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AI vs. Business: The Economic Shift

December 6, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Please join us for an exciting day discussing the impact artificial intelligence will have on business and important key industries within the UK, including manufacturing, the financial sector and creative industries.

From writing new Beatles-esque songs to making increasingly accurate medical diagnoses, few industries appear safe from the disruptive impact of rapidly developing Artificial Intelligence technology. In fact, a recent Australian study predicted that as many as 60% of students are pursuing careers that will be rendered obsolete by the time they graduate.

With 80-100 people due to attend the AI conference, we will look at the wide reaching social and economic impact that machine learning and artificial intelligence is likely to have traditionally conservative ‘human to human’ industries. There is little doubt that AI and machine learning represent a hugely positive opportunity for business, we will discuss these opportunities, what businesses need to do next and the economic transformation we may be facing in our lifetime.

The agenda is packed and tickets are free, so if you would like to attend, please register below and we will see you there.

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Nathan Benaich

Partner, Playfair Capital

Nathan Benaich is a Partner at Playfair Capital where he invests in entrepreneurs solving high-value problems using data, artificial intelligence and experiential design. He has invested in companies including Mapillary, Appear Here, Numerai and Ravelin. Nathan also organises the annual Playfair AI Summit and London.AI meetup on research and applied artificial intelligence.

Francesca Warner

Associate, Downing Ventures

Francesca joined Downing Ventures as the second hire in the investment team in June 2015. Downing Ventures is the early stage division of Downing LLP and invests £100,000-£1m in seed stage, high-growth companies in the technology sector. Downing Ventures is a partner of the London Co-Investment fund and one of the founding partners of the Turing Initiative which helps to fund companies using machine learning and artificial intelligence, alongside Playfair Capital, Seedcamp and Firestartr. Whilst at Downing, Francesca has made several investments in companies using machine learning technology, including most recently in True AI, which is using deep learning to help enterprise clients respond to customer service enquiries. Before joining Downing, Francesca worked for three years in creative advertising at the UK’s biggest creative agency, AMV BBDO, on some of the UK’s biggest brands. She graduated from Cambridge with a first-class degree in 2012.

Vasilis Tsolis

Co-Founder and CEO, Cognitiv+

Vasilis is the Co-Founder & CEO of Cognitiv+, an Artificial Intelligence software platform that automatically summarises contracts and monitors relevant regulatory and legislative change. With a dual background in law and engineering, Vasilis has worked under various roles in dispute resolution, contract, commercial and procurement management for various sectors including energy, infrastructure and IT for more than 12 years. He has worked for clients, contractors and consultancies to undertake various assignments for a wide spectrum of the outsourcing lifecycle and also on a strategic level.

Natalie D Kane

Writer, FutureEverything

Natalie is a curator, writer and researcher working at the intersection of culture, futures and technology based in Manchester, UK. She is Curator at FutureEverything, an innovation lab for digital culture and art, and holds a research position at futures lab Changeist. She is also co-curator of Haunted Machines, a curatorial and research project looking at the proliferation of magical narrative in technology. Natalie has spoken at the New York Times, London Design Festival and Lift Festival, and has written for publications such as WdW Review, Dirty Furniture and How We Get To Next.

Ghislaine Boddington

Creative Director, body>data>space

Ghislaine is the Creative Director of body>data>space and Women Shift Digital, a researcher, curator and director specialising in body responsive technologies and immersive experiences. She is recognised worldwide as a pioneer having strongly advocated the use of the entire body as a digital interaction canvas for over 25 years. She creates unique convergences of the virtual/physical body through telepresence, motion capture, robotics, wearables, sense/gesture tech and virtual worlds. She keynotes worldwide on her research “The Internet of Bodies”, is a Reader in Digital Immersion at CPDA, University of Greenwich and consults into the creative industries sector. She is a Co-curator of Nesta’s FutureFest and you can catch her co-presenting bi-weekly for BBC Click, the BBC World Service Radio flagship technology programme.

Andrew Grant

Chair, Satalia

Andrew is Chair and Director of Satalia, a leader in Artificial Intelligence and Gartner Cool Vendor in Data Science 2016 and is a Strategy & Innovation Consultant specialising in advanced technologies. He advises enterprises on Digital Transformation and the impact of new/emerging technologies and works with corporates and universities to develop innovative products and scale up spin-outs. In particular he has been involved with early stage ventures from UCL and CERN, combining strategy and CIO experience. Consulting projects completed recently include: 
- UCL School of Management – Course Redesign for the Digital Economy
- The Store WPP and Intel (Retailing in the Internet of Things Age 2015; The Future of Retail 2013)
- Digital Health for ToHealth 
- SABMiller on the digitisation of business and digital strategy 
- Working with Hackmasters on ideation and innovation in Berlin, Milan and London. Previously, he was marketing leader for the launch of broadband for BT and founded the management consulting arm of Bates Worldwide (now WPP Group.) His current mission is on increasing focus and investment into the Ai and Machine Intelligence space and is in discussion with a number of investors about dedicated Ai

Amanda Windle

Digital Ethicist, University of the Arts London

Amanda is a digital researcher heading up the Digital Laboratory at UAL for the past four years, leading on R&D projects that investigate a social and creative understanding of digital systems. These projects are as varied as redesigning mobile digital services for older arts audiences for multi-arts venues to designing front and backend integration of geospatial web applications for environmental scientists. Building on over a decade of lecturing in graphic design and new media Amanda has delivered bespoke workshops on data visualisation for graduates, entrepreneurs and more recently for various UK government departments— driving an ethical enquiry into digital data issues. Amanda’s doctoral thesis was on amateur AI taking a look at the agency of software agents and their developers. Amanda can be found in agile spaces quietly preparing her forthcoming book on spherology, or more loudly engaged in European policy on ‘audience development via digital means’.

Rebecca Murphy

Data Scientist, Featurespace

Rebecca has been a data scientist at Featurespace since September 2016, developing real-time analytics for fraud detection. Prior to that, she worked at Ocado Technology where she developed algorithms to predict customer purchases and built data pipelines for the robot fleet. Rebecca holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge, where she spent four years playing with lasers and fluorescent dyes. You can find Rebecca on Twitter or LinkedIn. Open source contributions are on Github.


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