Artificial Intelligence in Industry with Daniel Faggella

When we polled our audience about what they were interested in, the most selected response was "business intelligence." As a follow-up, we asked them what business intelligence meant to them, and their responses boiled down to anything about understanding the data businesses are already collecting.

That kind of broad definition gets to the heart of the confusion surrounding the differences between business intelligence and artificial intelligence. The line is starting to get blurry. 

Our guest this week is Elif Tutuk, Senior Director at Qlik. Tutuk talks about how business intelligence is evolving and how we might define it now that a lot of BI is becoming AI. Tutuk discusses where AI is making its way into business intelligence and what that might enable for businesses.

Read our comprehensive definition of machine learning for business leaders here: https://bit.ly/2Ya2NxK

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 12:45pm PST

This week, we interview Jay Budzik, CTO at ZestFinance, about where AI applies to the world of auto-lending. We speak with Budzik about how underwriting and credit scoring is evolving as a result of advances in machine learning.

In addition, we talk about how companies might solve the "black box" of machine learning in finance, particularly how ZestFinance is focusing on transparent models. The financial sector has to contend with complex regulations that prevent certain information from being leveraged in credit models. It can be near impossible to determine how machine learning comes to the conclusions it does, but ZestFinance claims their software in part solves this problem.

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 11:10am PST

Some say that the competitive dynamics between the US and China in terms of AI are overblown, but there's a lot of truth to them. The US has access to more of the base research, but China can orchestrate various organizations (corporations, government bodies) and secure government funding.

That said, very few people talk about K-12 education and what countries are doing to prepare their future workforce for AI. David Touretzky talks to us about just that. He is a research professor in the Computer Science Department and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at Carnegie Mellon University. He's heading up an initiative for K-12 education, and he discusses what countries should be doing to secure their positions and technological leadership in the 21st century.

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 7:00am PST

While AI is certainly finding its footing in finance, we still find most of our subscribers are in a phase where they're trying to catch up in terms of data and data infrastructure and figure out where there's real traction with AI in finance: in banking, investing, or insurance.

In this episode, we explore AI use-cases in a number of these areas of the financial industry. We interview Carlos Pazos and Anwar Ghauche at Spark Cognition about how to maximize a smaller data science team at a financial institution, how AI and alternative data is being used for quantamental investing, and how AI is automating some financing and underwriting processes.

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 4:19pm PST

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