Thursday 27 July 2017

A beer created by AI and more... at the inaugural Dublin Tech Summit

A full size and functioning humanoid robot called Robothespian at the Dublin Tech Summit 2017 at the Convention Centre. Pic:Mark Condren
A full size and functioning humanoid robot called Robothespian at the Dublin Tech Summit 2017 at the Convention Centre. Pic:Mark Condren
The Dublin Tech Summit 2017 which got under way at the Convention Centre. Pic:Mark Condren
The Dublin Tech Summit 2017 which got under way at the Convention Centre. Pic:Mark Condren
A full size and functioning humanoid robot called Robothespian at the Dublin Tech Summit 2017 at the Convention Centre. Pic:Mark Condren
Anton Savage at the Dublin Tech Summit 2017 at the Convention Centre. Pic:Mark Condren

Sean Duffy

Dublin's convention centre was packed with some of Ireland's most ambitious and innovative minds at the inaugural Dublin Tech Summit.

Tech aficionados from across the country flocked in their hundreds to listen and engage with some of the brightest minds in cutting edge technology today.

Speakers from across the tech spectrum discussed the challenges and possibilities brought about by the breakneck evolution of technology.

Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin discussed the link between tech and the arts with Pixar veteran Matthew Luhn.

A full size and functioning humanoid robot called Robothespian at the Dublin Tech Summit 2017 at the Convention Centre. Pic:Mark Condren
A full size and functioning humanoid robot called Robothespian at the Dublin Tech Summit 2017 at the Convention Centre. Pic:Mark Condren

Chamberlin has also moonlighted as CEO of LiveOne, a digital media company that focuses on audience engagement.

Chamberlin was keen to stress the importance of how media is consumed, with a not-so-subtle jab at those keen to access sub-standard free content online.

The Dublin Tech Summit 2017 which got under way at the Convention Centre. Pic:Mark Condren
The Dublin Tech Summit 2017 which got under way at the Convention Centre. Pic:Mark Condren

"The environment in which content is consumed is every bit as important as the content itself," he said.

Pixar's Luhn said that long-term thinking which embraced a specific set of values was the best recipe for success in the tech sector.

"The best investors are the ones that are concerned with affecting things in positive ways for years to come. The people that want to leave something for their grandchildren are the one's that really make an impact in the long run."

Accenture's global head of research and development, Marc Carrell-Billiard, introduced the audience to the world's first ever beer created by artificial intelligence.

Mr Carrell-Billiard stressed that technology was offering people the capacity to  tailor their business or social lives in ways that were previously unimaginable. 

He said that Accenture's approach was to embrace the possibilities provided by evolving technology. He added that the world was on the cusp on groundbreaking new business models that have the capacity to redefine traditional approaches to business.

"Technology today is by people for people. We are poised to see amazing new business models where people are in control and can adapt technology to fit their needs."

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