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AI Summit Looks at AI’s Progress and Challenges

Conference looks at advances in areas like generative AI as well as growing challenges.

Spencer Chin

December 1, 2023

2 Min Read
Generative AI remains a hot topic.
Generative AI is the focus of several sessions at Omdia’s AI Summit in New York City.SC STUDIO/ iStock / Getty Images Plus

At a Glance

  • This year's AI Summit in New York City will cover many issues, as well as case studies, related to AI
  • The use and challenges of Generative AI will be covered in several sessions

When Omdia had its AI Summit in New York City a year ago, the talk largely centered around the almost-universal acceptance that AI had finally arrived and would be a technology to reckon with for years to come. Fast forward a year, and the buzz now turns to how to deal with the ramifications of the rapid AI growth that has occurred over the past year.

This year’s AI Summit, taking place at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City December 6th and 7th, will again feature a rich lineup of speakers that will talk about the success stories of AI as well as examine the implications of using tools such as ChatGPT, the generative AI tool that has caught the industry by storm. There will also be a number of talks looking into best practices and some of the underlying issues of AI, including ethics and responsibility.

While complete details can be found in the conference program, here is a sampling of some interesting sessions scheduled for December 6th.

-At 9:30 am, Adam Smith, Chief Technology Officer of FedEx, will discuss how FedEx is undergoing a massive business and technology transformation to become more streamlined and agile.  Smith will present the company evolving in the age of data and AI.

-At 10 am, a talk titled, “Building a Responsible Future: AI Development for the Benefit of All,” will tackle the all-important issue of establishing frameworks and best practices for responsible and ethical AI, with a focus on transparency and moral considerations. The speakers will be Anusha Dandapani, Chief Data & Analytics Services - United Nations International Computing Centre (UNICC); and Eileen Vidrine, Chief Data and AI Officer - Department of the Air Force.

-The mention of “government” may be off-putting to some, but the government is trying to promote the responsible use of AI. Their activities will be discussed in a 10:25 am session titled, “Government Regulation: Security Within AI.”

-Not surprisingly, the role of ChatGPT as a game-changer will be discussed in a 11:00 am session titled, “Can We Adapt And Apply ChatGPT and Generative AI to The Real World: Is It a Technological Revolution or Merely a Craze?" The session will exploring the impact of Generative AI such as ChatGPT, Stable Diffusion, and others on a wide range of industries.

-With issues such as climate change and global warming on everyone’s mind, can AI help? This will be explored in 12:15 pm session titled, “Hot AI Products to Cool Our Planet: Building AI for Climate.” Manik Suri, Founder & CEO of Therma, will discuss how recent AI advancements have the potential to help address climate change.

-The complex issues of AI and privacy will take center stage in a 2:10 pm session titled, “Protecting the Future of Digital Identities.” This session will look at ways fraudsters are using generative AI in harmful ways that are fueling privacy concerns among individuals.

About the Author(s)

Spencer Chin

Senior Editor, Design News

Spencer Chin is a Senior Editor with Design News, covering the electronics beat.

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