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Speaker Announcement

Friday 13th January 2023, London UK

We’re delighted to announce that Nigel Toon, CEO at Graphcore, will speak at CogX Festival 2023

The Tortoise Global AI Index ranks 62 nations across 3 pillars for the development of AI capabilities. The UK sits at No.3 in the development of AI, and none of that technology would be possible without the astonishing progress made in the design of AI microprocessing.

At the heart of that progress is Graphcore and its CEO Nigel Toon.

From human-like chatbots to generative art, the abilities of advanced AI models are evolving rapidly. But what sort of compute systems are going to be needed if we want to maintain, or even accelerate the current rate of progress? Graphcore co-founder and CEO Nigel Toon looks into the future of ultra-large foundation models with brain-scale complexity, and how a ‘compute crunch’ could slow everything down if we don’t radically rethink current approaches to hardware design.

Nigel will be able to brief us on the big topics:

If we want progress to continue at the current rate or even accelerate, are we going to have to radically re-think both AI compute systems and model design, or face a ‘compute crunch’?

How does the decline in the investment landscape affect the need to increase training costs, and how can users optimise their experiences without appropriate training?

How does the AI industry work with the UK’s research and innovation sector to unlock developmental opportunities?

How does geo politics impact the UK’s development of advanced microprocessors?
Does the UK need to establish a manufacturing base for AI microprocessors in order to remain globally competitive?

How does society mitigate the risks of inevitable Superintelligent AI progress?

To propose a specific question to Nigel, or any Speaker, please visit our ask a speaker a question page on the website. We’d love to hear from you.

The Festival returns with 10 Programmes, 200 Topics and the mission of addressing the question: “How do we get the next 10 years right?”. Nigel joins an incredible list of speakers confirmed so far, and we have invited him to join us on the main stage.

There are many exciting new elements at the Festival. Two we want to highlight are the way we are bringing together Inclusivity and Scale with small, curated side events:

Inclusivity and Scale - Working with our Affiliate Partners we will welcome 90,000 visitors over 3 days to hear from over 1,000 incredible speakers - across 10 stages, from the True Industry Transformation Stage to the 1,500-seat DeepTech Stage - not for the faint-hearted. We have made it our most affordable and inclusive Festival yet, with the Early Bird Standard Festival 1 day pass for £55, and just £25 for students. (We won’t be issuing complimentary tickets in 2023)

New Curated Exec Programme - At the same time, our new Executive Programme provides priority access to all stages and all lounges, as well as 80 expertly curated intimate GLS Side Events on specific topics every day. These are co-hosted with our Partners and our own editorial team and include talks, roundtables and fully catered breakfast, lunch and dinner. 3 days of access to this is normally £4995 - but with today’s Super Early Bird GLS offer, it's just £1,245 - a saving of £3,250.

The core of what makes CogX special is you, our community. And if you would like to participate as a Speaker, Affiliate Partner, Sponsor or Attendee - please get in touch here.


Charlie Muirhead, Alethea Rous and the whole CogX Team

PS. There are still 3 days to get your Super Early Bird tickets! We’re not issuing Complimentary tickets this year. They start at £55 for 1 day Festival Pass (£25 for Students) that gets you access to all public stages for our most inclusive event yet. And remember you can get a full refund up until the end of March.

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