The Data Summit, which takes place in Edinburgh today and tomorrow, will set out to challenge AI perceptions as debate continues around the technology.

Around 600 delegates were expected to attend the conference at the city’s EICC venue, with speakers including NASA space scientist Katherine Rahill and CEO and co-founder of Code First Girls, Anna Brailsford.

They’ll hear how data and AI influence the human condition from culture to net zero, privacy to disinformation, and religion to space travel.

Titled “The AI Renaissance: how is it shaping the human experience?”, the event will see data scientists, nuclear chemists, genomics experts, entrepreneurs and professors come together to share their advanced knowledge on the new future of innovation.

Deputy First Minister Shona Robison said: “The Scottish Government is committed to the data sector and recognises that data and AI will be crucial if we want to achieve our economic and climate ambitions. 

“The £42 million Techscaler programme launched last year has already provided essential support to 400 start-up businesses and our AI Strategy, which is being delivered in partnership with The Data Lab, will help us become a leader in the development and use of trustworthy AI. 

“The public sector has been given a great opportunity to invest in and benefit from groundbreaking data and AI technologies through the CivTech process. By making better use of these technologies, we can improve the lives of people in Scotland through the delivery of more effective and sustainable public services.”

The event, organised by The Data Lab, is now in its seventh year.