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Stowmarket's Orbital Group launches AI Festival with speakers from Facebook and Google

Speakers from Facebook and Google are among those to have been lined up for a two day conference looking into artificial intelligence (AI) and business.

The first AI Festival has been organised by Stowmarket technology company Orbital Group alongside BT. The virtual event will allow viewers to hear insight and knowledge from professionals over two days from February 24-25.

Peter Brady, chief executive of Orbital Global and VirtTuri, said: “We are proud to launch AI Festival which will include a range of influential speakers from a variety of trail-blazing tech companies and organisations.

Orbital Media: Andreia Andunes, Ross Gurung, Peter Brady and Tom Andrews.
Orbital Media: Andreia Andunes, Ross Gurung, Peter Brady and Tom Andrews.

“Artificial intelligence is impacting, and will impact, every facet of our lives. We believe it is critical that there is broader understanding of its implications and opportunities for business, skills and employment.”

Mr Brady added that the event would explore the implications for business, skills and employment in relation to what could be the defining technology of the 21st century.

Events run from 9am on both days and the ticket price includes a full day of talks and seminars. Talks include a look at how AI is influencing farming, AI and bias, and how the intelligence systems can or cannot produce art.

As part of the programme there will also be ‘fireside chats’, technology demonstrations and workshops.

On the bill is former NASA scientist Peter Scott, who worked for the space agency’s famed Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He will be speaking about the future of AI and technology. The line-up will also include Professor Paul Hunter, from University of East Anglia, who will share what the pandemic tells us about future AI and digital-based approaches to health. There is also Daniela Rus, from MIT, who will provide an overview of AI robotic automation and the opportunities this offers the average business.

Professor Tim Whitley, managing director of research at BT, said: “The East of England is one of the world’s leading locations for AI innovation.

“At BT, we’re proud to play a leading role in that as the UK’s most prolific filer of AI patents, so we’re delighted to broadcast this inaugural event virtually from Adastral Park, our Martlesham R&D campus.”

Other companies taking part include PwC, Silicon Valley Bank, Alan Turing Institute, MIT, IQ Capital, Innovate UK.

For tickets, visit www.aiglobalfestival.com. A standard two-day ticket is £150, with an academia ticket available for £50.

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