Talking the future of tech at Web Summit 2017
Web Summit lives at the intersection of technology, society and culture, bringing together a diverse mix of big companies, start ups, politicians, organizations like the United Nations and celebrities. This year’s conference took place November 5-8 in Lisbon, Portugal. With more than 60 thousand attendees, it’s probably the largest tech conference in the world – so of course we had to see what it’s all about and add our voices to the mix.
Unity was among those featured with two keynotes and one fireside chat.
Our CEO John Riccitiello gave a keynote on the ContentMakers stage titled “Real-time 3D Compute: A Transformational Moment for the World’s Creators and Consumers.” It was here that John and Unity put a stake in the ground on real-time 3D compute (RT3D) powering the biggest transformation in media since the internet.
John also participated in a fireside chat with Yahoo! Senior Editor, JP Mangalindan called “It’s Alive: Creating New Worlds for Gamers.” This 30 minute chat discussed various topics including creativity in the games business, the future of head-mounted displays and the penetration (and impact) of AR-devices in 2018.
VP of Machine Learning and AI Danny Lange talked about “Pioneering AI for All”. We’ve all heard about AI in gaming or autonomous driving. But nearly every industry is, or soon will be, using Machine Learning – this includes agriculture, education, medicine, city planning, education, you name it. So, how do we do this in a way that is cost-effective, fair and not as difficult or time consuming?
Toolkits like Unity Machine Learning Agents remove many barriers, helping developers and researchers make systems improve more efficiently. The idea is that we aren’t programming systems to complete tasks anymore, we’re programming them to LEARN. This reduces human bias and ultimately can make outcomes more fair. Danny’s talk left the audience thinking deeper about what the future of AI could mean for them.
The conference was also a great opportunity to hear from some amazingly talented people and learn what’s going on in their industries. For example, we went to a session by the creators of the upcoming Lion King movie and heard how the film industry techniques are changing – with Unity! See some Twitter coverage below for more details.
Unity at #WebSummit
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