In the world of advanced manufacturing, also known as Industry 4.0, the convergence of new advanced technologies such as the internet of things and tri-dimensional printing has been joined by an ever increasing number of elements related to artificial intelligence (AI). Italian researchers’ work has been duly integrated into the international scientific community, as well as within universities and public research institutes around the world. According to a January 2018 report from the World Bank, in the area of AI Italy is an internationally recognized source of research and development (R&D), having ranked as the third leading country in terms of published articles per scholar and sixth in terms of articles published per every $100,000 spent in R&D.

In order to highlight the potential of an enhanced R&D and trade relationship between Italy and the USA with regards to AI, the Italian Trade Agency partnered this year with the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AI*IA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s MIT Technology Review Magazine, the oldest and most established educational media provider in the United States, to create a special event at EmTech Digital 2018 in San Francisco, CA. The official luncheon panel program, entitled "The World of AI: Actually, Italian" ran on the second day of the Conference, March 27, 2018.

Leading experts in the areas of technology, engineering, academic, startup, and management communities  which attended the Conference luncheon were exposed to crucial insights into the ecosystem of AI R&D innovations coming out of Italy that will contribute to shaping global business. Panelists representing the Agency and AIIA provided an insider’s point of view on policies, opportunities and challenges currently under way in the Italian market. The Italian panelists were:

  • Luca Ascari, Director of Biomedical Research, Camlin Italy Srl, part of the Camlin Group

  • Amedeo Cesta, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche Scientist and Past President of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AI*IA)

  • Marco Saladini, Trade Commissioner, Italian Trade Agency, Chicago Office

The session was moderated by Antoinette Matthews, VP Licensing and Communities, MIT Technology Review, and Executive Director, MIT Enterprise Forum, Incorporated.

Click on the video link  below to watch ITA's luncheon panel presentation with MIT Technology Review.