Highlights from 2nd Annual Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Summit
Corporate Parity`s 2nd Annual Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Summit took place in Amsterdam on the 20th and 21st of September. The luxurious 5-star venue of Hotel Okura was chosen to host the event and provide high class accommodation for the delegates. For two days, tech industry leaders, scientists and engineers gathered under one roof to discuss one of the most prominent developments of the 21st century. Having first appeared on the pages of science fiction books, AI-powered robots are now coming to life and completely overturning the way humans interact with technology. The potential role of Artificial Intelligence in our daily lives, along with the opportunities and threats in will bring along, became one of the main focus points of the summit.
The first day of the Summit opened with a keynote speech by Sebastian Zeiss, VP Lean Management Competence Center at Deutsche Telekom. He focused on the topical subject of ‘DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY FRONTIERS’, highlighting their impact on today’s businesses and society, and discussing the likely future course the new technology would take. Next, Raymond Hounon, Data & AI Business Manager at Microsoft, delivered an instructional presentation on ‘HOW TO START AN AI PROGRAM’. He walked the audience through every step of this seemingly complex process, emphasizing the importance of selecting the right AI use case for the specific needs of an organization.
Christophe Castan, Head of AI – Digital Transformation at AXA, gave an insightful talk on incorporating Artificial Intelligence in organisations, titled ‘ASK NOT WHAT AI CAN DO FOR YOU, BUT WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR AI’. He outlined the 3 key factors in introducing the new technology: Perception, Processes and People. The key takeaway from the presentation was the following: in order to successfully introduce AI in the workplace, it is imperative to ensure that employees have the right mindset, and are ready to embrace the change. Castan pointed out that a lot of workers see AI as a threat, fearing that it may come to replace them. Managers should, therefore, demonstrate the ways AI can aid and assist employees, without devaluing them.
After the networking lunch, the day continued with a panel discussion on ‘APPLICATION OF DEEP LEARNING WITHIN AN ENTERPRISE’, led by Growth Tribe Academy’s Chief Data Scientist Bernando Nunes, Raymond Hounon and Davidek Herron, Head of Digital Marketing at Teva Pharmaceuticals. The discussion focused on ways to leverage AI in order to redefine corporate strategy, and included examples of successful deployment of AI by market leading companies.
The breakout session featured a series of master classes, divided into 2 categories: Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Process Automation. Robert-Jan Sips, Chief Technology Officer at My Tomorrows led a session titled ‘AI TO SOLVE THE TREATMENT ACCESS GAP IN HEALTHCARE’. He presented eye-opening statistics on the current status of rare diseases, pointing out that out of 10.000 known diseases, only ~500 currently have an approved treatment. Sips explained how AI could accelerate the lengthy process of treatment approval, and make it easier for patients to access information on all stages, from detecting symptoms to seeking diagnosis and treatment options.
Later on, Robert-Jan Sips joined Raymond Hounon in leading a panel discussion on ‘HOW AI POWERED RPA AND COGNITIVE AUTOMATION IS DRIVING FRONT TO BACK OFFICE OPERATIONS’. The day concluded with a networking dinner, during which delegates and speakers had a chance to meet each other, share impressions of the summit, and establish useful connections.
Rob King, Director and Chief Operating Wizard at Wizard Innovations, took over as Chair on the second day of the summit. The day began with a keynote speech by Andrzej Kinastowski, dedicated to ‘THE FUTURE OF AI AND RPA IN THE RISE OF OTHER DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES’. He provided examples of recent impact of technological disruption on businesses, and gave advice on how organizations can strengthen themselves for the future. Next, Fizyr CEO Herbert ten Have gave an insightful presentation on ‘REPLACING HUMAN LABOUR BY APPLYING DEEP LEARNING’. He explained how delegating the manual tasks of the manufacturing process to AI and robotics can cut costs and increase production efficiency.
Another highlight of the day was the presentation by Marta Ferraz, lead Automation and Robotics scientist at the European Space Agency, dedicated to ‘DIRECT HUMAN-ROBOT SPACE EXPLORATION. THE CATALYST FOR HUMAN EVOLUTION’. She focused on the role of telerobotics in the emergence of a new biological era, adaptive biological robotics, and cognitive metamorphosis of the human mind in the framework of technological convergence.
The second Panel Discussion of the summit was led by Marloes Pomp, the Program Officer Blockchain of the Dutch National Government, and Svetozar Galik, Head of Service Ownership at DPDHL. The discussion focused on ‘HOW NEXT DISRUPTION FROM AI & RPA CAN TRANSFORM THE INDUSTRY’. Participants made predictions regarding the next AI and RPA-induced disruption, and how the technology will impact different industry verticals. Arjen van Berkum, Chief disruption Officer at Conclusion and Olivier Birgel, Customer Acquisition and Success Manager at Another Monday led a masterclass, discussing ‘HOW CAN AI BE DANGEROUS?’ He posed a concern regarding the prospect of weaponised Artificial Intelligence and implications of technological singularity, expressing reasonable doubt in whether humanity is ready to handle such rapid development. Simultaneously, Rob King presented a case study ‘DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF OPERATIONS – EVOLVING YOUR JOURNEY WITH RPA’. The day concluded with a workshop on ‘HOW TO START WITH RPA’, led by Andrzej Kinastowski.
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