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AI is so hot, itâs all people are talking about — at least in Silicon Valley. The big companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple are in an all-out war trying to hire the best talent or acquire the smartest companies in this new area. You canât sit in a SF Bay Area coffee shop these days without hearing someone dropping the word âAIâ in pitches. And as with all major trends, thereâs a lot of snake oil being sold, soÂ filtering out the noise from the real stuff is important.
Because despite the hype, AI is very real. Its potential impact on the market is in the hundreds of billions of dollars.
Which is why weâre proud to announce VentureBeat Summit on Oct 23 & 24Â in Berkeley, CA —Â the first senior executive-level conference focused exclusively on how companies are applying artificial intelligence to get real results.
Register today forÂ 50% off with early-bird pricing — a savings of $1,100!
This invite-only event, which takes place at the historic Claremont Hotel in Berkeley for VP-level execs and above, will showcase technologiesÂ and use cases that are transforming business now — fromÂ digital applicationsÂ in marketing and advertising to cyber security and the collaborative workplace.
Explaining technology disruption is VentureBeatâs specialty, and itâs why Iâm personally excited that weâre leading the charge in this fascinating area of AI. We’re working hard to find the most compelling cases to showcase at the Summit. For example, we’ll be hearing from VPs of marketing and other business units about how they’re using AI, and make sure to feature the hottest up-and-coming AI technologies and providers in the process.
Why now and why so wide ranging?
Progress in AI and machine learning has unleashed a new wave of product innovation. Itâs spawned exciting large platforms like Facebook’s Bots for Messenger, Amazonâs Alexa/Echo and Microsoftâs Cortana. But AI and machine learning have also empowered smaller developers and product managers who are building smarter apps of all kinds. Photo-sharing apps like Prisma exploded onto the scene last year, offering inspiring imagery created by neural nets.
This shows that harnessing AI isnât just in reach of the largest IT companies, but open to business executives everywhere.
And over the course of 2016, and entering 2017, a number of forces converged to allow astonishing breakthroughs in applications. They include availability of big data spurred by the mobile phone revolution, breakthroughs in science of neural networks and NLP, and reduced cost of powerful computing hardware machines, like that of Nvidiaâs, to around $1,000.
The VB Summit will focus, in particular, on the digital industries where large amounts of data make AI technologies profitable. Companies applying this technology span industry verticals including consumer services, retail brands, and B2B enterprise.
Weâll dig beneath the hype, and bring to the surface those real technologies and strategies allowing executives to tap these forces for competitiveÂ advantage.
Weâll be announcing the first speakers shortly, but youâll want to book this one early, because we expect to be sold out again. We do have a few spots available for those wanting to applyÂ for admission. Take advantage of our early bird pricing (save $1,100) which will last until March 10.
As a point of clarification, the event represents the metamorphosis of our Mobile Summit event, where we have featured leading speakers such as Sundar Pichai, now the CEO of Google, to explain the unfolding mobile revolution. That event, which weâve done for six years, emerged to address the mobile revolution of the past decade. This year, however, we dropped âMobileâ from the name. It’s now theÂ VB Summit, and this year it’s all about AI.