Artificial Intelligence in Industry with Dan Faggella (Emerging Technology)

If there's any industry ripe for disruption by AI and ML applications, it's healthcare. This week, we speak with ElevenTwo Capital's Founder and Managing Partner Shelley Zhuang, whose investment focus (among other spaces) is on innovative healthcare services. In addition to discussion how AI is helping propel genomics, diagnostics, therapeutic treatment, and other innovations, she touches on what the healthcare space might look like in the next 10 years. For healthcare startups looking to break into the healthcare market, Zhuang doesn't pretend to have simple answers; however, she identifies commonalities among companies that have been successful in smart preparation for meeting regulatory and other industry considerations. This interview was recorded live in San Francisco at Re-Work's Machine Intelligence in Autonomous Vehicles Summit in March 2017.

 

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 5:03pm PST

At TechEmergence, we like to look around the corner at where AI is impacting industries and how people can make better business decisions based on that information. AI and software is an emerging topic of interest to many companies, and in this episode we get a venture capitalist's perspective on where AI will play a vital and necessary role with real results in software and industry.

Jake Flomenberg, a partner with venture capital firm Accel in Palo Alto, shared his insights on how software can integrate AI in intuitive and valuable ways for users. He cites some of the companies that Accel has invested in to illustrate some of the potential software features that may be introduced to the enterprise in the next five years or so. Flomenberg's insights may be useful for anyone building a business or planning to buy a product or service from a software vendor in the near future. If you're interested in getting other founders' perspectives on the feedback and interest shown by investors in their startups, our AI startup consensus on investor sentiment is a good place to start.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 4:57pm PST

Machine Learning Opening New Doors in Human Resource Industry

When we think about applying AI and data science to different areas of business, we often think about those domains that offer a wide swath of quantitative metrics that we can feed a machine, like marketing or finance. Human resources (HR) normally doesn’t fit the bill. How we hired someone, how we felt about them when we hired them, how they perform qualitatively, these are things that are often difficult to discern in team dynamics. That being said, big teams like Google are applying machine learning (ML) to some of their HR choices, and our guest today believes more companies will be doing the same in future. CEO of Humanyze Ben Waber applies ML  to HR decision-making, helping people get better employees and better performance by measuring and improving using data science in new ways.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

There are hedge funds and financial institutions that already use real-time data and sentiment analysis from social media, articles and videos in real-time to potentially make better trading decisions - but what does it mean when those same companies can use real-time satellite information to detect company activities and make trades based on that data? In this episode, Research Director of Capital Markets at Celent Securities discusses the focus on emerging technologies in trading and finance. He talks about the way that analytics and machine learning have affected the ways banks operate, the kinds of data that hedge funds and individual investors now have at their fingertips, and what that means for the future implications of AI-related technology in the finance world.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Conscious Evolution of an Economic Social Contract

Most of society functions based on a general social contract i.e. we work to contribute to society and earn income to acquire goods. Those who can’t earn an income are required in some fashion to validate why.

In this episode with Federico Pistono, an entrepreneur, author, and futurist, asks if this contract is the only way to exist as a society. In a more automated world, is this contract the best long-term structure for the common welfare? Pistono and I discuss what a future society might be like with an altered social contract i.e. a general minimum wage for all, how this might affect our approach to "work", and the avenues for testing out such a contract in society today.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 6:00am PST

Artificial Intelligence's Double-Edged Role in Cyber Security

Cyber security is closely linked to advances in artificial intelligence. In this episode, we speak with Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy about the cyber security factors and risks associated with AI. How is AI both causing risks, and how can AI be used to combat those risks? We dive briefly into the future to speak about some of the potential 'super' AI risks to cyber security and touch on what can be done now to help hedge the unknown.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 6:00am PST

Wanted: Emotionally Intelligent AI that Understands the Human Mind

Most of us can admire AI such as Siri, Watson, and other agents shaping the fabric of future AI-powered entities, but it's also possible to admire them as a “dead end”. Dr. Alexei V. Samsonovich is one researcher who believes that we won't be close to perceiving AI as 'conscious' machines until we can grant them the necessary emotional intelligence. Though a lot of progress has been made in field of intelligent agents in the last 10 years, many researchers who are in the same camp as Samsonovich are now on a mission to develop human-like intelligence, cognitive abilities, emotional and social intelligence, and common sense reasoning.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 6:00am PST

A Wealthier, Healthier Society through Increased Automation?

Dr. James D. Miller, an Economics and AI researcher who received his doctorate from the University of Chicago, sheds light on how economics factors into our increasingly automated world, where development is growing exponentially. We discuss how this acceleration may (or may not) help materialize the "Singularity", the theorized point at which society is so drastically revolutionized by technologies that we never return to our past ways of life.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 6:00am PST

The Kind of Artificial Intelligence That Google Doesn’t Care to Build - with Dr. Roger Shank

Dr. Roger Schank received his PhD from Stanford, taught at Yale, and altogether has spent around three decades attempting to solve the big problems of artificial intelligence.


In this interview, Dr. Schank talks about a kind of helpful “teaching” artificial intelligence that would go beyond Siri and help us to make the right decisions at the right times given our own objectives. He explains why he believes such a project is not on Google’s agenda, and what he believes might be required to create such an AI.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm PST

Computers Do Their Own Kind of “Creative,” Not Like Ours - with MIT’s Nick Montfort

Dr. Nick Montfort doesn’t hold Shakespeare and DaVinci as the high water mark of “creativity,” nor does he believe that human creative endeavor is the only worthwhile kind.

 

In this interview, Dr. Montfort shares some of his own examples of how computers can aide the creative process in ways that might result in “art” that humans aren’t capable of making alone. In addition, he provides his insight as to where the intersections of artificial intelligence and “creativity” might really lie.

 

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm PST

Tracy Ingram’s mother was misdiagnosed with a brain aneurism and placed on bed rest for two years - a problem that likely resulted from a typo or similar minor error. Tracy founded BioscanR to help turn biological information from patients into more reliable diagnostic data for doctors, and he competed with his idea in the Qualcomm X-Prize.

In this interview, Tracy talks about three reasons why healthcare is often slower to adopt new technologies, as well as his predictions about the coming 10 years of healthcare progress and the innovations that he believes may be most useful for patients and physicians alike.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm PST

Vivek Wadhwa began as a software entrepreneur and now is a well-known speaker, writer, and Vice President of Academics and Innovation at Singularity University.

In this interview, Mr. Wadhwa shares his heartfelt predictions about what he sees as the complete overhaul of healthcare and education in the coming decades ahead - and the widespread benefits of emerging technology for what he sees as a healthier and more informed future generation.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm PST

Juan Enriquez gave a TED talk in 2009 called “The next species of human,” and video went viral - and is now one of the most popular futurist talks in TED history. In addition to previously founding the Life Sciences Project at the Harvard Business School, Juan is now managing partner in Excell Venture Management in Boston, MA.

 

In this interview we discuss Juan’s thoughts about the most relevant technologies that might “tinker with what’s human,” and which such technologies might be the first to require serious ethical consideration from humanity as a whole, in the public and private sectors.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm PST

A Brief History of Artificial Intelligence, and a Look Towards it’s Future - with Stanford Researcher Dr. Nils Nilsson

Dr. Nils Nilsson was one of the early researchers in emerging technology back in the 1960s - graduating with his doctorate from Stanford before it had a computer science department.

In this interview, Dr. Nilsson joins me from his retirement residence in Oregon and shares his overview of the history of artificial intelligence - and his thoughts about it’s most meaningful impact in the coming 10-20 years.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm PST

Applying Reason to the Future - Talking Singularity with Dr. Michael Shermer, Founder of Skeptic Magazine

There are “techno-optimists” and “techno-pessimists”… and there’s those who just don’t know what they’re talking about. Skeptic Magazine’s founder Michael Shermer shares his thoughts on what’s hyped-up and what’s worth considering in the human race to the future.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm PST

“Finding Quicksand” - The Purpose of Fiction in Building a Better Future - with David Brin

David Brin is recognized as one of the most iconic futurist fiction writers of our time. With huge bestsellers like “The Postman” (later turned into a movie starring Kevin Costner), David’s work explores the ramifications of human choices of our collective future.

 

In this interview, David talks about fiction’s unique role in helping humanity find a beneficial future - a job done in large part by pointing out what we want to avoid most, says David. If you’re an entrepreneur, researcher, or writer yourself, David’s insights into “imagination” as a force for good are important to listen closely to.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm PST

Beyond Ice Buckets: ALS Assistive Tech Tends - with Alisa Brownlee

Our podcast frequently covers the business and research sides of emerging technology, but in this episode we talk about some of it’s direct applications.

Alisa Brownlee of the ALS Association has been working with assistive technologies for decades, and she explains what truly works best to help weakening ALS patients communicate and live full lives and what kind of developments she’d love to see from the tech and maker communities to help more ALS patients worldwide.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm PST

Augmented Reality and Cybercrime - with Joe Rampolla of "AR Dirt"

Joe Rampolla was like any other police officer assigned to a cybercrime unit. But after seeing the posibilities for extreme good and potential abuse with VR and AR technologies, he wanted to go deeper. He's not one of the most connected people in the Augmented Reality community, and in this interview he talks about the considerations that responsible people might want to make now with respect to the "good" and "bad" use of technology.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm PST

Dr. Mihail Lebedev is a widely published brain-machine interface (BMI) researcher currently at Duke University. In this episode, we cover the past of BMI technology, dating back to the 1950's, into a surprising and unknowable future of enhanced human potential.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm PST

"3-D" printing is a hot term right now, and it sure makes for some fun YouTube videos and interesting prototypes - but where is it's "transformative" effect being felt today? Where is it most likely to gain traction in the coming 5 years?

In this episode, we talk to Jeremy Fryer-Biggs, co-founder of Mebotics, a personal 3-D printer company - specifically about 3-D printings present and future impact on work and life. Tune into the episode here, and remember to find similar articles online at:

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 12:00pm PST

"Tinkering" with "Human" - a Conversation with Oxford's Dr. Susan Greenfield

Anyone awarded 30 honorary degrees is likely to be enough of an expert to have on the podcast here at TechEmergence.

Dr. Susan Greenfield of Oxford University is not only one of the world's best known psychologists, she's also a member of England's House of Lords. In 2000 she was elected to an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and in 2007 to an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She was appointed Chancellor of Heriot Watt University in 2005.

She is the author Outspoken about many issues related to emerging technology, this in this interview, we hone in on her thoughts on the ammeliorative and potentially post-human potential of drugs and brain-machine interfaces.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 3:30am PST

With a burning desire to combine his passions for digital fabrication, biology and computer science, Charles Fracchia came to MIT and Harvard eager to learn. Going to “bio to bits” (gleaning meaningful information from biological data) is something that Charles had never had an opportunity to do at such a high level, and he had high expectations. 

“I though: Oh, surely, I’m coming to these awesome labs here in Boston… I’m sure I’ll come in and have an awesome dashboard to work with, like the movie Iron Man. I’ll have my cell growth rate here, heart rate here… you know… something fantastic.”As it turns out, the technology some of the best labs are using to extract data from biology has – at least in some respects – stayed the safe for half a century. Charles was shocked “Then I’d get this blank look like… well… here’s your notebook and your timer.”

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 7:24pm PST

Sagie Davidovich has founded and served as CTO for a number of startups in the technology field, including the semantic web. Now, Sagie's focus has shifted with his new company SparkBeyond - to the future of software. Namely, it's increasing adaptability to entirely new levels of modification and evolution. Sagie discusses his own work in developing "Liquidware," and the forces at play today in the evolution of software. 

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 11:17am PST

Peter Voss started a technology company as a young man and brought it to the Johannesburg stock exchange, and sold it. Financially independent, Peter explored research in artificial intelligence, and then came back into business ten years later with his company "Adaptive Artificial Intelligence." 

In our interview, we discuss the applications / ramifications of AI in business, as well as Peter's beliefs as to how genuine exploration of general intelligence is in many ways negated by commercial interest.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 9:29pm PST

Dr. Thomas Ray spent years studying life in the rainforest after earning his PhD in Biology from Harvard. Years later - fascinated with evolution and the idea of replicating the evolutionary process, he founded the Tierra project - one of the first successful research projects to replicate evolutionary adaptation in a digital environment.

In our interview here, we discuss Dr. Ray's views on the potential impossibility of a man-machine merger, or of machines housing consciousness. In addition, we talk about the very real possibility of biological enhancement, and Dr. Ray's concerns about how we might already be "losing our humanity."

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 7:57am PST

Klint Finley has written for a vast number of technology media sources, including TechCrunch - and his present job with WIRED. One of his most popular topics is "Big Data," and in this interview we break down this buzz-word into an understanding of it's meaning and it's implications (including potentially unexpected ways it's being leveraged today).

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 3:45am PST

Artificial General Intelligence - Path to Progress - Dr. Helgi Helgason

Dr. Helgi Helgason points out the the field of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) has really only been around since 2008, but that at last there is an interdisciplinary effort to attain a level of general intelligence in machines. In our interview we talk about his research, the most promising applications of AGI, and potential issues with the development of the field today.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 5:26pm PST

Dr. Robin Hanson - The Path Forward for a Better Human Future

Dr. Robin Hanson is a recognized thought leader in the ramifications of emerging technology on economics and society. Being a featured speaker at the Singularity Summit, a research advisor for the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, and a prolific writer on the topic of existential risk and emerging technology.

In this interview, we cover the trouble of honestly looking at future topics, and how current "future" issues are often just sensationalized versions or present concerns. Dr. Hanson says "Few people are ACTUALLY focused on the ACTUAL future." How can we improve, innovate, and collaborate despite this?

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 4:39am PST

Aubrey de Grey - Chief Science Officer, SENS Foundation - On Ending the Disease of Death

Aubrey de Grey is possibly the most well-known proponent of the anti-aging movement. His work at the SENS foundation has been pivotal in bringing attention and legitimate scientific gusto to the problem of eliminating aging as a cause of death and detriment. What does he think about "death as a good thing," or about the progress made thus far on curing aging? Tune into the intereview here.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 6:55pm PST

Ben Goertzel - The Status and Future of Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Ben Goertzel is widely recognized as the father of Artificial General Intelligence - or the study of super-human artificial intelligence that is not limited to a certain subject, activity, or domain. Through his leadership this "AGI" field has taken shape, and his leadership at the OpenCog Foundation continues to be a driving force in the progress towards human-level intelligence in machines.

In this interview we discuss the status and future of AI, as well as some of Ben's own predictions and projects. For more information, check out www.TechEmergence.com or see the full interview article online at:

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 9:42pm PST

Robots Doing the Dull, Dirty, and Dangerous Work - with Dr. Kevin LaGrandeur

As far back as Homer's Illiad (and beyond), man has written about creating autonata to do the tasks we don't want to do. Generally, this is the dull, the dirty, and the dangerous work that no human would want to do. Interestingly, in most - if not all - of the historical examples of robot and android servants, they turn against their creators and lead to their downfall. Coincidence? Is this an engrained fear in the human psyche, beyond the effects of culture?

Dr. Kevin LaGrandeur "wrote the book" on the history of our thinking about android servants, and sheds some fascinating light on how these historical perspective may influence and even define our perspectives on robots and androids today. Tune in!

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 9:20pm PST

Robotics and Culture, America vs. Japan - with Reno J. Tibke

What's up with the Japanese and all their robots? What makes the Japanese perspective on robotics and technology so much different than out own here in America?

Reno has spent over a dozen years in Japan, and continues to be a prolific writer and contributor in the domains of transhumanism, emerging technology, technology and social change, and robotics. In this interview we delve into the social and religious ideals that may account for the Japanese appraoch and emphasis in technology, as well as the future of emerging technology in general. How do the ideals of Shintoism play a part in the development of Androids? Tune into this episode to find out.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 5:55pm PST

Jeff Orkin - Gaming and the Progress of Artificial Intelligence

How does the development of video games relate to AI's increasing role in our lives? How can games provide us with insight for applications everywhere? Jeff Orkin is a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from MIT, and co-founder of GiantOtter, a technology company built around Jeff's own work at MIT - where he took the data from real people playing "roles" in video games, and used that data (rather than some pre-programmed notions or ideas of his own) to create virtual "characters" to interact with. In this interview we talk about the future of Jeff's own innovations, as well as the progression and proliferation of artificial intelligence itself.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 3:15am PST

Neurala CEO Massimiliano Versace - Robotics, Startups, and the Future of "Work"

Massimiliano is CEO of Neurala, a Boston-based Robotics Startup company whose mission is to develop autonomy in machines. In this interview, we talk about the founding of the Startup team, Massimiliano's advice to keeping a diverse team cohesive, and his predictions for the ramifications of robotics and "telepresence" in society and work. Some notable quotes: "People will drive to work less often, and 'beam' to work more often," "People will not do dull tasks, they will be robot managers." Needless to say, it gets interesting.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 5:59pm PST

Karl F. MacDorman - Our Potential Post-Human Future

Karl F. MacDorman received his PhD in Machine Learning from Cambridge University, and went on to teach at Osaka University - where he worked with some of the world's top roboticists. His research and writings are widely published, and his past experience as a CTO of two different venture companies gives him an even wider scope of the applications and implications of emerging technology. Here we discuss the potential of moving beyond human potential.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 6:53pm PST

Jim Karkanias is a Partner in Applied Research and Technology at Microsoft. His formal training is in the domain of information systems, and he's now working with a team at Microsoft (Health Solutions Group) in the area of genetic technologies. His perspective on the seeming inevitability of human enhancement involves Positivism in medicine, and taking biology / genetics from a "black box" to a "white box" situation (understanding the real functions and mechanisms of what makes us tick).

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 2:42pm PST

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