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Artificial Intelligence Speakers


Self-driving cars. Robots that detect cancer. An automated workforce. Nothing has the potential to change how we live more radically than Artificial Intelligence, robotics, machine learning, and automation. Lavin’s AI speakers are at the forefront of these exciting — and evolving — fields.

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Radhika Dirks

Forbes' 30 Women in AI to Watch | Quantum Computing Expert | CEO & Co-Founder of XLabs & Ribo AI

A quantum physicist-turned-entrepreneur, AI speaker Radhika Dirks is CEO and co-founder at XLabs: the only company in the world making AI moonshots a reality. With firsthand examples of AI she has built, Dirks argues for a future that fits our biggest ambitions—making the world a better place while we’re at it. 
Ajay Agrawal

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Expert | Founder of the Creative Destruction Lab | Co-Author of Prediction Machines

Co-author of the game-changing book Prediction Machines and founder of U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab, AI speaker Ajay Agrawal’s talks illuminate the incoming realities of AI: how machine prediction is on the verge of presenting us with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change the way we do business, “drive” cars, run governments, and provide healthcare. 
Shalini Kantayya

Award-Winning Filmmaker | Director of TikTok, Boom. and Coded Bias | TED Fellow

Is technology truly designed to be neutral? What happens to human rights when we let machines encroach on our social systems? Shalini Kantayya’s latest film, Coded Bias, explores the intersection of innovation and discrimination: disrupting the default belief that AI, science and technology are inherently unbiased, and illuminating key questions about racial bias in tech that many never even thought to ask before.
Kate Crawford

Professor, author of ATLAS OF AI, and leading scholar of AI and society

Artificial intelligence may seem abstract, but it's urgent that we understand how it's working - and failing - in everyday life. Kate Crawford, a world-leading scholar in the field, says that although AI can be used to exploit people and resources, we can still regain control and lay the foundation for a better, more equitable world. Kate has advised policymakers from the White House to the United Nations, and in her award-winning book Atlas of AI, she maps out the landscape and future of AI to help us see the full impacts of this fast-developing field.
Dr. Helen Papagiannis

Augmented Reality Speaker and Author of Augmented Human

The power of Augmented Reality resides in its capacity to amplify human possibility: creative expression, knowledge, and connection, says AI keynote speaker Dr. Helen Papagiannis, a world-leading expert in the field. Author of Augmented Human, Papagiannis’ talks explore what AR does best, highlighting ways that emerging technologies can serve to expand human intelligence.
Martin Ford

New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Robots and Rule of the Robots

How did AI advance from the realm of science fiction to today’s reality? And how should we prepare for the future? Martin Ford—a McKinsey award-winning author, software entrepreneur, and TED mainstage speaker—explains why our current plans to manage the robotics revolution fall short. Brilliant, fastidious, and uncannily prescient, Ford orients investors and managers in the shifting technological landscape, helping to both safeguard potential threats, and distinguish the hype from the real opportunities.
Nicholas Thompson

CEO of The Atlantic | Former Editor-in-Chief of WIRED

The story of how science and tech will change our lives is one of the most important in the world. How will AI and robotics change our devices, the way we work, earn a living, fight wars, solve problems—our very selves?  No one’s better equipped to answer these questions than Artificial Intelligence keynote speaker Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of WIRED
Jeremy Gutsche

CEO of Trend Hunter | New York Times Bestselling Author of Create the Future

Artificial Intelligence isn’t the future—it’s now. Founder of Trend Hunter and consultant to companies like NASA, Visa, Adidas, and McDonalds, Artificial Intelligence speaker Jeremy Gutsche wants to redirect the way you think about your future, which will inarguably be mechanized by and around AI.
Nita Farahany

Legal Scholar & Ethicist | Director of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society

At the intersection of neuroscience and artificial intelligence lies a wealth of opportunity for business, labour, and society at large. Yet along with progress comes a host of ethical dilemmas. As a leading scholar and neuro-ethicist who has advised the United States Congress, Nita Farahany considers what our neurological information is worth, and the  implications of making it available to corporations, workplaces, and government.
Markus Giesler

Consumer Sociologist | One of The 40 Best Business Professors Under 40

 “Your view of life changes the moment you start looking left and right,” says consumer sociologist and rebel marketing speaker Markus Giesler. What he means is that our innovations—products, services, experiences, technology—shouldn’t be created in a vacuum. In his vibrant, eye-opening talks, Giesler asks us to get out of our heads and look around when it comes to understanding consumers. The more we do that, the more relevant and effective our innovations will be.
Jonathan Brill

Futurist | Author of Rogue Waves: Future-Proof Your Business to Survive and Profit from Radical Change

Everyone knows that technology is ushering in a new industrial era. AI speaker Jonathan Brill doesn’t just see the future coming down the pike—he invents it. The Global Futurist at tech giant HP, Brill advises leadership on the company’s 10-year portfolio of opportunities and threats. His talks cut through the noise to identify what’s worth the investment—and how your business can prepare for tomorrow, today. 
Daron Acemoglu

Author of Why Nations Fail and The Narrow Corridor | One of the 10 Most Cited Economists in the World

In the face of increasing automation, we’ve been far too complacent, argues MIT’s Daron Acemoglu, a leading Artificial Intelligence speaker. Either we close the skills gap and prepare for the future of work—for the full impact of artificial intelligence—or risk losing more than just jobs. Acemoglu answers some of the most important economic and political questions of our time.
Annie Lowrey

Author of Give People Money | Contributing Editor at The Atlantic

How is the economy adapting to profound technological advances, such as AI and automation? How are these forces, and many others, redefining the nature of work, the potential of business, even society itself? Artificial Intelligence keynote speaker Annie Lowrey tells you how.
Tom Wujec

World Renowned Expert on Innovation | Former Chief Disruptor at Autodesk | Author of The Future of Making

New disruptive technologies are permanently changing the way we conceive, design, manufacture, and sell products. To veteran innovator and AI speaker Tom Wujec—Autodesk’s former ‘Chief Disruptor’—this revolution isn’t intimidating, but an exciting opportunity. 
Heather Berlin

Cognitive Neuroscientist | Host of Startalk All-Stars with Neil DeGrasse Tyson

A cognitive neuroscientist and host of StarTalk All-Stars with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, AI keynote speaker Dr. Heather Berlin shows that by understanding the inner workings of our brains—what they’re good (and bad) at—we can discover solutions to some of our most common professional, creative, and social challenges, making us more productive, innovative, and in-control.  
Jake Porway

Founder of DataKind | AI Engineer + Social Cause “Matchmaker”

What if we brought the exponential power of AI together with the benevolent intention of social causes? As the founder of DataKind, AI speaker Jake Porway connects nonprofits, NGOs, and other social change organizations with AI engineers and data scientists willing to donate their knowledge to solve social, environmental, and community problems. 
Jessica Green

CEO of Phylagen, Inc. | TED Senior Fellow

How can we create sustainable cities and healthier buildings—including classrooms, hospitals, offices, and homes—by studying microbes? TED Senior Fellow and AI speaker Jessica Green explains how in visually rich talks that chart the frontier of bio-inspired design.