Emerj CEO and Podcast Host Daniel Faggella on Machine Meets World

Daniel Faggella, CEO of Emerj Artificial Intelligence Research and host of two AI podcasts, talks (what else) AI with James Kotecki of Infinia ML.

Machine Meets World streams live on YouTube weekly. It’s also available in audio form on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify, and Stitcher.

Recorded July 21st, 2020.

Killer Quote

“Executive AI fluency is the linchpin of why money is being wasted . . . . Without that grounding, we’re going to pick bad vendors. We’re going to get sold on value propositions that nobody can deliver on. We’re going to drastically underestimate the kind of teams and data infrastructure needs we’re going to have, and we’re going to blow money where it shouldn’t go.” (13:01)

More Highlights

The chasm between AI’s present and long-term implications. (5:55)

The business challenge of keeping pace with AI’s advancing capabilities. (17:30)

Why most companies could see “a net tick backwards from AI in the very near term.” (21:59)

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Forrester’s J. P. Gownder on Machine Meets World

J.P. Gownder, VP, Principal Analyst at Forrester, talks artificial intelligence with James Kotecki, Director of Marketing at Infinia ML.

Machine Meets World streams live on YouTube weekly. It’s also available in audio form on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify, and Stitcher.

Key Quote

“. . . for AI, we need to have more comprehensive governance that includes everything from ethics to explainability to accountability to bringing together all of the operational side of a model. Is it working properly? Is it being retrained continuously? Is it getting better? Does it need to be retired? But also, wedding that to some of these broader customer-relevant and employee-relevant issues.” [15:17]

“ . . . what AI is trying to do using probability is creating new conundrums that the business isn’t used to dealing with. And people aren’t very good at probabilistic thinking in the first place. So I think unfortunately, it’s one of these cases where you’ve got to bring everyone together to do this internally. My colleague Michele Goetz and I did a whole bunch of interviews around this. And we found that even some really large, sophisticated technology companies haven’t mastered every dimension of AI governance.” [16:09]

Other Highlights

A human-centered view of artificial intelligence [9:21]

The coming decade of job loss, job gains, and job transformation [24:49]

Gownder’s science fiction recommendations, which tackle inequality, climate change, and AI [27:24]

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Technovation’s Tara Chklovski on Machine Meets World

Tara Chklovski, CEO and founder of Technovation, talks artificial intelligence with James Kotecki on Infinia ML’s Machine Meets World.

The video show streams live on YouTube weekly. It’s also available in audio form on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify, and Stitcher.

Recorded June 23rd, 2020.

Key Quote

“Most adults don’t know how machine learning works, how the face recognition on the phone works, what’s behind all of this. And that’s the idea – kind of unpacking this black box of AI technologies because it’s everywhere.

“When you don’t know something, it can be very scary. You don’t know what the implications are and so you tend to sort of shut it down even more, and you’re resistant to any kind of re-skilling, up-skilling, which will have to happen no matter what.” [3:44]

Other Episode Highlights

A Focus on Grassroots AI [6:34]

How Technovation Demystifies AI [24:39]

The Technovation “Trick”: Adults and Kids Learn AI Together [26:51]

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Neo4j’s Amy Hodler on Machine Meets World

Amy Hodler, Director, Graph Analytics and AI Programs at Neo4j, joins Infinia ML’s James Kotecki on Machine Meets World, the interview show about artificial intelligence.

The video show streams live on YouTube weekly. It’s also available in audio form on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.

Recorded June 16, 2020.

Key Quote

“I definitely think we need a public conversation about what our expectations are for AI. So it’s not just ‘I want more accurate AI.’ It’s do we want AI doing particular things? We need to bring together, I would say, people from different walks of life.

“So you’ve got your scientists that we all think about, but also your ethicists and your business leaders, your citizens, your policymakers, and have more of a joint dialogue about what we want from AI systems. They are different than software we’ve had in the past because of the reach and the power that they really have the ability to amplify the best and the worst of what we can do.” [20:40]

Other Episode Highlights

Striking Examples of AI Failure [5:10]

Why Talking to Data Scientists Gives Her Hope  [18:45]

Bias Isn’t Always Bad [24:35]

See Also

Amy Hodler’s Speech on Responsible AI (November 11, 2019)

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Cognizant’s Ben Pring on Machine Meets World

Ben Pring, the Director of Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work, recently joined Infinia ML’s James Kotecki on Machine Meets World, the interview show about artificial intelligence.

The video show streams live on YouTube weekly. It’s also available in audio form on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify, and Stitcher.

Recorded June 9, 2020.

Key Quote

“If we don’t want to be seen as the cigarette executives of 2040 or 2050, I think it behooves us, as people who love technology, who are in positions of some responsibility or a lot of responsibility, to use technology in a way that we won’t be the villains in the movies that are made about what went on now in another generation or two.”

“. . . the people in the plastics industry are not particularly held in high esteem now, because we can see the damage that has been done. The waste in the oceans, that those people weren’t particularly interested in the sort of damage that they unleashed, if you like. And that’s clearly the discussion we’re beginning to have around some aspects of technology at the moment.” [22:42]

Other Episode Highlights

The Machine Learning Demo that Scared Him [11:51]

The Modern Relevance of Orwell’s 1984 [18:32] — Ben says the book was published on June 9th, but it was actually published June 8th. We’re inclined to let this slide.

Regulation: Adding Traffic Signs to the Information Superhighway [27:35]

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