TechEmergence Podcast: Innovation at the Intersection of Technology and Psychology
Lucid VR’s CTO Talks Machine Learning for Virtual Reality

Artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) are often seen as different trends, but there is a lot of overlap in these areas, where you might not expect. Lucid VR's CTO Adam Rowell speaks today about how AI plays a role in making VR work, augmenting the accuracy of images and making a more immersive and convincing experience for users. Rowell also touches on non-gaming VR apps that he and his company are excited about launching in the future.

Direct download: Adam_Rowell_Mixed.mp3
Category:Virtual Reality -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

How Machine Learning Shapes Your eBay Experience

At Facebook headquarters, I learned there are 1 billion active users every month. In a more recent interview at eBay headquarters in San Jose, l learned that the well-known digital store has over 1 billion products for sale. eBay is, without a doubt, the world’s largest marketplace, and there’s enough incoming data to keep a large team of data scientists busy for years. I speak with Zoher Karu, eBay’s chief data officer, about how eBay leverages data and machine learning to create a better experience for its customers and also their sellers, shedding light on important lessons for anyone looking to sell a product online.

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Category:machine learning -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

Machine Learning Cyber Security May Help Speed Response to Hack Attacks

In this week’s episode, I speak with Igor Baikalov, chief scientist at cybersecurity company Securonix, about the trends in data security and where security itself has had to take a step up in the last five years. Igor touches on major meta-trends that have forced data security to advance, as well as what has made AI and machine learning a ‘requirement’ of modern data security strategy, something that has changed significantly in the last decade. Igor sheds light on these issues and likely future trends in cybersecurity over the next five to 10 years.

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Category:machine learning -- posted at: 5:08pm PDT

Facebook Artificial Intelligence and the Challenge of Personalization

In this week's episode, we feature an in-person interview from Facebook's headquarters with Hussein Mehanna, director of engineering of the Core Machine Learning group. Mehanna and I talk in-depth about the topic of personalization, touching on the pros and cons, how it works at Facebook, and how his team is working to overcome technological barriers to implement personalization in a way that improves the customer experience.

Direct download: Hussein_Mehanna.mp3
Category:machine learning -- posted at: 9:08pm PDT

What Can Machines Do That Lawyers Can't? A.I. Applications for Law

When one thinks through important industry apps of AI, law or legal apps are not usually the first to jump to mind, but there’s certainly a need. Richard Downe PhD is vice president of Data Science at Casetext, a startup working on improving search and natural language processing and democratizing legal information. In this episode, he speaks about the current bottlenecks for people trying to get more out of of legal case documents, as well as some of the apps on which the Casetext team is working, to make these processes easier and to gain strategic advantage in this industry.

Direct download: Richard_Downe_Mixed.mp3
Category:machine learning -- posted at: 6:40pm PDT

Start with a Problem: How Fast-Growing Startups Can Leverage Machine Learning

Learning about the research behind machine learning is always fun, but so is learning about the real-world applications. In today’s episode, we’re joined by the CEO and founder of Wrike, Andrew Filev. Filev speak about where Wrike is currently applying machine learning and AI in their fast-growing, data-driven company. He shares his insights as to why he thinks marketing might be the most ripe for disruption by AI, and also discusses how most companies can prepare to take advantage of machine learning in any industry.

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Category:machine learning -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

Technology Meta-trends and a Bird's Eye View of the Singularity

Today we have a guest who has interviewed more futurists than anyone else I know. While at TechEmergence a lot of our interviews focus on executives in AI, Nikola Danaylov has had the pleasure of interviewing some of the finest futurists and forward-thinking minds in the world, including Ray Kurzweil, Verner Vinge, Marvin Minsky, and many others. We speak today about the trends he’s seen aggregated (if any) amongst futurists, and about how technology may be dragging us farther into a transhuman future, whether that be closer to a utopia or a dystopia.

Direct download: Nikola_Dana_Mixed.mp3
Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 7:58pm PDT

How Business Event Data and Predictive Analytics Help Deliver Better ROI

A lot of companies in the San Francisco Bay make the claim that they can do something great with data; many fewer are at a degree of scale to make this vision possible. Today we speak with Nicholas Clark, CEO of DoubleDutch, a company now powering thousands of events nationally and implementing machine learning into their operations, including predicting business results from actual attendees. DoubleDutch is at the beginning of its journey with predictive analytics, having to make hard choices around what sort of information and thought processes they need in order to use machine learning and remain profitable. Nicholas gives his perspective on these decisions, as well as how he thinks DoubleDutch’s efforts will impact the conference/event industry at scale.

Direct download: Nicholas_Clark.mp3
Category:Big Data -- posted at: 6:30pm PDT

How Natural Language Processing Helps Mattermark Find Business Opps

Natural language processing (NLP) sounds cool in theory. We’re familiar with Siri and Echo of course, but where does it play a role in other companies? In today’s episode, we speak with Samiur Rahman from Mattermark, whose entire business model is predicated on organizing and making findable information about companies, and generating a platform to search by unique criterion. Doing so involves some conceptual work with NLP to make things findable. Samiur talks about what Mattermark is doing with this technology now and where he thinks the future may take the field, and interesting topic for investors and founders alike.

Direct download: Samuir_Rahman.mp3
Category:natural language processing -- posted at: 9:39pm PDT

A Close Up of Computer Vision with Shutterstock

We’ve spoken in the past about computer vision on the TechEmergence show, but we haven’t covered much about it in industry apps. Few businesses have better mastered this technology in the form of an app better than Shutterstock. In today’s episode, we speak with Nathan Hurst, currently a distinguished engineer with Shutterstock and previously with Google, Amazon, and Adobe. Nathan delves into the topic of business apps that can “see”, and touches on what that means for the industry, some of the exciting developments that he’s seen over last the 10 years, and what he sees coming up in the next few years.

Direct download: Nathan_Hurst.mp3
Category:computer vision -- posted at: 7:00pm PDT