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How Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence are transforming industries

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Aston Business School

Susan Cadbury Lecture Theatre, MBA Lounge

Aston University

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Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have disruptive potential across multiple industries.

Join Aston Business School as we welcome keynote speaker Rahul Rumalla, founder of Paperchain, to discuss the disruptive potential on Blockchain and AI. Compere Raaj Shamji will lead an interactive Q&A with a panel of experts and influencers from various sectors to discuss challenges, opportunities and case studies.

While the Blockchain movement is poised on removing intermediaries, AI is a rapidly evolving trend that provides predictive insights from massive amounts of data in order to make processes more efficient. Recent studies show that businesses recognise the importance of both emerging technologies, but do not know how to respond to this trend.

The event will (a) explain both emerging technologies and (b) and explore specific use cases for the financial world, media & entertainment, the supply chain and the legal world.

Technology transforming industries

Blockchain, the technology that powers Bitcoin, has revolutionized the financial industry globally. Bitcoin is the 6th most circulated currency in the world and is currently valued at over 8,500 GBP. Blockchain also allows for effective and cost-saving records of transactions among broker dealers, intermediaries and clients. AI can help when it comes to the decision of whether a bank can lend to customers or the decision of where to invest. AI is also catapulting robo-advice to a new level.In media and entertainment, Blockchain technology promises to solve the issues around rights management and micro-payments. AI can be used to identify actors who break copyright law.

Using Blockchain technology, companies can make and verify transactions instantaneously. Blockchain builds trust among parties through a network of assured authenticity. The middleman is eliminated and so is expensive due diligence. Smart contracts stored on the Blockchain can take centre stage by tracking contract parties, terms, transfer of ownership and delivery of goods or services.

Blockchain allows manufacturers to gain transparency of their supply chain. Shipments can be tracked through the supply chain with ease, increasing efficiency and lowering costs.

The law-maker has been slow to react to these new technologies. Switching to decentralised, automated systems carries massive legal and regulatory challenges.

Benefits of attending:

  • Keynote speaker Rahul Rumalla will explain both emerging technologies and the disruptive potential across multiple industries

  • Explore specific use cases for the financial world, media & entertainment, the supply chain and the legal world

  • Panel discussion from experts and decion-makers from a range of sector

  • Network with like-minded people in a friendly and informal environment as we serve canapes and refreshemnts.

Keynote Speaker:

Rahul Rumalla is an entrepreneur by trade, a software engineer in practice and a musician at heart. In 2016 he founded Paperchain, a company focused on solving the problem around unattributed royalties and unidentified music rights owners. Rahul is a frequent speaker at music industry conferences around music copyrights, licensing and applications through blockchain. His past projects included work on decentralised applications (dapps) and crypto currencies. Recent projects include consulting on emerging technology solutions for various organizations in the media and music industries. Rahul is also an academic Fellow at Berklee Institute of Creative Entrepreneurship and Open Music Initiative.

"The time has come to stop questioning technologies like blockchain and AI. We should rather start leveraging them." (Rahul)

"Imagine a world where virtual marketplaces allow for highly secure and efficient trading of virtual goods and services in exchange for cryptocurrencies, all without the intervention of human beings and more importantly without any centralized authorities. So, how are we going to adapt?" (Rahul)

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David Halliwell, Director of Knowledge and Innovation Delivery, Pinsent Masons David has overall responsibility for the knowledge strategies to support the firm's business strategy and leads the implementation of the firm’s approach to innovation. He leads the firmwide innovation hub and the firm’s SmartDelivery programme, promoting efficient and effective working practices to deliver legal services in innovative ways. David qualified and practised as a litigation lawyer before moving into law firm knowledge and quality management at a number of national and international law firms.

Dr David Hardman MBE, Chief Executive Office, Innovation Birmingham Moving to Birmingham in 2008 to develop and implement a strategy that would build on the legacy of the third oldest science park in the UK, David has successfully transformed Aston Science Park into Innovation Birmingham Campus; the region’s leading location for digital and tech companies. With over 20 years’ experience in knowledge transfer, David has been working at the interface between applied research and commercial application and exploitation.

Tim Kay, Director, KPMG Based in the Midlands Tim leads their work across the technology, media and telecoms sectors in the region. He has spent 17 years at KPMG working for clients from large and small in the tech sector. Tim set up the KPMG team focused on technology start-ups and has also been involved in the innovation agenda for the firm, looking at how professional services are being disrupted in the face of technology change. He is also a member of the West Midlands Combined Authority Digital Board which looks at how the region can best harness and grow the technology and digital communities locally.

Compere:

Raaj Shamji is a self taught MC, Compere and Facilitator. He is a registered Red Coat Toastmaster and a Deputy Director of Student Affairs at Birmingham City University. Raaj, a proud Aston MBA alumni, has the task of compering the evening's key note and panel discussion.

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