General Sessions

Keynote: AI for the Rest of Us


11:00am - 12:00pm

Level: Everyone

Damian Brady

Cloud DevOps Advocate


Artificial Intelligence, once science fiction, is increasingly present in our daily lives. We're seeing AI everywhere, from shopping websites to camera apps to cars. What does this mean for the software we're writing today? AI is not just for that long-shot weekend startup, but for the apps that drive our enterprises. You can add intelligence to your software more easily than you'd expect.

Teams of data scientists with PhDs and billions of dollars may lurk behind the engine showing you that scarily-prescient targeted ad. But that's changing, and AI, once exclusive and inaccessible to the average organization, is becoming available to the rest of us. Now is the time to look at adding AI to your own software, from out of the box intelligence with Azure Cognitive Services, to building and iterating on predictive models from scratch.

Let's demystify Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, and walk through adding useful intelligence to a business app. We'll discuss collaboration patterns for data scientists and software engineers in an enterprise environment, and show how you can bring smart software to production safely and repeatedly. If AI intrigues you, there's no time like the present; let's get started!