Author: Nancy A. Shenker

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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Watson

MEET WATSON WHY? Many of us just know Watson as the winner of Jeopardy. “Born” in 2004, the smart machine was the successor to Deep Blue who was a chess-playing champ. But Watson isn’t all just fun and games. Its capabilities extend to sifting through huge amounts of data to diagnose diseases, make financial decisions, and much more. Watson even has its own website, where IBM showcases case studies and tools for developers to bring Watson’s intelligence to their own...

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Richard Socher

MEET RICHARD SOCHER WHY? 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...

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