Author: Nancy A. Shenker


MEET PEPPER WHY? Pepper the Robot (no gender specified) seems to be all over, having lived in Japanese homes and greeted customers at Pizza Hut and a hospital in Belgium. Pepper also hung out and danced with attendees at this year’s Collision Conference in New Orleans and dispensed cocktail recommendations at an AI Summit in Hong Kong. The humanoid droid was designed to collaborate with humans and respond to voice, motion, and other signals. The “robot as greeter” trend is in its early stages but, according to Bonnie Riggs, a restaurant industry analyst (NPD Group) quoted in Market Watch:...

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Mark Cuban

MEET MARK CUBAN WHY? This billionaire “Shark” and Dallas Mavericks owner is putting his money where the machines are. At SXSW this year he predicted, “The world’s first trillionaire will be an AI entrepreneur.” He recently invested in Twitter because he was impressed by their AI initiatives. He even has some ideas for how the labor disruption caused by AI can be solved. In a recent interview published on the Axios site he proposed: “A lot of low-skilled jobs can be replaced by what will be an increased demand for data tagging and labeling. Not intellectually fulfilling work, but...

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Ginni Rometty

MEET GINNI ROMETTY WHY? Behind every great machine, there’s a great man or — in some cases —  woman. The first woman Chairman, President and CEO of IBM, Rometty has turned the core focus of the company to cognitive computing, leading the charge to get Watson ready for commercial use. Fortune has named her among the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” for ten consecutive years. “If I had to pick one word that IBM’s reinventing around, it’s ‘data,” she said in a recent interview. Speaking of data, IBM compiled this list of AI experts to follow on Twitter....

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Elon Musk

MEET ELON MUSK WHY? Just this month, Elon caused a uproar with what even Mark Zuckerberg has called “doomsday” predictions about AI, saying “There certainly will be job disruption. Because what’s going to happen is robots will be able to do everything better than us…I mean all of us.” However, it’s no surprise Musk is on this list, as he has long championed the future of tech, particularly in the transportation industry. With his Tesla self-driving cars already being promoted, Elon and his companies are undoubtedly be at the forefront of AI and machine learning innovation.   Do you...

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Yi Zhang

MEET YI ZHANG WHY? Yi, a professor at University of California, Santa Cruz, understands the importance of AI in today’s world. She is one of the minds behind Rulai, a Silicon Valley company that helps businesses easily build and design chatbots. The company was recently named one of Bloomberg Business’s 50 Most Promising Startups You’ve Never Heard Of. In a recent interview, Yi said: “Where brands are beginning to engage with AI directly is in their customer support arena, where they have the first party data and ongoing engagement to make a real impact resolving their customers’ issues via...

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