With the rapid adoption of AI and Machine Learning, the implications and challenges for its supporting digital infrastructure in the UK are becoming more apparent. Needless to say, this uptake will change the face of the digital infrastructure sector and cloud providers, which will need to upgrade to transition into accelerated computing and generative AI.
Some of the challenges that have surfaced include reports identifying this growth to be resource intensive, from energy to water, with a simultaneous push for further sustainability and to meet ambitious net zero targets. Furthermore, earlier this year techUK published its AI Adoption in the UK report which highlighted insufficient compute infrastructure as being one of the most significant barriers to AI adoption.
Join techUK for a Chatham House Rules in-person roundtable hosted by Shoosmiths, where AI companies will have the opportunity to forecast what future demand for compute from data centres may look like within their organisations, to ensure that data centres and the digital infrastructure sector have the provisions in place to meet the growing demand from the sector.
Against the backdrop of an upcoming general election, the roundtable will provide a forum to gather industry insights and put forward recommendations to government in order to realise the UK's AI potential.
- 15:00 - Arrival
- 15:30 - Welcome by Liam Phillips - Partner at Shoosmiths
- 15:45 - Presentation by Chris Woodward - UK Public Sector, Defence and Security Director at Nvidia
- 16:00 - Presentation by Spencer Lamb - CCO at Kao Data
- 16:15 - Break
- 16:30 - Panel Discussion:
- Chair: Katherine Holden - Head of Data Analytics, AI and Digital ID at techUK
- Alex Kirkhope - Partner at Shoosmiths
- Spencer Lamb - CCO at Kao Data
- Mark Turner - CCO at Pulsant
- Rob Cooper - Head of Data Centre Advisory & Transaction Services at CBRE
- Dr Martin O'Reilly - Director of Research Engineering at the Alan Turing Institute
- Chris Woodward - UK Public Sector, Defence and Security Director at Nvidia
- 17:00 - Q&A
- 17.30 - Networking
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Luisa C. Cardani
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