June 14-15, 2017 / PARIS, FRANCE

About Transform.AI 2017

Transform.AI is the first European Conference on Artificial Intelligence designed specifically for c-level executives. The event is by invitation-only and brings together top business leaders with AI experts and practitioners to explore in a closed door environment the business implications of the rise of AI.

The first edition of Transform.AI took place in Paris in June, 2017. During the event, senior leaders had the opportunity to engage with AI experts in an intimate environment to better understand Artificial Intelligence, its future potential and the changes required to make their business successful in a new landscape.




Wednesday, 14 June 2017. Setting the Stage.

Some claim that technology is moving faster than our capacity to understand it and adapt, and that we have entered a “Fourth Industrial Revolution.” As AI makes its way into every piece of software, and soon hardware, there isn’t a facet of business and society that won’t be affected. What does this mean for us today? Fireside chat: Andrew McAfee (MIT), Thomas D. Philbeck (World Economic Forum).

The buzz about AI, from the Alpha Go win to self driving cars, is all around us. We see the promise, but are also worried about the hurdles. Through a discussion with three AI experts, gain a clearer understanding of how what we define as AI, what is currently achievable today or may be achievable tomorrow, and what the limits are. What is most impactful today and what is most exciting for 2022? Intro by Theos Evgeniou (INSEAD) followed by a moderated conversation between: Yves Bernaert (Accenture), Alex Lebrun (Facebook), Andrey Sebrant (Yandex).

There is a flood of AI startups and heavy investments by a few large companies in AI – while some are waiting. Entrepreneurs like Elad Benjamin are looking to use Ai in order to take on entire industries. Established companies such as Banco Azteca are seeking to pivot and transform their business as fast as possible. Fireside chat with Alejandro Valenzuela, CEO Banco Azteca and Elad Benjamin, CEO and co-founder of Zebra Medical, moderated by Ravi Mattu (Financial Times).

Thursday, 15 June 2017. Benefits, Risks and What we need to do now.

What are some of the most exciting examples of tasks that normally require human intelligence, that computer systems will be able to perform? Take a tour of various AI technologies and actual business applications. Speakers: Lila Tretikov (Terrawatt Initiative), Laurence Lafont (Microsoft).

Some claim that the rise of automation, robotics and machine learning will help stimulate growth, while others fear potential job displacement will lead to widening economic inequality, joblessness and political unrest. What will be the economic effects of AI on GDP and productivity in the world? In France? How will AI disrupt the labor market and what will the results be? What can leaders and businesses do to today to minimize casualties in the wake of success? Moderator: Thierry Malleret (The Monthly Baromoter).Panelists: Paul Daugherty (Accenture), Chris Boos (Arago), Beijia Ma (Bank of America Merrill Lynch), Lionel Janin (France Stratégie).

Who is leading the AI revolution? An explanation of who the main players are, where real value is being created and destroyed, where the sources of competitive advantage lie – and where the hype is blinding us. Speaker: Debra Danielson (CA Technologies).

Executives share insights on their experiences integrating AI into their business. What they are doing today? When and where did they decide to invest? What are some of the lessons learned? Moderator:Kathryn Hume ( Panelists: Jean-Philippe Desbiolles (IBM Watson), Edward Chan (Linklaters), Michael Bayle (Amadeus), Reza Khorshidi (AIG).

Brainstorm Moment with David Sadek – David Sadek (L’Institut Mines-Télécom) 

Will machines make our biases even stronger? Will we even know? Who is responsible when the inevitable mistakes show up? Should there be an AI “moral code”? A conversation to highlight some of the legal and moral questions we need to answer now. Moderator:Norbert Wirth (SUPERCRUNCH by GfK). Speakers: Linus Neumann (Chaos Computer Club), Christina Demetriades (Accenture), David Rodin (Oxford), Moojan Asghari (Women in AI).

AI is reshaping the workplace. Everyone, from factory workers to oil drillers to doctors to fashion designers will have to work alongside machines, sometimes very “smart “ones. What type of jobs will exist in the future? How will it change the way managers perform their jobs (from hiring, to evaluating to promoting talent)? Will the machines manage us? What type of skill sets will we need and how can companies prepare their workforce and their leadership for this new world? Moderator: Carlos Eduardo Espinal (Seedcamp). Panelists: David Yang (ABBYY), Polly Sumner (Salesforce), Jacques Bughin (McKinsey), Christos Tsolkas (Philip Morris International).

Ivan Yamschikov (Yandex; Max Planck Institute).

There is much discussion about self-driving cars disrupting the automotive sector but the ripple effects are much broader. An exploration into understanding the second order consequences of autonomous vehicles and of other AI-based solutions. Kick off by Benedict Evans (Andreessen Horowitz) followed by discussion with: Andreas Braun (Allianz), Laura Merling (Ford Motors), Nadav Zohar (Gett).

Oscar winner Mark Sagar (Soul Machines) discusses bringing Digital Humans and autonomous characters to life to transform the way people engage, interact and transact.




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