Predict is Europe’s Leading Data Conference, covering data science, technology and the future.

More than 50 international and Irish speakers will speak on topics including Artificial Intelligence, Manufacturing 4.0, Sport, Fintech / Blockchain, Sharing Economy, Data Science, Internet of Things, Health & Quantified Self.

We wanted to push the boundaries of traditional conferences to match how people really learn, connect and become inspired. Our focus in on great speakers, great content and great experiences. Each year has brought more real-world examples of predictive analytics at work; we’ve seen every type of organisation find ways to leverage a new wave of technology and turn data into insights. What was once confined to large corporations with the resources to crunch data on an industrial scale is now in the mainstream. Projects that were commissioned and then left on the shelf are now being successfully executed. And scare stories about robots replacing humans have evolved into nuanced conversations about augmented intelligence rather than artificial intelligence.

No surprise that AI was the recurring theme of Predict 2017. Sessions explored the social and business implications as well as the technical breakthroughs, suggesting that we’re at a watershed moment. There is a real sense that the era of AI is upon us and the good news is that it looks less like the dystopian nightmare portrayed in science fictions films and more like a natural next step for data science.

Predictive analytics has always had the potential to change the world for the better. Now, with machine learning and deep learning, there’s a feeling that we’re going to be able to get there more quickly. There are of course many challenges, not least deciding when it’s appropriate for AI to replace people in their work, but there was plenty of evidence at our conference to suggest that it’s something to be embraced rather than feared.