Just Direct Your Neurons to the Sunny Side of AI
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  Anthony (Tony) Sarris   Anthony (Tony) K. Sarris
Founder and Principal


Tuesday, August 18, 2015
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM

Level:  Business/Strategic

It seems like not a day goes by that we aren’t bombarded with yet another dark, dystopian warning about the dangers of AI. From protesters at SXSW to Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak and even Neil de Grasse Tyson, it seems everybody is afraid of the Bad Big AI of ‘super intelligence’.

Any new technology has downsides as well as benefits, and AI is no exception. Because of the magnitude of the potential impact of AI, it’s reasonable to try to assess and mitigate the downside risks. I’ll leave that to the ethicists, socio-cultural anthropologists and AI researchers to sort out. I’m confident that they can. So until some super intelligent AI tells me to stop, I’m vowing to steer clear of the doom and gloom scenarios and focus instead on the many valuable benefits to businesses and consumers that AI is already providing or may provide in the not-too-distant future.

Markets covered will include:

  • Customer care
  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Edutech
  • Travel and entertainment
Application areas covered will include:
  • Content discovery and recommendation
  • Interconnectedness with IoT and contextual computing
  • Intelligent virtual assistants and other forms of software agents

Tony Sarris is the founder and principal of N2Semantics, a consultancy based in Orange County, California, specializing in semantic technologies, AI and cognitive computing. Tony got his start in IT working with database management systems and enterprise transactional processing applications. Frustrated that these databases and applications didn't know anything about the world that they operated in, Tony began working on conceptual modeling technologies and other forms of ontology and knowledge representation. Tony has a particular fondness for intelligent software agents and hopes that such smart apps can make the everyday lives of businesses and individuals easier, more productive and more enjoyable.

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