Hello! We’re the Connectome Team. Today’s post is about Connectome Europe Tour where we explored what is happening with technologies like blockchain and human-like AI on the European scene.
From Madrid to Paris to London, we’ve been busy at Blockchain EXE, EthCC 2, Future Fit and Digital Healthcare Tech. From Virtual Human Agents to AI in healthcare, we can’t wait to show you what we’ve been up to.
First Stop: The City of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree, Madrid
March 5th, 2019
The symbol of Madrid, Villa del Oso y el Madrono, the City of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree. But where are the strawberries…
The City of the Strawberry Tree indeed. Hopefully, those outside will get a chance to taste the delicious food. It’s time to get down to business.
The theme of the Madrid workshop was Industry 4.0: How blockchain and Artificial Intelligence shape the future. No longer just buzzwords, real work has been done on integrating these various different fields.
The first speaker was Alexander Bussutil, visiting professor at IE Business School for Blockchain Technologies and Founder and CEO of B-SCALED. Bussutil talked about Industry 4.0. With the predicted convergence of technology, he talked about how blockchain and AI can shape the future, using the energy market as an example of the technology’s potential.
In a packed house, Cougar CEO and Leader of the Connectome Project, Atsushi Ishii, gave an insightful presentation on how virtual human agents are the new interface for the modern age. From responding to real-world situations to holding conversations, virtual human agents are being developed to be as close to humans as possible. As Ishii explains, this would help in the acceptance of virtual human agents.
Up next, Jorge de los Reyes Martinez, Chief Legal Officer for Social Media Fidelity Management, talked about blockchain solutions for personal and professional in a sustainability economy. Instead of just giving use cases, he made a call to action on how we can bring the technologies from the lab to the real world.
Last but not least, Alfonso de la Rocha, Blockchain Technological Expert at Telefonica R&D, gave a presentation on the need for a new self-sovereign digital identity. In his presentation, he stressed the need for a new identity model as a way to properly secure a person’s online identity against malicious intentions. In this way, our online identity will be just as secure as our real-world identity.
Finally, we had a panel discussion with all the speakers. With great questions and answers from both the audience and panellists, it was the perfect way to end the night. The full video of the event can be seen below:
Adios and hasta luego, Madrid! Thank You for Having Us. Bonjour Paris!
Second Stop: The City of Lights, PARIS
March 7th, 2019
The charming and rustic streets were a welcome sight after the flight. Pleasure can wait though, it’s time to get to business at EthCC 2…
If you were not present at the conference, check out a recording of presentations from the event below:
The discussion about Blockchain X AI did not end there. We had a Meetup at ConsenSys’s office auditorium in the evening. It was another SOLD OUT event!
The first speaker for the night was Nicolas Maurice, Lead Developer at ConsenSys. Setting the tone for the night, Maurice talked about the meeting of Blockchain and AI technology. Using case studies such as AI in autonomous cars and graph analysis of blockchain transactions, Maurice showed how industries are combining both technologies to improve their functionality and use cases.
Continuing the theme of mixing technologies, Atsushi Ishii, CEO of Couger and Leader of the Connectome Project explained the inspiration behind Connectome. Beyond just another virtual human agent, Connectome is a project that blends Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Reality and Blockchain with society.
Following on from Ishii was Kazuaki Ishiguro, Chief Blockchain Architect at Couger. Ishiguro’s presentation focused on how blockchain ensures the reliability of data and Artificial Intelligence. Using technology such as Smart Space Usecase and GeneFlow, Ishiguro showed how problems in AI like Black Boxing can be overcome.
Next up was Lucian Boca, API Product Lead at Alethio, ConsenSys. As a product-oriented blockchain engineer, Boca showed many examples of the commercial viability of blockchain technology.
The final speaker for the night was Amira Bouguera, Cryptographer and Blockchain Engineer at ConsenSys. Following on from Boca, Bouguera gave another example of how blockchain technology has moved from the theory books into the real world with Project HellHound.
To round up the night, some of the panellists held a question and answer session with Ishiguro, Maurice, Ishii and Gilles Fedak, CEO and co-founder of iExec. Many questions of the night centred around the theme of how to better integrate AI and Blockchain.
… Finally we tucked into some fantastic French cheeses, cold cuts and, of course, brilliant wines.
You can watch the full event below.
Au Revoir Paris! Thank you for having us. Hello London!
Final Stop: The City of Fog, London
March 18th, 2019
Hello London! No picture of the Big Ben here. It was too foggy. Let’s dive right in to why we’re here.
This year’s Future Fit Conference explored the issues of sustainability and emerging technologies. Speakers covered a wide range of topics with a focus on creating global responses to current challenges.
Topics discussed included single-use plastics, ecological consciousness and of course …
… how artificial intelligence can save businesses money, reduce human error and enhance human capabilities. Atsushi Ishii shared how Connectome is developing Virtual Human Agents as the next-generation human-technology interface.
Up next was the Digital Healthcare Tech Show. At a private, by-invitation room, Atsushi Ishii spoke on the convergence of artificial i
Answering questions such as “Will Doctors be replaced by AI?”.
Ishii spoke about the limitations and potential of artificial i
What A Blast!
With that, we’ve come to the end of our grand tour. We’ve had a great time sharing what Connectome does, the potential of artificial i
Adios Madrid! Au Revoir Paris! Goodbye London! Thank you for having us.