Estonia to host a high-profile AI conference

The representatives of tech giants Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Netflix and Spotify will gather in Tallinn to talk about data and artificial intelligence adoption in Europe.

Artificial intelligence champions from technology companies Netflix, Spotify, Amazon, Google DeepMind, Nvidia, Taxify, Microsoft, Starship and others will meet at North Star AI – applied machine learning and data conference – on 7 March in Tallinn, Estonia to discuss how organisations and startups with limited resources can benefit from data and AI adoption.

The Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, will open the international conference that will specifically focus on data skills and AI adoption in organisations.

“It is important to shift the focus from algorithms to data – as the way you use data, and how you use it, will define the success of your projects,” André Karpishchenko, one of the organisers of the conference and head of data science at the Estonian company Taxify, said in a statement. “Developers and data-driven leaders participating at North Star AI will understand how to solve the hardest problems that exist within organising and analysing massive noisy data sets.”

Estonia offers unique opportunities to put AI to good use

According to the organisers, the NGO North Star AI, the competitiveness and the future of European tech scene is not decided only by the determination and execution of entrepreneurs and technologists, but regulators and government support play a key role.

Kaljulaid said in a statement that the Estonian digital infrastructure offered unique opportunities to put AI to good use, but only “if we figure out how to create a reasonable legal framework for it”. “Governments need to stop forgoing their main obligations as soon as the new technological developments make it uncomfortable for them. This is the lesson we learned. This applies to digital, will apply to AI and any future developments,” she said.

The conference is followed by a discussion where global AI experts will meet the Estonian government officials in charge of AI strategy and local startup leaders. The meeting is expected to cover a broad range of emerging tech topics – from AI implementation in Estonia and Europe to international cooperation between countries, which can help ensure Estonia’s leadership in e-governance.

North Star AI aims to solve the AI talent shortage in the region and stimulate AI adoption and educate the technical community to understand the opportunities offered by the artificial intelligence – and provide them with necessary skills to partner with machines. North Star AI was founded by a number of Estonian and international companies, such as Taxify, Proekspert, Starship, Monese, Veriff, Microsoft, Skype, Sixfold and Elisa.

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Cover: Estonian-developed Starship delivery robot (the image is illustrative/Starship).