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Extracting real ROI from AI: VB Summit shows how

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AI has seen a Hype Cycle like no other technology in the last 10 years – but it’s not just hype any more. In just the past year we’ve seen astonishing breakthroughs in applications spurred by the mobile revolution, along with huge leaps forward in neural network and natural language processing. Companies in the forefront are delivering eye-opening ROI with real-world AI applications and the technology to support innovation is ramping up across the industry.

Microsoft is going all-in with its Azure cloud platform, offering customers access to new AI services. Data scientists get access to massive upgrades for Microsoft’s machine learning model  service, Azure Machine Learning, making it easier for developers to bring them into production. In addition, developers will be able to export a production-ready model in a Docker container for deployment on-premises as well as in the cloud.

At Disney, marketers are using facial recognition technology to read viewers’ faces as they watch a film; they’ve already used it for movies like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jungle Book. And IBM’s Watson, the cognitive computing system that has transformed how marketers work, continues to push the boundaries of AI capabilities, with use cases like the Master’s golf tournament highlight reel, powered by cues like the roar of the crowd and fist pumps – which can be translated to things like signifying shopper interest.

Despite the hype, the potential impact of AI on the market is very real — in the hundreds of billions of dollars. At the VentureBeat Summit, October 23 and 24 in Berkeley, California, we’ll be talking about the potential impact of AI on your business, your brand, and the future of your company’s marketing and engagement strategies.

VB Summit is the first invite-only senior executive-level conference that focuses exclusively on how companies are applying artificial intelligence to get real results. The event will showcase use cases from the businesses that are transforming their industries with artificial intelligence right now, from digital applications in marketing and advertising to cyber security and the collaborative workplace.

After all, explaining technology disruption is why VentureBeat is here, and finding the most compelling cases and the hottest up-and-coming technologies and providers to highlight has always been our goal.

Register now to learn about how large platforms like Facebook’s Bots for Messenger, Amazon’s Alexa/Echo and Microsoft’s Cortana are being harnessed by companies for significant returns  – and also how smaller developers and product managers are building smart, sticky apps that change consumer behavior.

This year we’re specifically focusing on the digital industries where data makes AI technologies profitable for a vast range of verticals from consumer services and retail brands to B2B enterprise.

And because this is an invitation-only executive event, you can also expect to have the kinds of open and frank conversations with your peers that lead to some of the best learnings.


If you’re currently executing an AI strategy — or hoping to get one — register for VB Summit on October 23-24 in Berkeley, our high-level, invite-only AI event for business leaders.

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