Over two sun-drenched days at London’s Tobacco Dock, delegates gathered to learn and network at the AI Summit, a keystone event of London Tech Week 2022 focused on the practical applications of AI for enterprises.

Across multiple stages, covering six vertical tracks and a hosting slew of interactive installations and exhibits, the show unpacked the growing impact of AI on our lives, now and in the future. “AI isn’t hype,” said Colin Murdoch, chief business officer at DeepMind, speaking at the AI Headliners stage on day one, “It has the potential to change the lives of billions, and it’s happening today.”

At the ‘AI Through the Ages” installation, Intel brought Murdoch’s words to life with a display showcasing three real-life practical applications of AI. Comprising voice creation software developed for users with motor neuron disease, a motion capture wearable for athletes to help hone performance and a data model to help food banks optimise food distribution, the exhibit captured the breadth and diversity of applications for AI.

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Taken at The AI Summit in London, 2022

Looking to the future, the Summit’s pitch contest offered a glimpse of emerging use cases technology. At the ‘Into the Den’ stage, 30 founders and innovators faced a panel of ‘dragons,’ delivering elevator pitches for their seed to early-stage startups. The victor, UK-based healthcare AI startup Panakeia, creates digital twins of cancer cells. According to co-founder Pandu Raharja-Liu, patients respond differently to treatments based on their personal biomarker profiles. Panakeia creates a digital twin of their tissue which can be used to predict biomarkers, and then subjected to limitless testing to determine the optimal individual treatment, delivering cost and time savings as well as improving patient outcomes. A breast cancer system has already received clinical approval, with others in the pipeline.

Other notable pitches included Italian startup senior’s “digital nose’ for the Metaverse, an intriguing tool which harnesses synaesthesia to transpose real-world odours to virtual worlds; an AI algorithm from Pigro, also from Italy, which promises to help organizations unearth content in their ever-expanding knowledge bases; and technology to streamline the laborious and time-consuming task of computer vision labelling from London-based Encord.

AI is already transforming our world, but could it also help rebuild a nation? This was the plea from Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, who closed the Summit, appearing in hologram form to call on the tech industry to help restore Ukraine’s ravaged economy. The broadcast, produced with volumetric capture technology, was simultaneously transmitted to audiences at several European tech festivals, including Brilliant Minds in Stockholm and The Next Web in Amsterdam. Attendees could also download a Zelensky avatar to watch the speech on their smartphone. Ukraine represents, “a chance for a global digital revolution,” said Zelensky; “a chance for every technology company and a chance for every visionary to show their value, skills, technologies and ambitions.”

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