AI in Business

Today's guest is Pamela Negosanti, Head of Sector Strategy for Financial Services for expert.ai, a vendor company based in Italy that works worldwide with their various NLP products. Pamela speaks to us today about financial services use cases and delivers lessons on where to find those pockets of value for NLP, and you can apply those lessons almost anywhere. She explains how to think about NLP on a conceptual level as a non-technical business person and talks about finding those pockets of value. If you want to examine your business and think about where search, conversational, or other kinds of NLP applications and use cases might find a home, this is undoubtedly an episode for you. Do you want to stay ahead of the AI and NLP curve? We've created the "Unlocking the Business Value of NLP - Critical Use-Cases and Applications" to give you the edge. Get it now from: emerj.com/nlp1

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Today's guest is Christophe Makni, a managing consultant of Lean, AI, and Automation at Basler Kantonalbank. Christophe brings a wealth of knowledge today on the culture required for AI in the enterprise and how we can conjure that culture. How can we encourage an iterative and experimental mindset from our leadership and see the benefit thereof? Are you interested in being part of a community of AI catalysts for business? Check out Emerj Plus at emerj.com/p1

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Today's guest is Bret Greenstein, SVP and Global Head of AI at Cognizant, one of the top 5 largest tech consulting companies globally, with 2019 revenue at nearly $17B. Bret speaks to us today about forecasting and predictive for critical business metrics and decisions. A big meta trend around AI adoption that he sees takes place across many industries since the Coronavirus. When it comes to businesses going from historical dashboards to more predictive decision-making, there is a general trend and opportunity that is beginning to arise, and Brett does a great job of putting the finger on it. Interested in more of his thoughts? Be sure to check out his other show and subscribe to our new AI Consulting Podcast at: emerj.com/pod2

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Today's guest is Brian L. Keith, a research advisor for Emerj AI Research and Federal Azure Data & AI Leader for Microsoft, based in Washington, DC. Brian has spent nearly 21 years as senior director partner for IBM Data and AI, North America, focusing on the federal space. Brian speaks with us today about some of the core challenges to overcome when large companies adopt AI. He brings a perspective through the lens of technical debt and how AI projects build more technical debt than a foundation for AI to blossom and bloom into the future. Brian brings his perspective on how enterprise AI maturity develops how we can build as little technical debt as possible and invest in projects that can deliver ROI and set us up for the future. Suppose you need to frame the ROI case for the enterprise and go to market successfully. In that case, you might want to learn more about our Catalyst program, where we coach AI services and consulting company founders one-to-one and help them start and grow their business and enter the market with success. To learn more, visit: emerj.com/catalyst

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Today's guest is Sanjeev Agrawal, President & CEO of LeanTaaS. LeanTaaS raised over a quarter billion dollars to take on AI in healthcare and is working with over 300 hospitals in the US. Sanjeev is an alumnus of MIT and was head of global product marketing for Google back in the earlier 2000s. Sanjeev walks us through the state of technology adoption in the healthcare space in an exciting way and talks about how hospitals can start small by leveraging smaller datasets to improve some of their existing processes. We talk a lot about the back-office operations critical to ensure that healthcare facilities are financially salient and patients treated well. Subscribers can reach out to Sanjeev on LinkedIn to get a PDF copy of his book "Better Healthcare Through Math" for free. Interested in more use cases, best practices for AI adoption, strategy, and ROI? Check out Emerj Plus: emerj.com/p1

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Today's guest is Dr. Poornima Parameswaran, Co-founder & Senior Executive at Trace Genomics, a firm that has raised nearly $25M to attack the space of soil science and the value of soil. Today, Dr. Parameswaran explains how AI is being used to extract data from the soil, why that matters for farmers and anyone who cares for the environment, what that might be leading to predicting crop yields, and more effective use of fertilizers and pesticides. Interested in more interesting AI use cases? Subscribe to our newsletter at: emerj.com

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Today's guest is Debjani Deb, CEO of ZineOne, an AI-based personalization firm in the Bay Area, who has raised over $15M and has worked with well-known retail brands such as Men's Warehouse. Debjani speaks to us this week about two topics. One, how she sees the retail world reeling and responding, the changes that are happening, and the perspective, boots on the ground, in the retail world post-Covid-19. Second, what is the scale of maturity of personalization, where can companies start, and how should they think about first projects for building recommendations and personalization into their experience. She lays out several potential use cases that companies should apply and rules of thumb for shifting and sorting through them. Are you interested in more use cases for AI in Retail? Download our AI in Retail cheat-sheet PDF guide at: emerj.com/ret1

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Today's guest is Monte Zweben. Monte started doing AI with NASA in the late 80s, took a company public for nearly $3B at the height of the internet boom of the late 90s, and is now CEO at Splice Machine. This company offers a scalable SQL data platform for modernizing applications. In this episode, Monte speaks to us about some of the mirrored elements of tech's past transitions into AI and what they mean for how AI will start to become the norm in enterprises. He also applies lessons learned from his previous business transitions into what leaders can do to better prepare for this next wave of AI. Do you want to support this show? Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, and let us know what you like about the program! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ai-in-business/id670771965

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In today's short episode, we will be covering some of the recent updates to the show. I will cover what we learned in 2020 from our listeners, bring exciting news on what we aim to focus on, and what insights and skills you will pick up from the show in the coming year. I cover the changes coming in terms of frequency and format, and lastly, some of the fantastic episodes we have coming up. Do you want to support this show? Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, and let us know what you like about the program! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ai-in-business/id670771965

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Today's guest is Caroline Gorsky, Group Director of R2 Data Labs at Rolls Royce. Rolls Royce needs no introduction as it is one of the pioneering providers of cutting-edge technology solutions in automotive, aerospace, and power. This week, Caroline speaks to us about using Natural Language Processing to optimize their massively complex supply chain and get better transparency in their processes. She also talks about where they hope to use this technology to gain a deeper view of their operations. Do you like and want to support our show? Consider leaving us a five-star review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ai-in-business/id670771965

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Today's guest is Mahmoud Arram, Co-Founder and CTO at ‎Bluecore. Bluecore is a marketing technology company that's reimagining how retailers communicate with shoppers and has raised over $100 million to deliver Artificial Intelligence to enterprises. Mahmoud helps us answer where to target your efforts with AI and how to identify problems that will deliver business results, a real problem versus a toy problem, whether you are building an AI product or thinking about where to apply AI to your own business. Interested in more use cases, infographics and frameworks? Check out Emerj Plus: emerj.com/p1

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Today, our returning guest is Per Nyberg, Chief Commercial Officer at Stradigi AI, a leading North American SaaS AI business platform provider that enables organizations to bring business-accelerating AI projects to fruition quickly. We speak this week about what he has seen in the market in terms of AI adoption, what is going well, and the trends and patterns that he has seen across the industry. We will also talk about building AI maturity and AI fluency. Then we wrap things up with the art of starting small, what is essential to bear in mind, the important ways to take action, and how companies can get the ball rolling in a way that will lead to a bigger value. Are you interested in reaching the Emerj audience via our newsletter or podcast? Learn more at emerj.com/ad1

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Returning today is one of my favorite guests, the great and brilliant Derek Choy, Co-Founder & COO of Aktana. This Silicon-Valley-based startup has raised $65+ million to empower data-driven insights for Life Sciences sales professionals with its AI-driven platform. In this episode, Derek helps us understand how you make an AI product work when it is a game-changer, and what hurdles and opportunities arise when bringing a new product to market. Are you interested in more use-cases? Download our guide: "Beginning with AI Guide - 3 Key Insights for Non-Technical Professionals" at emerj.com/beg1

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Today's guest is the great and brilliant Max Sklar of Foursquare, a technology platform that powers leading business solutions and consumer products through a deep understanding of the location. Max has spent eight years there as a Machine Learning engineer and is currently an Engineering and Innovation Labs Advisor. He speaks to us today about the possibilities and potential of location data and where this data might be handy in businesses in the future. Is this the future of how we predict consumer behavior? Want to learn more? Check out Emerj Plus: emerj.com/p1

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Today guest is the great and brilliant Lars Joakim Nilsson, Manager of Advanced Analytics and Big Data for Inmeta, a consulting firm based in Oslo. Inmeta has worked with very large European enterprise firms on Big Data and AI-related projects. Lars speaks to us this week about why AI adoption in Europe is different and brings forth the myriad of cultural and regulatory challenges that might also be relevant for you, no matter where you live. Want to learn more about AI use-cases? Check out Emerj Plus at: emerj.com/p1

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Returning today is the great and brilliant Peter Durlach, Senior Vice President of Healthcare Strategy for Nuance Communications, one of the pioneers and leading companies in conversational AI innovations, servicing the Healthcare space with AI products for well over a decade. Today, Peter goes into detail as to how AI can help improve the revenue recovery workflow, which will help you identify similar workflows and processes within your own business that might be influenced by AI. Do you want to support this show? Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts and let us know what you like about the program! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ai-in-business/id670771965

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Returning with us today is the great and brilliant Geoffrey Tate, Co-Founder and CEO of Flex Logix, a leader in AI chip engineering, offering Neural Inferencing Semiconductor IP/Software and eFPGA Semiconductor IP/Software. In this episode, Geoffrey and I speak about when it makes sense to make AI at the edge, and when it makes sense to have Centralized Compute, what are the advantages of both, and what are the instances where AI at the Edge might be the smarter move to play. Want to learn more? Join Emerj Plus at: Check out Emerj Plus: emerj.com/p1

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Today the great and brilliant Gilad Turbahn, Senior Director of Product Management at Conga (formerly Apttus). Apttus is a leading quote-to-cash company that will put big enterprises on accounts receivable, and they recently merged with Conga, a global leader in commercial operations transformation. Gilad explains this week what they are working on for conversational interfaces with sales folks. The idea of layering on AI is still the wild west to some degree, there are a plethora of potential exciting use cases, and it will be interesting to see which ones evolve and move forward, but this is one use case that I thought you all should hear about. Interested in more use cases? Check out Emerj Plus: emerj.com/p1

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Returning today is the great and brilliant Dr. Dmitry Efimov, VP of Machine Learning Research at American Express, one of the world's largest credit card companies. Today, Dr. Efimov helps us understand what makes for a successful AI firm, the right mix of technical folks, and how we connect them to the actual business processes, with the right team mix and communications channels to deliver fruitful AI projects. Want to support the podcast? Please consider leaving us a review: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ai-in-business/id670771965

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Today's guest is the great and brilliant Ron Glozman, CEO & Founder of Chisel.ai, an award-winning insurance firm AI solution that reads unstructured insurance data and automatically recognizes insurance-specific data points. Today Ron and I will discuss AI use-cases in insurance for both Brokers and Carriers. We will also discuss and understand the workflows impacted and where AI fits into those workflows. Are you interested in more Insurance Use-Cases? Get Emerj's PDF guide: https://emerj.com/ins1

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Returning today is the great and brilliant Peter Durlach, Senior Vice President of Healthcare Strategy for Nuance Communications, one of the pioneer and leading companies in conversational AI innovations, servicing the Healthcare space with AI products for well over a decade. Peter today helps us understand who in Healthcare is adopting AI, what common factors make businesses more or less common to adopt AI, and provides us insights into the technical ability, resources, and culture required for AI adoption. Want to learn more about adopting and applying Artificial Intelligence? Get Emerj's PDF guide: https://emerj.com/beg1

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Today's guest is the great and brilliant Robert LoCascio, CEO of LivePerson, a public company providing real-time intelligent customer engagement solutions to 10,000+ customers, including giants like Citibank, HSBC, Orange, and The Home Depot. In this episode, Robert breaks down the opportunity spaces for conversational AI, exploring the automation, interfaces, and evolution of technologies. Want to support the podcast? Please consider leaving us a review: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ai-in-business/id670771965

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Returning today is one of my favorite guests, the great a brilliant Dr. Charles Martin. Doc Martin received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemical Physics from the University of Chicago, where he authored scientific programs in C and Fortran using the Cray supercomputer. His company, Aardvark (later acquired by Google), developed statistical machine learning techniques (SVM, NLP, etc.) for search. Today's episode topics include: how to speak to executive leaders to make ROI clear and set realistic expectations, challenges of AI adoption, and what holds leaders back. Are you a consultant, vendor, advisor, or enterprise leader working to catalyze AI adoption? Consider applying to Emerj's AI Catalyst accelerator program. Learn more: emerj.com/catalyst

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Today's guest is the great and brilliant Derek Choy, Co-Founder & COO of Aktana. This Silicon-Valley-based startup has raised $65+ million to empower data-driven insights for Life Sciences sales professionals with its AI-driven platform. In this episode, Derek helps us understand how to leverage AI to make salespeople more effective, breaking down sales workflows where AI can help most. These insights could be helpful in any industry. Want to learn more? Here are three ways to discover AI trends in any sector: emerj.com/t3

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Returning today is Abinash Tripathy, CEO & Founder of Helpshift. The AI-powered support platform has raised $50+ million in venture funding since 2011. It is now installed on more than two billion devices worldwide, serving giants like Microsoft, Xfinity, and Zynga. In this episode, Abinash opens up about: where conversational AI is getting the most fruitful traction, the most natural fits between customers and NLP technology, and where AI investments are trending. Want to discover more NLP use cases? Get Emerj's free PDF Brief: "Unlocking the Business Value of NLP" at emerj.com/nlp1


Today's guest is the great and brilliant Dr. Abhishek Pani, Sr. Vice President of Product Mgmt at Bright Machines, a Silicon Valley startup founded in 2018. The company has raised $150+ million to bring together flexible factory robots with intelligent software, production data, and machine learning. In today's episode, Dr. Pani shares his valuable perspective on the transforming landscape of AI capabilities in manufacturing and how AI can empower dextrous micro-scale operations.
Dr. Pani received his Ph.D. in Operations Research from the University of Maryland, co-founded Adobe's Data Science research awards program, and served as an adjunct faculty member at Stanford University. Want to explore Emerj's full library of AI use cases? Get Emerj Plus: emerj.com/p1

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Today, the great and brilliant Dr. Tanushree Luke returns. Dr. Luke is Head of AI at US Bank (USA's 5th largest bank). In this episode, we discuss conversational agents as a tool for streamlining access to internal systems for employees and between departments, including efforts underway and promising opportunities. Dr. Luke earned her Ph.D. in Theoretical/Mathematical Physics and MS in Physics and Applied Engineering from George Mason University. Previously she served as the Head of Predictive AI and Machine Learning for Capital One's Conversational AI Platform. Dr. Luke also served as Technical Lead for the Department of Defense/DARPA Network Defense Program and held leadership roles at companies supporting the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy. Want to dive deeper into AI opportunities in Financial Services? Get Emerj's PDF guide: emerj.com/fin1

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Returning today is the great and brilliant Dr. Spence Green, CEO of Lilt, an AI-powered enterprise language translation company that has raised $37.5 million since founded in 2015. Its platform combines adaptive neural machine translation technology with an enterprise translation management system. In this episode, Dr. Green helps us break down the role of man vs. machine for language translation and offers a peek under the hood at what NLP looks like in an enterprise application. Want to discover more AI opportunities? Try Emerj's Use Case Explorer, included with Emerj Plus: emerj.com/p1

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Today, the great and brilliant Kurt Muehmel returns. Kurt is Chief Customer Officer at Dataiku, a unicorn AI platform that has raised $250+ million since 2013 and outranked Google in Gartner's 2020 reports. In this episode, Kurt helps us break down the factors and capabilities that inspire enterprise leaders to make the leap for strategic and transformative AI investments. Are you also an AI Catalyst? Consider applying for Emerj's accelerator program: emerj.com/cat1

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Today's guest is the great and brilliant Dr. Maxim Khalilov. At the time of this interview, Dr. Khalilov was Director of Applied AI at Unbabel, an AI-driven language translation platform. Now he's Head of R&D at Glovo, a unicorn startup based in Spain. He earned his Ph.D. in CS from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Maxim specializes in statistical machine translation and has authored 43 publications. In this episode, Dr. Khalilov helps us dive into the unique opportunities and challenges of AI engineering in Europe. Are you considering investing in AI for your organization? Check out Emerj's pdf guide for business leaders: emerj.com/beg1

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Today's guest is the great and brilliant Dr. Pavel Dmitriev, VP of Data Science at Outreach.io. This AI-driven sales engagement platform has raised over $250 million since founded in 2011. We spoke with Outreach's CEO, Manny Medina, several months ago on the podcast. In this episode, Dr. Dmitriev helps us break down how to drive tangible business value for customers, with AI. Topics include: strategic & technical feasibility considerations, matching capabilities to user needs, and business value drivers. Want access to Emerj's best insights, frameworks, and exclusive infographics? Get Emerj Plus: emerj.com/x1

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Today's guest is the great and brilliant Scot Alexander, Managing Director at Optimity Advisors. Scot is an industrial engineer with broad experience as an enterprise systems integration leader and a deep skillset in Healthcare Technology. Before Optimity, he directed teams at PwC, Accenture, and HP. Now, he's serving industry leaders to level up their capabilities with AI. In this episode, Scot helps us break down C-suite perspectives on: AI vs IT transformation projects, how the pandemic has altered technology priorities, and how AI will be integral for healthy enterprises.

Emerj is uniting AI Catalysts like Scot to help enterprises worldwide understand and integrate the next wave of intelligent systems. To learn more or apply for Emerj's "AI Catalyst" accelerator program, visit emerj.com/cat1

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Today's guest is the great and brilliant Henri Nikula Kaleva, Director at RELEX Labs, a product innovation department of the Helsinki-based RELEX Solutions. RELEX is a leader in retail optimization software, and in today's episode, Henri helps us break down how AI is empowering the future of Retail. Want to discover more opportunities for AI in Retail? Get Emerj's free Executive Brief: emerj.com/ret1

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Today's guest is the great and brilliant Dr. Derek Wang, Founder and CEO of Stratifyd. Since 2015, Stratifyd has raised $50+ million for its AI-powered analytics platform, enabling enterprises to transform structured and unstructured human textual data. In this episode, Dr. Wang shares hard-won lessons about conveying the value of AI to potential clients. Getting started with AI in your organization? Discover three critical insights for beginning with AI: emerj.com/beg1

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Today's guest is the great and brilliant Brett Beranek, VP of Security & Biometrics at Nuance Communications [NASDAQ:NUAN]. Founded in 1992, Nuance pioneered conversational AI that understands, analyzes, and responds to human language. In this episode, Brett elucidates the opportunity landscape for AI-driven biometric security, focusing on financial services. Want to discover more opportunities for AI in Finance? Check out our other podcast: "AI in Financial Services." And get the AI in FS cheat sheet: emerj.com/fin1

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Today's guest is the great and brilliant Dr. Kristof Szalay, CTO and Founder of Turbine.AI. Turbine's AI-driven platform understands cancer's inner mechanisms, enabling the discovery of novel targets & precision medicinal therapies. Episode topics include: dynamics of pharmaceutical technologies, change management opportunities, cultural evolution to support AI initiatives. Want to discover more ways to meet the challenges of catalyzing AI adoption? Try Emerj Plus: emerj.com/p1

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Today's guest is the great and brilliant Lorena Pelegrín, Product Manager of InSight, Iron Mountain's AI-driven Content Services Platform. Iron Mountain serves more than 225,000 organizations for secure data & asset storage, spanning 90+ million sq. ft. of data centers and real estate. And Google recently celebrated InSight as its AI & ML Cloud Partner of the Year. Episode topics include: subsurface data, asset inspection workflows, and setting up "digital twins."

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Today's guest is the great and brilliant Jim Benton, CEO of Chorus.ai. Chorus has raised over $100 million for its AI-driven platform, which helps sales teams transform conversations into data and insights. Episode topics include: how to build AI-driven products that effectively transform enterprise workflows, best practices for presenting the value of AI initiatives to various stakeholders, how to inspire adoption and ease intimidating factors, and risk management opportunities. Want to discover more best practices for presenting the ROI of AI? Check out Emerj Plus: emerj.com/p1

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Today's guest is the great and brilliant Roman Vitkovitsky. Roman supports the Pentagon's Cyberspace operations. He formerly served as COO/CTO of the Marine Corps Cyberspace Operations Group and in stints serving DARPA, NATO, and in multiple adjunct professor roles, to name a few. In this episode, Roman shares how AI is leading the bleeding edge for Cyberspace Defense, enabling nimble actions in complex threat environments. Leaders at all levels may find these insights powerful and relevant. Want to discover AI trends in any sector? Get Emerj's PDF guide: emerj.com/t3

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Today's guest is the great and brilliant Shri Santhanam, Global Head of Advanced Analytics & AI at Experian. The international credit reporting agency supports data-driven services in over 100 countries, with a database of over 1 billion individuals. In this episode, Shri breaks down the unique AI opportunities and challenges evolving for Experian. Episode topics include: the evolution of big data & analytics, data accessibility, and the AI skills landscape. Want to discover the best of Emerj's industry insights? Get Emerj Plus: emerj.com/p1

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Today's guest is the great and brilliant Kristopher Lorang, FS Product Manager at Iron Mountain, a secure storage company founded in 1951 when Herman Knaust repurposed his mine as a vault. Now a publicly-traded international services firm, Iron Mountain is still a leader in secure storage, which now includes digital record storage and management. The company's history exemplifies how organizations can and should evolve with the times. In this episode, Kris offers a peek at how Iron Mountain is staying on the cutting edge with AI-driven services for document search & discovery. Learn more at: ironmountain.com

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Today's guest is the great and brilliant Keith Strier, VP of Worldwide AI Initiatives at NVIDIA. Previously, Keith served as Global AI Leader at Ernst & Young, where he supported nations to form and mature their AI plans. This included the development of AI infrastructure, education, and overall strategy. Dan and Keith met at the UN headquarters when presenting on a panel about the emergence of deepfakes (deep-learning-driven faked faces or other identifiers). Now, Keith shares his perspective on public sector AI planning from his perch at NVIDIA, relating what all enterprises and businesses can learn from the AI strategies of nations. Want to learn more about AI opportunities in the public sector? Get Emerj's US Public Sector AI Opportunity Report: emerj.com/gov1

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Today's guest is the great and brilliant Geoffrey Tate, CEO of Flex Logix, a leader in AI chip engineering. In this episode, Geoffrey shares his valuable perspective on the critical use cases for high-powered edge compute across industries like computer vision, heavy industry, retail, and some broad applications useful across any sector. Flex Logix will be presenting at the Edge AI Summit, Nov 18-20, hosted by Kisaco Research. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2RAv62n


Today's guest is the great and brilliant Dr. Ivan Marin, Principal Data Scientist at the Daitan Group, one of America's fastest-growing software engineering firms. Dr. Marin earned his Ph.D. in Physics from EESC-USP. In this episode, he walks us through an exercise using the Machine Learning Canvas, exploring risks and opportunities associated with implementing and scaling AI for small and medium-sized businesses. The Daitan Group builds core technology, data solutions, and software products that scale: daitan.com

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Today's guest is the great and brilliant Gilad Turbahn, Sr. Director of Product Management at Apttus, which acquired his former employer, Conga, for $700+ million in 2020, joining Apttus's quote-to-cash capabilities with Conga's contract lifecycle management platform. In this episode, Gilad helps us learn how AI can enhance back-office workflows, clearly mapping the space before and after implementation to show how AI creates value. Want to discover more opportunities to use natural language processing for automation? Get Emerj's free PDF brief: Unlocking the Business Value of NLP emerj.com/nlp1

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Today I'm excited and honored to welcome back a long-time mentor who I really respect, the great a brilliant Dr. Charles Martin. Doc Martin received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemical Physics from the University of Chicago, where he authored scientific programs in C and Fortran using the Cray supercomputer. His company, Aardvark (later acquired by Google), developed statistical machine learning techniques (SVM, NLP, etc.) for the Aardvark social search engine. Want to expand your AI services? Until tomorrow (10/29), get Emerj's new "Finding AI Opportunities" report free with Emerj Plus membership: emerj.com/op1


Today's guest is the great and brilliant Wijay Wijayakumaran, Chief Architect, ML/DL & AI at IBM Systems. In this episode, Wijay helps us explore AI in surprising spaces, like Elder Care. As populations age worldwide, healthcare organizations across the globe are meeting demand with intelligent technologies. Learn insights gleaned from the heads of AI at Square, Slack, and HSBC with Emerj's AI Opportunities report (free for new Emerj Plus members until 10/30): emerj.com/op1

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Today's guest is the great and brilliant Dr. Nick Pilkington, CTO and Founder of Drone Deploy. To date, DroneDeploy has raised 90+ million dollars for its cloud-based drone mapping and analytics platform, which enables capabilities such as automated flight safety checks, workflows, and real-time mapping and data processing. DroneDeploy is compatible with any drone, and industries adopting this technology include agriculture, real estate, mining, and construction. In this episode: Dr. Pilkington breaks down opportunities to enhance user experience and lower entry barriers for AI-driven technologies. Discover more opportunities, frameworks, and infographics for leveling up your AI capabilities with Emerj Plus: emerj.com/p1


Today's guest is the great and brilliant Dr. Dmitry Efimov, VP of Machine Learning Research at American Express. Dr. Efimov has lead the charge to detect fraudulent transactions and activity at Amex. Episode topics include: breaking down the evolution of fraud detection, the future of AI-driven fraud detection, and what's next for AI at Amex. Want to learn more about AI in financial services? Read Emerj's pdf guide: emerj.com/fin1


Today we welcome the return of the great and brilliant Bryton Shang, CEO of Aquabyte, which has raised $10 million to bring AI to fish farming. This episode focuses on the product and processes of Aquabyte as a case study in how to best service industrial managers and workers. Episode topics include: how to build AI products for non-technical audiences, keeping the data science (data labeling, feature selection, etc.) in the hands of the vendor, AI software as a service. Want to learn more about AI at the edge? Join industry leaders at the Edge AI Summit, hosted by Kisaco Research. Attend virtually, Nov 18-20th. Learn more: bit.ly/2RAv62n


Today's guest is the great and brilliant Manuel Terranova, CEO of Peaxy. Since 2012, Peaxy has raised $30+ million to expand its AI-driven platform, helping companies unlock the value of their industrial data. Manuel shares some really valuable insights: diving into the landscape of sensor data e.g. temperature, energy usage, flow rate, GPS, vibration, acceleration, etc., transformational opportunities for predictive analytics, and how to start exploring these opportunities. Learn more: peaxy.net

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Today's guest is the great and brilliant Spence Green, CEO of Lilt. Lilt has received $35+ million in venture funding since 2015 to build its AI-powered language translation platform, which combines adaptive neural machine translation technology with an enterprise translation management system. Episode topics include: how to simplify system integrations, when enterprise transformation is required before AI can be implemented, how Lilt can maintain brand voice in nuanced translations across many languages. Want the best of Emerj's insights? Try Emerj Plus: emerj.com/p1

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Today's guest is the great and brilliant Bryton Shang, Founder & CEO of Aquabytes, which has raised $10 million to bring AI to fish farming. Bryton shows how AI is opening doors for transformation far from traditional high technology centers. Episode topics also include: how to create a successful AI product that fits into a conventional industrial workflow, how AI can be used to detect and support the health and behavior of fish at farms. Want to learn more about AI at the edge? Join industry leaders at the Edge AI Summit, hosted by Kisaco Research. Attend virtually, Nov 18-20th. Learn more: bit.ly/2RAv62n

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Category:machine learning -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Today's guest is the great and brilliant, Ron Bodkin. Ron has served as Director of Applied AI at Google, VP/GM of AI at Teradata, founded multiple technology ventures, and now leads AI & Engineering at Vector Institute and Schwartz Reisman Institute. In this episode, Ron shares how to avoid scattered projects by following a reliable roadmap for leveled investment in AI capabilities. Want to learn about Emerj's best practices and frameworks? Get Emerj's report: "Generating AI ROI": emerj.com/roi1

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Today's guest is the great and brilliant Kurt Muehmel, Chief Customer Officer of Dataiku. Dataiku is a unicorn AI platform that has raised $250+ million since 2013 and outranked Google in Gartner's 2020 reports. In this episode, Kurt discusses some of the platform's powerful capabilities and brings it down to earth with some relatable examples. Want to discover more ways to apply AI in your organization? Join Emerj Plus: emerj.com/p1

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Today's guest is the great and brilliant Matthew Mattina, Director of Machine Learning Research at ARM. ARM is a leading technology provider of silicon IP and custom SoCs at the heart of billions of devices. Mr. Mattina's research agenda covers deep learning, neural network design & optimization, and HW accelerator architecture, resulting in ISA extensions, SW libraries, novel microarchitectures for ML inference and training, and efficient neural network models. Episode topics include: Mr. Mattina's criteria for AI readiness and how to customize your AI Readiness Checklist. Are you a business or innovation leader exploring opportunities for leveraging AI? Check out Emerj's 9-page Pdf Guide, Beginning with AI: emerj.com/beg1

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Today's guest is the great and brilliant Roeland Nusselder, CEO and Co-founder of Plumerai. Plumerai is making deep learning tiny and computationally radically more efficient, to enable inference on edge devices. Episode topics include: nuances of leveraging machine learning at the edge, the limitations and capabilities of ML processing on legacy and standard chipsets. Roeland is presenting at this year's AI Hardware Summit, hosted by our sponsor, Kisaco Research. Attend virtually, Sept 29 - Oct 7. Want to connect with AI industry leaders? Learn more about the Summit here: bit.ly/2Ywz1kU

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Today's guest is the great and brilliant Marshall Choy, VP of Product at SambaNova. SambaNova is a unicorn startup that has raised $450+ million since its founding in 2017 to enable optimum performance for any ML training, inference, or analytics model. In this episode, Marshall dives into key trends driving AI hardware innovation. SambaNova is also presenting at this year's AI Hardware Summit, hosted by our sponsor, Kisaco Research. Attend virtually, Sept 29 - Oct 7. Want to learn more? Visit: https://aihardwaresummit.com/events/ai-hardware-summit

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Today's guest is the great and brilliant Abinash Tripathy, CEO and Founder of HelpShift, an AI-powered support platform installed on more than two billion devices worldwide. HelpShift has raised $50+ million in venture funding since its founding in 2011, and its customers include giants like Microsoft, Xfinity, and Zynga. Dan's last interview with Abinash covered the challenges of AI deployment in the enterprise. This episode's topics include: chatbot capabilities, best/worst AI deployment approaches, lessons learned, and which problems are solvable with AI. Want to learn more about chatbots and other NLP use cases? Download Emerj's guide: emerj.com/nlp1

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Concluding Emerj's first AI Futures series, Dan speaks with Dr. Hugo de Garis, an enigmatic figure in AI research, who has been publishing and positing on AI methods and implications for 30+ years. Dr. De Garis ran the Artificial Brain Lab at Xiamen University. His controversial book, "The Artilect War," plays out potential conflict between AI proponents, dissidents, and the machines themselves, as AI's power rises. Episode topics include: technology-centered conflict scenarios, the AI control problem, the nature of human relationships with potential superintelligent AI, and possible forms of effective AI governance. 

Conversations in this series have spanned from near-term governance to far-out notions. What do you think? And what would you like to hear next? Let us know: emerj.com/pod3

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Today we're excited to welcome the return of the great and brilliant Sankar Narayanan. Sankar is Chief Practice Officer of Fractal Analytics, a unicorn AI & analytics services firm, which has raised $300+ million since its founding in 2000. Fractal Analytics offers a range of products and services, empowering optimal decisions across the world's largest enterprises. Episode topics include: dynamics on the buyer and vendor side for potential new AI/analytics partnerships, setting realistic expectations for a first project together, and the right questions to ask when vetting potential vendors or clients. Are you a non-technical professional, exploring opportunities to apply AI in your business? Download Emerj's guide: "Beginning with AI" emerj.com/beg1

 

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Today's guest is the great and brilliant Dr. Michael Segala, CEO and co-founder of SFL Scientific, a Boston-based Data Science and AI consultancy. Dr. Segala earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University and co-founded SFL Scientific in 2015. Since then, his firm has grown to 30+ employees, was chosen as Nvidia's Service Delivery Partner of the Year (for the last two years), and has earned growing partnerships with distinguished clients like the US Military. Episode topics include: how data science can empower and automate Defense analysis, pattern recognition for anomaly and threat detection, and opportunities for embedding AI to support current and future workflows. Want to level up your organization's AI capabilities? Try Emerj Plus: emerj.com/p1

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Today's guest is the great and brilliant Dr. Ben Goertzel, the man who coined the term AGI with his eponymous book, "Artificial General Intelligence." Dr. Goertzel is known by many from his role as Chief Scientist of Hanson Robotics, where he lead the creation of Sophia, the first robot to be granted national citizenship. Dr. Goertzel founded OpenCog, an open-source software framework for AGI. He also founded SingularityNET, a decentralized marketplace for AI algorithms. Episode topics include: Dr. Goertzel's optimistic vision for AGI's future, how it might be born, and why decentralized frameworks may offer the most fertile ground for AI evolution.

Dan and Ben first met in 2012, and we're grateful to Ben for keeping up the conversation. No series on the Future of AI would be complete without him.

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Today's guest is the great and brilliant Rick Calle of M12, Microsoft's corporate venture fund. M12 has leveraged Microsoft's leadership and know-how to allocate billions across its portfolio of 100+ startups. In this episode, Rick shares insights from M12 and hones in on critical levers that AI-driven enterprises can pull to reduce their energy costs. Rick is also one of the presenters at this year's AI Hardware Summit, hosted by this episode's sponsor: Kisaco Research. Attend virtually, Sept 29 - Oct 7. Register today!

 

 

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

The great and brilliant Dr. Kristof Szalay returns to the podcast. Dr. Szalay is CTO and Founder of Turbine.ai, a simulation-driven drug discovery company, delivering targeted cancer therapies to targeted patient populations. Today's episode topics include: how AI integrates with the phases of drug discovery, development, and generally applicable enterprise deployment challenges. Want to discover opportunities to integrate AI in your organization? Try Emerj Plus: emerj.com/p1

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 1:35pm EDT

Today's guest is the great and brilliant Dr. Steve Omohundro, Chief Scientist at AIBrain. AIBrain is creating Turingworld, a powerful AI learning social media platform based on AI-optimized learning, AI-powered gamification, and AI-enhanced social interaction. Dr. Steve Omohundro received his Ph.D. in Physics from U.C. Berkeley. He also founded an organization to support AI safety and another organization to advance new intelligence architectures based on the programming language Omda, the specification language Omex, and the semantics language Omai. Episode topics include: how humans can build safe AI, what facets of AI development might/might-not require global governance, how the international community might best collaborate to prioritize AGI development efforts, and how AI may influence our lives as consumers.

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

The great and brilliant Tim Estes returns for another conversation, this time focused on AI readiness. Tim is Founder & CEO of Digital Reasoning, an American AI company that raised over $130 million to bring cognitive computing services to intelligence agencies, financial institutions, and healthcare organizations. This episode's topics include: what AI readiness means, ground rules and AI readiness components including: data, expertise, and in-house talent. Want to learn more about how to implement AI in your organization? Download Emerj's guide: emerj.com/beg1

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Today's guest is the great and brilliant Dr. Gregory Diamos, Transformation Engineer at Landing AI, an innovative AI engineering firm founded by Andrew Ng (who also founded Coursera and deeplearning.ai). Dr. Diamos holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech. Previous to his current role, he served as Silicon Valley AI Research Lead for Baidu, after stints at Nvidia and Intel. Episode topics include: what sets apart AI hardware from other CPU's, what businesses and industries will especially benefit from advances in AI chips. Dr. Diamos is one of the presenters at this year's AI Hardware Summit, hosted by this episode's sponsor: Kisaco Research. Attend virtually, Sept 29 - Oct 7. Register today!

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 10:37am EDT

Today we step farther into AI futures with the great and brilliant Jerome Glenn, Executive Director of The Millenium Project. This participatory think tank publishes the annual "State of the Future." For over a quarter of a century, Jerome has collaborated with organizations from the Red Cross to the Korean government to map out potential futures. Episode topics include: critical global stakeholders for technology governance, win-win scenarios for international collaboration, how artificial general intelligence might transform the future.

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Today I'm excited to welcome the return of one of our veteran guests, the great and brilliant Dr. Babak Hodjat, VP of Evolutionary AI at Cognizant, one of the world's most intelligent enterprise IT integration & service firms. Babak has 20+ years of AI experience, founding his first AI startup in 1998 in the SF Bay area and later founding Sentient Technologies, which raised $174 million to innovate with AI in trading. In this episode, Babak shares best practices for pilot projects, to set expectations for enterprise implementations. Want to learn more about how to get started with AI in your organization? Check out Emerj's guide: emerj.com/beg1

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Today's guest is the great and brilliant Dr. Francisco Zamora-Martinez, Facial Biometrics Lead at Veridas. Francisco received his Ph.D. from the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), specializing in Artificial Intelligence, Pattern Recognition, and Digital Imaging. Episode topics include: opportunities and challenges presented by facial recognition and biometrics, unique opportunities for AI innovation in Europe, and how Europe is leading technology transformation. Want to learn more? Check out Emerj's professional reports: emerj.com/reports

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Today I'm happy to bring you another futurist discussion, with the great and brilliant David Wood. David holds degrees in Mathematics and Philosophy from Oxford University. He is a thought leader and activist in multiple organizations, notably serving as Board Director of SingularityNET (with Ben Goertzel), Chair of the London Futurists, and Executive Director of Transpolitica. Episode topics include: David's perspective on the practical steps and interim goals that could lead toward broader international collaboration for AI governance, bridges from near-term to long-term governance, potential transformations of international politics, and other issues of AI ethics.

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Listen to Dan's interview with the great and brilliant Dr. Derek Wang, CEO and Founder of Stratifyd. Dr. Wang's AI-powered analytics company has raised $50 million+, enabling enterprise companies to transform structured and unstructured human textual data from a unified platform. Episode topics include: a view of analytics for financial services before and after transformation for machine learning, the maturity landscape from retrospective dashboards to predictive analytics, and Derek's hard-won lessons from new implementations. Want to discover the core AI use cases driving transformation in Financial Services? Get Emerj's FS Cheat Sheet: emerj.com/fin1

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Today I'm excited to welcome back the great and brilliant Peter Voss, founder/ CEO/ Chief Scientist of Aigo.ai and AGI Innovations. Peter is one of the world's most prominent minds in the Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) space. Peter collaborated and contributed to AGI work with Ben Goertzel, which resulted in the eponymous book, Artificial General Intelligence, and Shane Legg, now Chief Scientist at Google's DeepMind. Episode topics include: potential futures for AI capabilities and legislation, and what it means to prepare for an AI boom. Peter's first podcast appearance was back in 2013, and I've had the pleasure of swapping ideas with him about his work and publications over the years since. He's an essential mind in this space, and I'm grateful to have him back as a contributor to this series.

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 10:16am EDT

Mark Ewing, Sr. Technologist and Architect at Eastman Chemicals, emphasizes identifying key leverage points for AI as foundational for successful and profitable AI adoption in the enterprise. He asserts that the challenges of high engineering and adequate staffing are made easier with clear and compelling opportunities in scope for executives. Eastman has delivered specialty chemicals for over 100 years, earning over $9 billion in revenue for 2019. We're grateful to learn from his highly valuable perspective atop Eastman's formidable presence in the industry. Aiming to transform your organization's capabilities for AI readiness? Download Emerj's guide: emerj.com/beg1

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Today I'm excited to share a conversation with Mark Gazit, CEO of ThetaRay. This New York-based fintech firm raised over $80 million to expand threat detection solutions to critical infrastructure, financial institutions, and other verticals. Mark speaks about where AI is enabling new capabilities in compliance and fraud detection, shares valuable insights for successful AI deployments, and risk management lessons that translate to other industries. Want to apply AI in finance? Download Emerj's AI in Financial Services Cheat Sheet: emerj.com/fin1

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Today I'm excited to welcome back long-time friend and alumnus of the podcast, Dr. Roman Yampolskiy. Roman is Director of the University of Louisville's Cybersecurity Lab. He has authored four books and many more academic publications about AI, cybersecurity, AI safety, and other areas of computer science. This discussion jumps off from ideas in his most recent book, "Artificial Superintelligence: a Futuristic Approach," and unpacks further-out AI futures, exploring possibilities and challenges pertaining to AI governance, artificial general intelligence, and more...

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Priya Rajagopalan, Chief Product Officer of FourKites, shares how to leverage AI for a real competitive advantage. FourKites has raised over $100 million in venture capital to build an end-to-end supply chain visibility platform that major global companies use to track and manage freight. This conversation sheds light on how emergent intelligence is disrupting even the world's most stable and traditional industries. Enterprise strategy and innovation leaders may glean valuable insights from this example. Want to discover more case studies and insights? Explore Emerj's AI Best Practices Library: emerj.com/p1

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Dr. Tanushree Luke, Head of AI at US Bank (USA's 5th largest bank), shares pragmatic opportunities for improving customer experience in banking, by learning from customer interactions. For example: how to prompt users with the right features and services to predict needs and solve problems more effortlessly. Dr. Luke earned her Ph.D. in Theoretical/Mathematical Physics and MS in Physics and Applied Engineering from George Mason University. Previously she served as the Head of Predictive AI and Machine Learning for Capital One's Conversational AI Platform. Dr. Luke also served as Technical Lead for the Department of Defense/DARPA Network Defense Program and held leadership roles at companies supporting the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy. Want to learn more about AI opportunities in banking? Download Emerj's AI in Banking Cheat Sheet: emerj.com/cs1

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 10:09pm EDT

Our AI Futures series aims to share perspectives from those pushing the boundaries of technology, and this episode's discussion steps toward farther-out potential futures.

Before founding the US Transhumanist Party, Zoltan earned a degree in Philosophy & Religion from Columbia University, worked as a reporter for National Geographic, and served as a Director for WildAid (a nonprofit protecting endangered species). In recent years, he's shifted his focus to authorship, speaking, and activism, with a focus toward the long-term future for humanity. His book, "The Transhumanist Wager," is an Amazon best-seller.

This episode dives into perspectives pertinent to the future of AI governance e.g. dynamics of the USA-China AI race, the "winner-take-all" potential for powers controlling artificial general intelligence (AGI), and China's potential rise in an environment with fewer regulations and hurdles for transformational technologies like AGI, gene editing, and neurotech.

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Manny Medina, CEO and co-founder of unicorn startup Outreach.io, shares wisdom from the trenches of AI adoption. We're excited to have him on for many reasons - to celebrate his success (Outreach's valuation recently surpassed $1 billion), exemplify how AI early adopters are disrupting Industry, and learn from his real-life journey of AI adoption. He shares how he thought about potential leverage points for AI, the kinds of experiments necessary to test these opportunities, what Outreach learned the hard way, and what they feel like they're getting right.

Before Outreach, Manny was employee number three on Amazon's AWS team and led the Microsoft mobile division from launch to $50M in annual revenue. He holds an MBA from Harvard and a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Outreach is a sales engagement platform that accelerates revenue growth by optimizing every interaction throughout the customer lifecycle. The platform manages all customer interactions across email, voice and social, and leverages machine learning to guide reps to take the right actions. Customers include Cloudera, Glassdoor, Pandora, Zillow.

This episode was inspired by Emerj's community, requesting more tales and lessons learned from successful AI implementations. What else do you want to hear? We'd love your feedback and ideas. Get engaged with Emerj Plus: emerj.com/p1.

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Nicholas Pilkington, CTO and Co-Founder of DroneDeploy, breaks down drone technology trends and dives into some powerful use cases in heavy industry. Notably, drones are transforming best practices for equipment maintenance monitoring by using computer vision. Nick goes into great detail about the process improvement opportunities in this space and shares valuable insights about the trajectory of drone technology capabilities.

To date, DroneDeploy has raised 90+ million dollars for its cloud-based drone mapping and analytics platform, which enables capabilities such as automated flight safety checks, workflows, and real-time mapping and data processing. Industries adopting this technology include: agriculture, real estate, mining, construction, and many other commercial and consumer arenas. DroneDeploy is compatible with any drone.

Want to learn 3 ways to find AI trends in any sector? Download Emerj's free pdf: emerj.com/t3

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Ben Garfinkel is a Research Fellow at Oxford's Future of Humanity Insitute (FHI). In this episode, he breaks down key issues central to the near-term formation of good AI governance, such as: the comparative advantages of centralized vs decentralized governance structures, the influence of big tech on governance, etc. He does a great job of presenting the possibilities in clear and objective terms for consideration. We're grateful for Ben and FHI's seminal and leading contributions to AI governance, and - writ large - we suggest that our listeners and clients take heed and engage with the important work manifesting from FHI's brilliant minds.

Ben is a DPhil student at Oxford’s Department of Politics and International Relations. He previously earned a degree in Physics and in Mathematics and Philosophy from Yale University.

FHI is a multidisciplinary research institute at the University of Oxford. Academics at FHI bring the tools of mathematics, philosophy and social sciences to bear on big-picture questions about humanity and its prospects. The Institute is led by Founding Director Professor Nick Bostrom, author of "Superintelligence".

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Today's discussion is with Brett Beranek of Nuance Communications, arguably the best-known NLP company in the world. Nuance has been selling AI to enterprises for decades, earning billions of revenue in this mature space. In this episode, Brett shares valuable insights and predictions about how technology priorities might and should transform in the post-Covid world. Learn more with Emerj's Pandemic Response - Business Continuity Playbook: emerj.com/p1

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 5:19pm EDT

Glen de Vries cofounded Medidata in 1999, offering SaaS-based clinical development solutions addressing the functioning of customers' clinical trials, and 20 years later the company - which he still leads - sold to Dassault Systemes for almost $6 billion. What a triumph, Glen! Thank you for joining the podcast. Listen in as Glen shares his unique and valuable perspective on the current state and potential futures for the data ecosystem in Life Sciences. Want to stay on the cutting edge of emerging data-driven technologies? Try out Emerj Plus: emerj.com/p1

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Today's interview is with, Konstantinos Karachalios, Managing Director of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association (ieee.org).

Konstantinos earned a Ph.D. in Energy Engineering (nuclear reactor safety) from the University of Stuttgart. Before IEEE, Konstantinos played a crucial role in international scenario simulation for large-scale nuclear reactor accidents. And with the European Patent Office, his experience included establishing EPO’s patent academy.

For 100+ years, the IEEE has developed global standards for bleeding-edge technologies like nuclear power, blockchain, nanotech, systems engineering, and many more. Emerj is a big supporter of the IEEE's AI standards for "Ethically Aligned Design", and in this talk, we speak about what's happening in the early stages of AI standards and policy formation around the world.

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

In this podcast Joel Minnick, AI & ML Strategy Leader at Amazon Web Services (now VP at Databricks), shares his valuable perspective on what defines "AI Readiness" for large enterprises. Want to discover how to pick high-ROI projects? Explore Emerj's flagship Research and Strategy Services: emerj.com/aiol

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Today, Peter Durlach, Senior Vice President of Nuance Communications, joins the podcast to discuss important and timely opportunities for AI in Healthcare. Peter shares how enhancing and automating key elements of physician workflows with intelligent solutions can ease the workload and reduce burnout among physicians. Want to discover more AI trends? Explore Emerj's 4-page Guide: emerj.com/t3

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

In June 2019, the G20 adopted human-centered AI Principles that draw from the OECD Principles on AI. Emerj was invited to Paris to collaborate with the OECD's AI Governance efforts, and today we're excited to share this interview with Karine Perset, Economist and Policy Analyst at the OECD's AI Policy Observatory. She speaks about the role of principles in the formation of national legislation, international governance, and shares how leaders can nudge the evolution of powerful technologies like artificial intelligence, to steward a safe and abundant world.

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Today's guest is Sankar Narayanan, Chief Practice Officer at Fractal Analytics, a unicorn company in Bangalore. Sankar's last interview with Emerj was last year's most popular episode: "How to measure the ROI of AI". We're excited to share more of Sankar's insights in this episode, with a special focus on how to deploy and position AI pilot projects for momentum that leads to bigger and better projects. For more insights gathered's from global AI leaders like Nick Bostrom, Stuart Russell, and Ben Goertzel, check out Emerj Plus - emerj.com/p1


Today we kick off the first in a series of discussions about AI in Europe with Martin Musiol, Sr. Data Scientist at IBM. Martin is a member of IBM's Technical Expert Counsel, and in this episode he speaks about what makes the European ecosystem different, providing what may be a peak ahead for other nations following Europe's leadership regarding regulation and data-sharing. Learn more with Emerj's Beginning with AI Guide: emerj.com/beg1

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

In this first episode in our 12-part Saturday "AI Futures" series, UC Berkeley Professor and renown AI expert Stuart Russell shares his perspectives on the near and long-term considerations of AI governance.

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 8:58pm EDT

Today we interview Babak Hodjat, VP of Evolutionary AI at Cognizant, one of world's largest IT integration & service firms. Babak has 20+ years of AI experience, starting his first AI startup in 1998 in the SF Bay area, and later founding Sentient Technologies which raised $174 million to innovate with AI in trading. In this episode, Babak says "AI should be disruptive.", and leaders should "go big". Want to learn more about how to make the business case for AI? Check out Emerj Plus: emerj.com/p1

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Today's guest is Jim Barnebee, VP of AI and Infrastructure at GetSwift, a public company that has raised $143 million to bring AI to the world of Delivery - with a smart platform enabling driver management, dispatch tasks, and tracking in real-time. Jim highlights the 2 areas where he thinks logistics will be impacted the most, breaks down hurdles to successful AI deployment, and discusses multiple promising use cases. Emerj has assessed over 80 AI vendors in the logistics and supply chain space. Learn more about Emerj's AI Opportunity Landscape here: emerj.com/aiol

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Today we interview Scott Nowson, AI Lead at PwC Middle East. Scott has a Ph.D. in Informatics, with a focus in NLP. Also check out Emerj's guide: Practical Steps to AI Deployment at emerj.com/beg1

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

In this episode, we interview Yaron Lavie, VP of Products at Earnix. Yaron breaks shares powerful insights about how AI can be leveraged for customizing financial service products, as well as for other use cases in insurance and banking. For quick and valuable insights, download Emerj's AI in Insurance Cheat Sheet: emerj.com/ins1

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

What's next for AI in logistics? Listen as we break down prescient trends with Tim Gagnon, VP of Analytics & Data Science at CH Robinson, a $16+ Billion logistics & supply chain company based in the USA. Want to implement AI but you're not sure where to start? Discover 3 Key Insights for Non-Technical Professionals to Deploy AI: emerj.com/beg1

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Today our guest is Nayeem Islam, CEO of Blue Hexagon, a bay-area cybersecurity firm that has raised $37 million+ for innovation in expansion. This episode focuses on AI applications for cybersecurity in Retail. For a quick breakdown, check out Emerj's AI in Retail Cheat Sheet: emerj.com/ret1

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Discover how to nurture alignment that closes AI deals, as we interview Tim Estes, Founder & CEO of Digital Reasoning, an American AI company that raised over $130 million to bring cognitive computing services to intelligence agencies, financial institutions, and healthcare organizations. Whether selling or buying, technology leaders need to ask the right questions before purchasing or implementing AI solutions. In this episode, Tim offers his valuable perspective on how to match AI solutions with real business problems, how to estimate and quickly calibrate ROI, and how to effectively communicate with decision-makers. Discover our full range of high-ROI use cases for AI with Emerj Plus: emerj.com/p1

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

This week we interview Gary Swart, Partner at VC firm Polaris Partners, former CEO of oDesk (now UpWork, NASDAQ;UPWK), the world’s largest online service marketplace. Gary’s portfolio includes investments in innovative medtech and pharmaceutical companies. And in this episode, he shares his valuable perspective on how the pandemic may transform the opportunity landscape, at the intersection between AI and Healthcare technology. Discover our full range of high-ROI use cases for AI with Emerj Plus: emerj.com/p1

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Category:Artificial Intelligence -- posted at: 5:00am EDT