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The Economist Events Convenes Leaders in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at "Innovation Summit 2018: Building the Intelligent Company"
[March 07, 2018]

The Economist Events Convenes Leaders in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at "Innovation Summit 2018: Building the Intelligent Company"

The Economist Events will bring together the world's leading minds in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to discuss the opportunities created by these technologies for business, as well as their implications on society at large on March 22, 2018 in Chicago. Featuring an audience of Fortune 500 CEOs, policymakers, academics and disruptive entrepreneurs, the event will be held at The Westin Chicago River North.

In 2017, adoption of AI technologies grew over 60 percent (Outlook on Artificial Intelligence in the Enterprise 2018). As businesses scale their innovation strategy by investing in these technologies, Economist Events will analyze where AI is poised to make the biggest impact and identify how it will undermine existing business models. Speakers will also address how AI and machine learning will impact today's human workforce and explore novel ways of collaborating with machines.

"It is an exciting time for artificial intelligence and machine learning as startups and established firms alike develop new ways to apply these technologies to everyday business," said Vijay Vaitheeswaran, United States business editor, The Economist. "We look forward to the insightful discussions and robust debates to take place at the Innovation Summit, which will point the way for forward-looking firms looking to embrace these technologies."

Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Fei-Fei Li, Chief Scientist, Google (News - Alert) Cloud AI
  • Fiona Tan, Head of AI and Customer Technology, Walmart
  • Jim Swanson, Chief Information Officer, Monsanto
  • Jim Fowler, Chief Information Officer, GE
  • Bask Iyer, Chief Information Officer, VMware, Dell
  • Soma Somasegar, Managing Director, Madron Venture Group
  • Mike Beebe, Chief Executive, Mayfield Robotics
  • Jaykumar Menon, Chair and Co-Founder, Open Source (News - Alert) Pharma Foundation; McGill University
  • Naveen Jain, Chief Executive, Viome
  • Kristen Hamilton, Chief Executive and Co-Founder, Koru
  • Tenzin Priyadarshi, Director, ethics initiative, MIT Media Lab
  • Jacob Mullins, Partner, Shasta Ventures
  • Pedro Domingos, Author, 'The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World'
  • Tolga Kurtoglu, Chief Executive, PARC
  • Avi Goldfarb, Professor, University of Toronto and Co-author, 'Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence'
  • Chris Urmson, Co-founder and Chief Executive, Aurora
  • Esther Dyson, Executive Founder, Way to Wellville
  • Alex Salkever, Futurist and Co-author, 'The Driver in the Driverless Car'
  • Danielle DuMerer, Chief Information Officer, Department of Innovation and Technology, City of Chicago
  • Busy Burr, Head of Healthcare Innovation and Trend, Humana
  • Jennifer Wortman Vaughan, Senior Researcher, Microsoft (News - Alert) Research
  • Laurie Tolson, Chief Digital Officer, GE Transportation
  • Bastian Lehmann, Chief Executive, Postmates
  • Caleb Harper, Principal Investigator and Director, Open Agriculture Initiative, MIT Media Lab
  • Aija Leiponen, Associate Professor, Innovation Strategy, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
  • Billy Bosworth, Chief Executive Officer, DataStax
  • Tom Bianculli, Chief Technology Officer, Zebra Technologies (News - Alert)
  • Tim Baxter, President and Chief Executive Officer, Samsung Electronics, North America
  • Brenna Berman, Executive Director, City Tech Collaborative
  • Jeff Burnstein, President, Association for Advancing Automation
  • Kevin Sterneckert, Group Vice-President, Innovation Strategy and Solutions Marketing, JDA Software

Postmates and DataStax are the event's diamond sponsors, Zebra is a platinum sponsor and Looker is a silver sponsor. The event's public relations agency is Zeno Group.

For more information on the conference and to register, please visit Join us on Twitter (News - Alert) at #EconInnov and @EconomistEvents. The event is open to the media - please contact Ashley Cummings (information below) for registration details.

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With a growing global circulation and a reputation for insightful analysis and perspective on every aspect of world events, The Economist is one of the most widely recognized and well-read current affairs publications. The paper covers politics, business, science and technology, and books and arts, concluding each week with the obituary.

The Economist Events brings the publication to life. As the leader of debate in the pursuit of progress, Economist Events tackles leading issues with an insightful, forward-looking and distinctly global perspective. It provides the necessary tools for business leaders, senior executives and policy makers to make informed decisions and to stay ahead of the game in a rapidly changing world.

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