Agenda
CogX London 2017

See the full agenda for our inaugural London event below.


Porter Tun

Day 1

Tuesday June 20, 2017
8:30 – 9:00

Welcome – Day 1


The hosts will introduce themselves and the conference and will give you some tips on how to get the best out of CogX and the next 2 days.

We’ll also be taking the audience temperature using Sli.do so be ready to let us know how you feel during this session.

Hosts

Charlie Muirhead – CEO and Founder of CognitionX – A serial entrepreneur, having founded 8 startups including 3 IPOs & 2 trade sales. In 2000, Orchestream floated on the LSE and NASDAQ with a market cap of £1 billion before being acquired by Oracle.

Tabitha Goldstaub – Co-Founder of CognitionX – A serial entrepreneur and the co-founder of CognitionX, the market intelligence platform for all things AI. She is an advocate for the potential of AI to transform our society for the better and an activist for gender equality in business, tech and AI. Before CognitionX, she was part of the executive team that brought Rightster, the largest online video distribution company outside the US, to IPO in 2011.

David White – David describes himself as an AI pragmatist. This might be because whilst he understands the theory of AI, he can’t seem to do the math. Or maybe, having founded two AI startups, he has concluded that sometimes heuristics do the job just fine!

David started his 20-year journey in technology at one of the world’s largest outsourcing companies, in 2001 he transitioned into financial services joining the Royal Bank of Scotland Financial Markets Division. Having undertaken a number of delivery roles he became head of the Technology Innovation. In 2009, keen to try his hand at startups, he founded Kusiri. Kusiri provided banks with an advanced forensic investigation platform and was acquired by PwC. With startups now in his blood, he founded Import.io, a machine intelligence platform that reads the web to extract clean datasets. As CEO David raised $20M from such industry elite as the MySQL founders and the co-founder of Yahoo Jerry Yang.

David left import.io in 2016, took some time out to renovate his property in Italy, and is now building a new startup which he claims will be the Uber of something!

There was nothing artificial in the intelligence that wrote this bio hence the mistakes

Porter Tun

Day 1

Tuesday June 20, 2017
9:00 – 10:00
THE

State of AI & Impact on Society – Intro


Charlie Muirhead will frame the conversation, providing a snapshot into the industry demand, venture funding and the rate and state of progress. Looking short term, Charlie will take us on a whistle stop tour of what’s happening commercially in key sectors and verticals whilst reviewing practical use cases and presenting a view on the the real state of AI in the UK and around the world.

We’ll review the breakthroughs in processing power, open source algorithms, and the access to unprecedented amounts of data that create this natural flywheel of innovation.

He’ll then be joined by guests to discuss the longer term view of the impact of AI on society – its benefits as well as the open questions that still need to be addressed. Some experts believe AGI and a super intelligence could be as close as 12 years away while others predict it will take hundreds of years and yet others claim it’s not possible.

Guests

Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh Executive Director of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) at University of Cambridge, and is Co-Investigator on CSER’s research projects.

Sophia – Sophia defies conventional thinking of what a robot should look like. She has graced the cover of Elle Magazine and joined Jimmy Fallon on the Late Night Show.

David Hanson – Founder & CEO of Hanson Robotics Limited –  Dr. David Hanson has built a worldwide reputation for creating the world’s most humanlike, empathetic robots, endowed with remarkable expressiveness, aesthetics and interactivity. He has produced many renowned, one-of-a-kind robot characters that have received massive media and public acclaim.


Porter Tun

Day 1

Tuesday June 20, 2017
10:00 – 12:00
THE

Impact of AI on Financial Services & The Economy


Industry Challenge

Nothing could be more important than the impact of AI the economy. According to research published by Accenture, AI has the potential to double the GDP growth rates of 12 developed economies by 2035 and yield huge economic benefits; the models predict the UK could boost its annual growth from 2.5% to 3.9%, generating an extra $814bn. In the face of rapid and unpredictable changes, incorporating AI technologies with existing core indexes that track key economic measures will enable Financial Institutions to make more data-informed decisions around investments, loans and deposits. AI also promises to transform what’s possible in trading financial instruments, the detection of financial fraud and regulation compliance. How has the economy responded to technology disruption in the past? What will the impact be this time? Will we need a Universal Basic Income or UBI? And if we do, how will it be funded?


Discussion Points

  • How much will the AI-enabled improvements in financial systems aid economic growth, especially in developing countries?
  • Could AI lead to more accurate predictions of key economic indicators like GDP and inflation?
  • Could AI enable superior economic management by policy makers at Financial Institutions?
  • Could AI minimise tax evasion overall by enabling more targeted investigations?
  • Could too much algorithmic trading of securities potentially destabilise global markets by exacerbating market movements?  
  • Could AI improve the evaluation of credit risks, thus soothing lending markets?
  • To what extent can AI be used to provide solutions to minimise debt defaults?

The

Format

  • 10:00 – 10:30 Keynote
  • 10:30 – 11:30 Panel
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Breakout Session / Morning Break

The

Speakers

  • Keynote: Doyne Farmer (Director of the Complexity Economics Program at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School, Professor at Oxford)
  • Panel Chair: Helia Ebrahimi (Economics Correspondent at Channel 4 News)
  • Panelist: Nick Duffy (Consulting Investment Manager to LGTVestra’s Family Office & Director of UKVIP)
  • Panelist: Damian Kimmelman (Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of DueDil)
  • Panelist: BD Goel (Chief Innovation Officer at Paysafe)
  • Panelist: Dr. Philippa Malgrem (Founder of DRPM Group, H Robotics)
Queen Charlotte

Day 1

Tuesday June 20, 2017
10:00-12:00
The

Impact on News, Media & Entertainment



Industry Challenge

Gartner predicted in 2015 that by 2018, 20% of business content will be authored by machines. The Washington Post’s use of AI to cover nearly 500 races on Election Day proved we are getting closer to this reality faster than expected.

The point may come where machines are writing the bulk of business content and news reports, but could a machine write a moving opinion piece, a novel, a play, or music? And should it? In this panel we’ll discuss areas where creativity can be automated by AI and the risks involved with this new form of creativity.

AI can now curate content, automatically generate content, distribute content, deploy chatbots to interact with users and personalise content to a per user level. We’ll look at how this is happening across the creative industries and what the risks and rewards are in the following areas:

  • Music – How can AI be used to create and co-create music?
  • Film & Theatre – Could AI author a play, movie or be creative enough to design a plot line?
  • News – How has AI changed news gathering, production and distribution?

The

Format

  • 10:00 – 10:30 Keynote
  • 10:30 – 11:30 Panel
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Breakout Session / Morning Break

The

Speakers

  • Keynote: Matthew Postgate (Chief Technology & Product Officer at the BBC)
  • Keynote: Siavash Mahdavi (Chief Executive Officer & Founder of AI Music, Founder of Within sold to Autodesk for $90m)
  • Panelist: Luba Elliott (Creative AI Curator, Producer & Consultant)
  • Panelist: Ed Newton-Rex (Chief Executive Officer & Founder of Jukedeck)
  • Panelist: Max Alexander (Managing Director at The Really Useful Group)
  • Panelist: David Benigson (Chief Executive Officer at Signal Media)
Upper Sugar

Day 1

Tuesday June 20, 2017
10:00 – 12:00
THE

Impact of AI on HR & Recruitment


Industry Challenge

The world of work is changing rapidly. Automation, autonomous machines and artificial intelligence are changing how work itself is formulated. 65% of current primary school children will work in jobs that don’t exist yet; some believe the future of work will reduce the need for work to exist as we know it now.

All of this impacts the HR profession, those whose job it is to help companies understand, manage, retain and develop their people. A survey of HR executives by IBM found that 46% believe AI will transform their talent acquisition capability and 49% believe it will transform their payroll and benefits administration.

We’ll be discussing AI’s use in HR as well as the Human skills that will be needed considering the advent of the AI era.


Discussion Points

  • The jobs of the future
  • How to find the right talent and if AI can support this process or even automate it
  • How AI could reduce bias in the selection process
  • Use of AI in the onboarding process
  • Tracking and monitoring of a workforce
  • How to retain and promote talent
  • Retraining an existing workforce
  • What it takes to make a winning team
  • Advice on how to ensure your organisation and workforce is ready for change
  • How to foster an innovative mindset throughout an entire organisation.

The

Format

  • 10:00 – 10:30 Keynote
  • 10:30 – 11:30 Panel
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Breakout Session / Morning Break

The

Speakers

  • Keynote: Karim Jalbout (Partner of Digital & Tech, Leader of Internal AI Platform at Egon Zehnder)
  • Panel Chair: Lord Tim Clement-Jones (CBE, Head of UK Government Affairs at DLA Piper, Co-Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI, Chairman on the Select Committee for Artificial Intelligence)
  • Panelist: Yi Xu (Founder of CitySail)
  • Panelist: Ankur Modi (Chief Executive Office & Co-Founder of StatusToday)
  • Panelist: Mike Hyde (Data Science Director at Facebook)
Porter Tun

Day 1

Tuesday June 20, 2017
12:00 – 14:30
The

Impact of AI on Politics & Governing


Industry Challenge

Artificial intelligence already helps run government, with cognitive applications doing everything from reducing backlogs and cutting costs to handling tasks we can’t easily do on our own, such as predicting fraudulent transactions and identifying criminal suspects via facial recognition.

Deloitte’s latest report, conservatively estimates that simply automating tasks that computers already routinely do could free up 96.7 million federal government working hours annually, potentially saving $3.3 billion.

AI is also helping get politicians elected by building intimate psychometric profiles of voters to find and target their emotional triggers and encourage them to vote a certain way using content often created by AI to ensure the right outcome.

Considering the recent UK election on June 8th, this panel is set to be an exciting debate.


Discussion Points

  • How are the UK and other countries such as France adopting AI
  • Which functions should be automated or made “smart,” and to what degree?
  • What are the risks of bringing AI into governing decisions
  • What are the challenges for government in deploying AI
  • How does AI currently affect politics and elections and what are the risks and rewards of this new campaigning approach
  • Could we envisage an AI policy maker or even an AI president?

The

Format

  • 12:00 – 12:30 Keynote
  • 12:30 – 13:30 Panel
  • 13:30 – 14:30 Breakout Session / Lunch Break

The

Speakers

  • Panel Chair: Christian May (Editor in Chief at CityAM)
  • Panelist: Kathryn Corrick (Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of Represent Me)
  • Panelist: Nathanael Ackerman (Advisor for Innovation & AI to the French Secretary of State for Industry, Digital Affairs & Innovation under the Presidency of Francois Hollande)
  • Panelist: Tim Barnes (Founder & Senior Deity at The Rain Gods, Candidate for the General Election)
  • Panelist: Birgitte Andersen (Chief Executive Officer & Co-Creator of Big Innovation Centre)
  • Panelist: Justin Ibbett (Chief Executive Officer & Founder of focaldata)
  • Panelist: Fernando Lucini (Managing Director at Accenture Digital)
Queen Charlotte

Day 1

Tuesday June 20, 2017
12:00 – 14:30

A Look at Data Privacy, Data Ethics & GDPR


Industry Challenge

The amount of personal data readily available online has grown to the point where it is believed that the Data Protection Act is no longer sufficient in protecting us from the use of this data. The new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect in May 2018, is designed to protect individuals from decisions based solely on automated processing and ensures the user has the right to receive an explanation by a “natural” person of why a decision was made.


Discussion Points

  • How are large enterprises and startups going to ensure they adhere to Privacy Laws? What are the consequences if they don’t?
  • What new initiatives are being created by vendors to support users to store and manage companies’ access to their data?
  • What are the large tech enterprises doing to increase user privacy?
  • Can Deep Learning comply with privacy laws considering the problem of ‘black-box decision making’?
  • Could regulation make European Business less competitive and slow progress for AI?

The

Format

  • 12:00 – 12:30 Keynote
  • 12:30 – 13:30 Panel
  • 13:30 – 14:30 Breakout Session / Lunch Break

The

Speakers

  • Panel Chair: Ian West (Vice President & Head of Digital Information Innovation at Cognizant)
  • Panelist: Julie Evans (Chief Operating Officer at Exonar)
  • Panelist: Roberto Maranca (Chief Data Officer at Lloyds Bank)
  • Panelist: Irene Ng (Chairman & Chief Economist at HAT Data Exchange)
  • Panelist: Dr. Sandra Wachter (Lawyer & Researcher in Data Ethics at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford, Research Fellow at The Turing Institute)
  • Panelist: Ben Taylor (Chief Executive Officer at Rainbird)
  • Panelist: Nicholas Halstead (Chief Executive Officer & Founder of Cognitive Logic)
Upper Sugar

Day 1

Tuesday June 20, 2017
12:00 – 14:30

Investing in AI: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly


Industry Challenge

With UK exits from Deepmind (£400m), Apical ($350m), Swiftkey ($300m), Magic Pony ($150m), VocalIQ ($75m), Evie ($26m) & PredictionIO ($25m) – and the recent $15bn acquisition of Israel’s Mobileye by Intel, the market couldn’t be hotter. Some believe this is the bubble, some believe it is only the tip of the iceberg. As an investor, how do you play this market?


Discussion Points

  • Where will the next opportunities be and is the timing right?
  • How many exits are early trade sales versus unicorn IPOs?
  • What kind of investment strategy makes sense? Is it advisable to get exposure to AI via the public or private market?
  • How do you know when to invest – at what stage should you go into an AI startup and how long until you might see a return?

The

Format

  • 12:00 – 12:30 Keynote
  • 12:30 – 13:30 Panel
  • 13:30 – 14:30 Breakout Session / Lunch Break

The

Speakers

Panelist: Priya Guha (Ecosystem General Manager at RocketSpace UK)
Panelist: Richard Muirhead (Co-Founder & Chariman of Firestartr, General Partner at Open Ocean)
Panelist: Victor Basta (Founder & Managing Partner at Magister Advisors)
Panelist: Dharmash Mistry (General Partner at Lakestar)
Panelist: Suranga Chandratillake (General Partner)
Panelist: Matt Clifford (Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of Entrepreneur First)

Porter Tun

Day 1

Tuesday June 20, 2017
14:30 – 17:00
THE

Impact of AI on Cyber Security


Industry Challenge

The growing problem of cyber security appears to present a perfect opportunity for AI: big data from enterprise networks, from the public internet networks, and in databases and file systems provide ample training opportunities.

According to the Verizon Data Breach Report, more than 70 percent of attacks exploit known vulnerabilities with available patches. At the same time, the findings show that hackers take advantage of vulnerabilities within minutes of their becoming public knowledge. Recent industry research shows that it takes organisations on average 146 days to fix critical vulnerabilities. This benchmark indicates we need to rethink existing approaches to enterprise security.

Many startups propose solutions based on the combination of AI and cyber security, so far with mixed results. This panel brings together experts from both the academic and commercial worlds to discuss the real impact, and future potential of AI in cyber security.

We will discuss how AI can support identification of threats, risk assessment and orchestration of remediation as well as some of the wider ethical issues that an AI arms race could uncover.




The

Format

  • 14:30 – 15:00 Keynote
  • 15:00 – 16:00 Panel
  • 16:00 – 17:00 Breakout Session

The

Speakers

  • Panel Chair: Alex Van Someren (Managing Partner of Early Stage Funds at Amadeus Capital, Co-Founder of CyLon Lab, Co-Founder of nCipher)
  • Panelist: Jon Crowcroft (Professor of Communications Systems at Computer Lab at University of Cambridge)
  • Panelist: Lorraine Dryland (Lead of Technical Security Operations at Vodafone)
  • Panelist: Ben Laurie (Programmer, Protocol Designer & Cryptographer at DeepMind)
  • Panelist: Mariana Pereira (Director at Darktrace)
Queen Charlotte

Day 1

Tuesday June 20, 2017
14:30 – 17:00
THE

Impact of AI on Design, Manufacturing, & Robotics


Industry Challenge

From 2000-2010, North America lost 5.6 million manufacturing jobs, 85% of which stemmed from machines replacing human workers.

In 2016 the design world saw the tools for algorithm-based design become easily accessible. With design thinking being widely adopted by business people and AI-based design tools available to non-designers, the competitive bar for professional designers is being raised. The design industry challenge is to re-think the role of designer and meet this competitive threat.

Industrial companies have to become automated to survive, and many are building highly integrated engines to capture data from these design teams, supply chains, production lines, and quality control. This digital revolution is likely to accelerate with the market for smart manufacturing tools expected to hit $250 billion by 2018. Is AI spearheading the next manufacturing revolution?


Discussion Points

  • As companies increase productivity, reduce production cost and increase industrial efficiency with intelligent robots, will there be any jobs left for humans in the factory?
  • When a supply chain becomes almost completely automated through both design and manufacturing, who is to blame if a product is faulty?
  • AI has enabled designers and engineers to quickly and easily create millions of variations on a design, making it easier for amateur designers to create acceptable work. How much price pressure will this create for professional design services? How will it reshape the design industry?
  • Engineering has moved rapidly towards AI – in some cases engineers don’t even compete with AI any longer, but when it comes to an AI designing or being creative, we get concerned; why is that?

The

Format

  • 14:30 – 15:00 Keynote
  • 15:00 – 16:00 Panel
  • 16:00 – 17:00 Breakout Session

The

Speakers

  • Panel Chair: Siavash Mahdavi (Chief Executive Officer & Founder of AI Music, Founder of Within sold to Autodesk for $90m)
  • Panelist: Limor Schweitzer (Chief Executive Officer at Robosavvy)
  • Panelist: Daghan Cam (Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of AI Build Limited)
  • Panelist: Peter J. Bentley (Honorary Professor at UCL, Author, Chief Technology Officer at Braintree Ltd.)
  • Panelist: Boris Krumrey (Chief Robotics Officer at UiPath)
Upper Sugar

Day 1

Tuesday June 20, 2017
14:30 – 17:00
THE

Impact of AI on Mental Health


Mental Health and AI’s Impact on Wellbeing and Happiness

Mental health conditions, across the spectrum, now affect more people living in the UK than ever before. Depression impacts 12.6% of people. Anxiety is said to affect 9.7%, and 2% of us live with a phobia of some kind. OCD and panic disorders are a condition that 1% of us have to deal with, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. According to recent reports the annual economic cost of mental illness to the UK is between £70bn and £100bn, arising from sickness absence, benefit provision, and loss of productivity, with the cost of care borne by partners and relatives proving harder to quantify. As a society, the more we immerse ourselves in technology, the bigger the issue seems to be getting… so is AI the answer or another risk factor? Investing in the tools to tackle this problem can be complex and difficult to quantify, but is personal data and the means to process it now the best way to address the silent killer?


Discussion Points

  • How much has technology contributed to the rising issue of mental health, or has it merely helped to highlight an issue that was there, but hidden?
  • How is AI already being applied to treat and learn more about the various issues of mental health, depression, anxiety and wellbeing?
  • Because of the inherent risks involved, can we ethically rely on a machine to help address something so deeply emotional?
  • What role does an individual’s data play in the successful treatment and support of mental health?
  • What about the ethics surrounding use of data to successfully learn more, analyse and treat mental health conditions?

The

Format

  • 14:30 – 15:00 Keynote
  • 15:00 – 16:00 Panel
  • 16:00 – 17:00 Breakout Session

The

Speakers

  • Keynote: Winners of the Acorn Aspirations under 18s Hackathon – AI solutions for mental health challenges
  • Panel Chair: Pete Trainor (Founder & Director of Human Focused Digital at Nexus CX Ltd)
  • Panelist: Rod Banner (Founder of JoyTech)
  • Panelist: Andrew Tarver (Founder of Jigsaw)
  • Panelist: Dr. Nick Taylor (Chief Executive Officer & Clinical Psychologist at Unmind) –
  • Panelist: Silja Litvin (Psychologist, Chief Executive Officer & Founder of PsycApps Digital Mental Health)
  • Panelist: Dr. Maria Liakata (Associate Professor at University of Warwick, Alan Turing Institute Faculty Fellow)
  • Panelist: Chanuki Seresinhe (Doctoral Researcher at the Data Science Lab at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, The Turing Institute)
Porter Tun

Day 1

Tuesday June 20, 2017
16:30 – 17:30
THE

State of AI & Impact on Society – Continued


4:30 Keynote:  The opportunity AI presents for the UK.

Matt Hancock the Minister of State for Digital and Culture at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Conservative MP for West Suffolk on 6 May 2010.

4:45 State of AI and the & Impact on Society Continued

Charlie Muirhead will recap and summarise some of the key learnings from the 9 topics and we’ll re-administer the poll from the morning to keep abreast of the temperature of the audience.

He’ll then be joined by guests to discuss the longer term view of the impact of AI on society – it’s benefits as well as the open questions that still need to be addressed. Some experts believe AGI and a super intelligence could be as close as 12 years and others predict many hundreds of years and in some opinions it’s not possible. This discussion will explore our guests views.

Guests

Calum Chace – Calum Chace is an acclaimed author and speaker on how AI (artificial intelligence) is set to re-shape the global economic and social landscape. He is the author of The Economic Singularity: Artificial Intelligence and the death of capitalism (2016), and Surviving AI: The promise and peril of artificial intelligence (2015), a concise, easy-to-read guide to what’s coming, explaining technological unemployment (the economic singularity) and the possible creation of a super-intelligence (the technological singularity). He is also the author of Pandora’s Brain (2014), a novel examining the possible impact of super-intelligence. Calum is also a chairman, coach and consultant to entrepreneurs, based on 30 years successful experience as a business leader, working as a CEO, strategy consultant, marketer and salesman. He is also author of The Internet Startup Bible, a business best-seller published by Random House in 2000.

Kathryn Parsons – British tech entrepreneur. She is the co-founder and co-CEO of Decoded, a London-based tech startup which aims to increase digital literacy.


Porter Tun

Day 2

Wednesday June 21, 2017
8:30 – 9:00

Welcome – Day 2


After the hosts recap day 1, we’ll be taking the audience temperature using Sli.do so be ready to let us know how you feel during this session.

Hosts:

Charlie Muirhead – Charlie is a serial entrepreneur, having founded 8 startups including 3 IPOs & 2 trade sales. In 2000, Orchestream floated on the LSE & NASDAQ with a market cap of £1 billion before being acquired by Oracle.

Tabitha Goldstaub – Serial entrepreneur and the co-founder of CognitionX, the market intelligence platform for all things AI. She is an advocate for the potential of AI to transform our society for the better, and an activist for gender equality in business, tech and AI. Before CognitionX she was part of the executive team that brought Rightster, largest online video distribution company outside the US, to IPO in 2011.

David White – David believes strongly in the power of web data to change the future. He is the Founder and CEO of import.io, an innovative API creation platform recognized by GigaOM and The Summit as one of the best new startups in 2014. David has written numerous thought leadership pieces and has been named one of the entrepreneurs disrupting digital London.


Porter Tun

Day 2

Wednesday June 21, 2017
9:00 – 9:30
THE

State of AI & Impact on Society – Lord Young Keynote


Lord Young will take the audience on a journey from his earliest experience with technology through to his predictions for the future. In his own words “some people see their glass half empty, some half full and I see it overfloweth” so this session is set to be an realistic but optimistic view of AI’s impact on society.

Lord Young  – Originally a solicitor, Lord Young of Graffham has extensive experience across both the business world and within the political sphere.

After building up his own companies for nearly twenty years, he joined the government in 1979 as a volunteer civil servant, introducing privatisation in the Department of Industry, serving eventually as Chairman of the Manpower Services Commission from April 1982. September 1984 saw David Young enter the Lords and join the Cabinet as Minister without Portfolio becoming Secretary of State for Employment in 1985 and after the 1987 election where he had a key role, became Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and President of the Board of Trade. He retired from government in July 1989, serving as Deputy Chairman of the Party until June 1990. That year also saw the publication of his book “ The Enterprise Years”.

At the beginning of 1990, he became a director of Salomon Inc (until May 1994) and was invited to become Executive Chairman of Cable & Wireless PLC in October 1990 where he served until November 1995. He founded Young Associates Ltd, a Private Equity house in 1996 where he is currently Chairman and is Chairman of a number of companies listed on AIM.

Apart from his business interests, Lord Young was President of the Institute of Directors until 2002, Chairman of Council, University College London until 2005, was the founder Chairman of the West Sussex Economic Forum, was the Chairman of the London Philharmonic Trust until 1997 and since then has been Chairman of Chichester Festival Theatre. He is Chairman of the Institute of Cultural Heritage at UCL. He was the Chairman of the West Sussex Design Commission.

He recently retired from the Council of the Prince’s Trust where he had responsibilities for fundraising and the business programme and is currently President of the Patrons Network. He is President of the Coram Trust and of Chair Cancercare.


Porter Tun

Day 2

Wednesday June 21, 2017
9:30 – 12:00
THE

Impact of AI on Transportation & Smart Cities


Industry Challenge

AI has a very wide range of potential applications in transportation, from autonomous vehicles to central optimisation of traffic management, and from ride hailing applications to real time optimisation of road pricing. Replacing human drivers with machines could disrupt employment for large numbers of people; how fast will this happen, and will people be able to retrain for other occupations?


Discussion Points

  • How advanced is automation in the UK, and globally, today?
  • Where are the short term opportunities for adoption of AI in transportation?
  • What potential is there for further optimisation using AI of freight logistics?
  • What will it take for people to gain trust in autonomous vehicles?
  • Will regulation inhibit us from innovation?
  • What are the ethical discussions that need to be overcome before we can truly adopt an autonomous future?

The

Format

  • 9:30 – 10:00 Keynote
  • 10:00 – 11:00 Panel
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Breakout Session / Morning Break

The

Speakers

  • Keynote: MC Srivas (Chief Data Architect at Uber)
  • Panel Chair: Kenneth Cukier (Co-Author of NYT Bestseller “Big Data”, Senior Editor at The Economist)
  • Panelist: Stan Boland (Chief Executive Officer at Five AI)
  • Panelist: Catherine Faiers (Chief Operating Officer at Addison Lee)
  • Panelist: Daniel Hulme (Chief Executive Officer at Satalia)
  • Panelist: Lucy McCormick (Barrister at Henderson Chambers)
  • Panelist: Ayush Sharma (Founder of startup in stealth, Formerly Chief Technology Officer & Vice President at Huawei Technologies)
Queen Charlotte

Day 2

Wednesday June 21, 2017
9:30 – 12:00
THE

Impact of AI on Legal & Professional Services


Industry Challenge

Machine learning is said to increase productivity and reduce the cost of legal services, on the one hand by augmenting and supporting professionals, and by automating routine, repetitive tasks on the other. This will make access to justice and legal services much more widely available. Given that everyone should soon know how they are affected by the law, should legal advice driven by AI be open-source, or even Government provided as a public service?


Discussion Points

  • Will AI eventually cause radical change in professional firms, and if so, over what time frame? Could the automation of entry level legal roles disrupt current law firm career paths? Will increased productivity simply reduce the size of the legal profession as competition erodes away the profits?
  • Will new entrant, automated, niche firms take away profitable work destabilising professional firm economics?
  • How and to what extent will machines support or replace professional judgment, and in what areas?
  • In which of the following fields of legal practice are machines most likely to replace professionals substantially?  
    • Document review in litigation discovery
    • Litigation outcome prediction
    • Litigation analysis for lawyer selection
    • Contract and document review for relevance
    • Document preparation (precedent selection, clause assembly and proof reading)
    • Legal research
  • Does AI signal a shift to law firms really selling software?
  • Should professional firms be investing heavily in AI as a source of competitive advantage or merely cherry pick isolated areas for use of AI?
  • Does the use of AI in legal practice raise ethical issues? Who is responsible for mistakes?

The

Format

  • 9:30 – 10:00 Keynote
  • 10:00 – 11:00 Panel
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Breakout Session / Morning Break

The

Speakers

  • Panel Chair: Richard Tromans (Founder of TromansConsulting)
  • Panelist: Emily Foges (Chief Executive Officer at Luminance)
  • Panelist: Gary Gallen (Chief Executive Officer and Founder of rradar)
  • Panelist: Meng Weng Wong (Co-Founder of Legalese)
  • Panelist: Nick West (Chief Strategy Officer at Mishcon de Reya LLP, Director at MDR LAB)
Upper Sugar

Day 2

Wednesday June 21, 2017
9:30 – 12:00
THE

Impact of AI on Education


Industry Challenge

Nothing can be more important than equipping society with the right skills for the AI era. AI affects what students learn and how they learn it. In other words, both the curriculum will change and the way education is delivered and assessed.


Discussion Points

  • How can AI be used to personalise education at the individual level by diagnosing individual student’s learning styles and progress and providing customised lessons?
  • What skills will still be valuable and what changes must be made to the curriculum in order to prepare students and what skills will existing professionals need to attain? What changes do we need to make to the way the curriculum is graded to promote the right teaching?
  • With a shortage of teachers, what can A.I. do to help improve the learning experience? How can it provide more leverage to current teachers?
  • How do we use A.I. to enable those who can’t afford a good education or have learning difficulties to get the best education?

The

Format

  • 9:30 – 10:00 Keynote
  • 10:00 – 11:00 Panel
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Breakout Session

The

Speakers

  • Keynote: Conrad Wolfram (Founder of computerbasedmath.org, Strategic Director at Wolfram Research Inc., Chief Executive Officer at Wolfram Research Europe Ltd.)
  • Panel Chair: Alan Greenberg (Advisor at 8GT Fund, Senior Vice President at Wideacademy)
  • Panelist: Rose Luckin (Professor of Learner Centred Design at UCL Knowledge Lab)
  • Panelist: Peter Lyons (Community Lead of Digital Communications Industry at World Economic Forum)
  • Panelist: Hugo Pinto (Innovation Office & Innovation Services Leader at IBM EMEA)
  • Panelist: Mads Holmen (Founder of Bibblio)
  • Panelist: Charles Wiles (Chief Executive Office & Co-Founder of Zzish
Porter Tun

Day 2

Wednesday June 21, 2017
12:00 – 14:30
THE

Impact of AI on Insurance


Industry Challenge

Being a heavily data driven business, insurance is ripe for AI disruption. According to Tata Consultancy Services, 85% of insurance companies surveyed use AI technologies in some capacity. Tech-based insurance companies raised $2.6bn in 2016, and the opportunities to dislodge or reinvigorate firms, business models, and mindsets through AI manifest daily. Self-driving cars and continued user demand for personalisation are just some of the ways the world is changing fast. Will traditional companies evolve fast enough?


Discussion Points

  • Insurance tech startups received over $1.6 billion in funding in 2016 across 173 separate deals with the number of deals rising over 40% in 2016 over 2015. Will this trend continue, and who will end up being the gorilla in the market?
  • What are the implications of using AI to underwrite risk? What are the concerns associated with predictive modelling?
  • Looking at examples like autonomous driving, how do you price novel risk when there is very little or no data available?
  • Can incumbents adapt fast enough? Where are the most compelling case examples — in claims, fraud, policy administration, underwriting, supply chain management, UX?
  • Is there enough — and the right kind of — collaboration between start-ups/scale-ups and incumbents to put AI-enabled change at the heart of insurer operations?
  • Are #Driverless and #RegTech break-through moments of opportunity to change consumer attitudes towards Insurance for the better — or costly ‘banana skins’?

The

Format

  • 12:00 – 12:20 Keynote 1
  • 12:20 – 12:40 Keynote 2
  • 12:40 – 13:40 Panel
  • 13:40 – 14:30 Breakout Session / Lunch Break

The

Speakers

  • Keynote: David Williams (Technical Director at AXA) – Autonomous Vehicles: A case study of insurance self-disruption
  • Keynote: Helen Crooks (Chief Data Officer at Lloyd’s of London) – How do you change a 300-year old institution?
  • Panel Chair: Shân Millie (Founder of Bright Blue Hare)
  • Panelist: Carol Geldard (Personal Lines Director at Covea Insurance)
  • Panelist: Willie Pienaar (Chief Executive Officer at NuvaLaw)
  • Panelist: Andy Thornley (Head of Corporate Affairs at British Insurance Brokers Association)
  • Panelist: Matthew O’Kane (Managing Director of Accenture Analytics)
Queen Charlotte

Day 2

Wednesday June 21, 2017
12:00 – 14:30
THE

Impact of AI on Science & The Environment


Industry Challenge

It is clear that AI methods make it is possible to build a digital dashboard for the planet, allowing us to monitor, model, and manage environmental systems at a scale never before possible. Time is short, resources are scarce, and the hope is that the transformative impacts of AI can help us reach environmental goals.

The challenges are real, the need for more information, more frequently, and at greater resolution than what is currently available makes progress very difficult. For example, the UN recently announced a plan to publish a global assessment of Earth’s biodiversity and ecosystem services in 2019, nearly 15 years after the last global assessment.

To date we’ve only scratched the surface of what collaboration between people and machines can accomplish for the conservation of biodiversity. To realise the full scope of what is possible will take a coordinated effort from all of us, including industry, government, and the academic and nonprofit sectors.

It won’t be an easy journey, but by applying the power of AI to help both humans and our natural systems thrive, we can help provide a better and healthier future for the planet.

In this panel we’ll discuss how, we could make this vision a reality?




The

Format

  • 12:00 – 12:30 Keynote
  • 12:30 – 13:30 Panel
  • 13:30 – 14:30 Breakout Session / Lunch Break

The

Speakers

  • Keynote: Alberto Arribas (Head of Informatics Lab at Met Office)
  • Panelist: David Ferguson (Head of Digital Innovation at EDF Energy)
  • Panelist: Gemma Milne (Co-Founder of Science: Disrupt)
  • Panelist: Michael Veale (PhD Researcher in Responsible Machine Learning at UCL, Machine Learning Advisor at Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre)
Upper Sugar

Day 2

Wednesday June 21, 2017
12:00 – 14:30

Precision Ethics


Industry Challenge

Traditional software development focuses on building applications to perform well defined tasks, whereas building artificial intelligence application requires teaching a computer to draw conclusions from provided information and act accordingly. Therefore Artificial Intelligence relies on giving a machine the right training data to learn for itself. If we teach a machine on biased training data we will emphasise the bias in today’s world.

It’s becoming more apparent that the ethical issues need to be addressed with recent case studies like Microsoft’s bot Tay which was trained on the Twittersphere and took less than 24 hrs for the AI to become a racist, sexist bigot. As well as Joy Buolamwini,  MIT Media Lab researcher who found that a robot recognised her black face better when she wore a white mask and has since set up the Algorithmic Justice League.

We’ll also hear about the Why Women in AI initiative. In April 2017 Tabitha, CognitionX’s Co-Founder launched the campaign to encourage men and women to think about the risks of an imbalance in the training data, creation of and deployment of AI.You can watch the first event and read more here: https://cognitionx.com/women-ai-highlights/.


Discussion Points

  • What are the risks of bias in AI?
  • Examples of where these bias have cause issues
  • How gender plays a role in AI, for example voice activated assistants with female personas
  • How can we create AI that takes into account ethical decisions?
  • How do we get more diversity into the companies creating AI?
  • How should companies address the ethical considerations?
  • Is it time to start crafting the “Hippocratic oath” for data science or updating Asimov’s rules for robots?

The

Format

  • 12:00 – 12:30 Keynote
  • 12:30 – 13:30 Panel
  • 13:30 – 14:30 Breakout Session / Lunch Break

The

Speakers

  • Keynote: Alan Winfield (Professor of Robot Ethics at the University of the West of England)
  • Panelist: Tracey Groves (Partner at PwC: Governance, Risk & Compliance Leader)
  • Panelist: Hetan Shah (Executive Director at Royal Statistical Society)
  • Panelist: Caroline Daniel (Partner at Brunswick Group)
  • Panelist: Dong Nguyen (Research Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute)
Porter Tun

Day 2

Wednesday June 21, 2017
14:30 – 17:00
THE

Impact of AI on Healthcare


Will AI have a bigger impact on healthcare than Penicillin?

Healthcare is the hottest area for investment in AI, with 270 deals made since 2012. With an aging population, increasing demand and rising drug costs, many areas within the industry are changing and AI is making unimaginable innovation possible. In 2012, robots started winning competitions when it came to screening cancer with deep neural networks. Beyond disease diagnosis, AI is also speeding up drug discovery processes, improving clinical trial efficiency, personalising treatment plans and improving access to affordable healthcare. However, to deliver Machine Learning optimisation, the industry must collect end-to-end patient journey data such as initial diagnosis through to treatment outcomes. Will AI ultimately enable a better quality of life?


Discussion Points

  • AI is improving diagnosis, treatment design, drug discovery and routine process automation, where are the innovations taking place in each area?
  • How can qualified medical professionals be taught the latest use of technology on a large scale and be kept up to date in a faster and faster changing world?
  • Is there a need for an overarching industry adoption strategy or should AI adoption be left to market forces and local initiatives?
  • How can data on patients, treatments and drugs be best gathered from multiple health providers and normalised for analysis while privacy is maintained?
  • What are the risks associated with the current methods of collecting data that may not represent the whole population?

The

Format

  • 14:30 – 15:00 Keynote
  • 15:00 – 16:00 Panel
  • 16:00 – 17:00 Breakout Session

The

Speakers

  • Keynote: Dominic King (Clinical Lead at DeepMind)
  • Panel Chair: Dr. Jack Kreindler (Founder of Centre for Health and Human Performance)
  • Panelist: Maxine Mackintosh (Co-Founder of One HealthTech)
  • Panelist: Jérôme Pesenti (Chief Executive Officer at Benevolent Technology)
  • Panelist: Dr. Kenji Takeda (Director of Microsoft Azure for Research Program)
  • Panelist: Esther Dyson (Founder of HICCUP & Way to Wellville)
Queen Charlotte

Day 2

Wednesday June 21, 2017
14:30 – 17:00
THE

Impact of AI on The Customer Experience


Industry Challenge

In the US alone, businesses lose an estimated $1.6 trillion annually due to poor customer service. Could AI improve customer experiences? Some certainly think so,

“AI is the new UI” wrote Accenture in their Tech Vision 2017 report. It’s clear that AI is making every interface both simple and smart – and setting a high bar for how future experiences will work.

AI is poised to act as the face of a company’s digital brand and a key differentiator for all companies.


Discussion Points

We discuss the following with experts changing the interface face of the future:

  • AI as a Curator, suggesting relevant options based on previous user behavior.
  • AI as an Advisor, learning from but also taking action or guiding the user toward an optimal outcome.
  • AI as an Orchestrator, learning from past action and collaborating tasks across multiple channels to achieve desired outcomes.
  • The future of voice activated interfaces considering a 94.1% improved accuracy in NLP could typing be a thing of the past?
  • What will 1 to 1 tailored experiences to each individual mean for marketing
  • How will business adapt and redesign existing processes?
  • What are the risks associated with AI customer experiences?

We will also discuss Accenture’s predictions and whether the panelists agree with the premise, the timeframes and the impact this will have

  • In five years, more than half of your customers will select your services based on your AI instead of your traditional brand.
  • In five years, the majority of customers will be purchasing goods or services through a digital ‘middleman’ – such as messaging platforms, connected devices, or smart assistants.
  • In seven years, most interfaces will not have a screen and will be integrated into daily tasks.
  • In 10 years, digital assistants will be so pervasive they’ll keep employees productive 24/7/365, operating in the background for workplace interactions, like creating video summaries right after an important meeting.

The

Format

  • 14:30 – 15:00 Keynote
  • 15:00 – 16:00 Panel
  • 16:00 – 17:00 Breakout Session

The

Speakers

  • Keynote: William Tunstall-Pedoe (Entrepreneur, Formerly Amazon Alexa, Founder of Evi – now an Amazon company)
  • Keynote: Dr. Jekaterina Novikova (Postdoctoral Researcher at Heriot-Watt University)
  • Panel Chair: Ray Eitel-Porter (Managing Director of Accenture Digital, Head of Big Data & Analytics UK & Ireland)
  • Panelist: Amber Atherton (Founder of Zyper)
  • Panelist: Jordi Torras (Chief Executive Officer & Founder of Inbenta)
  • Panelist: Dmitry Aksenov (Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of DigitalGenius)
  • Panelist: Paul Ryan (Head of Watson AI at IBM UK)
Upper Sugar

Day 2

Wednesday June 21, 2017
14:30 – 17:00
THE

Impact of AI on Social Good & Human Rights: Urgent Humanitarian Crises


Industry Challenge

Artificial intelligence is being deployed to tackle some of the most extreme, urgent and challenging crises we face today to reduce human suffering. Machine learning initiatives include humanitarian relief and refugee efforts, eradicating sex and labor slavery, averting war, and the list continues. The potential applications can be profound. This panel will bring together key leaders in designing and applying AI technologies in this realm, using current examples to explore the promise of future possibilities.


Discussion Points

  • How have AI technologies had significant impacts on the most challenging and pervasive social crises?

  • What technologies being used to fight these crises can be used by the same perpetrators in the reverse, and how do we prevent such?

  • Given the current state of AI development, what issues can be tackled today.  In 20 years, what topical issues will AI be able to impact, that it can’t do so today?

  • How do we galvanise the funds to support these AI developers?

  • What are the most pressing issues for the SDGs; how can the AI community help?


The

Format

  • 14:30 – 15:00 Keynote
  • 15:00 – 16:00 Panel
  • 16:00 – 17:00 Breakout Session

The

Speakers

  • Panel Chair: Joanna Moresky (Venture Innovator and Executive Advisor)
  • Panelist: Christopher Mikkelson (Co-CEO & Founder of Refugees United)
  • Panelist: Kay Firth-Butterfield (Vice Chair at the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in AI and Autonomous Systems, Executive Director at AI Austin
  • Panelist: Sherif Elsayed-Ali (Head of Technology & Human Rights at Amnesty International)
  • Panelist: Duncan Ross (Director at DataKind UK, Data & Analytics Director at TES Global Limited)
  • Panelist: Kevin Bales (Professor of Contemporary Slavery University of Nottingham)
Porter Tun

Day 2

Wednesday June 21, 2017
17:00 – 18:00
THE

State of AI & Impact on Society – Wrap Up


Charlie Muirhead will recap and summarise some of the key learnings from the 21 sessions and we’ll re-take the poll again to get a feel for how the temperature of the audience changed across the two days.

He’ll then be joined by guests to discuss the longer term view of the impact of AI on society – it’s benefits as well as the open questions that still need to be addressed. Some experts believe AGI and a super intelligence could be as close as 12 years and others predict many hundreds of years and in some opinions it’s not possible.