Politics and regulation have taken the “sexy” out of AI. There’s less innovation right now and a greater focus on “dry, robotic laws.” It will be “painful,” he says “as it usually is when public administrations give out money, but that also means [the cash] won’t dry up. So, if you’re in AI, stay in AI. This is huge.” Whether AI is truly mainstream remains a matter of interpretation, however. Its advocates, such as Westerheide, are certainly intent on its getting there. He does, after all, have a vested interest as the head of an investment firm, specialized in the field. But he and other speakers seemed positively angry at the slow progress so far.