The C2 Montréal business conference is a perennial burst of creativity that explodes in Montréal every spring, releasing a heady mix of new ideas, new encounters and new experiences.
This year, it was held from May 23 to 25 in the magnificent architecture of the Arsenal exhibition space. The speeches, workshops, braindates and other innovative activities addressed current problems and themes revolving around the operationalization of creativity in industry and technology.
Here are some of the key trends that dominated the discussions.
Spread of cloud computing
With the explosive growth in the number of people using the cloud and the amount of data that is stored remotely, the architecture of cloud-based systems requires active development and quasi-permanent maintenance. To accommodate the spiralling increase in metadata, cloud providers are making changes:
- Lowering the cost for using the cloud
- Increasing computing power
- Introducing improved algorithms and new features (connected objects)
- Increasing storage capacity
Block chains, artificial intelligence and machine learning are progressing fast
Today, Montreal is at the cutting edge of the development of new strategies and methods that combine the power of artificial intelligence with block chains.
In a not-so-distant future, all companies, regardless of structure and line of business, will be moving towards decentralization. Their new organizational models will have to factor in artificial intelligence, which means restructuring IT resources, algorithms and training data to fit the new models of the future.
When decentralization is within reach of all and artificial intelligence is capable of operating in symbiosis with block chains, every business will have the tools to become as powerful and profitable as Google.
Increasingly autonomous and effective chatbots
Artificial intelligence is advancing at lightning speed and chatbotsharness its power to improve their performance. These self-taught machine-human interfaces use the data they collect in the course of their interactions to become more competent and communicate more effectively and naturally with humans. Their growing ability to interact smoothly is disrupting our relationship with new technologies and our perception of digital interfaces. Chatbots are expanding their scope and now extend to customer support and customer experience as well as video games. One thing is clear: more surprises are in store!