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Irish Examiner - - Front Page - Pádraig Hoare

Lead­ing fig­ures from the world of tech and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) will be in Cork for the sev­enth Tech Sum­mit next month to ex­plore the lat­est ad­vances in the rapidly chang­ing sec­tor.

Or­gan­ised by re­gional vol­un­tary tech group IT@Cork, this year’s Tech Sum­mit in the City Hall on May 3 will be the first to have a cy­borg, cy ber psy­chol­o­gist and ro­bot on stage.

Themes for the one-day event, which has the Ir­ish Ex­am­iner as a me­dia part­ner, in­clude AI and emerg­ing tech. It will ex­plore how tech­nolo­gies, along with cryp to cur­ren­cies, can re­duce busi­ness costs and fi­nance busi­ness in new ways.

In the fu­ture tech­nolo­gies seg­ment, at­ten­dees will ob­serve a live cy­borg to see first-hand how hu­mans can be aug­mented by so-called “bio­hack­ing” with the next gen­er­a­tion of em­bed­ded sen­sors and non-med­i­cal im­plants.

Bio­hack­ing is said to be the prac­tice of im­prov­ing hu­man health and per­for­mance us­ing tech-re­lated in­ven­tions.

This year’s speak­ers will also dis­cuss how dig­i­tal and ge­nomic tech­nolo­gies ,3 D printed or­gans and fa­cial recog­ni­tion ther­a­pies are con­verg­ing to make health­care and treat­ments more per­son­alised and pre­cise.

Speak­ers in­clude chief cy­borg of­fi­cer and bio-hacker at VivoKey, Pa­trick Kramer; cy ber psy­chol­o­gist Berni Good; chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer at Ryanair, John Hur- ley; found­ing direc­tor at the Insight Cen­tre for Data An­a­lyt­ics in Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Cork (UCC), Pro­fes­sor Barry O’Sul­li­van; and head of EU op­er­a­tions and Ire­land coun­try lead at Stripe, Don O’Leary.

Mr Kramer founded Digi­well — Up­graded Hu­mans in 2014, the largest bio­hack­ing plat­form in Europe. He is a found­ing mem­ber of Vivokey Tech­nolo­gies, a com­pany to aug­ment the hu­man body with the next gen­er­a­tion of non-med­i­cal im­plants.

Chair of IT@Cork, Caro­line O’Driscoll, said the Tech Sum­mit was an op­por­tu­nity to hear from world-renowned speak­ers to give a “glimpse of the fu­ture, who push the en­ve­lope and who show how tech­nol­ogy can and will trans­form our lives”, as well as push­ing Cork as a lead­ing re­gion for IT.

“The cal­i­bre of speak­ers lined-up is a tes­ta­ment to how well-re­garded the event is, and to how the re­gion is widely per­ceived as an es­tab­lished and grow­ing tech hub. I am ex­cited to see this level of in­no­va­tion on dis­play in the re­gion,” she said.

Cork is al­ready home to over 60 in­ter­na­tional tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies cov­er­ing in­te­grated cir­cuit( I C) de­sign, man­u­fac­tur­ing, soft­ware devel­op­ment and cy­ber­se­cu­rity.

IT@ Cork, which rep­re­sents over 200 com­pa­nies in the tech sec­tor in the re­gion, is made up of in­dige­nous and in­ter­na­tional IT pro­fes­sion­als, multi­na­tion­als, govern­ment fig­ures, aca­demics, en­trepreneur­s, in­vestors, and the le­gal and fi­nan­cial pro­fes­sional ser­vices com­mu­nity.

Co-chair of the event and se­nior direc­tor of au­to­ma­tion and AI soft­ware labs at McKes­son, De­nis Canty, said: “We are at a unique point in his­tory, ac­cel­er­at­ing to­ward an era of ubiq­ui­tous in­tel­li­gence, where ro­bot­ics, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and mankind are on a voy­age to sin­gu­lar­ity.

“It may seem like us and them now, but our trust and ac­cep­tance will evolve the re­la­tion­ship to one which will seem nor­mal to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

Other or­gan­i­sa­tions speak­ing on the day in­clude ax­ial 3 D, Tech Ire­land, KPMG, Stripe, 8West, CIT, Trin­ity and OpenLit­terMap.

Tick­ets are now on sale at www.tech­sum­mit.ie.

Pic­ture: Ger­ard McCarthy

De­nis Canty, of McKes­son, with a mi­crochip im­plant at the launch of the it@cork Euro­pean Tech Sum­mit, which will take place on May 3 in Cork City Hall. Lead­ing fig­ures from the world of tech and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence will be in Cork for the sev­enth...

Pic­ture: Ger­ard McCarthy

Gil­lian Ber­gin, Dell EMC, and De­nis Canty, McKes­son, at the launch of the it@cork Euro­pean Tech Sum­mit, which takes place on May 3 in Cork City Hall.

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