“The AI brains are coming”

and this, of course, included Turning magazine.

Taets Park Zaandam, 10th of October, shortly before 9 o’clock. Pitch black event hall, all become silent when the screen in front starts a countdown from 10 downwards. With a grand introduction video, full of movie references to Artificial Intelligence and innuendo to responsible AI, the world summit of AI begins. It feels a bit like one might imagine an Apple Keynote, this small border between hype and cult.

The World Summit AI calls itself ‘The world’s leading AI summit for the entire AI ecosystem, Enterprise, Big Tech, Startups, Investors, Science. ’ For two days in October (9th-10th), the world’s AI brains gathered in Zaandam to discuss, network, learn and connect.  As broad as the field of AI is the selection of speakers, workshops and sponsors of the event. With the mission “to tackle head-on the most burning AI issues and set the global AI agenda.”, the summit offers a number of different tracks, focusing on individual aspects of AI.

Despite some warnings and critical comments about the future of AI during a number of talks, the future of AI seems bright (and not clouded as the sky over Zaandam)


Turning’s highlight track was for sure Deep Dive Tech Talks, where speakers from a wide range of fields gave deeper insight into their work. For some of our reporters, childhood dreams came a bit closer during a talk which combined AI and space travel. But also recent topics as environment and education and how AI can help us to save our planet or improve the way we learn were discussed. You will get more details about our favourite talks in the next couple of weeks. But as you see from this selection already, there was a talk for any taste.

Next to speakers representing global players such as Amazon, Google and Facebook and other leading AI brains, Gary Marcus and Stuart Russell (you might know him as the author of ‘AI, A modern approach’) inspired their audience and caused queuing during their book signings. Still in need of a good AI book as a nice chance to your mandatory university readings? Check out ‘Rebooting AI: Building Artificial Intelligence We Can Trust’ from Gary Marcus or ‘Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control’ by Stuart Russell!

Stuart Russel during his interview about his latest book.

But talks and workshops were not all the summit had to offer. During those two days, several companies used the opportunity to present the way they incorporate AI in their business. Did you, for example, know that Huawei started a deep dive into Machine Learning? Or would you expect a company like Wolfram Alpha to be present at such an event?  We were surprised as well! And we were especially happy to see Machine2Learn. Believe it or not, the summit and Turning have a sponsor in common. But next to the global players, the summit also allowed a number of startups to present their ideas, ranging from AI applications supporting your companies finances, an application which helps you to sleep better or yet another example of AI and education.

World Summit AI 2020

Curious, what happened during the World Summit AI? Over the next couple of weeks, Turning will provide you with highlights of the summit, the people which inspired us most, the topics which touched us and the talks which made us curious about what else is out there.

Or maybe our small preview sparked your interest and you want to experience the Summit yourself next year? The presale of the tickets started already! Mark the 7th and 8th of October 2020 in your calendar and get your ticket at  https://worldsummit.ai/tickets/. Student tickets cost 199 Euro each. This is a lot of money for a student, we know. But in exchange, you get access to a great number of talks and events as well as a unique opportunity to network. And how often does it happen that all AI brains gather and you can meet them without leaving the Netherlands? Right, once a year during the Summit!

AI and arts: a painter and composer?

Here are the last two article previews of the first edition:

Automatically composing music is not such a new idea as many might think: automatically generated songs date back to the time of ancient Greek. Jeremy Börker, Bachelor student at Radboud University, writes about the persistent challenges of automatic music generation.

Upgrading a simple, black&white sketch to a fully-fledged coloured portrait. Find out how it’s possible and check out Yagmur Güçlütürk‘s article. Yagmur is currently an assistant professor at Radboud University.

The first edition is near! Read more about 2 upcoming and very interesting articles

To prove that science and arts do go together, Ngoc Đoàn, Andrius Penkauskas and Ecaterina Grigoriev paired up with a theater group. The AI-students from Tilburg University want to model group dynamics using data about theater performances.

Using ARtInfo in the Valkhof museum Nijmegen. ©Rein Wieringa

The apps RecolourAR and ARtinfo are guaranteed to make any museum trip more fun and interactive. Loes van Bemmel, Master student Artificial Intelligence at Radboud University, will tell you all about them.


Get excited with a sneak preview on 2 amazing articles!

The first edition of Turning Magazine publishes on September 1st! You want to know how AI can be utilized in the field of fashion? Then the following 2 articles will catch your interest:

A mirror that can give you fashion advice? Find out more about it in the interview with Alexey Chaplygin, data scientist at PVH corp. 

Read about technology inspired fashion in the article ‘Cyber Couture’. Anneke Smelik, researcher at Radboud University and author of “Ik cyborg. De mens-machine in populaire cultuur.”, will tell all about the futuristic clothing-designs of Iris van Herpen.

The first edition will be released on September 1st – what you can expect

In the upcoming weeks we will post short overviews about what contents you will be able to read about in the first edition of Turning Magazine.

Daphne Lenders, Master student Artificial Intelligence at Radboud University, will tell about Shakespeare-inspired poems, written by an AI. See yourself how the sonnets compare to ‘Hamlet’ or ‘Romeo & Juliet’. 

How Neural Networks can be used to generate new pictures, stories or even new knowledge, will be the topic of Nynke Zwart’s article. Nynke is a Master student Interaction Technology at the University of Twente.