2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of the classic movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. After 50 years is Hal finally here with Artificial Intelligence and Big Data? Who can forget that computerized voice saying, “I’m sorry, I’m afraid I can’t do that Dave”? The movie fiction is not far from the facts regarding Artificial Intelligence and its dangers being written about and discussed at conferences today. Consumers in Motion Group attended major industry events around the world in 2016 and 2017 to learn about the technologies and consumer trends that are shaping our future. We have curated these events based on the quality of their content, exhibitors and attendees and have listed the top events to attend in 2018. A word on our methodology: We ranked the events by three key criteria: 1) Distinct, value-added programming that highlights the direction our industry is going; 2) A diverse, high-caliber attendee list of marketing leaders, and 3) An environment and format that supports learning, networking and community building.