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10 Influencers driving AI in Business

influencers continue to push the boundaries of what we think is possible, here is CBR’s list of those to watch out for in the coming years.

New research from Axelos and PRINCE2, found that 60% of IT professionals believe that machine and will have a huge impact on project managers, and that 59% believe automation will replace many routine PM tasks, and this is just one job. But what about the people driving this industry? Who are the most influential people currently making a splash in the field of ? Take a look at CBR’s list of the top 10 influencers that you should be looking out for.

1. Yann LeCun

Yann LeCun is currently serving as the first Director of Facebook Research (FAIR), a position which he has held since 2013. The group is dedicated to bringing about major advances in the field of . LeCun is perhaps most famous for his work in computer vision which allows machines to learn from digital images, and which is the process of machines being able to read printed language.

2. Demis Hassabis

Demis Hassabis is the CEO and founder of Google Deepmind, Google’s world leading research lab, which primarily attempts to push the boundaries of and what machines are capable of using algorithmsAn algorithm is a fixed set of instructions for a computer. It can be very simple like "as long as the incoming number is smaller than 10, print "Hello World!". It can also be very complicated such as the algorithms behind self-driving cars.. Hassabis started his career as one of the world’s leading influencers early on. After graduating from Cambridge, he joined renowned game designer Peter Moleyneux’s studio Lionhead Studios where he worked on the iconic deity simulator Black & White as the lead programmer.

3. Sarah Austin

Sarah Austin is the CEO and founder of Broad Listening, a renowned entrepreneur, and a much beloved internet personality. Austin is known for her work with artificial emotional intelligence agents and has appeared on television shows such as Startups: Silicon Valley. Austin’s psychographic modelling via cognitive computing has received such high praise as being more advanced than IBM’s Watson’s personality insights API and Cortana when understanding language and semantics.

4. Martin Ford

Martin Ford is a world renowned futurist and author of both Rise of the ‘Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future’ (2015), and ‘The Lights In the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future’ (2009). The former was a New York Times bestseller, and both dealt with issues regarding the potential effects of artificially intelligent and automated workforces. One of the main things that Makes Ford one of the influencers is that he accurately predicted that would become a focal point in the future.

5. Oliver Christie

Oliver Christie is an consultant with Foxy Machine, a boutique agency which helps to manage digital problems for smaller businesses. Christie is also the Co-Founder and CEO of XLABS which uses a powerful neural network to develop custom built algorithms. Between 2015 and 2016 Christie was the Director of at Centsai, where he oversaw the implementation of complex machine into a financial education platform.

6. Mike Gualtieri

Mike Gualtieri is VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research Covering & Advanced Analytics, and has been since 2007. During this time Gualtieri has provided the world’s leading enterprises and vendors with insights in the field of , making him one of the true influencers. Gualtieri’s role is primarily to help guide others, both in and outside of the field, on the coming changes that will bring to the business world and what it means for the future.

7. Andrew Ng

Andrew Ng is one of the world’s leading influencers and the former chief scientist of Chinese web services company, Baidu, where he led the group until March of 2017. In 2011, Ng was one of the founding members of Google Brain which developed large scale neural networksNeural Networks are simplified abstract models of the human brain. Usually they have different layers and many nodes. Each layer receives input on which it carries out simple computations, and passes on the result to the next layer, by the final layer the answer to whatever problem will be produced.  for machine . One of the largest breakthroughs made at Google Brain under Ng was a neural network, operating on 16,000 CPU cores, capable of recognising things such as a cat from watching a YouTube video, without any previous knowledge of what a cat was.

8. Nova Spivack

Nova Spivack is the CEO and Founder of LA based startup, Bottlenose. Bottlenose uses and sentiment analysis to determine trends that may affect brands. The service is frequently used by Fortune 500 companies and processes over 72 billion messages a day. Spivack attended MIT whilst he was still in high school and fully graduated in 1991, he then continued his academia at the International Space University (ISU) in 1992.

9. Kate Crawford

Kate Crawford is a Principal Researchers at Microsoft Research, a Visiting Professor of MIT, and has well and truly earned a place among the leading influencers. Crawford predominantly focuses on the far reaching consequences that and could potentially have on the world at large.

10. Fei-Fei Li

Fei-Fei Li is Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University and the director of the Stanford Lab (SAIL). SAIL has long been a hub of influencers and has made many advances in the fields of both recognition and since its inception in 1963. Since January 2017, Li has also been the chief scientist of Google which seeks to democratise and ensure that both businesses and individuals can benefit from the advances made.

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