Megan’s TEDx experience

By Megan Hughes, the Artificial Intelligence & Social Media Analytics Lead for Accenture.

It has been a privilege to have participated in TEDx for another year and as ever, I have been captivated by the passion and excitement that is generated by the event and the different contributors.

From my personal perspective, and as someone who specialises in Artificial Intelligence and cutting-edge technologies, it’s extremely important to be able to meet like-minded individuals who aren’t afraid to voice their ideas and opinions and who want to see and learn about new innovative implementations. Pushing the boundaries of the ‘art of the possible’ is the only way we can move forward.

Accenture at TEDxGlasgow 2018

The atmosphere of the event itself oozes enthusiasm, collaboration and fresh thinking. It is incredibly infectious and it is impossible not to get involved.

For Accenture, there were two big themes this year.

The first was our participation in Glasgow’s first ever TEDxYouth, as part of our Skills to Succeed programme. It was amazing! There was a fantastic list of inspiring speakers and a large variety of hands-on booths, where participants could get involved in specific activities and network with those presenting. We absolutely have to nurture new talent.

The second was the chance to demo some of our capabilities. In previous years, we’ve given presentations on some of the big trends, but this year we were able to actually show where visionary thinking can lead.

For me, the whole area of psychology within the context of technology and analytics is fascinating and my favourite TEDx talk has to be Lindsay Malloy’s “Why teens confess to crimes they didn’t commit”: Link I find it intriguing that under developed parts of an individual’s brain (in teens) makes a person say things when confronted with certain interrogation techniques to the extent of falsely confessing to horrific crimes.

It makes me think that much more needs to be done in this area and I’d love to be able to run analytics on interview content to determine the extent to which these psychology techniques are used on minors leading to such results.

And this is exactly why TEDx is so invaluable. It inspires ideas, new collaborations and hopefully answers to some of life’s questions. I’d be delighted if anyone wants to debate this, or any matters relating to #AI, #Analytics or #Data with me, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

  • Written by Cat Leaver
  • Posted on July, 14 2018

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