Voices in AI – Episode 92: A Conversation with Chris Duffery

Voices in AI – Episode 92: A Conversation with Chris Duffery

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Episode 92 of Voices in AI features Byron speaking with Chris Duffey about the nature of creativity and how machine intelligence can interact with creative concepts.

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Byron Reese: This is Voices in AI brought to you by GigaOm and I’m Byron Reese. Today my guest is Chris Duffey. He spearheads Adobe’s Creative Cloud strategic development partnerships across the creative enterprise space. His keynotes have received over 50 million impressions. His work has been featured in a hundred or more global media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Inc, Adweek and on and on and on. He’s also the author of Superhuman Innovation: Transforming Businesses with Artificial Intelligence. Welcome to the show, Chris.

Chris Duffey: Thanks for having me. Great to be here.

I’d like to start off with: what is intelligence? Read the rest

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Voices in AI – Episode 91: A Conversation with Mazin Gilbert

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Episode 91 of Voices in AI features Byron speaking with Mazin Gilbert from AT&T Labs about the nature of intelligence and why we have so much trouble defining it.

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Byron Reese: This is Voices in AI brought to you by Gigaom. I’m Byron Reese. Today my guest is Mazin Gilbert. He’s a VP of AT&T Labs and their advanced technologies. He holds a PhD in electrical engineering from Liverpool John Moores University, and if that weren’t enough, an MBA from Wharton as well. Welcome to the show, Mazin. 

Mazin Gilbert: Thank you for the invitation, Byron.

I always just like to kind of start out talking about what intelligence is and maybe little different [question], like, why do we have such a hard time defining what intelligence is? Yeah, that’s where I’ll start.Read the rest

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Voices in AI – Episode 90: A Conversation with

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Episode 90 of Voices in AI features Byron speaking with Norman Sadeh from Carnegie Mellon University about the nature of intelligence and how AI effects our privacy.

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Byron Reese: This is Voices in AI brought to you by GigaOm I’m Byron Reese, today my guest is Norman Sadeh. He is a professor at Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science. He’s affiliated with Cylab which is well known for their seminal work in AI planning and scheduling, and he is an authority on computer privacy. Welcome to the show.

Carnegie Mellon has this amazing reputation in the AI world. It’s arguably second to none. There are a few university campuses that seem to really… there’s Toronto and MIT, and in Carnegie Mellon’s case, how did AI become such a central focus?

Norman Sadeh: Well, … Read the rest

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Why Many Businesses Are Not Ready For AI

Pillars of Readiness

By now, the story is well told on how artificial intelligence is changing businesses, all the way down to impacting core business models. In 2017, Amazon bought Whole Foods then later opened their Amazon Go automated store. Since then, they’ve been using AI to understand and improve the physical retail shopping experience. In 2018, Keller Williams announced a pivot towards becoming an artificial intelligence-driven technology company to compete with the tech-centric entrants into the market like Zillow and Redfin.

These companies are not alone. According to a study by MIT Sloan Management Review, one trillion dollars of new profit will be created from the use of artificial intelligence technologies by 2030. That is roughly 10% of all total profits projected for that time. Still, most companies have yet to implement artificial intelligence in their business. Depending on what study you ready, 70%-80% of all businesses have yet … Read the rest

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Voices in AI – Episode 89: A Conversation with Doug Lenat

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Episode 89 of Voices in AI features Byron speaking with Cycorp CEO Douglas Lenat on developing AI and the very nature of intelligence.

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Byron Reese: This is Voices in AI brought to you by GigaOm, and I’m Byron Reese. I couldn’t be more excited today. My guest is Douglas Lenat. He is the CEO of Cycorp of Austin, Texas where GigaOm is based, and he’s been a prominent researcher in AI for a long time. He’s been awarded the biannual IJCAI computer and thought award in 1976. He created the machine learning program AM. He worked on (symbolic, not statistical) machine learning with his AM and Eurisko programs, knowledge representation, cognitive economy, blackboard systems and what he dubbed in 1984 as “ontological engineering.”

He’s worked in military simulations, numerous projects for the government Read the rest

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Data Protection and Data Management Vendor Review of Veeam: Customer-Focused, Future Forward, Feet on the Ground

Last week I attended VeeamON 2019, in Miami, and I had the chance to get a better idea about the status of Veeam and where it is headed. Veeam describes their services as providing “data protection for any app, any data across any cloud,” and I am positively impressed not only by the company and its management but also by the fact that end users, vendors, and partners love working with them. Technology partners and resellers appear highly satisfied with their business relations with this software vendor, while end users love the product and the support they get for their everyday needs.

Beyond Numbers

$1Bn in revenues and 350K customers, with what looks like an unstoppable Y/Y growth. This is Veeam. And this also means that Veeam is gaining market share when compared to all its direct competitors.

A formidable achievement, although I don’t think revenues and growth say enough … Read the rest

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Voices in AI – Episode 88: A Conversation with Ron Green

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Episode 88 of Voices in AI features Byron speaking with Ron Green of KUNGFU.AI about how companies integrate AI and machine learning into their business models.

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Byron Reese: This is Voices in AI brought to you by GigaOm and I’m Byron Reese. Today my guest is Ron Green. Ron is the CTO over at KUNGFU.AI. He holds a BA in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and he holds a Master of Science from the University of Sussex in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems. His company, KUNGFU.AI is a professional services company that helps companies start and accelerate artificial intelligence projects. I asked him [to be] on the show today because I wanted to do an episode that was a little more ‘hands-on’ about how an enterprise today can apply this Read the rest

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How Fearless Are You in Your Analytics Journey?

Would you describe yourself as a risk-taker? Fearless? Would you even go so far as jumping out of a plane on the journey to digital transformation?

Me neither.

And yet, if you are a Chief Data Officer, you are a trail blazer. You are fearless in your belief in the power of analytics to improve business, even more so in a digital world. Data has always been important, but that value increases exponentially in a digital world with new ways to personalize customer experience, optimize the supply chain, and operate more efficiently.

The CDO role is still relatively new in the industry, developing only over the last five years in an almost thirty-year-old business intelligence and data warehousing market. Many of you have been in this role for less than two years. You may have risen to this role via the IT organization, perhaps as a BI director. Others have … Read the rest

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What is the Best Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Solution for You?

Last week I had a speech at a small workshop in Italy around hyper-convergence. It was a group of more than 20 end users, mid-to-large sized companies that were evaluating if hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) makes sense for their projects. In fact, only a few of them are already utilizing hyper-convergence, and some have special use cases for which solutions they have evaluated so far are too expensive or not flexible enough for their needs. Edge computing, for example, is pretty challenging for most HCI solutions.

That was an interesting discussion and I’m trying to take advantage of it for the slide deck I’m preparing for a webinar I’ll host next week here on GigaOm: “Hyper-Converged Infrastructure: Maximizing TCO and ROI”

I’m focusing the presentation on a few aspects that I consider fundamental to choose the right HCI solution:

  1. One-size-fits-all does not exist when it comes to IT infrastructures. It is
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Unstructured Data Management, Where to Start

A few months ago I wrote a report about unstructured data management. And the introduction starts like this: “Unstructured data growth is hardly news anymore. In fact, the challenge is no longer exponential growth, which we are now accustomed to and have solutions for, but it is all about keeping data safe while giving access to users, applications, and devices distributed globally, as well as having control over it.”

Data storage has dramatically evolved in the last few years, and there are several aspects to take into account before planning for a data management strategy:

  • Unstoppable Data Growth – The reality is that we cannot stop nor contain data growth, especially when it comes to unstructured data. It is not only that the sources that can produce data are growing by the day with the increasing amount of devices at our disposal, sensors cameras, and so on. It is
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