Artificial intelligence and blockchain. If those terms relate to your company’s work, you might want to mark March 9, 2017, on your calendar. If you have financial services clients and you’re not up to speed on how either artificial intelligence or blockchain relates to their business, you’ll definitely want to reserve March 9th for the FTC’s third FinTech Forum.
The first panel of the half-day forum focuses on the benefits and risks to consumers as artificial intelligence is adapted to financial services. For example, can the technology be used to provide personalized financial advice or money management tools? Are there consumer protection pitfalls that can be anticipated? Leading public, private, and academic voices will discuss those issues and more.
The second panel will consider blockchain – new applications and consumer implications. Blockchain technology involves a distributed digital ledger for recording transactions that can be shared widely. It first emerged in the world of digital currency, but now it’s being talked about more broadly, including in the context of payment systems and “smart contracts.” The conversation will include consumer advocates, law enforcers, industry representatives, and researchers.
The third FinTech Forum will take place in the Banatao Auditorium, 310 Sutardja Dai Hall, on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. Registration opens at 8:00 PT and the event convenes at 9:00.
If you can’t make it to Berkeley on March 9th, we’ll post a link to the webcast on the event page moments before the third FinTech Forum begins.
The FTC convened the FinTech Forum series as part of its ongoing effort to explore the consumer protection ramifications of emerging financial technologies.