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Rise of the Machines: Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain

Toronto, April 27, 2017 - January 1, 0001

Cognitive computing and big data are making their way into retail, medicine, data analysis, payment cards, mobile apps and even law. Big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain are the hot topics in the tech world.

The technology is moving quickly, but very few understand it and its potential. Please join our experts for an in-depth look at how big data is fuelling AI, and the role blockchain and smart contracts will play.


Guest Speakers and Presentations:

Thriving in an Era of Digital Disruption by Making Data Simple and Accessible While Fuelling AI

  • Reut Maimon, Open Source Analytics Regional Leader, IBM Canada

Data is the world’s new natural resource, and it is transforming all industries and professions. There’s an enormous opportunity for organizations to leverage data and analytics to transform their business and create a competitive advantage.

AI is exhibited by machines to mimic “cognitive” functions that humans associate with other human minds known as machine learning. Today, AI has become an essential part of the technology industry with tech giants weighing in and applying AI to their business and services.

Learn how big data is fuelling AI and helping companies move closer to becoming a cognitive business.

Smart Contracts and Blockchain: The Next Generation of Transactions

  • Josh Stark, Head of Operations & Legal, Ledger Labs
  • Mat Cybula, CEO, Cryptiv

Smart contracts are contracts written in code so that computer protocols facilitate and enforce performance. Smart contracts are built on blockchain. This revolutionary technology has created a way to create transactions that are both secure and decentralized.

Learn how blockchain and smart contracts will power machine-to-machine transactions and some of the emerging legal issues.

Target Audience:

In-house lawyers with a focus on technology and innovation, corporate development executives, innovation executives, and technology executives.


  • Breakfast and Registration: 8 – 8:30 a.m.
  • Presentations: 8:30 – 10 a.m.

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
199 Bay Street
Suite 4000, Commerce Court West
Toronto, Ontario (Map)

Mandatory Continuing Education

This program contains 1 hour and 30 minutes of Substantive content.