Wednesday, June 28, 2023

More of Collision Toronto 2023

Thousands of attendees are filtering into the Enercare Centre bright and early for Collision 2023. The many stages are ready for a world class lineup of speakers and the tech companies are setting up for the busy day. Most of the talks start around 10am so pick something that interests you and go listen. I am using their handy app to find the content, timing and location to schedule my time through the day. The conference runs June 26 to 29 in Exhibition Place.

I am starting off with "the future of digital marketing and content strategies" and I plan to finish with "electrifying the cow". With just minutes to go it is already standing room only at the Startup Showcase stage.

With the Startup Showcase new companies come on stage for rapid, two minute presentations concentrating around the topic. 

Colin on Centre Stage

At Centre Stage at 10:30am Google Deepmind's Colin Murdoch began his hour long talk on "how AI is changing the world" with around 2,000 people listening to him speak. He tells us that AI will solve humanities problems tackling the world's biggest challenges, like climate change, weather forecasting and effective, affordable health care. Hopefully this will work without creating too many additional challenges!

Apparently the shape of proteins are very important and AI has been able to map out the 3D patterns of the building blocks of life.

In the future Colin sees more of AGI, or Artificial General Intelligence. This type of AI is better able to work on many different types of problems.

Talking twitter

Then it was time for "is the engineer dead", followed by "what's next for the news on twitter", a panel discussion on the current state of Twitter.  They note that Elon bought Twitter for $44 billion then set upon a strategy of massive change, not the least being the blue check mark.  Now it is harder to follow events and find trusted content and even the meaning of the blue checkmark has changed. Because of this many people and companies have dropped out of the Twitterverse. Can Twitter survive the loss of advertisers and the jungle that it has become? One suggestion is bring back the free verified checkmark!

DealPotential - time to fast track your funding process
Startup Showcase 

Get IT done quietly, shhhhhh

Meat and agriculture is one of the challenges the earth faces due to its impact to the environment. Joshua March from SciFi Foods talked about the impact of some practices such as deforestation to allow for cows to graze, or the contribution of so many cows producing methane providing a negative impact to climate change. He notes that Bill Gates has said that everything has to be electrified, or in the case of meat must be lab grown, to have a chance to limit temperature increases which is sad that he pointed out that sales of lab grown meats and vegetarian 'meat' has leveled off.

All and all the web summit has been an exceptional value and great opportunity to network and learn at the same time. Don't forget that Collision is returning to Toronto in 2024.

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