Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Heroku-Salesforce
We explored how machine learning and artificial intelligence are being implemented today. XLabs’ Travis Dirks led the discussion with our SME experts Jess Roeder, Anne Cocquyt, and Mars Hall on the 3 biggest causes of failed or mediocre AI including
- Not knowing, assembling or respecting the required circles of competence (The AI Triumvirate)
- Leaving validation criteria exclusively to the Tech Team and not establishing questions of business value such as 1) Is your AI even taking the right test? 2) How good of a grade does it need to get (based on the value/difficulty tradeoff)?
- Putting vast effort into determining if your AI is correct, and never asking if it is RIGHT (Lack of intent does not equal lack of bias.)
Then we separated into 4 ‘development teams’ where we collaborated, brainstormed and selected a product to focus on. Next, each team set its AI criteria, identified data sets and the right algorithm for their chosen ‘new product’. Last but not least, we had a sound off between teams to challenge utopia or dystopia of each team’s product at launch then at 20 years out.
- Utopians: How might your project lead to utopia (a place of ideal perfection)? How can you design to ensure it goes that way?
- Distopians: How might your project lead to an undesirable or frightening result? How can you design to ensure it does not go that way?
Not only was it great fun, we all learned a lot!
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Over 30 intimate sessions across ten venues in San Francisco were literally buzzing with experts and attendees discussing topics from Augmented Reality to Social Responsibility to Leadership and Investing. In addition, skill-building workshops focused on everything from the written word to understanding resonance and pitch when one speaks.
On Friday (10/26) Women Speak Tech’s Robin Parisse had the honor of moderating the Emerging Tech House. A big thank you goes to Autodesk for hosting the venue, STYLEBEE (YCS15) for giving us some extra glamour and to our amazing experts who not only presented but engaged session attendees in a dialogue to explore the impacts and opportunities of technology solutions, human behavior, privacy, security, and ethics.
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Our Emerging Tech Speakers included:
- Anastasia Miron, — Explore the brain via virtual reality to teach us how to be better parents? What triggers are there? How can we adapt behavior, provide modeling and tools for a better outcome?
- Lisa Mae Brunson, — Explore how the art of ‘fearless asking’ can help you magically manifest your vision into reality.
- Anuradha Gali, — Learn how Uber is leveraging AI to automate their predictive models and dynamically adjust utilizing market insights.
- Dr. Amrita Ray, — How are Network Effects and Shaping Influences used in machine learning models to retain, engage and improve products? Why are these model important when we look at automation and scale?
- Annie Rogaski — How does augmented reality fit into our lives? How should we engage with technology to reign in the right balance of ethics, privacy and security?
- Radhika Iyengar-Emens— Why should we care about blockchain? How blockchain can solve real-world problems like food safety, e-identity, and more.
- Liza Lichtinger — How do we ethically align emerging technologies with the footprint of humanity? Why is it important to educate corporations and governments on the use of technology in collaboration with human behavior?
Did you know you have to exercise your networking muscles! Well, you do. And, practice is progress. Our workshop leaders put us to the test! Emily and Jacqueline taught us how to create a networking mindset while Lady Badass, Joanna made us re-evaluate how to answer the question, ‘what do you do?’
- Emily Merrell — Founder of Six Degrees Society, a women’s networking group that hosts a diversified series of monthly programming for millennial young professionals.
- Jacqueline Steenhuis — Personal Brand and Positioning Strategist
- Joanna Bloor – Belief agent for you.
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