Conversations About AI

Conference producers organize conversations for a living, and one of the joys of the job is watching an idea whose time has come explode into the public consciousness after years of quietly doing important work out of the limelight.

OpenAI launched ChatGPT on November 30, 2022. Within two months it already had over 100 million active users, making it the fastest growing consumer application ever to date. As an interactive tool and toy, it has captured people’s imaginations and made Artificial Intelligence a topic of everyday conversation from boardroom tables to breakfast tables.

As unlikely as it would have sounded two years ago, just about everyone nowadays has at least a passing understanding of how Large Language Models work, and most people have asked with varying degrees of trepidation or excitement, “But what does AI mean for me?”

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Questions to Ask About Your Digital Transformation Journey

For something we talk about all the time and build heavily into every one of Executive Platforms’ ten annual events (with more on the way), I was surprised when I spotted the last time I wrote a blog post specifically about the Digital Revolution was all the way back in the beginning of May, and the last time we got into real ‘How to Get This Right’ content was all the way back in January. Let me correct that lapse right now. One of the things I love most about this subject matter is that while everyone’s Digital Transformation Journey…

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The Digital Revolution and Frontline Workers: Putting the Big Picture in the Palm of Their Hands

Last week marked my thirteenth anniversary as an industry conference producer, and of all the conferences, summits, forums, and symposia I have worked on over the years, the largest single category must be manufacturing events. I love building events for people who build things. It helps that I worked a bunch of factory jobs to pay my way through school. I crushed rock into powder. I cooked steel until it was hard enough to cut other steel. I made brake parts for trains and gas tanks for cars. When people talk about safety training or shopfloor optimization or materials handling,…

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