Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tech innovators look into the future ahead of AI Conference at The Great Escape | UNLIMITED | CMU

The Great Escape 2018

Five of the companies that will showcase their technologies as part of the CMU Insights AI Conference at The Great Escape in May can be found on the TGE website this week discussing what technological advances they think will further enhance their respective services in the coming years.

Already sharing their thoughts on what the near future holds are live entertainment guide Ents24, which has been busy building tools that utilise years of user data to recommend shows and events, and POP, which is currently moving the fan conversation over to Facebook Messenger.

Looking to the future, Ents24 says: “The field of deep learning is becoming progressively more accessible via cloud-based tools and APIs, and our initial investigations have shown much potential in leveraging this technology for fine-tuning event recommendations”.

They add: “Also, we are an early adopter of graph databases, and as this technology matures we expect to see further innovations in storage and retrieval mechanisms that will enhance the responsiveness of our systems”.

Meanwhile POP considers how the increasingly key messaging apps will evolve in the next few years, stating that: “I think we will see an increased use of Facebook Messenger – and potentially other messaging apps – as a transactional platform in the coming years”.

They go on: “A few years ago when people were talking about how mobile devices would come to dominate e-commerce I remember feeling very doubtful that I would ever be making significant numbers of e-commerce transactions from my mobile – but now I book flights, buy furniture, all sorts of things – all from a smartphone”.

They conclude: “I think the same revolution will apply for messaging – you might not see it now, but in a few years I am sure that engaging and transacting inside Messenger and other messaging platforms will be second nature to us all”.

You can check out the mini interview with Ents 24 and POP – and later this week Jukedeck, Rotor and WARM – here. Full details about the CMU Insights AI Conference, which takes place on Thursday 17 May, are available here. And you can get your delegate or convention-only passes for this year’s Great Escape, which provide access to the three CMU Insights conferences – focused on music education, AI and China – here.


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