One of the biggest concerns about the emerging commercial viability of AI is the possibility that a huge number of people might lose their jobs to software and robots that can do those jobs better and/or cheaper. This is a valid concern, and we obviously need to address the significant ways in which AI is likely to disrupt people’s lives. But this is only half the story; AI also has a huge role in job creation, particularly in emerging economies. To be clear, this is not potential future impact; this change is happening already, and has been under way for several years now. Perhaps the most surprising thing is that, despite the growing dominance of online retailers, this phenomenal job growth is being fueled primarily by the success of small local businesses. And AI is playing a major role in making that success happen.
I’d like to invite you to join me at IP Expo, at London’s ExCeL centre on 3 October 2018, for a session where we will explore this phenomenon in detail. Our exploration will be evidence-based: we will be focusing on proven research and delivered results from some real-world implementations in various countries around the world, including Indonesia, China, Kenya, and others. The discussion will include:
- An understanding of the outsized effect that small business growth has on job creation
- An understanding of the biggest problems facing small businesses in both emerging and mature economies
- A detailed look at how AI is already being used to address those challenges
- Some of the truly surprising discoveries we have made along the way, some of which we never would have uncovered any other way
The basic conference pass is free until 2 October, and there is an early bird discount on the full access pass as well.
I look forward to seeing you there,