Speakers

Hear from the best and brightest executive speakers how AI is transforming industry
Dr Paul Wilmott
Dr Paul Wilmott

President

CQF Institute

Keynote Address

Bio

 

Dr. Paul Wilmott is internationally renowned as a leading expert on quantitative finance. He is the founder of the Certificate in Quantitative Finance (CQF) Program delivered by Fitch Learning and the President of the CQF Institute.

His research work is extensive with over 100 articles on the subject and several internationally acclaimed books, including Paul Wilmott On Quantitative Finance (2006) and The Money Formula: Dodgy Finance, Pseudo Science and How the Mathematicians Took Over the Markets (2017), both published by Wiley. Paul has extensive consulting experience in quant finance with leading financial institutions. He has founded a volatility arbitrage hedge fund and a university degree course.

John Gibson
John Gibson

Commercial Director

ASI Data Science

Celebrating The Boring Side Of AI

Abstract

The debate around AI often focuses on the efforts of a few tech firms to realise exciting and futuristic possibilities; cars that can drive themselves through cities and computers that can beat humans at complex games, or engage in a realistic conversation.  

But much of the transformative value of AI will come not from these headline grabbing projects, but when it enables the full range of organisations across the economy to do boring, everyday things radically more efficiently.

Happily, we can see this unfolding around us already.  Firms are increasingly using AI to optimise a transport schedule or a staffing rota, predict when a component in an engine will fail, spot fraud and error, or identify which customer is going to churn and which is going to buy.

This talk will share some everyday stories that show the exciting possibilities created by the boring side of AI.

Bio

John is Commercial Director at ASI, where he looks after the consultancy practice that helps a wide range of clients to deploy the latest data science techniques to solve problems and optimise systems.  
 
Before joining ASI he spent ten years working in government, most recently including four years in the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit where he led work to mitigate the impacts of automation on the UK workforce, and designed policies to support startups, including the popular SEIS scheme.

John has also held roles as Director of Government Innovation at Nesta, and as a Director at Fingleton Associates.

 Sherif Elsayed-Ali
Sherif Elsayed-Ali

Head of Technology and Human Rights

Making Artificial Intelligence Work For Human Rights: Minimizing Risks And Maximising The Potential

Abstract

Artificial intelligence is already a very powerful technology and its impact on the world will only increase with time. #AIforGood applications have huge potential but there are also serious human rights risks associated with automated decision making and autonomous agents. How can we minimize the risks to people and society and maximize the benefits? What needs to happen to ensure that AI is developed and used in a way that respects human for the good of humanity? 

 

Bio

Sherif Elsayed-Ali is head of technology and human rights at Amnesty International, a program he established in 2015. He works both on threats posed to human rights by new technologies, and opportunities to leverage technology to enhance the protection of rights. Sherif studied engineering and international law at the American University in Cairo and has a master in public administration from Harvard Kennedy School.

Yuval Dvir
Yuval Dvir

Head of Online & SMB Partnerships, Google Cloud

Google

Mankind & Machines, Technology & Humanity - Symbiosis or Discord?

Abstract

With superior cognitive capabilities of machines augmenting the congenital emotional intelligence of humans, a perfect mix can be reached. So how can we prepare, at home and at work, to take advantage of AI & ML, viewing it as an ally not a foe? A balance of intelligence is what’s required, knowing how to apply and utilize each other’s strengths and weaknesses for the common good of the whole. We will take a look at what that entails.

Bio

Business Transformation leader with hands-on experience on how to manage technology, people, data and products to lead real change, innovation and growth in global organizations.

Yuval Dvir heads online partnership for Google Cloud – the productivity applications and the cloud based building blocks that power many of today’s organizations. Prior to that, Yuval headed the Strategy for Google’s Global Product Operation, improving customer experience for Google’s Advertising partners and clients.

Prior to joining Google, Yuval led Skype’s Product Operations Strategy and evolved Skype into a lean, agile and data driven organizations with a truly user focused view. As the scope expanded, Yuval created the Business Transformation group, responsible for driving the wider strategic alignment of the division and the data culture across Microsoft. As part of this turnaround, Yuval oversaw the rebuilding of Skype’s data architecture, from pipeline feeds to the last mile of visualization, adoption and business growth.

Yuval brings years of international experience in Product, Operations and Innovation gained in large multinationals and in tech start-ups as a consultant.

Yuval holds a B.S.c from the Technion – Israel’s Institute of Technology and an M.B.A from INSEAD Business School in France and Singapore. Currently working towards his MSc in Neuroscience at King’s College London.

 

Calum Chace
Calum Chace

Writer and speaker on Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence And The Two Singularities

Abstract

In the next few decades we are facing the possibility of not one, but two singularities.  (The term “singularity” is borrowed from maths and physics, and denotes an extraordinary, comprehensive social and economic transformation.)

The technological singularity is the moment when the first artificial general intelligence (AGI) becomes a superintelligence and introduces change to this planet on a scale and at a speed which un-augmented humans cannot comprehend.  

When Nick Bostrom’s seminal book “Superintelligence” was published in 2014, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Bill Gates spoke out about the existential threat which AGI represents.  That introduced the idea of the singularity to a much wider audience.  It also made it harder for people to retain a Panglossian optimism about the impact of AGI.

For time-starved journalists, “good news is no news” and “if it bleeds it leads”, so the comments of Hawking et al were widely mis-represented as doomsaying, and almost every article about AI carried a picture of the Terminator.  There is now a backlash against the backlash, with AI researchers and others lining up to warn us not to throw the baby of AI out with the bathwater of unfriendly superintelligence.  The pendulum is still swinging, and the debate is more nuanced.

Well before we reach the technological singularity, we may experience an economic singularity.  We are hearing a lot at the moment about AI automating jobs out of existence.  There is widespread disagreement about whether this is happening already, whether it will happen in the future, and whether it is a good or a bad thing.  I argue that it’s not happening yet (or at least, not much), that it will happen in the coming three decades or so, and that it can be a very good thing indeed if we are prepared for it, and if we manage the transition successfully.

However, we have to rise above a number of challenges to enjoy the positive outcome.  Many people think that people will struggle to find meaning in a jobless future, but I think that income, and then cohesion, are much bigger problems.  Capitalism and liberal democracy have served us incredibly well in the last couple of centuries.  It is not clear that they will continue to do so in a post-automation world, but it is very hard to see what they should be replaced with, and how that could be achieved without turmoil.  

These two singularities present humanity with the most profound challenges it has ever faced, but if we overcome them, it will make our future wonderful beyond our imagination.

Bio

Calum Chace is a sought-after speaker and best-selling writer on artificial intelligence.  He focuses on the medium- and long-term impact of AI on all of us as individuals, societies and economies.  

His books include The Economic Singularity, about the prospect of widespread technological unemployment, Surviving AI, about the likelihood of strong AI and superintelligence, and Pandora’s Brain, a techno-thriller about the first superintelligence.  

He is a regular speaker on artificial intelligence and related technologies and runs a blog on the subject at www.pandoras-brain.com.  

Before becoming a full-time writer, Calum had a 30-year career in journalism and business, in which he was a marketer, a strategy consultant and a CEO.  He maintains his interest in business by serving as chairman and coach for a selection of growing companies.  In 2000 he co-wrote The Internet Startup Bible, a business best-seller published by Random House.

A long time ago, Calum studied philosophy at Oxford University, where he discovered that the science fiction he had been reading since boyhood was actually philosophy in fancy dress.

Ajit Jaokar
Ajit Jaokar

Lead Tutor and Course Creator- Data Science for IoT Courses

University of Oxford

Ajit Jaokar, University Of Oxford

Bio

Ajit’s work spans research, entrepreneurship and academia relating to applying AI for IoT and fintech.

Teaching / research includes:
a) Oxford University: A course on Data Science for IoT. This includes Time series, sensor fusion and deep learning. 
b) I am also the Director of the newly founded AI/Deep Learning labs for Future cities at UPM (University of Madrid)

His new book is included as a course book at Stanford University for Data Science for Internet of Things. I was recentlty included in top 16 influencers (Data Science Central), Top 100 blogs( KDnuggets), Top 50 (IoT central), No 19 among top 50 twitter IOT influencers (IoT institute)

In 2009, he was nominated to the World Economic Forum’s ‘Future of the Internet’ council.In 2016 he was involved in a WEF council for systemic risk(IoT, Drones etc)

Alan Greenberg
Alan Greenberg

Advisor, Director, VC

Member of the Advisory Board of 8GT Fund

Alan Greenberg, Member of the Advisory Board of 8GT Fund

Bio

Formally Director Apple Education EMEA, then Apple Education Asia. Led the team who built Education Podcasting, project managed the launch of iTunes U throughout UK, Europe then Asia, worked on the development of Apple Education mobile strategy, and iOS Education APPs. Currently Director, Advisor and Mentor to a portfolio of early stage education technologies start ups. Portfolio includes companies in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Porto, Beijing, New York and Palo Alto. Contribute across multiple disciplines including fundraising, business strategy, business development, platform, international engagement, channel partnerships, content development and partnerships. Member of the Advisory Board of 8GT Fund http://www.8gt.co.uk. Mentor at Microsoft Ventures, Telefonica WAYRA Accelerator, Masschallenge, Start Up Bootcamp and Founders Factory Incubator, London.

Robbie Stamp
Robbie Stamp

CEO

Bioss International

Robbie Stamp, Bioss International

Bio

Robbie is CEO of BIOSS International, a global organisational consultancy network. Bioss works with its clients to build confidence in the quality of judgement and decision making from the Board to the front line and is increasingly interested in the working relationships between human judgement and Artificial Intelligence or machine judgement and decision making.

Robbie is Chairman of h2g2.com and Chairman of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Foundation, which is focussed on literacy.

Robbie is also a Non Executive Director of See Change Films.

Harry Powell
Harry Powell

Head of Advanced Data Analytics

Barclays

Harry Powell, Barclays

Bio

Harry leads the Advanced Data Analytics (ADA) team within the Analytics Centre of Excellence in Barclays’ Personal and Corporate Bank.