Forbes recently profiled Socher, the Chief Scientist at Salesforce, as an emerging leader in AI and deep learning. Rather than pursuing an academic career, he put his real intelligence to good use, working with Salesforce on developing workable AI solutions to improve customer relationship management. (Socher developed a tool called Metamind, that was acquired by Salesforce.)

“You don’t want to build an AI algorithm and throw it over the fence and say, here, it’s great, use it somehow. You want to incorporate it into the workflow people have so they can really use it and benefit from it.”