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The Big Debate: We should fear advances in Artificial Intelligence

19 Jul 2018
The Enterprise Centre, UEA, Norwich

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a controversial subject with the late, great Professor Stephen Hawking warning in 2014 that the development of full AI could spell the end of the human race.

But should we fear advances in AI? Advocates point out that at its heart, current AI is driving business efficiency and freeing up resources to focus on customer satisfaction and improving customer experience.

Whatever your business, AI is something that is here now and will have an impact on all of us over the coming years.

IoD Norfolk, in collaboration with the University of East Anglia and Norwich Barclays Eagle Labs bring you a panel of experts, covering the fields of AI Developers, Legal, Academia and Cyber Security to debate what AI will mean for us all.

Although there will be opportunities to ask additional questions at the end, we are asking for questions to be submitted in advance, to facilitate a robust and lively debate.

There will be refreshments and canape's served at the event, during the networking sessions.

Online booking for this event is now closed - if you wish to attend please call Mel Forrer-Pratt on 07379 116953, Thank you.

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Date & time: 19 Jul 2018 18:00 - 20:30
Location: The Enterprise Centre, UEA, Norwich
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18:00 Arrival, drinks & canapes
18:30 The Big Debate
19:30 Final Questions
19:45 Networking with drinks & canapes
20:30 Event Close

This event is supported by Norwich Barclays Eagle Labs


Chand Chudasama of Price Bailey LLP

Chand and his team engineer how to grow the value and performance of ambitious corporates, funds and disrupters. They achieve this by raising, re-allocating and deploying capital into M&A, global growth and performance improvement in order to drive the shareholder returns in client businesses. He and his team operate as strategic advisors, analysts and lead advisors on transactions.  

Chand has experience of working in over 40 countries, owns his own manufacturing and eCommerce business based in Norwich and has invested in several startups. He is a Freeman at the Worshipful Company of World Traders in the City of London, a keen economist and an avid football fan.

Dom Davis of Tech Marionette

Dom Davis is CTO and co-founder of Tech Marionette, a vibrant tech startup based out of Norfolk. He is also a director at Step into Tech, a Community Interest Company aimed at helping get young people into tech.

Dom has over two decades of development and operational experience gained in fields as diverse as investment banking, advertising, e-commerce and artificial intelligence. A techstars alumni and mentor, author and international speaker, Dom is one of the leading lights of the Norfolk tech scene.

David Higgins of 4ITSec

David HigginsDavid has had a fascinating career including working as a “UNIX contractor” for a UK Government department – travelling the world as a “highly cleared techie” for twelve years.  He has also worked for several different UK security groups and departments – even meeting James Bond (although, not the one with the Aston Martin).

The common thread throughout those twelve years was “secrecy” and “security” and this became part of his working ethics.   4ITSec Ltd was formed in 2012 to ensure that the knowledge of “secure working” was passed onto local businesses.

He offers discrete and direct cyber security advice to businesses; scanning IT systems for issues and vulnerabilities (always an eye-opener), scanning for regulatory compliance, organising PEN testing, helping with Cyber Essentials and to be compliant with Data Protection Laws (GDPR software).

He’s a qualified CISSP, an Ethical Hackers and Cyber Essential accredited

Jodie Hosmer of Mills & Reeve

Jodie Hosmer is a Principal Associate at Mills & Reeve LLP and runs the 14 strong Legal Services Team as well as heading up the Legal Project Management Office at Mills & Reeve.

Prior to moving into management Jodie specialised in real estate and started her career as a trainee at Eversheds, moving to Mills & Reeve on qualification in 2005.

Jodie is also an Innovation Champion and part of the Technology Advisory Group which supports M&R’s objectives in delivering efficient and cost-effective legal services to clients. This ranges from streamlining legal processes to producing bespoke packages for clients. She is particularly adept at managing large scale and high volume matters with a keen focus on technology to support transactions.

Kane Halsey of Pickr

Kane is the CEO and cofounder of Pickr, an HRtech startup that’s causing a seismic shift in the high volume staffing industry.

With a vested interest in 'the future or work' especially where AI vs entry-level workers are concerned the team at Pickr is a unique balance between working with cutting-edge tech and community engagement with organisations such as Norwich4Jobs. 

The former infrastructure services director has managed to attract some of the UK's leading employers and tens of thousands of people to their platform in a few months as well as support from notable individuals such as Will Shu (Deliveroo CEO) and Nick Kingsbury (Amadeus Capital).

Dr Gareth Jones - Honorary Lecturer, UEA

Dr Gareth Jones

After university in the mid-1970s, Gareth trained as a systems engineer with IBM and held a number of technical, marketing and management positions at IBM and Hitachi before being appointed Group Services Director at Norwich Union (now Aviva) in 1995.

He completed a PhD in Philosophy at UEA in 2009 and for the last nine years has been principally involved in the supervision of philosophy PhD students.  

Ana Perales of Barclays

ana peralesAna Perales has worked in Barclays for almost 15 years, with a brief interlude in She is now part of Barclays UK Ventures, a recently created unit that will focus on developing new business lines, promoting innovation and driving returns within Barclays UK.

Ana’s interest in Artificial Intelligence technology is driven by a focus to ensure customer, colleagues and society at large understand the potential that it has to transform our lives for the better. Ana has been working across Barclays to raise awareness of the technology and promote a culture of collaboration and education in this space.

Ana’s current focus is to ensure there are clear governance principles governing the application of AI systems.




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  • The Enterprise Centre, UEA
  • Research Park
  • University of East Anglia
  • University Drive
  • Norwich
  • NR4 7TJ

01603 456161

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