Irish Examiner

Blue in the face

- 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 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.
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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