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Author: Daniel Faggella

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Learn what's possible and what's working with artificial intelligence in business today.

Each week, Emerj founder Daniel Faggella interviews top AI and machine learning-focused executives and researchers in industries like Financial Services, Pharma, Retail, Defense, and more.

Discover trends, learn about what's working now, and learn how to adapt and thrive in an era of AI disruption. Be sure to subscribe to "AI in Business."
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Mark Ewing, Sr. Technologist and Architect at Eastman Chemicals, emphasizes identifying key leverage points for AI as foundational for successful and profitable AI adoption in the enterprise. He asserts that the challenges of high engineering and adequate staffing are made easier with clear and compelling opportunities in scope for executives. Eastman has delivered specialty chemicals for over 100 years, earning over $9 billion in revenue for 2019. We're grateful to learn from his highly valuable perspective atop Eastman's formidable presence in the industry. Aiming to transform your organization's capabilities for AI readiness? Download Emerj's guide: emerj.com/beg1
Today I'm excited to share a conversation with Mark Gazit, CEO of ThetaRay. This New York-based fintech firm raised over $80 million to expand threat detection solutions to critical infrastructure, financial institutions, and other verticals. Mark speaks about where AI is enabling new capabilities in compliance and fraud detection, shares valuable insights for successful AI deployments, and risk management lessons that translate to other industries. Want to apply AI in finance? Download Emerj's AI in Financial Services Cheat Sheet: emerj.com/fin1
Today I'm excited to welcome back long-time friend and alumnus of the podcast, Dr. Roman Yampolskiy. Roman is Director of the University of Louisville's Cybersecurity Lab. He has authored four books and many more academic publications about AI, cybersecurity, AI safety, and other areas of computer science. This discussion jumps off from ideas in his most recent book, "Artificial Superintelligence: a Futuristic Approach," and unpacks further-out AI futures, exploring possibilities and challenges pertaining to AI governance, artificial general intelligence, and more...
Priya Rajagopalan, Chief Product Officer of FourKites, shares how to leverage AI for a real competitive advantage. FourKites has raised over $100 million in venture capital to build an end-to-end supply chain visibility platform that major global companies use to track and manage freight. This conversation sheds light on how emergent intelligence is disrupting even the world's most stable and traditional industries. Enterprise strategy and innovation leaders may glean valuable insights from this example. Want to discover more case studies and insights? Explore Emerj's AI Best Practices Library: emerj.com/p1
Dr. Tanushree Luke, Head of AI at US Bank (USA's 5th largest bank), shares pragmatic opportunities for improving customer experience in banking, by learning from customer interactions. For example: how to prompt users with the right features and services to predict needs and solve problems more effortlessly. Dr. Luke earned her Ph.D. in Theoretical/Mathematical Physics and MS in Physics and Applied Engineering from George Mason University. Previously she served as the Head of Predictive AI and Machine Learning for Capital One's Conversational AI Platform. Dr. Luke also served as Technical Lead for the Department of Defense/DARPA Network Defense Program and held leadership roles at companies supporting the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy. Want to learn more about AI opportunities in banking? Download Emerj's AI in Banking Cheat Sheet: emerj.com/cs1
Our AI Futures series aims to share perspectives from those pushing the boundaries of technology, and this episode's discussion steps toward farther-out potential futures. Before founding the US Transhumanist Party, Zoltan earned a degree in Philosophy & Religion from Columbia University, worked as a reporter for National Geographic, and served as a Director for WildAid (a nonprofit protecting endangered species). In recent years, he's shifted his focus to authorship, speaking, and activism, with a focus toward the long-term future for humanity. His book, "The Transhumanist Wager," is an Amazon best-seller. This episode dives into perspectives pertinent to the future of AI governance e.g. dynamics of the USA-China AI race, the "winner-take-all" potential for powers controlling artificial general intelligence (AGI), and China's potential rise in an environment with fewer regulations and hurdles for transformational technologies like AGI, gene editing, and neurotech.
Manny Medina, CEO and co-founder of unicorn startup Outreach.io, shares wisdom from the trenches of AI adoption. We're excited to have him on for many reasons - to celebrate his success (Outreach's valuation recently surpassed $1 billion), exemplify how AI early adopters are disrupting Industry, and learn from his real-life journey of AI adoption. He shares how he thought about potential leverage points for AI, the kinds of experiments necessary to test these opportunities, what Outreach learned the hard way, and what they feel like they're getting right. Before Outreach, Manny was employee number three on Amazon's AWS team and led the Microsoft mobile division from launch to $50M in annual revenue. He holds an MBA from Harvard and a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Outreach is a sales engagement platform that accelerates revenue growth by optimizing every interaction throughout the customer lifecycle. The platform manages all customer interactions across email, voice and social, and leverages machine learning to guide reps to take the right actions. Customers include Cloudera, Glassdoor, Pandora, Zillow. This episode was inspired by Emerj's community, requesting more tales and lessons learned from successful AI implementations. What else do you want to hear? We'd love your feedback and ideas. Get engaged with Emerj Plus: emerj.com/p1.
Nicholas Pilkington, CTO and Co-Founder of DroneDeploy, breaks down drone technology trends and dives into some powerful use cases in heavy industry. Notably, drones are transforming best practices for equipment maintenance monitoring by using computer vision. Nick goes into great detail about the process improvement opportunities in this space and shares valuable insights about the trajectory of drone technology capabilities. To date, DroneDeploy has raised 90+ million dollars for its cloud-based drone mapping and analytics platform, which enables capabilities such as automated flight safety checks, workflows, and real-time mapping and data processing. Industries adopting this technology include: agriculture, real estate, mining, construction, and many other commercial and consumer arenas. DroneDeploy is compatible with any drone. Want to learn 3 ways to find AI trends in any sector? Download Emerj's free pdf: emerj.com/t3
Ben Garfinkel is a Research Fellow at Oxford's Future of Humanity Insitute (FHI). In this episode, he breaks down key issues central to the near-term formation of good AI governance, such as: the comparative advantages of centralized vs decentralized governance structures, the influence of big tech on governance, etc. He does a great job of presenting the possibilities in clear and objective terms for consideration. We're grateful for Ben and FHI's seminal and leading contributions to AI governance, and - writ large - we suggest that our listeners and clients take heed and engage with the important work manifesting from FHI's brilliant minds. Ben is a DPhil student at Oxford’s Department of Politics and International Relations. He previously earned a degree in Physics and in Mathematics and Philosophy from Yale University. FHI is a multidisciplinary research institute at the University of Oxford. Academics at FHI bring the tools of mathematics, philosophy and social sciences to bear on big-picture questions about humanity and its prospects. The Institute is led by Founding Director Professor Nick Bostrom, author of "Superintelligence".
Today's discussion is with Brett Beranek of Nuance Communications, arguably the best-known NLP company in the world. Nuance has been selling AI to enterprises for decades, earning billions of revenue in this mature space. In this episode, Brett shares valuable insights and predictions about how technology priorities might and should transform in the post-Covid world. Learn more with Emerj's Pandemic Response - Business Continuity Playbook: emerj.com/p1
Glen de Vries cofounded Medidata in 1999, offering SaaS-based clinical development solutions addressing the functioning of customers' clinical trials, and 20 years later the company - which he still leads - sold to Dassault Systemes for almost $6 billion. What a triumph, Glen! Thank you for joining the podcast. Listen in as Glen shares his unique and valuable perspective on the current state and potential futures for the data ecosystem in Life Sciences. Want to stay on the cutting edge of emerging data-driven technologies? Try out Emerj Plus: emerj.com/p1
Today's interview is with, Konstantinos Karachalios, Managing Director of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association (ieee.org). Konstantinos earned a Ph.D. in Energy Engineering (nuclear reactor safety) from the University of Stuttgart. Before IEEE, Konstantinos played a crucial role in international scenario simulation for large-scale nuclear reactor accidents. And with the European Patent Office, his experience included establishing EPO’s patent academy. For 100+ years, the IEEE has developed global standards for bleeding-edge technologies like nuclear power, blockchain, nanotech, systems engineering, and many more. Emerj is a big supporter of the IEEE's AI standards for "Ethically Aligned Design", and in this talk, we speak about what's happening in the early stages of AI standards and policy formation around the world.
In this podcast Joel Minnick, AI & ML Strategy Leader at Amazon Web Services (now VP at Databricks), shares his valuable perspective on what defines "AI Readiness" for large enterprises. Want to discover how to pick high-ROI projects? Explore Emerj's flagship Research and Strategy Services: emerj.com/aiol
Today, Peter Durlach, Senior Vice President of Nuance Communications, joins the podcast to discuss important and timely opportunities for AI in Healthcare. Peter shares how enhancing and automating key elements of physician workflows with intelligent solutions can ease the workload and reduce burnout among physicians. Want to discover more AI trends? Explore Emerj's 4-page Guide: emerj.com/t3
In June 2019, the G20 adopted human-centered AI Principles that draw from the OECD Principles on AI. Emerj was invited to Paris to collaborate with the OECD's AI Governance efforts, and today we're excited to share this interview with Karine Perset, Economist and Policy Analyst at the OECD's AI Policy Observatory. She speaks about the role of principles in the formation of national legislation, international governance, and shares how leaders can nudge the evolution of powerful technologies like artificial intelligence, to steward a safe and abundant world.
Today's guest is Sankar Narayanan, Chief Practice Officer at Fractal Analytics, a unicorn company in Bangalore. Sankar's last interview with Emerj was last year's most popular episode: "How to measure the ROI of AI". We're excited to share more of Sankar's insights in this episode, with a special focus on how to deploy and position AI pilot projects for momentum that leads to bigger and better projects. For more insights gathered's from global AI leaders like Nick Bostrom, Stuart Russell, and Ben Goertzel, check out Emerj Plus - emerj.com/p1
Today we kick off the first in a series of discussions about AI in Europe with Martin Musiol, Sr. Data Scientist at IBM. Martin is a member of IBM's Technical Expert Counsel, and in this episode he speaks about what makes the European ecosystem different, providing what may be a peak ahead for other nations following Europe's leadership regarding regulation and data-sharing. Learn more with Emerj's Beginning with AI Guide: emerj.com/beg1
In this first episode in our 12-part Saturday "AI Futures" series, UC Berkeley Professor and renown AI expert Stuart Russell shares his perspectives on the near and long-term considerations of AI governance. https://emerj.com/ai-podcast-interviews/stuart-russell-ai-governance/ Visit the blog post for this article, and subscribe to the podcast on your favorite podcast platform. From June 27th to September 12th, we'll be covering a new "AI Futures" episode about AI governance every Saturday. This is an experimental series designed to extend current AI trends to long-term AI consequences. We hope you'll enjoy.
Today we interview Babak Hodjat, VP of Evolutionary AI at Cognizant, one of world's largest IT integration & service firms. Babak has 20+ years of AI experience, starting his first AI startup in 1998 in the SF Bay area, and later founding Sentient Technologies which raised $174 million to innovate with AI in trading. In this episode, Babak says "AI should be disruptive.", and leaders should "go big". Want to learn more about how to make the business case for AI? Check out Emerj Plus: emerj.com/p1
Today's guest is Jim Barnebee, VP of AI and Infrastructure at GetSwift, a public company that has raised $143 million to bring AI to the world of Delivery - with a smart platform enabling driver management, dispatch tasks, and tracking in real-time. Jim highlights the 2 areas where he thinks logistics will be impacted the most, breaks down hurdles to successful AI deployment, and discusses multiple promising use cases. Emerj has assessed over 80 AI vendors in the logistics and supply chain space. Learn more about Emerj's AI Opportunity Landscape here: emerj.com/aiol
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Atul Nevase

Nikhil is awesome

Mar 4th
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Zazzy Jan

good

Oct 22nd
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Tracey Drake

Congratulations to Dan on his patience in this episode, with a completely uncooperative guest. Not worth the time.

Oct 2nd
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Dom Hernandez

awesome podcast.

Sep 25th
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Albert Reynaud

very good

Nov 18th
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