IBM’s Chief Analytics Officer, Martin Fleming, will keynote the NC Tech Association’s “State of Technology” event  Friday at the Durham Convention Center. The event focuses on artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Fleming leads IBM’s “cognitive enterprise,” which is a business model that uses AI, machine learning and cognitive systems to improve decision making and financial performance.

“This annual conference explores the latest tech trends, and this year’s theme of artificial intelligence is an example of that,” said Brooks Raiford, CEO of NC Tech. “Response has been terrific, with attendance reaching capacity and a high quality lineup of speakers and panelists.”

Breakout sessions will consider topics such as “Integrating AI into your organization;” “The intersection of AI and blockchain;” “The future of work and AI – will we all be replaced?”

Other sessions cover AI in healthcare, ethics in AI, and unintended consequences of AI – what are we teaching our bots?

Three NC tech executives, Robbie Allen, CEO, infinia ML, Richard Boyd, CEO,; and Brian Hamilton, co-founder and chair of Sageworks,  will close the event with “TED” style tech talks.

Startup focus

Six startups will have six minutes each to pitch their product or solution at the event. They are:

Online registration for the event is closed, but a few remaining tickets are available through today (Thursday, May 3) from event manager Mary Smith at