BelTech 2019: AI should be on the NI business agenda

  • BelTech 2019 creators discuss global shortage of AI specialists, despite barriers to using artificial intelligence being lower than ever.

    The techcentric event, which is taking place on April 11, is curated by Kainos and focuses on software engineering, AI, and design.

    Tom Gray, Group Chief Technology Officer at Kainos, said the theme of this year’s conference is “Intelligent Software” looking at how software can solve the right problems, in the right way when speaking at the BelTech 2019 launch event. 

    Development within the AI arena has been so rapid that its predominance has created a global skills deficit, leading to underutilisation of AI solutions to problems in which it would ordinarily be a goof fit. With this challenge comes opportunity for Northern Irish developers, should government, industry, and academia unite to fill the skills gap.

    “Software engineering remains a core focus of BelTech and, with the rise of AI, we are focused on solving problems in an efficient and ethical way, not on using the technology for the sake of it. We’ll be challenging software professionals to think carefully about how and what they are doing and the wider implications of their work,” stated Gray.

    “The biggest challenge with AI is whether those who are developing software are being ethically mature in their approach. The barriers to access for AI, and digital platforms generally, are much lower than they were and that creates a need for us all to be more intelligent in our approach to creating software solutions.”

    The BelTech lineup will be enhanced for 2019 with a new stream that will focus on business-enhancing technology application and growth. In addition, speakers from local and global high tech organisations will interact with attendees at a series of workshops and keynote presentations, while 400 post-primary students will have the opportunity to attend inspirational sessions about sustainable digital career paths.

    For ticketing and more information, visit the BelTech website.

    SOURCE: Press Release

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