Detailed agenda

2023 Theme

EmTech Digital provides CIOs, CPOs, and IT decision makers with the technology insight and business expertise to implement AI systems that enhance products, improve customer experiences, and ensure market success.

This year’s conference focuses on the game-changing power of generative AI and how it will impact creators and clients alike. We’ll explore the models behind the technology and the legal implications of generated content. We meet leading researchers and explore hands-on case studies of amazing applications of all forms of AI.

Click the dates below to view the schedule by day. Sessions are listed in Eastern Time.
Subject to change as details are confirmed.

The Generation of AI (9:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.)

From bots to generative media, discussions about AI’s place in society are creeping into everyday conversations. We take a deep dive into the state of AI, its current accomplishments, and the challenges related to the development and implementation of groundbreaking technologies. We look ahead at future predictions, as well as how to democratize AI and address the unique societal challenges of understanding and trusting AI.

9:15 AM

Big tech holds a unique opportunity to impact the future of AI innovation on a global scale. Given their expansive resources, we explore the AI research challenges that they are uniquely positioned to solve, from expanding the metaverse to producing unbound robotics and systems that work within both the physical and virtual worlds.

9:40 AM

The trajectory for tomorrow’s AI will be strongly influenced by smaller, independent labs that are community-driven. Hear how these indie labs are already impacting AI development by breaking from norms to embrace open-source models that unlock unprecedented AI innovation at scale while also defining first principles in AI use and implementation.

10:15 AM

Everyone is talking about generative AI. But what does this really mean for organizations that are trying to build mission critical AI functions into existing systems? Are we missing the AI forest for the generative trees? We evaluate the current AI landscape, including the top issues impacting AI research and development today.

Networking Break (10:40 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.)

Networking and refreshments for our live audience.

10:40 AM
Networking Break
The New Rules of AI (11:10 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.)

The US, Europe, and China are implementing new and needed AI regulations, but are they enough to protect people, their work, and their privacy? We dive into what is needed from a legal and technical perspective to chart a responsible path forward that includes a clear set of policies to govern the use of AI across industries and within global society.

11:10 AM

Standards for responsible AI use are becoming a necessity given the lightning-fast pace of artificial intelligence development. Learn how to operationalize responsible AI by identifying impacts on people, systems, and processes to mitigate organizational risk when rolling out new AI systems.

11:40 AM

Businesses need to prepare now for the coming wave of AI regulations. We explore the critical issues that technology leaders need to know to ensure AI success and compliance in this newly regulated world.

12:05 PM

With regulations and laws shifting on a global scale, what do organizations need to know to protect themselves, their investments, and their customers? We look at the strategic legal issues and decisions that organizations will face when using today’s AI systems.

Lunch and Networking Break (12:35 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
12:35 PM
Lunch and Networking Break
Building the AI Infrastructure (1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Pre-existing AI services such as game engines, chatbots, and pre-trained models can quickly enrich your own product offerings, saving you hours of development effort. We explore off-the-shelf AI solutions that can have a real impact on operational success.

1:30 PM

The rapidly changing landscape of Generative AI is revolutionizing the way we think about and do business. As use cases reveal both the opportunities and risks of this technology, new regulation is likely to take shape and highly regulated industries must find ways to stay ahead and excel. We discuss technological, cultural, ethical, and process considerations for deploying solutions based on LLMs in high regulated industries.

2:00 PM

As AI use normalizes across industries, off-the-shelf pretrained models provide an attractive option for organizations without AI engineers on staff. Learn how pre-trained models work and what organizations need to know to stay ahead of the AI curve as we explore the opportunities and impact of plug-and-play

2:30 PM

AI is moving from a set of abstract capabilities reserved for the few to the foundation of ubiquitous, everyday experiences delivered by rapidly evolving modern business platforms. Learn what is on the horizon and how to best prepare to harness the most powerful technological shift in a generation.

Networking Break (3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

Networking and refreshments for our live audience.

3:00 PM
Networking Break
AI That Works (3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

AI has become a powerful tool to improve products and experiences for businesses today. From predicting customer interests to identifying faults in manufacturing processes, we explore real-world AI solutions that are impacting and improving results. Take these cross-industry solutions and apply their best practices to your own products and services.

3:30 PM

AI is giving robotics an emotional boost towards the goal of providing medical, emotional, and personal assistance within the home. What can business learn from these empathetic AI companions and what areas are next for this emerging technology to explore?

4:00 PM

Faster, better, more effective. AI defect detection enables intelligent quality control, giving organizations a powerful tool for improving products and services. But how does it work? Learn how AI is being used as an operations tool to save money, improve the QA processes in manufacturing, and increase customer satisfaction.

4:30 PM

AI is transforming retail. We look at how combining the efficiency and scalability of generative AI with the quality and expertise of human ingenuity is actively being used to curate style decisions, process customer feedback, and streamline tasks that continuously improve with each iteration. From drafting product descriptions to enabling high-quality client interactions, hear what’s next for online shopping.

4:55 PM
Closing Remarks
Networking Reception (5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
The Model Makers (9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.)

These are the models upon which business is being built. Large language models (LLM) have enabled us to build more intelligent systems with a richer understanding of language than ever before. We talk to the model makers and discuss the opportunities exposed as these systems evolve.

9:15 AM

Large language models power the apps that enable features such as auto-complete, generative media and text, and predictive analytics. Still, few organizations have the talent and resources to develop these models on their own. Our executive team of AI model makers discuss the types and uses of LLMs, as well as the business impact and challenges associated with their development, scalability, fairness, and more.

9:45 AM

Human languages have long been the standard for LLMs, but these models can master many languages. We explore how LLMs, using the complex language of biology, can unlock new insights in genomics, epidemiology, and protein engineering. What else can the code of life tell us about the future of AI and humanity? And how can we apply these lessons to other languages?

10:10 AM

Generative AI models are bringing the power of AI to the creator economy, automating the tasks once thought to be the exclusive domain of human ingenuity. We’ll go behind-the-scenes to learn about the development of GPT-4, and explore how this technology is being used to preserve the Icelandic language and aid the visually impaired.

Networking Break (10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.)

Networking and refreshments for our live audience.

10:45 AM
Networking Break
AI R&D in Use (11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

AI is a powerful tool for supercharging research capabilities, especially when analyzing data, making predictions, or sharing recommendations related to development processes and new technologies. Hear from experts who are using AI to test and evaluate systems, improve efficiencies, and design new processes that will create impactful and lasting change.

11:15 AM

Generative AI has the potential to transform every industry today. As organizations develop their strategies, navigating the build vs. buy decision involves practical considerations such as security, infrastructure, ownership, and cost. Learn about the infrastructure & tools needed and how to explore these tradeoffs as you transform your business.

11:35 AM

AI powered drug development platforms are emerging inside R&D labs enabling experimental drug design to be accelerated by the power of AI. The ultimate goal is to move labs to a new state whereby AI drives experimentation, bringing us one step closer to truly personalized medicine. Lessons learned in these labs hold the possibility of new implementation patterns for AI across other industries.

12:05 PM

From automation to autonomy, airplanes are spreading their wings with AI. We take a deep dive into the autonomous flight system being implemented and tested to evaluate AI’s ability to execute pre-defined tasks as well as reactions to unforeseen events.

Lunch and Networking Break (12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
12:30 PM
Lunch and Networking Break
New Research in AI (1:30 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.)

While the use of generative AI is revolutionizing the creative process in ways that were previously thought impossible, AI developments in other areas are transforming the way we research. We unpack some of the newest AI research projects, covering why they are important, how they will enhance or accelerate future research, and how they may impact industry.

1:30 PM

The world is at an inflection point with artificial intelligence. Hear from the godfather of AI on the hype surrounding AI and how our search for intelligence may impact future research.

2:00 PM

AI is creating new opportunities for business and research to address some of humanity’s most complex problems. To take generative AI to a new and untapped level of innovation, we must resolve its current roadblocks: scalability and trustworthiness. Learn how foundation models and an AI-strategy anchored in responsibility and explainability can dismantle these obstacles. Hear about the latest business and scientific discovery efforts in this space.

2:30 PM

There is a new intelligence inspiring AI innovation, and it isn’t what you think. We explore how the workings of a worm’s nervous system may hold the key to enabling liquid neural nets to accommodate for surprise. Get an early look at how this new research may help to cut computational time and energy while processing information more accurately.

Networking Break (2:55 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.)

Networking and refreshments for our live audience.

2:55 PM
Networking Break
AI Creator Economy (3:25 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.)

AI video enhancement has unleashed incredible new capabilities that can make actors seem older or younger, speak different languages, and - taken to the extreme - create deepfakes of words never spoken or events that have never happened. How is this leap in AI technology being used today, and how can we tell what’s real and what’s not in this new world of manufactured video?

3:25 PM

AI is transforming video production. We explore how AI is impacting video content production for global audiences, creating new market opportunities for film content while reducing production workload. Get a unique inside look at how generative AI dubbing works and learn about its practical business applications beyond the silver screen.

3:55 PM

Multimodal AI is powering generative storytelling, enabling creators to make videos with effects that are worthy of big budget studios. Learn how generative AI is enabling new forms of creativity and its potential impact on business from video production to social spaces.

4:20 PM

Instilling trust in digital media is essential to creative AI technology. With the rise of generative AI, what will it take to identify fakes and regain trust in the creation process of digital content? What role do human creators play, and how do we catch the malevolent cases that threaten to destabilize the AI creator economy?

4:50 PM
Closing Remarks
Closing Toast (4:55 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

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