Talking AI at Frankfurt: A Look at Some of the Programming Ahead

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The upcoming Frankfurter Buchmesse has programming looking at many aspects of artificial intelligence and related issues.

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By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

AI: A Tale of Two Techs
In an act of not-at-all-artificial intelligence, the organizers of next week’s Frankfurter Buchmesse (October 18 to 22) have created a Web page on which you can find various AI-related events at the world’s largest international book-industry trade show of its kind. Filtering allows for a search by date, time, category, location, language, and “digital/physical events.”

Here’s the link to this very useful tool provided by the 75th edition of Frankfurt, at which “AI” at times seems to be mentioned almost as often as “books.”

We have some AI-relative programming highlights for you here, too, to consider as you try to shoehorn more activities into your Frankfurt schedule.

Indeed a survey of issues and topics both at Frankfurt and in the international industry at large confirms what many in world book publishing are seeing as a defining factor at this point in the development of the debate: the AI narrative is a tale of two techs.

One of the things that Arq Works and Veristage’s Thomas Cox says in our forthcoming Frankfurt Show Magazine ahead of our Publishing Perspectives Forum session on AI he’ll moderate (Frankfurt Thursday, October 19, at noon) is, “There’s no moral dilemma regarding software code, so adoption has been very rapid, with the majority of developers now using these tools daily. This significantly boosts productivity.”

And that, of course, then positions “the other” AI issues, which tend to arise around content (in publishing, who is writing the books and how is that content processed?); employee and talent management (who is hired and how is their work contextualized?); and how rights are to be protected (whose work is it, what compensation are they due, and how are we to even know “where that AI has been”?).

Today, for example, Punam Raju Manthena is writing at Forbes about machine learning and job recruitment. In a list of concepts that may well be reshaping recruitment, he mentions not “large language learning” but “tiny machine learning” or Tiny ML, writing, “Imagine wearable devices collecting data on how candidates tackle challenges, effectively gauging their practical skills in a world dominated by smart devices.” (Slackers, be afraid, be very afraid.)

And meanwhile, here’s a look at AI at Frankfurt, in terms of some of the pertinent events and activities programmed for the week.  Be sure to check the new aggregate link for the largest learning you can get about what’s on tap at the trade show.

Selected AI-Related Events at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2023

All events at the book fair can be found in the Frankfurter Buchmesse app and the Calendar of Events:

The State of AI in Publishing Today
Thursday October 19
12 to – 12:45 p.m.
Publishing Perspectives Forum (Congress Center, Level 2, room Spektrum)
With: Nadim Sadek (Shimmr AI), Thomas Cox (Arq Works, Veristage), literary scholar Christoph Bläsi, and Anna Soler-Pont (Pontas Literary and Film Agency)

AI Art: Is Artificial Intelligence Artistically Talented?
Thursday, October 19
4 to 4:45 p.m.,
Guest of Honor Pavilion (Forum, Level 1)
With: artist Samira Kentrić, filmmaker Miléna Trivier (Algorithms of Beauty) and author and art historian Noah Charney

Screens, AI and Humans
Friday, October 20
4 to 4:45 p.m., Guest of Honor Pavilion (Forum, Level 1)
With: linguist Naomi S. Baron and author Maja Lunde
Moderation: Miha Kovač

Copyright and Licensing Law

Artificial Intelligence: The Algorithm as Creator?
Wednesday, October 18
4 to 4:50 p.m.
Frankfurt Pavilion (Agora)
With: entrepreneur and author Mina Saidze, Lena Falkenhagen (Association of German Writers), copyright and media law specialist Florian Wagenknecht, Sönke Reimers (dfv media group) and author and political consultant Mads Pankow.

AI Solutions: Trained with Your Content
Thursday, October 19
1 to 2:00 p.m.
Frankfurt Studio (Hall 4.0, room Europa)
With: Christopher Kenneally (CCC), Carlo Scollo Lavizzari (Lenz Caemmerer), Avi Staiman (Academic Language Expert), Dr Hong Zhou (Atypon)

AI in Academic Publishing

AI and Its Impact on OA and Research Integrity
Thursday, October 19
Noon to 1 p.m.
Frankfurt Studio (Hall 4.0, room Europa)
With: Todd Carpenter (National Information Standards Organization), Anita de Waard (Elsevier), Robert M. Harington (American Mathematical Society), Roy Kaufman (Copyright Clearance Center), Dr Julia Kostova (Frontiers), Dr Leslie McIntosh (Digital Science), Avi Staiman (Academic Language Experts)

AI in Translation

AI and Translation: Hands-On Experience with DeepL, ChatGPT, MTPE & Co.
Friday, October 20
4 to 5 p.m.
International Translation Center (Hall 4.1 F81)
With: literary translators Cornelius Hartz and Manfred Schmitz, plus others

AI in Audiovisual Translation
Saturday, October 21
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
International Translation Centre (Hall 4.1 F81)
With: Dr Alexander Schwarz (translator, voiceover director), Angela Starkmann (translator), Anne Wanders (translator, script writer). Moderation: Bettina Arlt (trade association AVÜ)

More from Publishing Perspectives on Frankfurter Buchmesse is here, more on artificial intelligence is here, more on digital publishing is here, and more on publishing and technology is here.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.