AI Summit New York: What it actually feels like

Max and Tien report from the show floor

by Max Smolaks 6 December 2020

Over the past few years, you’ve seen plenty of content from the AI Summit event series: interviews with thought leaders, training sessions, and keynotes by the great and the good of the machine learning world.

But what does it feel like to actually be there, on the show floor? The first video in our new ‘AI Beyond’ series takes a look at the buzz of excitement seen across the exhibition hall, and highlights some of the unusual applications of AI you might have missed.

It also marks the first of, hopefully, many collaborations between venerable networking publication Light Reading and AI Business, the recent addition to the Informa family.

One of the applications that stood out from the crowd in New York was a demo by IT specialist Mark III Systems that translated sign language into text, in real-time. The demo wasn’t advertising a particular product – several big names in tech are already working on AI-powered sign language translation, including Google – instead highlighting just how easy it is to start making world-changing apps with the help of machine learning.

© Olga Perevalova for Utopia Blu

We also talked to Tiia Vahula, co-founder of design firm Utopia Blu, about a new generation of fashion accessories that integrate technologies like 3D printing, the IoT, and of course, machine learning. Utopia Blu produces some of the most unusual wearables you will ever see and came to AI Summit New York to launch a new range that focuses on the sensory experiences of plants (pictured right).

And finally, we visited a virtual rubber duck factory built by Deloitte to demonstrate the benefits of AI in manufacturing. At first sight, the installation looks like a funky carpet. But point a smartphone camera, and through the magic of augmented reality you will find yourself in the middle of a busy production line, complete with detailed metrics on things like productivity, downtime, maintenance and the rate of defects.

Why rubber ducks? That’s all due to Dub Dub, the ‘Daring Disruptor Duck’ created by AR and VR specialist Bully Entertainment as something of a mascot for Deloitte’s artificial intelligence project. And of course, Dub Dub has its own, AR-enabled comic book.

Expect in-depth reports on all these topics and more in the coming weeks.

More on AI Beyond: this new AI Business project will focus on the emerging trends in AI, cutting-edge research and happenings in the world of technology that are affected by the machine learning revolution in less obvious ways. You can expect not just video, but podcasts, cartoons, and who knows, maybe even a video game.