big Data conference tracks. 10,000+ attendees. 300+ speakers. 350+ exhibitors.
High-level conferences will bring together forward-thinking brands, market leaders, AI & Big Data evangelists and hot start-ups to explore and debate the advancements in Artificial Intelligence & Big Data, the impacts within Enterprise & Consumer sectors as well as Development platforms and Digital Transformation opportunities. Topics covered include Business Intelligence, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, AI Algorithms, Data & Analytics, Virtual Assistants & Chatbots as well as case study-based presentations proving an insight into the deployment of AI across different verticals.
Transcript of Chris Tomlinson, Director of the Data Science Foundation, introduction to launch the Applied AI and Data Conference at Rai, Amsterdam on 19th June 2019:
Today we will provide expert insight into how leading organisations are creating and implementing AI and Big Data solutions.
Artificial Intelligence, an umbrella term applied to advanced computer intelligence, has been referred to as the next great revolution. One that will have a huge impact at every level of our existence. Individuals and companies need to embrace it, or risk being left behind as technology moves on. We need to accept that things are changing.
Can we predict what impact AI and Big Data will have on our lives? It’s not an easy task, as AI is continually developing. Artificial Intelligence means different things to different people and opinions vary.
So, if it’s hard to define, it must be hard to control. It’s a threat to some and a competitive advantage to others. It has been referred to as a technology to be afraid of and as an entry point to a brave new world. I think we will all agree, no matter what our opinion, that the adoption of AI and Big Data will result in nothing less than a revolution in the way we live our lives, the work we do, and the way society is structured.
I am going to argue that the development of artificial intelligence offers the planet a lifeline and may ultimately save us from ourselves, but only if it is developed and used in a responsible way.
AI is here to stay. It’s powerful now and is getting more powerful every year. It will be integrated into a wide range of processes from manufacturing to managing the electrical supply.
Orwell wrote about a police state and surveillance in 1984; Huxley wrote about information overload in Brave New World. Both to a certain extent, seem to have come true. Without the responsible development of AI, what kind of dystopian future could we envisage in 2084?
- If two thirds of food crops came from just nine species
- Imagine one million species at risk of extinction
- Imagine a decline of 87% in the amount of wildlife in and around the worlds rivers as a result of human activity
- Imagine rising ocean and air temperatures, economic collapse and mass migration
- Imagine billionaires buying and securing large estates in New Zealand, just in case society collapses
Well we don’t have to imagine this future. Not because AI and Big Data will save us from it, but because this is happening today. These news clips appeared in May this year. And the worse thing? They took me less than 15 minutes to find, so they aren’t isolated incidents.
Nobody did this on purpose. We the human race made mistakes. We did not plan for this to happen. And that was the problem, we did not plan.
In February 2000, Nobel Laureate Paul Crutzen, the chemist who identified the thinning of the ozone layer, stated that the geological epoch of the Holocene which began 11,700 years ago with glacial retreat, was over. And that we were now living in the Anthropocene, where humans are the dominant force. Other scientists agree that without nuclear war or asteroid strike, humans will be the driving force that shapes the planet. The problem is that humans do not have a good record of responsible behaviour.
If collectively we humans, can’t make intelligent decisions. How can we expect a machine to do better? Or is it that with artificial intelligence, we are beginning to get a glimpse of what Carl Jung, Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci and Isaac Newton called Infinite Intelligence. A fundamental power that can be tapped into, an external resource responsible for their greatest achievements.
I think the concept of ‘Act now, but think long-term’, is important. We now have the chance to embrace this technology, AI in all its forms and use it to help solve the problems we are facing. AI should be used for more than competitive advantage.
But how can individuals think long term, when they are concerned about the pressures of everyday life and the impact of AI on employment. Most work is repetitive and repetitive tasks can be done more efficiently by AI. Cost is preventing mass adoption, but this is changing as the price of technology tumbles. For example, Fieldwork Robotics has launched a robot that can pick 25,000 raspberries a day. Picking soft fruit in quantity, without damaging it, is not an easy task. Nor is managing and paying for a seasonal workforce.
And what is a good decision? One that is good for now or good for the future. Good for all or good for the few. And who gets to decide?
If these questions are not asked and the public kept informed, they may reject artificial intelligence and opportunities will be lost. Will people be able to reject AI? Well here is a story from San Francisco which appeared in newsfeeds last month, and it is more familiar with AI than most cities.
San Francisco has banned government agencies from using facial recognition technology. The question is, ‘What influenced the decision?’ The loss of control, a lack of trust or the invasion of privacy. Over the past couple of months, I have read of four pressure groups opposed to facial recognition. One of these Liberty said that, ‘Facial recognition tech is the arsenic in the water of democracy’. This might embolden a pushback.
We can take steps to plan for a future which includes the responsible use of technology. Events such as the one you are attending today, help to develop the conversation and encourage the sharing of ideas.
And just last month at the third AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva, the head of the UN ICT Agency said, “AI is at the forefront of fighting hunger, mitigating the climate crisis and facilitating the transition to smart sustainable cities".
Leaders across the world are beginning to think that AI is the way forward. Here are a few examples:
- In 2017, China’s State Council issued a plan for the country to “build a domestic AI industry worth almost $150 billion” by 2030
- A project undertaken by PriceWaterhouseCoopers estimated that “artificial intelligence technologies could increase global GDP by $15 trillion, a full 14%, by 2030
- Research by the Brookings Institution found that over $80 billion was invested in autonomous vehicle technology between August 2014 and June 2017
Here are a few examples of AI and Big Data being put to work:
- Cincinnati officials are using technology to prioritize responses and determine the best way to handle 80,000 emergency calls each year.
- AI is being deployed by the city of Chicago in the area of criminal justice to predict risk of crime.
- AI is being used in a mind-controlled hearing aid that mimics the brain’s natural ability to single out and amplify one voice against background conversation.
One thing we can be sure of AI and Big Data will change the way we live and work.
Let’s close this introduction by referring to the ideas of Charles Darwin in, On the Origin of Species:
It’s not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.
And the best way to manage change? Step one is to be aware that change is occurring. Step two, let’s hope that our speakers have some of the answers.
Today we will be hearing from some of the world’s leading AI and data experts. They will share with us how they are using AI in their organisations.
This morning we will hear from:
- Cyrille Bataller, Managing Director - Emerging Technology, Accenture Applied Intelligence
- Gil Adato, Vice President, Digital Health - Head of New Business Development, Philips
- Marco Esposito, Business Unit Manager Remote Sensing, Cosine
- Robby Dick, Lead Solutions Marketing Manager, BMC
You will be able to take their experience and wisdom back to your organisations.