AI doesn’t get great press. If we were to believe everything film and TV has taught us about AI, we’d all be living in perpetual fear of having our clothes, boots and motorcycles stolen by naked Austrian muscle men from the future.
In the real world though, there is a very real fear that AI is all of a sudden going to get to a point where it renders all our jobs obsolete, but it isn’t that simple.
AI isn’t all about Skynet and the obliteration of the human race, but is understandably one of the hot topics on the speaking circuit at the moment, as there is so much uncertainty about how this exciting technology will affect careers. But it’s not all doom and gloom! These 6 speakers are all optimistic about how AI can help create a better future:
Jeremy is the product editor at WIRED magazine and is one of the first people to find out about new products and tech being developed.
He also works as a consultant for a huge amount of big businesses in helping them to get ready for the “AI Revolution”, from every day AI such as Siri and Bixby all the way up to the future of the Internet of Things.
First thing first, Timandra and I are not related, so this isn’t nepotism. I just think she is one of the best AI, tech and big-data speakers out there.
Timandra is one of the co-hosts of Futureproofing on Radio 4 and a science writer. It also helps that she has a history in comedy, so even if the robots are coming to steal your job, you’ll hopefully see the funny side of it.
When Jason did a JLA Breakfast a year or so ago, he asked if he could co-speak with his friend Pippa so we said “yes of course, does she have any dietary requirements?”. We did look a bit silly with a croissant and coffee waiting for robo-Pippa, but she certainly stole the show.
In the video above you’ll see, but Pippa is a very real example of how AI is not just something confined to the realms of science fiction, but something that anyone can buy. Of course AI isn’t just in robotics, it’s pretty much everywhere these days, but the way Jason interacts with Pippa on stage is a fantastic visual representation of how we might all interact with technology in the years to come.
At risk of sounding like I’m on the WIRED payroll, Sophie is an alumni of the tech publication. But now she focuses her time on being a futurist and researcher into all the latest technologies (including AI) and looks into how they will shape our future lives.
The fact she is currently also establishing her own AI company proves that she isn’t just a commentator, but an active participant in the advancement of AI, and both businesses and governments are keen to hear her thoughts on how they should prepare for the future.
Dan is the CEO of an AI solutions company, so if you want to hear from the horse’s mouth how AI will affect your business, then Dan is your man.
AI is obviously going to have a massive impact on the way business works in the future, and Dan will be one of the people affecting that change, so it’s in all our interests to keep on his good side so he doesn’t decide all of a sudden that a robot is much better placed to advise on speakers, presenters and performers for corporate events…
In all seriousness though, Daniel’s AI company Satalia are being touted as a close peer to Google’s DeepMind, so he has lots of practical knowledge about how we’ll all be using AI to solve business and social problems.
Professor Murray Shanahan
Speaking of Google’s DeepMind, here’s the guy that runs it. Murray is the Senior Research Scientist at the world’s most famous AI project and is interested in figuring out how to help machines learn for themselves and eventually (if 100 or so years counts as eventually) show signs of consciousness.
Murray is fantastic at debunking some common myths about AI and will explain that although, yes, AI will take over certain jobs in society we will all still have very important roles to play. We just have to be ready to adapt.
Whilst the AI revolution isn’t quite here yet, it will slowly start to creep into our daily lives more and more whether we like it or not, so we do need to be prepared or risk being left behind.
Here at JLA we have seen and spoken to a huge amount of AI speakers and these are just a few of my personal favourites. If you would like to prepare for the future, contact us here and we can help find the perfect AI speaker for you.