Don’t miss these talks on Day 1 of Web Summit

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GenAI, tech ethics, podcasting and more. Get inspired and informed by these Day 1 talks at Web Summit.

The first day of Web Summit offers a cornucopia of talks on every tech-related topic imaginable. Here are some of the standout sessions you won’t want to miss.

Podcast evolution: From idea design to audience engagement

Persephonica is perhaps best known for hosting popstar Dua Lipa’s hugely popular podcast, Dua Lipa: At Your Service, and Political Currency, co-hosted by UK politicians George Osborne and Ed Balls.

Persephonica founder and CEO Dino Sofos will be talking to Big Technology podcast founder Alex Kantrowitz about the secret to coming up with innovative ideas for the medium, as well as how to build and retain a loyal audience.

Q&A with Signal president Meredith Whittaker

This Q&A session with Signal president Meredith Whittaker is bound to be an interesting one.

An advocate for ethical artificial intelligence, Meredith is also the founder and co-director of the AI Now Institute, which studies the social implications of AI.

The former Google employee was also named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in AI in 2023. Come along and have your questions ready.

Will GenAI transform marketing and advertising?

Dictionary publisher Collins declared AI the word of the year in 2023 – and for good reason.

Generative AI has been transforming almost every industry, most notably marketing and advertising. But is it augmenting jobs in these sectors, or slowly replacing humans?

This expert panel will delve into the implications of the GenAI revolution.

How to stop the internet from unravelling

Internet access has become so vital for people that it has been proposed as a fundamental human right. But what happens when this access is regulated?

ICANN CEO and interim president Sally Costerton joins Internet Society CEO and president Andrew Sullivan to discuss the implications of misinformed and misguided regulation, and propose what they view as the best approach.

Revolutionising reality: The future of AR

It seems that mainstream use of augmented reality is always just around the corner. Once touted as the next big thing in gaming, AR is now becoming an enterprise tool.

Former Magic Leap CEO Peggy Johnson will be sitting down with TechCrunch editor-at-large Mike Butcher to discuss AR’s applications in the workplace – as well as in everyday life.

Check out the full Day 1 schedule here.

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