I am very much looking forward to attending the IBM Watson Summit London 2017 #WatsonSummitLDN on Tuesday 10th October 2017. IBM Watson have had a few negative PR stories recently involving the use of its cognitive technologies within healthcare and medicine, so it will be interesting to see the various success stories from around the world and effectively counter the recent press coverage to provide a balanced opinion.
One of the fiercest critics to date has been Social Capital CEO Chamath Palihapitiya who publicly stated "IBM's Watson 'is a joke" on CNBC and went on to say ""I think what IBM is excellent at is using their sales and marketing infrastructure to convince people who have asymmetrically less knowledge to pay for something," Palihapitiya added. "I put them and Oracle in somewhat of the same bucket."
IBM fought back and responded to Palihapitiya's comments saying "Watson is not a consumer gadget but the A.I. platform for real business. Watson is in clinical use in the U.S. and 5 other countries. It has been trained on 6 types of cancers with plans to add 8 more this year," the company said in a statement. "Beyond oncology, Watson is in use by nearly half of the top 25 life sciences companies, major manufacturers for IoT applications, retail and financial services firms, and partners like GM, H&R Block and SalesForce.com. Does any serious person consider saving lives, enhancing customer service and driving business innovation a joke?"
Watson Summit London: Festival of Disruption
This will be the first Watson Summit London: Festival of Disruption and attendees will have the opportunity to try, build, debate, think, discover and immerse ourselves in the latest disruptive technologies - all under one roof, whilst meeting with visionaries, experts and leaders in our field.
The fantastic line up of speakers planned includes -
Josh Hardie, CBI Deputy Director-General
Professor Juergen Maier, Chief Executive, Siemens plc
Dr. Isobel Heyman, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist & Honorary Professor, Assistant Director, Great Ormond Street Hospital
Ben Hume, Assistant Director, NHS Blood and Transplant
Naresh Vyas, Head of Solutions Delivery, Royal Bank of Scotland
Chris Hadfield, Astronaut and first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station
Mike Tindal MBE, former England Captain and Rugby World-Cup Winner
The agenda for the day looks very impressive, the three speeches I am most looking forward to hearing are -
1) 11:15 AM - Is Disruption the New Business Normal?
Disruptors prey on complacency – on industries that haven't bothered to innovate, or to embrace technology, often because it simply seemed like too much trouble and because their customers had few other choices. But as the cost of technology drops and its effectiveness increases, the barriers that had shielded some of these sectors from dramatic change are increasingly being breached. If that sounds like your business, it's time to innovate – or watch an outsider do it for you.
2) 12:30 PM - Digital transformation in healthcare
Every day, 3 people die while waiting for an organ. Hear how NHS Blood & Transplant is using BPM tools to deliver improvements to the pathway for heart transplants, which take out manual steps and save time when it is most needed.
3) 2:00 PM - Survival of the Fastest
Engaging with an audience and building a community are two entirely different things. In this fast-paced session, Jeremy will explore the most important trends concerning the future of consumer behaviour and how some of IBM's most impressive customers build relationships and engaged communities. Jeremy will discuss why the world is likely to change more over the next 5 years than it has in the last 20, and what you need to do to keep up.
For those also attending the event, you can download the "IBM Live" app from the Appstore - https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1106637630?mt=8
Watson Summit London Location
The Brewery, 52 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4SD