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Free forum to help business navigate AI

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University of Queensland's Professor Tim Miller will present on how AI can work for small business. Photo: contributed.

Bundaberg Region businesses looking to capitalise on the advantages of artificial intelligence (AI) are invited to hear from an expert in the industry at Council’s February Business Breakfast on Tuesday 13 February.

Business Breakfast attendees will hear from Small Business Commissioner Dominique Lamb on what her team does to champion small business in Queensland, and University of Queensland Professor of Artificial Intelligence Tim Miller on how AI can work for small business.

After the breakfast, Tim will also conduct a free forum, ‘Navigating the AI Landscape for Business Success’.

Tim said both of the AI sessions were suitable for a general audience, along with anyone already using or looking to use AI in their business.

“The presentation will give an overview of artificial intelligence, what it really means, and a high-level overview of opportunities and risks for using it,” he said.

Tim said the presentation would answer the questions such as:

  • What is artificial intelligence really?
  • How does it work?
  • What can artificial intelligence do and not do?
  • What opportunities and risks are there for using it?

Following the business breakfast, which is a paid event, Tim will host a free forum for the business community that will focus on getting started using artificial intelligence in business.

“We will discuss what businesses in/around Bundaberg are currently doing in this area, what opportunities they see, where they want to be, what barriers they face getting there, and what the University of Queensland and the local business community can do to help overcome these barriers,” Tim said.

“At the end of the session, we aim to get those interested in using artificial more in their business to a point where they can participate in an activity with us to draw out a roadmap for AI implementation in their organisation.”

Interested parties can attend either the Business Breakfast or the forum, or both, with no prior knowledge in artificial intelligence required.

Tim said artificial intelligence could help businesses in many ways, including data-driven decision making, customer engagement, semi-automating mundane tasks, and to access new markets.

“Thoughtfully embracing AI can be a competitive edge for a business, by helping get things done more quickly and more effectively,” he said.

“But it is not a silver bullet – successful use of AI requires an AI strategy that aligns well with business goals, and to prioritise areas where it can bring value.”

February Business Breakfast

When:   Tuesday 13 February, 7 – 9 am

Where: Bundaberg Multiplex

Cost:      $30

Book tickets here.

Navigating the AI Landscape for Business Success Forum

When:   Tuesday 13 February, 9 am

Where: Bundaberg Multiplex

Cost:      Free

RSVP required here.