BootstrapLabs AAI18 Keynote and Fireside Chat – Autonomous Vehicles for Fleet-Based, On-Demand Mobility

The goal of autonomous mobility is to impact communities by creating safer and less congested cities but there technological limitations business must overcome before this future becomes reality. Learn how some of the industry’s leading minds prioritize infrastructure, public safety, compute and AI.

At BootstrapLabs Applied Artificial Intelligence 2018 Conference, Evangelos Simoudis, Founder and Managing Director of Synapse Partners, explores the future of mobility with industry leaders John Absmeier, Head of Autonomous Mobility from Samsung and Nadeem Sheikh, VP of Self Driving Programs from Lyft.

Speakers:

  • Evangelos Simoudis, Founder and Managing Director, Synapse Partners
  • John Absmeier, Head of Autonomous Mobility, Samsung
  • Nadeem Sheikh, VP of Self Driving Programs, Lyft

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During this session, the speakers discussed the impact of autonomous driving long term, the steps required to make autonomous driving successful and all the challenges we’re still facing to adopt this technology

Some of the key takeaways from the session are:

  • The biggest impact autonomous driving will have long term isn’t in business, but safety.
  • Processes, standards, education and better computation power are all necessary to make autonomous driving a reality.
  • Sensors capabilities with higher resolution and speed of data are some of the challenges we need to address; humans still have a better response time in some autonomous driving scenarios because of this.

About Evangelos Simoudis:
Evangelos is the co-founder and managing director of Synapse Partners, a firm that invests in early-stage companies developing applications that combine AI with Big Data. He is an author, a member of numerous advisory boards, and has more than 20 years experience working in various high-tech industries. Evangelos earned a Ph.D. in computer science from Brandeis University and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Caltech.

About John Absmeier:
John Absmeier is the SVP of the Autonomous/ADAS strategic business unit and VP of Smart Machines for HARMAN and Samsung. Absmeier is a self-proclaimed geek, gearhead and jarhead with 20 years’ experience in the automotive industry. He founded Delphi Labs @ Silicon Valley and led the team to develop Delphi’s autonomous vehicle platform. Absmeier has a BSME from Purdue University, MSME from UC Berkeley, and executive MBAs from UC Berkeley,, University of Michigan, and Thunderbird.

About Nadeem Sheikh:
Nadeem is the VP of Self-Driving Vehicle Programs at Lyft, where he is responsible for Lyft’s roadmap for scaling self-driving technology. Prior to Lyft, Nadeem was part of the executive team at Opower, an energy-focused software company which went public in 2014. Nadeem was a consultant at McKinsey, where he worked in the Automotive sector and helped found the Sustainability Practice. He earned his MBA from UC Berkeley and his BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

About BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference and Community: 

The BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference 2018 is a yearly conference organized by BootstrapLabs, a leading Venture Capital firm focused on Applied AI. The annual event brings together over 800 members of the Artificial Intelligence community for a day of incredible speakers and exciting conversations. The community is comprised of founders and executives who are experts in the field of applied artificial intelligence, veteran technologists leading the world’s most innovative organizations and key partners in the AI ecosphere sharing deep-domain knowledge within specific verticals.

Over the next several weeks we’ll be releasing the videos from the sessions from the BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference 2018. The yearly conference organized by BootstrapLabs, a leading Venture Capital firm focused on Applied AI, that brings together over 800 members of the Artificial Intelligence community for a day of incredible speakers and exciting conversations.

BootstrapLabs AAI18 Opening Keynote – Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI

Paul Daugherty shares his vision of reimagining the Future of Work while on stage at BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference.

Paul Daugherty is the Chief Technology & Innovation Officer at Accenture and leads the company’s Technology Innovation & Ecosystem group. In addition to overseeing Accenture’s technology strategy, Mr. Daugherty is responsible for driving innovation through R&D activities within Accenture Labs. While he manages Accenture’s alliances, partnerships and senior-level relationships he works to leverage emerging technologies and bring the newest innovation to his clients globally.

Speaker: Paul Daugherty, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Accenture

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During this session, Paul Daugherty discusses the Future of Work (FofW), AI as the alpha trend in technology, the distribution of labor between humans and machines and how to prepare people and businesses for the impact of artificial intelligence.

Key takeaways from this session are:

  • AI is the Alpha Trend in technology because it fundamentally influences the way other technology trends develop.
  • AI is poised to be the biggest thing that impacts our lifetime.
  • Executives need to fundamentally approach their business differently to gain value from AI; this means creating processes that are dynamic, personalized, flexible and adaptive.
  • The future is will depend on a Human + Machine relationship. Giving people the right machine counterparts for working together to achieve higher levels of intelligence and increased collaborative intelligence.

About BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference and Community: 

The BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference 2018 is a yearly conference organized by BootstrapLabs, a leading Venture Capital firm focused on Applied AI. The annual event brings together over 800 members of the Artificial Intelligence community for a day of incredible speakers and exciting conversations. The community is comprised of founders and executives who are experts in the field of applied artificial intelligence, veteran technologists leading the world’s most innovative organizations and key partners in the AI ecosphere sharing deep-domain knowledge within specific verticals.

BootstrapLabs AAI18 Closing Keynote – Where AI Is Today and Where it’s Going

Over the next several weeks we’ll be releasing the videos from the sessions from the BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference 2018. The yearly conference organized by BootstrapLabs, a leading Venture Capital firm focused on Applied AI, that brings together over 800 members of the Artificial Intelligence community for a day of incredible speakers and exciting conversations.

Speaker: Richard Socher, Chief Scientist, Salesforce

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During this session, Richard Socher discussed the state of AI today across different industries including robotics and healthcare and where he sees the biggest potential for AI in the future.

Some of the key takeaways from the session are:

  • AI is impacting several industries and has provided incredible advancements (radiology, cancer treatment, etc) but there’s limitations. Fully autonomous movement in robotics and self-conscious AI are still far away.
  • In theory, with the right political structure, AI could be used to cover all basic necessities including food, housing and security.
  • It’s important to think about diversity in AI in terms of: the kinds of problems we’re working to solve, the kinds of people working on those, and the data sets the algorithms are trained on.

About Richard Socher:
Richard Socher is Chief Scientist at Salesforce where he leads the company’s AI research efforts. Prior to Salesforce, he was the CEO and founder of MetaMind, an AI startup acquired by Salesforce. Socher has received numerous awards and grants including the Distinguished Application Paper Award at the ICML, the Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges Award, a Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship, and the GigaOM Structure Award. Socher’s PhD from Stanford on deep learning with Chris Manning and Andrew Ng won the best Stanford CS PhD thesis award.

BootstrapLabs AAI18 Panel – Applied AI and Cybersecurity: Making the Enterprise More Secure

Over the next several weeks we’ll be releasing the videos from the sessions from the BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference 2018. The yearly conference organized by BootstrapLabs, a leading Venture Capital firm focused on Applied AI, that brings together over 800 members of the Artificial Intelligence community for a day of incredible speakers and exciting conversations.

Moderator: Debra J. Farber, Data Privacy & Security Advisor

Speakers:

  • Will Summerlin, Founder, Pinn Technologies
  • Chris Merz, VP Security & Decision Products, Mastercard
  • Sean Kanuck, Director of Cyber, Space and Future Conflict, IISS

During this session, the panelists discussed the future of authentication, leveraging AI to prevent and detect threats and security around databases that collect our information.

Some of the key takeaways from the session are:

  • AI is the only way to figure out and prevent future cyber attacks, it’s impossible for people to process the abundance of data required for the analysis.
  • 81% of data breaches in 2017 were perpetuated due to a stolen password, sensor data and biometric information are the key to authentication in the future.
  • It’s important to invest in management and security for databases, all biometric puzzles turn into cybersecurity issues if the database that gathers the information can be compromised.

About Debra J. Farber:
Debra J. Farber is a data privacy and information security executive and entrepreneur with 14 years of data strategy, operations, public policy, training, product, and compliance experience. Debra served as Sr. Director, Global Public Policy (Security & Privacy) at Visa where she oversaw a portfolio of issues, including: privacy, cybercrime, cybersecurity, product security, risk and more. Debra held privacy and security leadership roles at IBM, American Express, Farber Strategies and more. Debra holds a BA in English from Binghamton University, a JD from Brooklyn Law School and is completing her Executive Certificate of Business Excellence from UC Berkeley.

About Will Summerlin:
Will Summerlin is the Founder and CEO of Pinn, a cybersecurity company using AI to solve the digital identity crisis. He’s also an advisor to Story Ventures.

About Chris Merz:
Dr. Chris Merz is the vice president of Security and Decision Products for the Enterprise Security Solutions product team at Mastercard. He is responsible for decision science and associated data strategies for real-time, transaction-level decision and fraud monitoring solutions. Since joining Mastercard in 2001, Dr. Merz has applied machine learning and data science techniques to applications in cardholder segmentation, loyalty solutions, recommender systems, and fraud detection. He holds a PhD in Information and Computer Science from the University of California – Irvine, and is a recognized researcher in Machine Learning, with over 20 published conference and journal articles. He is also an adjunct professor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology since 2004.

About Sean Kanuck:
Sean serves as Director of the Future Conflict and Cyber Security program at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and Chair of the Research Advisory Group for the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace. He advises governments, corporations, and entrepreneurs on the future of information technology. Sean served as the United States’ first National Intelligence Officer for Cyber Issues from 2011 to 2016. He has a decade of experience working in government including with the CIA’s Information Operations Center, the White House National Security Council, and more. Prior to government, Sean practiced law with Skadden Arps in New York, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and banking. He holds degrees from Harvard University, the London School of Economics, and the University of Oslo. He also proudly serves as a Trustee of the Center for Excellence in Education in McLean, Virginia.

BootstrapLabs AAI18 Keynote and Fireside Chat – Applied AI in Healthcare: Deep Impact

Over the next several weeks we’ll be releasing the videos from the sessions from the BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference 2018. The yearly conference organized by BootstrapLabs, a leading Venture Capital firm focused on Applied AI, that brings together over 800 members of the Artificial Intelligence community for a day of incredible speakers and exciting conversations.

Speakers:

  • Dan Faggella, CEO, TechEmergence
  • Kevin Hua, Sr. Manager A.I./Machine Learning, Bayer
  • Carolina Garcia Rizo, Chief Business Officer, Just Biotherapeutics

During this session, the panelists discussed AI in healthcare, the complexity of all stakeholders in the industry, the ROI impact of AI, and the differences between AI in healthcare startups and Big Pharma.

Some of the key takeaways from the session are:

  • AI can be applied to many parts of the healthcare process from drug discovery to design, manufacturing and clinical trials, but the key is to find places where you have good quality, clean data.
  • Only one in ten companies leveraging AI in Healthcare meet the requirements to have meaningful impact in the space.
  • To convince executives to pull the trigger on these technologies, you need to demonstrate how AI will bring value to different complex stakeholders: hospital management, doctors and nurses, pharmaceutical companies and patients.

About Dan Faggella:
Daniel Faggella is the Founder and CEO at TechEmergence, the only market research and company discovery platform focused exclusively on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Daniel is a serial entrepreneur and has grown and sold two previous companies. He is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania with a masters degree in cognitive science.

About Kevin Hua:
Dr. Kefeng (Kevin) Hua has 20 years of experience working in design and development of AI/Machine Learning applications in healthcare, insurance, banking, retails and manufacturing industries. He is currently a senior manager with the Digital Health Intelligence Group of Bayer, responsible for developing AI/ML applications. Prior to Bayer, he was a machine learning specialist at Deloitte Consulting and a research manager of AI at Center for Advanced Research of PwC. His work in analytics has won the Analytics Leadership Award from IU Kelley School of Business in 2014 and INFORMS Data Mining contest in 2008.

About Carolina Garcia Rizo:
Dr. Garcia-Rizo is the Chief Business Officer of Just Biotherapeutics, an AI-driven platform that brings Antibody-based molecules faster. Carolina has more than 15 years experience in the biopharma and diagnostics industry and worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific, Roche Molecular, Cepheid, MIT, and Max Planck Institute. Carolina has an MBA from MIT and a Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics at C.S.I.C., C.N.R.S. and UC Berkeley, where she was Fulbright Scholar.

BootstrapLabs AAI18 Panel – Applied AI in FinTech: Faster, Cheaper, Better?

Over the next several weeks we’ll be releasing the videos from the sessions from the BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference 2018. The yearly conference organized by BootstrapLabs, a leading Venture Capital firm focused on Applied AI, that brings together over 800 members of the Artificial Intelligence community for a day of incredible speakers and exciting conversations.

Moderator: Ash Fontana, Managing Director, Zetta Venture Partners

Speakers:

  • Sangeeta Chakraborty, Chief Customer Officer, Ayasdi
  • Shaunak Khire, Co-Founder and CEO, EmmaAI
  • Ashish Bansal, Sr. Director – Data Science, Capital One
  • Xavier Legros, VP – Product Development & Science , Trusted Insight

During this session, the panelists discussed AI in finance technology, data privacy and security, interpretability of algorithms and the need for a strong relationship with regulators.

Some of the key takeaways from the session are:

  • For AI to deliver value in FinTech, interpretability and explainability are important, you need to be able to prove where your model comes from and have strong documentation.
  • You need to make sure the right controls and processes are in place to ensure data privacy and security.
  • Developing a strong relationship with regulatory agencies is key to make sure your model is unbiased and explainable and be able to influence regulators into adopting better, more complicated models.

About Ash Fontana:
Ash joined Zetta Venture Partners – the first venture capital fund focused on intelligent systems – with Mark Gorenberg at the time it launched. Ash is a board member of and lead investor in companies such as Kaggle, Invenia, Clearbit, Tractable and Focal Systems. Before Zetta, Ash started the money side of AngelList, launching online investing, managing $130M over more than 250 funds, creating the first startup ‘index fund’ and more. Ash previously co-founded Topguest, a Founders Fund-backed company that built customer analytics technology.

About Sangeeta Chakraborty:
Sangeeta is the Chief Customer Officer at Ayasdi. Prior to Ayasdi, Sangeeta built multiple professional services practices across a number of successful startups including Digital Fuel (acquired by VMWare), Inquira (acquired by Oracle) and Interwoven. Sangeeta began her career in consulting with Tata, Fujitsu and Vitria.

About Shaunak Khire:
Shaunak Khire, is the co­founder & CEO of Emma/MANSI, an explainable AI for the financial markets. Shaunak started out as a mobile security consultant at British Telecom focusing on vulnerabilities in bluetooth standards. Previously Shaunak was a Board Member of a private equity backed DMP (data management platform), he has also served on the global board of the Mobile Marketing Association. Shaunak was a part of the Clinton Global Initiative tech & poverty alleviation groups and built the MaghaCGI30 Index a social impact index that weighs constituents based on CSR metrics. He is a contributor for TechCrunch and has been on MIT Technology Review’s 35 under 35 list in 2012.

About Ashish Bansal:
Ashish is a Senior Director of Data Science at Capital One. He uses AI/ML to generate insights from vast amounts of data and build interesting B2B, B2C and Enterprise products. He manages a product portfolio of 5+ products. Prior to Capital One, he co-founded GALE Partners and headed the Machine Learning group, building AI/ML based marketing automation products. He helped the company grow from 9 to 120 and setup the India office. Overall, he has over 18 years of experience in the technology industry, along with an MBA from Kellogg School of Management and B Tech from IIT BHU.

About Xavier Legros:
Xavier is the VP of Product and Science at Trusted Insight. He’s responsible for bringing machine learning to the world of alternative asset management – Currently focusing on VC and Credit Markets. He is continuously improving the #1 social network for CIOs and alternative assets managers through Trusted Insight platform website and mobile experiences.

BootstrapLabs AAI18 Keynote and Panel – Savior or Destroyer? How AI is transforming the Media

Over the next several weeks we’ll be releasing the videos from the sessions from the BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference 2018. The yearly conference organized by BootstrapLabs, a leading Venture Capital firm focused on Applied AI, that brings together over 800 members of the Artificial Intelligence community for a day of incredible speakers and exciting conversations.

Moderator & Keynote Speaker: Alex Salkever, Author, “Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Can Change The Future”

Speakers:

  • Robbie Allen, CEO, Infinia ML / Executive Chairman, Automated Insights
  • Gilad Lotan, VP – Head of Data Science, BuzzFeed

During this session, the panelists discussed the future of AI and the media, how it’ll empower journalists and generate new revenue streams for localized reporting.

Some of the key takeaways from the session are:

  • We’re already consuming content that’s generated with Artificial Intelligence like sports and election results. But AI is still limited in terms of content creation, it’ll take another 10 years for AI to write a high school essay.
  • We need to keep our priorities straight and optimize for the right metrics, optimizing for something like CTR can lead to polarization.
  • AI will give reporters superpowers, they’ll be able to write stories and leverage data in ways that was impossible without technical skills.

About Alex Salkever:
Alex Salkever is a writer, futurist and technology leader. He is the co-author with Vivek Wadhwa of “The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Can Change the Future”. The book was named as a Finalist in the 2017 McKinsey / Financial Times Book of the Year Competition. He previously served as the Technology Editor at BusinessWeek.com and as a Guest Researcher at the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering. His first book, “The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent” was named a Book of the Year by The Economist in 2012. Alex has served as a senior executive at a host of Silicon Valley startups in green technology, data science, open government, and cloud computing. He speaks regularly at industry conferences, universities and schools and to corporations and Boards of Directors.

About Robbie Allen:
Robbie Allen is the CEO of Infinia ML, which helps enterprise organizations implement ML solutions. Previously, he founded and led Automated Insights, whose natural language generation software helped automate content production for The Associated Press, Yahoo!, and others. Robbie has authored or coauthored 10 books and has spoken at multiple conferences including: O’Reilly AI Conference, Strata, SXSW, and the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium. He holds two Master’s degrees from MIT and is completing his Ph.D. in CS at UNC-Chapel Hill.

About Gilad Lotan:
Gilad is the Head of Data Science at BuzzFeed where he leads a team that’s tasked with building state of the art analytics and data products to support entertainment, news, business and tech. Previously Gilad led Data Science at beta works, and built data products and Microsoft. Gilad’s work has been covered across a wide range of academic journals and publications, most recently focused on propaganda and bias within algorithmic ranking systems.

BootstrapLabs AAI18 Panel – Enterprise AI Applications and the Future of Work

Over the next several weeks we’ll be releasing the videos from the sessions from the BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference 2018. The yearly conference organized by BootstrapLabs, a leading Venture Capital firm focused on Applied AI, that brings together over 800 members of the Artificial Intelligence community for a day of incredible speakers and exciting conversations.

Moderator: Andrew Salzman, Partner, Chasm Group

Speakers:

  • Igor Jablokov, Founder and CEO, Pryon Inc
  • Matt Swanson, CEO, Augment
  • Nisha Talagala, Chief Technology Officer, ParallelM
  • Sabrina Atienza, Founder, Qurious.io

During this session, the panelists discussed the future of work and how Artificial Intelligence will change workflows, job functions and even our priorities at work.

Some of the key takeaways from the session are:

  • There’s tremendous opportunity for AI to be leveraged in different organizations and even those implemented to improve a process by 1% in a Fortune 500 Company can have huge impact.
  • AI will create new types of jobs and add value to augment existing systems rather than fully replace/automate them.
  • The future of our work will primarily consist of interacting with other humans, strategizing, designing and other creative topics, while the monotonous parts will increasingly see automation.

About Andrew Salzman:
Andrew has enjoyed a distinguished career working with enterprises seeking to transition disruptive technologies into growth businesses. As a member of Chasm Group, he works with cross functional teams to identify their best strategic growth pathways. Andrew served as a senior operating executive over a 25 year career in the US, Europe, and Japan, with CMO roles at Oracle/ Siebel Systems, HP/Compaq, Information Resources, Saba, and Kodak.

About Igor Jablokov:
Igor is founder and CEO of Pryon, a stealth startup in the field of artificial intelligence. He also serves as an EIR for Blackstone NC, an initiative to accelerate the commercialization of academic research. Previously, Igor was founder and CEO of Yap, a VC-backed startup that pioneered cloud-based speech recognition. It was acquired by Amazon to act as the nucleus of AI-related products such as Alexa, Echo, and Fire TV.

About Matt Swanson:
Matt Swanson is the founder and CEO of Augment, a customer experience-driven AI platform, and is responsible for driving the strategic direction and vision of the company. He also serves as the managing partner of Silicon Valley Software Group. Prior to Augment, he co-founded SpeakerText in 2010 and served as its CTO before the company was acquired by CloudFactory. Matt received his M.S. in CS and Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.

About Nisha Talagala:
Nisha Talagala is CTO/VP of Engineering at ParallelM, focusing on Production Machine Learning and Deep Learning. Nisha was previously a Fellow at SanDisk and Fellow/Lead Architect at Fusion-io. Nisha has more than 15 years of expertise in software development and distributed systems. Nisha earned her PhD in Computer Science at UC Berkeley and holds 54 patents in software, distributed systems, storage and related areas.

About Sabrina Atienza:
Sabrina is excited about leveraging the latest technology in new ways to solve massive, deeply entrenched problems. She trained in Computer Science and Physics at UC Berkeley. Prior to Qurious, Sabrina was a software engineer at Tealeaf (acquired by IBM) and software development consultant for tech companies. Her favorite reads are “The Power and the Glory” by Graham Greene and “The Way of Zen” by Alan Watts.

BootstrapLabs AAI18 Keynote – AutoML: The Future of Machine Learning

Over the next several weeks we’ll be releasing the videos from the sessions from the BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference 2018. The yearly conference organized by BootstrapLabs, a leading Venture Capital firm focused on Applied AI, that brings together over 800 members of the Artificial Intelligence community for a day of incredible speakers and exciting conversations.

Speaker: Alex Holub, Founder, Vidora

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During this session, Alex Holub discussed the future of Machine Learning, Automated Machine Learning and the notion of Master Algorithms.

Some of the key takeaways from the session are:

  • All machine learning implementations within an organization have to go through 4 fundamental steps: pre-processing, feature cleaning, feature engineering, and modeling.
  • Metalearning, having the machine learning system learn from the raw data as it goes through the different possibilities of pre-processing, feature cleaning, feature engineering and modeling techniques.
  • Leveraging Master Algorithms that can deal with raw data and figure out the best path will give everyone access to building these complex machine learning models without having written a single line of code.

About Alex Holub:
Alex is the Co-Founder and CEO of Vidora, a leading ML company working with companies like News Corp, Walmart, and Yahoo! Japan. Prior to co-founding Vidora, Alex was a technical and product management lead at Ooyala. He has published over 15 academic papers and holds numerous patents in the areas of ML, computer vision, and AI. Alex studied artificial intelligence throughout his academic career at Cornell University and during his Ph.D at Caltech.

About Vidora:
Vidora provides a self-service, point and click machine learning platform to some of the largest global companies including News Corp, Walmart, and Yahoo! Japan. Vidora’s technology leverages automated techniques for feature cleaning, feature engineering, and model selection to enable non-technical users to use Machine Learning. Vidora’s founders include graduates and PhDs from Stanford, Berkeley, and Caltech. Learn more about Vidora at https://www.vidora.com/

Announcing the BootstrapLabs Applied AI Insiders Series: Human and Computer Interaction – Moving Beyond Touch

BootstrapLabs Applied AI Insiders Human Computer Interaction

BootstrapLabs is thrilled to announce the Applied AI Insiders Series: Human and Computer Interaction – Moving Beyond Touch.

Event Summary:

  • Date and Time: Thur, May 31, 2018| 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Location: The Google Launchpad Space, 345 Spear St 5th Floor, San Francisco, California 94105
  • Registration:this event is INVITE ONLY. If you did not receive an invitation you can request one below.

 

 

Event Description

Topic: Human and Computer Interaction – Moving Beyond Touch

We stand in front of the 4th and largest wave of the industrial revolution, powered by Artificial Intelligence and Data. This is the biggest opportunity so far for innovation and entrepreneurship, and every single industry will be disrupted and redefined by companies that are not yet even born.

With the AI economic impact projected to reach $15 Trillion by 2030, we believe Applied Artificial Intelligence represents one of the major wealth creation opportunities of this century.

The interaction between Humans and Computers has been in constant evolution. Until the invention of touch screens, our connection with these devices was indirect and relied on additional equipment like a keyboard, screen, stylus, and mouse. It was only a matter of time until AI would be leveraged to radically change that connection, and move us closer to what Dr. J.C.R. Licklider, the pioneering psychologist and computer scientist, forecasted in 1963, a human-computer partnership.

During our May Applied AI Insiders Series event, we will explore practical ways AI is being applied to different Human/Computer interfaces, moving us beyond touch and closer to how we interact with other humans – using speech, gestures and even body language. Sensors that can understand our unique appearance, gestures, emotions or vital signs, voice-enabled interfaces that can hear and “understand” what we say, and even prosthetics that can interact with the electrical impulses our brains uses to control our body, are just some examples of where we’re heading.

We will explore the added benefits of these interfaces, but also share thoughts on some of the biggest challenges facing broader adoption of this technology. To get us to the next phase in human-computer collaboration, these systems must gather and analyze countless information on users, but how do we ensure privacy and secure that sensitive data?

As a VC focused on Applied AI, BootstrapLabs looks beyond the hype and has assembled an extraordinary panel of speakers to take you through the current state of AI and Human Computer Interaction. Read more.

Speakers

Ben Levy, Co-Founder, BootstrapLabs

Ben spent the last 20 years in Silicon Valley building and exiting two FinTech startups to Mergent and NASDAQ, investing in disruptive software technologies, and advising CxOs of Fortune 500 Telecom, Media and Technology companies on corporate strategy, financing and M&A.
Ben is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), an Ambassador of La FrenchTech, as well as a frequent keynote speaker at industry conferences on innovation, technology investing, entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence, and globalization in the US, Europe, and Asia.

Igor Jablokov, Founder, Pryon

Igor is founder and CEO of Pryon, a stealth startup in the field of artificial intelligence. He also serves as an EIR for Blackstone NC, an initiative to accelerate the commercialization of academic research. He was awarded the Eisenhower and Truman National Security Fellowships to research the connection between government and venture capital in fostering innovation.

Previously, Igor was founder and CEO of Yap, a VC-backed startup that pioneered cloud-based speech recognition. It was acquired by Amazon to act as the nucleus of AI-related products such as Alexa, Echo, and Fire TV. He holds over two dozen patents issued and pending and was named an industry luminary by Speech Technology Magazine. Igor holds a BS in Computer Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from The University of North Carolina.

Mark Nitzberg, Executive Director, Center for Human Compatible AI – UC Berkeley

Dr. Mark J. Nitzberg is currently Executive Director of the Center for Human Compatible Artificial Intelligence as well as head of strategic outreach for the Berkeley AI Research Lab at the University of California, Berkeley. Founded in late 2016, the UC Berkeley Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence (CHAI) aims to reorient the field of AI towards creating systems that are provably safe and beneficial to humans.

Dr. Nitzberg is also the co-author of “Solomon’s Code” and also serves as Principal & Chief Scientist at Cambrian.ai, as well as advisor to a number of startups. Most recently he was Director of Computer Vision Products at A9/Amazon following their acquisition of The Blindsight Corporation, where he was founding CEO. An entrepreneur, scientist, and seasoned organizational leader, Dr. Nitzberg has built companies and products in the areas of computer vision, machine learning, financial portfolio optimization, workflow efficiencies, online commerce, development aid, data capture, analytics, film, and theatre.

Dr. Nitzberg began studying AI with Marvin Minsky as a stowaway student at MIT in the “expert systems” wave of the early 1980’s, and wrote his Ph.D. on Computer Vision and Human Perception in 1991 under David Mumford at Harvard University.

Omar Abdelwahed, Head of Studio, SoftBank Robotics America

Omar Abdelwahed is a producer, engineer and currently the Head of Studio at SoftBank Robotics America. Omar has more than 15 years experience leading teams for large video game publishers including Ubisoft and 2K; independent developers like Mighty Play and PLAYSTUDIOS; and retailers such as Best Buy. Omar’s work includes the free-to-play shooter, “Ghost Recon Phantoms,” and the NBA video game franchise, “NBA2K”. Omar founded the independent games developer, Agent Disco, where he published his first mobile game, “The Null Society”.

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