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The #TNW2018 Machine:Learners talks are now up on YouTube. Watch them here.

What to expect

The Singularity is Near

The future of AI is that AI is our future. Artificial Intelligence in narrow, specialized forms are already radically changing our lives and industries. Now the race is on to build a truly general artificial intelligence, capable of thinking for itself and adapting to change.

At Machine:Learners we will discuss the moral implications of AI, as well as the ability for machine learning and deep learning to foster and advance society. Here we’ll showcase techniques on how to adapt to this change, as well as how it's set to transform our industries, our work, and our personal lives.


Here's what we'll be exploring on the Machine:Learners stage
  • DystopAI or UtopAI

    With AI advancing at a rapid rate, we will soon approach a fork in the road of technological advancement. Dystopia or Utopia, which will we choose? Machine:Learners will explore how these two disparate futures could look, and what needs to be done to take control of our own fate.

  • If AI is the answer, what is the question?

    How do you know if your project is ripe for an AI solution? We’ll explore the greatest misconceptions about AI, machine learning and deep learning, providing you with a framework for asking the right questions to validate the application of AI to your problem.

  • Human intelligence and hiring the right people

    What does a successful AI team look like? Which experts are needed to launch a deep-learning project? Hiring the right people for artificial intelligence is still very much a human problem. Learn how to futureproof your company with AI by recruiting the right minds.

  • Machine learning in the workplace

    Machine learning can be applied to a huge variety of organizations, and used to benefit our work as a whole. Here speakers explore what you can do to prepare your workforce for the future and use AI to support our work rather than replace it.

  • ​Personal robots and virtual assistants​

    Whilst AI is assisting us in our personal and professional lives, we need to be conscious of how far we take it. Expect to walk away with life hacks on keeping your brain sharp, managing the ubiquitous nature of AI and how to effectively outsource tasks to AI.

  • Changing jobs and industries

    Industries are already transforming at a rapid rate. Here we take a look at the future of industries and what the jobs of the future look like and skills we need for them.

The Experts of AI

Here are the first names announced for Machine:Learners. More to come soon!

  • Cassie Kozyrkov

    Cassie Kozyrkov

    Chief Decision Scientist Google

  • Alexis Ohanian

    Alexis Ohanian

    Co-founder Initialized Capital & Reddit

  • Heike Riel

    Heike Riel

    IBM Fellow IBM Research

  • Kevin Kelly

    Kevin Kelly

    Co-founder WIRED

  • Pamela Pavliscak

    Pamela Pavliscak

    Founder Change Sciences

  • Carolyn Rodz

    Carolyn Rodz

    Co-Founder & CEO Alice

  • Andrew Garrihy

    Andrew Garrihy

    CMO Huawei

  • Marc Teerlink

    Marc Teerlink

    Global Vice President SAP Leonardo

  • James Whittaker

    James Whittaker

    Distinguished Engineer Microsoft

  • Kodi Foster

    Kodi Foster

    SVP Data Strategy Viacom

  • Sashka Rothchild

    Sashka Rothchild

    Founder & CEO Stndby

  • Pep Rosenfeld

    Pep Rosenfeld

    Creative Director Boom Chicago

  • Charu Sharma

    Charu Sharma


  • Iskander Smit

    Iskander Smit

    Visiting Professor TU Delft Connected Everyday Lab

  • Jasper Wognum

    Jasper Wognum

    Founder & CEO BrainCreators

Caroline Massart

Technology Strategy Consultant, Accenture
Caroline Massart

For me, TNW conference showcases how technology can be applied in business settings – a range of innovative topics highlighted in several ways, through speakers, panel discussions and networking.


From marketing to music via marketplaces, Machine:Learners is just one of 19 tracks of content designed to cater to a huge range of different specialists.



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