Experts analyze the implications and applications of AI and new technologies in business and in the educational field
MURCIA, 26 (EUROPA PRESS)
The Víctor Villegas Auditorium and Congress Center has hosted this Thursday and Friday the series of conferences ‘Connecting with the future’, an event that the Union of Associated Work Cooperatives of the Region of Murcia, Ucomur, has organized within the framework of the V Regional Agreement for Excellence in the Social Economy.
These conferences have brought together leading speakers and experts, specialists in the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, and data analysis, as reported by Ucomur sources in a statement.
This is the case of the disseminator and technological investor, Marc Vidal; the AI expert and creator of the YouTube channel ‘AI in action’, Xavier Mitjana; the executive president of the Maecenes Education and Culture Foundation, José Navalpotro; the head of Education at Microsoft Spain, María Comín Mayordomo; the expert in process robotization and Customer Program Manager at Azure (Microsoft), Jaime Camarasa; Sebastian Tunnell, CEO and founder of Datademia; the doctor in Industrial Engineering from the UPCT and expert in virtual reality, María Dolores Ojados González; and the journalist specialized in technology and digital media, Marilín Gonzalo Airut.
The conference this Thursday, focused on the applications of Artificial Intelligence in the classroom, included the intervention of the Minister of Education, Vocational Training and Employment, Víctor Marín, who assured that “artificial intelligence has entered education. The entire educational community can benefit from its applications, train to get the most out of it without diminishing human intelligence.”
This Friday, the Minister of Business, Social Economy and the Self-Employed, Valle Miguélez, has attended the inauguration of the second day of these conferences on technological transformation, which has been offered by the president of Ucomur, Juan Antonio Pedreño. Miguélez has indicated that “it shows once again that digital transformation is an opportunity for companies that dare to innovate. There is a real need for social and economic transformation and adaptation”.
The counselor was accompanied by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Business, Ana Belén Valero, and by the Director General of the Self-Employed, Labor and Social Economy, Antonio Pasqual del Riquelme. For his part, Juan Antonio Pedreño emphasized the importance to anticipate technological changes: “If we don’t anticipate changes, we are already arriving late”.
In this sense, the president of Ucomur and Ucoerm has wanted to transfer to cooperatives and social economy companies, and to the business fabric in general, the need to train in Artificial Intelligence and process automation, as a way of including these new technologies in promoting the competitiveness of companies.
“At an educational level we cannot be left behind, artificial intelligence is already part of daily life for many of the students, learning to use it correctly and guiding them in handling it will be key from now on,” he explained.
“These conferences are just the beginning. For the Union of Cooperatives, committed for years to Digitization and training in new technologies, it is and will continue to be a priority to continue promoting the training of teachers and cooperative members in those tools that improve their skills and the competitiveness of their companies”, he concluded. AI, ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE
A common idea, shared among all the speakers in the ‘Connecting with the future’ cycle, has been to make the most of artificial intelligence and the automation or robotization of processes. And, given the fear that new technologies and the technological and digital transformation may cause, these experts warn that jobs are not in danger, but work dynamics will change and it is time to adapt to them and become very familiar with AI.
During his presentation, the popularizer and technology speaker Marc Vidal, has assured that “changes generate uncertainty, but flexibility appears in uncertainty; ways of learning are sought and new knowledge is applied on a day-to-day basis”. In this sense, Vidal has encouraged those present, the companies to “use the available technology so that it costs us very little to detect errors in the processes and correct them. These technologies allow us to know what a business model or a service will be like beforehand. Let’s use them.”
The executive president of the Maecenes Education and Culture Foundation, José Navalpotro, has stated that “it is time to make the tools accessible to teachers and that they can be trained to use them and guide students. But we cannot forget the emotional part, globalization and all the context that embraces this technological transformation. The change is much more complex and on many more levels. ChatGPT is just the tip of the iceberg.”
For his part, the AI expert and visible face of the ‘AI in action’ channel, Xavier MItjana, has indicated that “you have to get the value out of tools like ChatGPT, to establish yourself in the market or grow using AI. Companies that do not adapt to this change will be at a disadvantage.” Of course, Mitjana bets that, after the work of ChatGPT and other artificial intelligence, there is always a human review process.
The head of Education at Microsoft Spain, María Comín, has listed and experimented live with some of the latest applications developed by Microsoft and that are applicable in the educational field. It is worth highlighting those programs that allow personalized attention to the learning needs of each student and that, therefore, attend to diversity. “We have programs available that help to prepare and train the speech, that train in the use of search tools or that are accelerators of learning, of reading and are tools available to everyone”, she specified.
The CEO and founder of Datademia, Sebastian Tunnell, has made various samples of how to optimize data analysis systems in favor of our company and has stated that “data analysis is here to stay and no matter the size of the company, Its use allows us to work with sales targets or insert interactive selectors that give us the data we need to obtain, so it is useful for someone starting out alone and for a large company.”
The doctor in Industrial Engineering of the UPCT and expert in virtual reality, María Dolores Ojados González, has graphically exposed the uses that the Polytechnic University of Cartagena is giving to virtual and augmented reality, with a center dedicated to it. Among others, the UPCT has an app that allows students to create 3D images from 2D plans. “Students are motivated to feel that they are protagonists of the learning process, and Virtual Reality gives them access to what they think and imagine before creating it.”
During the presentation of María Dolores Ojados, the company Dreamtech 5 has offered an immersive virtual reality experience to attendees.
The head of the Innovation and Digital Transformation area of the Regional Development Institute, Alberto Romero, has also taken the stage of these conferences to explain the Industrial Strategy 5.0 2022-2027. This strategy will make more than 30 million euros available to the business fabric over the next six years with the aim of making companies aware of the reality of disruptive technologies.
INFO, together with the Autonomous Community, has collaborated with Ucomur in organizing these conferences.