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February 12, 2020
In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer explore global AI adoption trends and where the industry is heading
February 5, 2020
In This podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer outline the various ways in which AI is being used in the legal industry
January 29, 2020
One of the most remarkable trends in artificial intelligence is the movement to autonomous retailing, which is the use of unmanned and cashier-less retail operations. In this AI Today podcast hosts Kathleen Walch and Ron Schmelzer discuss key players in the autonomous retail market, how these stores are changing the retail experience, and how this trend will impact jobs.
January 22, 2020
Did you know that the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has one of the most widely used chatbots in the US federal government called Emma? In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview Courtney Winship of the USCIS to learn more about this bot and experiences with its growing usage.
January 15, 2020
So you know about supervised learning and unsupervised learning, but what is semi-supervised learning and one-shot learning? Hear from Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer discuss advances in machine learning that are pushing the industry forward
January 8, 2020
In this Podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer explain how AI is impacting the environment - both positively and negatively.
January 1, 2020
What can possibly go wrong with facial recognition? In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer discuss some of the positive things that the market is doing with facial recognition, some of the not-so-positive things, and all the in between.
December 25, 2019
In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer look at some of the trends going into 2020 and how the market will develop. We highlight trends for Model-as-a-Service, MLOps, and what's happening with governments around the world, among other trends. Be sure to listen in!
December 18, 2019
In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer talk about some of the biggest trends for AI in 2019 and some of the big news makers, review our predictions from 2018 and talk about where the market is heading
December 11, 2019
Interview with Michael Feindt, JDA
December 4, 2019
Interview with Alex Measure, BLS
November 27, 2019
AI in Javascript: Interview with Infinite Red
November 20, 2019
Curious how AI is impacting the federal government and the way they do procurement? In this podcast episode, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview Keith Nakasone, Deputy Assistant Commissioner at the GSA on the future of AI and government procurement.
November 13, 2019
In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts interview Brigham Bechtel on how the Navy is using AI and the so-called "OODA Loop"
November 6, 2019
In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer explain the Predictive Analytics and Decision Support pattern of AI projects, one of the fundamental seven patterns of AI popularized by the CPMAI methodology.
October 30, 2019
In this episode, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview Adam Murray of the US State Department on international effort around AI
October 23, 2019
In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer explain the Autonomous Systems pattern of AI projects, one of the seven fundamental patterns of AI popularized in the CPMAI methodology and other places.
October 16, 2019
In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview Bob Gourley CTO of OODA LLC, publisher of CTOVision and OODAloop.com on the subject of the opportunities and risks of AI. We talk about the relationship between AI and cybersecurity and ways to deal with the security and reliability of AI. CTOVision and Oodaloop.com.  We recorded this podcast live at the AI World Government event in Washington, DC June 24-26, 2019.
October 9, 2019
In this AI Today podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer explain the Patterns & Anomalies pattern - one of the core 7 Patterns of AI outlined in the CPMAI methodology, and a helpful tool in understanding how to apply AI and ML to real-world projects.
October 2, 2019
In this episode, recorded live at Amazon Re:MARS, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview Tom Soderstrom of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on the use of AI for their planetary rovers and other space vehicles and craft.
September 25, 2019
In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview Bill Galusha, VP Marketing at ABBYY on the topic of AI and ML providing more intelligence for content, and what the four levels of content intelligence are all about.
September 18, 2019
Cognilytica has once again tested the Voice Assistants, and no surprise, they still come up lacking in intelligence. In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer explain the benchmark, some of the highlights and lowlights of the results, and what this means for overall intelligence of the voice assistants.
September 11, 2019
In this episode, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview Keith Nelson of Automation Anywhere on the trends of intelligent automation in the government and public sector.
September 4, 2019
In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview Lindsey Sheppard, Associate Fellow with the International Security Program at Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) on the competitive, global race for AI dominance. We recorded this podcast live at the AI World Government event in Washington, DC June 24-26, 2019.
August 28, 2019
In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer explain and dive deep into the Conversational / Human Interaction pattern of AI - one of the 7 main patterns of AI systems.
August 21, 2019
Interview with Intel's Corporate VP and GM of AI Products Naveen Rao who shares where we are heading with AI and how infrastructural technology will evolve to meet increasing demands for machine learning training and inference.
August 14, 2019
In this episode recorded live at Amazon Re:MARS 2019 in Las Vegas, NV, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview Erika Angle and Adam Cantor from Robots in Service of the Environment (RISE) and the cool things they are doing with underwater bots
August 7, 2019
In this episode, recorded live at Amazon Re:MARS 2019 in Las Vegas, NV, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview Mobiquity on their recent announcements on AI.
July 31, 2019
We have a special episode for you -- #100! We've just entered the triple digits on episode numbers, so it's worth celebrating. In this episode, we cover a number of hot topic issues around the question of whether or not AI is overhyped. We look at what's happening with end-users in the enterprise and public sector, vendors, the $1B Microsoft investment in OpenAI, and what's happening in the general ecosystem. Is AI Overhyped? Listen to what Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer have to say on this topic, and celebrate our episode #100 along with us!
July 24, 2019
In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview Arti Garg, Emerging Market and Technology Director at Cray to gain some insights into how AI is being used and implemented in the government and beyond. This podcast was recorded live at AI World Government in Washington, DC June 24-26, 2019.
July 17, 2019
In this episode recorded live at Amazon Re:MARS 2019 in Las Vegas, NV Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview three executives at Amazon about their current and future use of AI at Amazon and beyond.
July 10, 2019
In this episode, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview Dr. Philip Alvelda, CEO of Brainworks on the future of AI ethics, privacy, and regulations.
July 3, 2019
In this episode, recorded live at Amazon Re:MARS 2019 in Las Vegas, NV, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview Figure Eight after their recent acquisition by Appen
June 26, 2019
In this AI Today podcast episode, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer dive deep into how AI is being applied in the construction industry
June 19, 2019
In this AI Today Podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer explain the Goal-driven systems pattern of AI, one of the Seven Patterns of AI as detailed in Cognilytica's research.
June 12, 2019
In this AI Today episode, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview Mona Siddiqui, the Chief Data Officer at the US Department of Health and Human Services. She is leading the effort to connect the nation's health care data through building an institutional infrastructure at the US Department of Health and Human Services. She is also leading the Department's AI Strategy and scaling data driven solutions through public private partnerships. In this podcast, we dive deep into the use of AI at the HHS and also issues of ethics and responsible AI.
June 5, 2019
Continuing in the Use Case series, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer explore the use cases for AI and cognitive technology within the project management area. Learn how machine learning and AI technologies are being applied to make project managment more predictable and reduce problems relating to the human factor.
May 29, 2019
In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview Anthony Scriffignano, Senior Vice President & Chief Data Scientist at Dun & Bradstreet on the present and future of data science and how AI is being adopted by Dun & Bradstreet.
May 22, 2019
In this AI Today podcast episode, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer explore the Recognition pattern of AI, one of the core Seven Patterns of AI that applies to a wide range of use cases.
May 15, 2019
In this podcast, part of the AI Today Use Case Series, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer dig deep into how AI and machine learning is being used in law enforcement and policing, and some of the positive and concerning things about that use. Tune in for details!
May 8, 2019
In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts interview Lord Tim Clement-Jones, of the UK House of Lords, on the impact of AI on society, and the role of regulations and governments on the ongoing use of AI in the public realm.
May 1, 2019
In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts continue the Use Case series to explore how AI and machine learning are being used in education and learning environments. Hear implementation examples as well as some future directions for the use of AI and cognitive technology for learning and knowledge enhancement.
April 24, 2019
Garbage in is garbage out. Nothing is more true in the world of AI. The market for data labeling is growing and becoming very important as more and more companies need clean, accurate, well-labeled data for ML training. In this podcast we share key stats and insights from Cognilytica’s recent Data Engineering, Preparation, and Labeling for AI 2019 report including AI’s secret, the market for data prep solutions, and why garbage data in produces garbage out.
April 17, 2019
In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer explain how there are seven recurring patterns of AI project implementation, derived from Cognilytica's research. Learn about Cognilytica's 7 patterns of AI and how to approach them for your own AI project.
April 10, 2019
In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer talk about how AI is being used in the agriculture industry as part of the AI Today Use Case Series.
April 3, 2019
In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview Madelene Stolpe, Head of Digital Strategy, Health, City of Oslo, Norway. Hear how AI is being adopted, implemented, and challenged in Oslo and Norway as the country moves forward with their AI initiatives.
March 27, 2019
Interview with Frank La Vigne and Andy Leonard of the Data Driven Podcast
March 20, 2019
In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer explain how AI, machine learning, and cognitive technologies are being applied to enhance the way sales is being done in the enterprise. Learn more as part of the AI Today Use Case Series of podcasts.
March 13, 2019
In this podcast, part of the AI Today Use Case Series, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer look at how the mining industry is using AI and machine learning and its applications to other industries as well.
March 6, 2019
In our AI Use Case Series, Cognilytica Analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer dive deep into how AI and machine learning are being used in the fashion industry. A lot goes into the clothes we wear, covering a spectrum of activities including designing, manufacturing, logistics, marketing and sales. It’s no wonder that fashion and clothing manufacturing firms are applying AI technologies to transform various steps throughout the process. In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ron Schmelzer will discuss various ways AI is being used in the fashion industry.
February 27, 2019
Continuing in our AI Use Case Series, listen to Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer dive deep into the adoption of AI in customer experience
February 20, 2019
Across many industries and implementations, we see some recurring themes pop up in those use cases. In past podcasts we’ve talked about chatbots, autonomous vehicles, and aspects of natural language understanding, computer vision, and advanced robotics. In today’s AI podcast we want to talk about the concept of hypersonalization, a particular use case that’s applicable across a wide range of industries, but advertising in particular. While there's a lot of promise with hyperpersonalization, there's also a lot of potential danger and issues we need to grapple with. Listen in to hear more.
February 13, 2019
Cognilytica tracks almost 3000 companies that offer AI-specific or AI-enhanced products for sale in the market. However, as you can imagine, there’s a great amount of diversity in these vendors. Some vendors focus on providing low-level “enabling” infrastructure that supports any range of AI, machine learning, or other compute- or data-intensive activity. Others provide a single-industry application that applies AI to a particular, specific business or industry problem. And of course, there’s a whole range in the middle. The main challenge that end users face is that they need to evaluate vendors in the context of the business problems they are trying to solve. These vendors are not at all the same, and in many cases, comparing them to each other is a frustrating activity of comparing apples and oranges. Some of the most widely circulated lists, or “classifications” of vendors are laughably terrible. They lump vendors together that don’t solve the same problems or have very little in common. Cognilytica looked closely at all 3000+ vendors in the market and classified them in a way that makes better sense. In this podcast, we go over our classification system and how it helps to make sense of the growing AI vendor landscape.
February 6, 2019
Interview with Tim Custer, Senior Vice president – north america land, business development AND real estate. Recorded at Tableau Conference 2018
January 30, 2019
Lately, we’ve been spending a lot of time looking at knowledge graphs and their relationship to putting common sense into AI and machine learning. In this podcast, we interview Chaitan Baru, Senior Advisor, Data Science Research Initiatives at University of California San Diego, and formerly serving a four year rotation at the National Science Foundation (NSF) where he helped with a number of initiatives including the Big Data program and Data Science-related activities.
January 23, 2019
One of the biggest challenges with AI is making sense of the decisions made by black box machine learning algorithms. In this podcast, AI Today podcast hosts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview Steve Eglash, Executive Director of Strategic Research Initiatives in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University on Explainable AI, Responsible AI, and how to get AI systems to behave in a more testable, provable, and error-free way.
January 16, 2019
AI and machine learning are impacting just about every industry, and the oil and gas industry is no exception. AI and ML are helping companies with unstructured content and data, as well as augmenting human jobs without replacing them. Listen to this podcast as Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview Joel Hron, CTO at ThoughtTrace, a company applying AI to processing documents many decades old. This podcast was recorded live at Tableau Conference 2018 in New Orleans, LA.
January 9, 2019
2018 proved to be a great year for AI-related technology and companies alike. We saw countries across the world adopt AI strategies, VC funding for AI focused startups go gangbusters, and industries of all types from retail, pharmaceutical, restaurants, logistics, healthcare and so many more benefit from AI technologies. If you haven’t heard our recap of 2018 AI related news makers and market shakers, you should definitely go and listen to that (after this podcast of course). So, with 2018 in the rear view mirror, it’s time to look ahead to where AI is taking us in 2019. We think that AI shows no signs of slowing in 2019 and we wanted to spend this podcast sharing some of our predictions for what to see in the year ahead.
January 2, 2019
With 2018 coming to a close we wanted to look back at the year and reflect on some of 2018’s Biggest AI News, trends and use cases.
December 26, 2018
Driving Digital Transformation through AI & Deep Learning • What are the fundamental buildings blocks needed for build a digital organisation using AI, ML & DL in terms of people, skills and tech? • Discussing the role of other companies within the process, from start-ups to big ticket providers. • Examining digital transformation from both industrial and business information perspectives. • Real life examples of successful transformations from across Enterprise. Moderator: Kathleen Walch, Senior Analyst, Cognilytica Dr. Val Matula, Dr. Val Matula, VP & CTO, Emerging Products & Technology, Avaya Robert Bogucki, Chief Technology Officer, deepsense.ai Brett Marsh, VP of Sales, Call Journey Ayumi Sawada, Vice President of Marketing and Technologies, OPTiM Corporation
December 19, 2018
AI and machine learning are being used in almost every industry, and the oil and gas industry is no exception. Want to know the various ways in which the oil and gas industry is adopting AI? Listen to this podcast as Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview Catalina Herrera, Director of Education and Enablement at ThoughtTrace, a company applying AI to processing documents many decades old. This podcast was recorded live at Tableau Conference 2018 in New Orleans, LA.
December 12, 2018
Robots are gaining adoption across a wide range of industries. Recently, the Smithsonian Institution has started to use Softbank Robotics' Pepper robot to add value to the the visitor museum experience. In this interview, Cognilytica analysts Ronald Schmelzer and Kathleen Walch interview Kristi Delich, Deputy Director, Office of Visitor Services, Smithsonian Institution on how Pepper is being used at the museum, potential future uses, and observations from how the general public interacts with a robot in a museum environment.
December 5, 2018
Curious how industrial technology companies are adopting Artificial Intelligence, robotics, and cognitive technology into their product lines and into their innovation processes? In this interview with Frank DeSantis, VP of Breakthrough Innovation at Stanley, Black & Decker, Inc., Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer dig deeper into how AI and cognitive tech is changing the landscape for industrial goods and how these emerging technologies will change the way that consumers and business interact with physical devices and tools in the real world.
November 28, 2018
Interested in knowing how AI and machine learning can process documents over a century old and still gain understanding from the text? Want to know how the oil and gas industry is adopting AI? Listen to this podcast as Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview Nick Vandivere, CEO of ThoughtTrace, a company applying AI to processing documents many decades old. This podcast was recorded live at Tableau Conference 2018 in New Orleans, LA.
November 21, 2018
Machines are able learn how to process images and text and extract intelligence from those images and text. But they still don't understand the images of know the meanings of words. We're still at the early days of AI with respect to common sense and real natural language understanding. In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview Chief Strategy Officer Catherine Havasi of Luminoso on the current state of the art with Natural Language and what Luminoso is doing to move the industry forward.
November 14, 2018
Interested in the intersection of Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality (AR), and Virtual Reality (VR)? Curious how AI is being used in the entertainment, video game, and media industries to heighten the sense of reality from our artificial reality worlds? Listen to Mariana Acuna, head of Opaque Studios as she shares insights into the use of AI with Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer.
November 7, 2018
Film, media, and entertainment industries are using AI and machine learning technologies to enhance and change the way that entertainment is produced, developed, and delivered. In this Cognilytica AI Today podcast, hear from Hanno Basse, Chief Technology Officer of 20th Century Fox Film Corp about how AI, machine learning, and cognitive technologies are forever changing the way that entertainment is being brought to the masses.
October 31, 2018
AI is all around us, even today. Did you know that many of the articles and news reports you are reading are generated by AI systems using natural language generation (NLG) and other techniques? Not only are AI systems creating content, but they are helping to manage the editorial process, moderate comments, dig deeper for research, and support the entire journalistic process. In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer dive into the many ways in which AI, machine learning, and cognitive technologies are being applied to news, journalism, and the content creation industries.
October 24, 2018
Social media is filled with lots and lots of content and most of it is unstructured data, meaning that it doesn’t fit into databases or rows and columns on a spreadsheet. In particular, lots of text, images, video and audio content is posted daily. In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview Nav Kesher, Head of Data Sciences, Facebook Marketplace Experience on his insights and experience on AI and its various applications in different industries. We were connected with Nav recently at the AI Expo in Santa Clara in Nov 2018 where he gave a talk on “Making Sense of Unstructured Data”. Listen to this podcast to hear more his talk plus insights into the work he's doing and past experience on advanced analytical techniques such as Machine Learning AI to redefine user experience.
October 17, 2018
Public defenders in the United States are burdened with large workloads and ever-increasing piles of information they need to sort through. However, they are deeply needed in an environment where defendants are unable to afford the legal protection they are entitled to under the rights of the constitution. This is one problem that AI and machine learning is promising to solve. In this AI Today podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview Darrell Malone Jr. of the Tubman Project, an open source initiative aimed at providing AI-enabled tools to help automate and augment the work of the public defenders office. Learn more and find ways to participate in this initiative.
October 10, 2018
What are the roles of data scientists and data engineers and how are they different?
October 3, 2018
In this podcast we examine venture capital (VC) funding in AI. Is it rational or overheated?
September 26, 2018
In this podcast we examine different country's strategies and positioning on AI competitiveness
September 19, 2018
What is Autonomous Business Process (ABP) and how is it changing the way process is done in enterprises and organizations?
September 12, 2018
Does AI Still Matter? Our Anniversary Podcast
September 5, 2018
In recent years we have seen amazing advances in the field of conversational AI. Machine learning, and in particular deep learning, has been getting a lot of attention lately. But this is not always the best method when building conversational AI. In this podcast Cognilytica analysts interview Martin Reddy, Co-Founder and CTO at PullString. We discuss 3 fallacies related to AI, why machine learning isn't always the best approach to solving conversations problems, and how PullString Converse provides an easy to use conversation canvas allowing companies who might not have a technical team in-house to create voice apps.
August 29, 2018
Arizona State University (ASU) is trying something very interesting: in addition to giving their incoming students the usual handbooks and orientation materials, they're also giving some of them an Amazon Alexa device preloaded with ASU-specific skills. The results of this test are quite remarkable and might suggest that voice assistants could be the future of providing knowledge and interaction to users. In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts interview John Rome, Deputy CIO and Voice Evangelist at Arizona State University. He explains more about how ASU is using Alexa to drive new experiences and greater value to its students, and how he views the future of AI in the university student life environment.
August 22, 2018
Artificial intelligence (AI) is making inroads into a wide range of industries, and there's no exception even within the world of kid's play. In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview James Poulter, Head of emerging platforms and partnerships at Lego. He explains how Lego is adopting AI in a wide range of ways including with its Alexa voice assistant skills and additional insights into adding elements of AI to the various Lego platforms, including Mindstorms and other play elements.
August 15, 2018
We all know that AI and cognitive technologies are enhancing many different industries and providing significant ROI for early adopters. However, AI is also providing benefit in improving our various experiences in life. In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview Tom Edwards, Chief Digital & Innovation Officer at Epsilon Agency, who share insight into how AI is impacting marketing, customer experience, and more. He also shares how the "Pixar Theory" fits into the general vision of technology adoption and how as a culture we've come to accept AI in our daily lives.
August 8, 2018
On July 31, 2018 Cognilytica released the latest iteration of the Cognilytica Voice Assistant Benchmark. Conversational interface-based devices are starting to take off with devices and technology like Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana, and an increasing number of new entrants into a space. Cognilytica calls these devices “voice assistants”, rather than the less-useful term “smart speakers”. Voice assistants are voice-based conversational interfaces paired with intelligent cloud-based back-ends. But just how intelligent are these voice assistants? In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer go over some of the surprising results of the latest iteration of the Voice Assistant Benchmark and what we can learn about how intelligent these devices are and just how far we have to go.
August 1, 2018
With the rise in popularity of AI has come the inevitable wave of those looking to take advantage of its popularity. Startups are starting to realize that simply putting "AI" in their business plans leads to increase valuation, greater attention, and more possibilities. But it's already starting to catch up with these firms. News outlets are pointing out the fakery of media-ready robots that are really prescripted animatrons, and are writing about some high-flying startups that are resorting to using humans to do the work of machines that are supposed to be doing the work of humans. Are these just temporary stop gaps that will be replaced with "real AI" when the technology ready, or is this all smoke and mirrors from those who are saying they're doing AI but really doing something less than AI? Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer dig into this topic and give it the airing it needs.
July 25, 2018
Artificial Intelligence is allowing companies to improve customer service in ways not possible before. Chatbots allow companies to have an always-on agent that can be integrated into customer support service teams to answer questions or help provide more relevant products and services based on customer preferences. AI enabled systems can help handle complicated, multi-step transactions that are often error-prone such as loan application or student applications or real estate. AI can also provide proactive customer interaction looking for patterns and reaching out to customers who they think might be experiencing a problem. In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ron Schmelzer share some of the ways in which AI is being used today and how they are transforming our lives both personally and professionally.
July 18, 2018
If you’re ever worked in an office you know that there is much to be improved with back office processes. It’s often discussed how AI can help the front office, but it’s doing just as much to improve back office operations as well. AI can be a smart, augmented assistant that can help enhance data, provide research, and collect valuable information. AI can do a better job in meeting complex and constantly evolving compliance requirements that involve large amounts of data. AI can speed up the traditional process of procuring and paying for products and services, and ensure compliance with corporate and legal requirements. In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ron Schmelzer share some of the ways in which AI is being used today to transform back office operations.
July 11, 2018
Many governments worldwide are looking at using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other cognitive technologies as part of making their operations more efficient, better serving their citizens, and increasing the range of ways they can meet their missions. In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer interview Jose Arrieta, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisitions at the United States Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) who is working to bring AI and blockchain technology into reality in the US federal government.
July 4, 2018
AI is seeing increasing adoption across a wide range of industries, and banking is no exception. Founded in 1922, USAA is a Texas-based Fortune 500 diversified financial services company offering banking, investing, and insurance to people and families who serve, or served, in the United States military, with over 12.4 million members. As a result of their broadly geographically distributed customer base and needs for in-person as well as online and mobile offerings, the company has invested deeply in advanced technologies and is frequently at the forefront of emerging technology. In this podcast, we interview Casey Royer, Executive Director of new product development at USAA. Casey shares with us how they're using AI to broaden USAA banking offerings, make their operations more effective and efficient, and offer greater value to their growing customer base.
June 27, 2018
In this week's episode of the AI Today podcast we interview Doba Parushev, Senior Associate at Edison Partners.  It's no secret that companies with an AI focus has been receiving lots of funding these days and Edison Partners is a very active VC firm in the AI industry.  It's always interesting  to get VCs perspectives on the market and how new technologies are trending.  We discuss some recent investments that Edison Partners have made in AI companies and what made these companies stand out.  Doba also shares some of his insights about the current climate for investing in AI-centric startups and how AI technology will affect the job market. Show Notes: Edison Partners Website - Doba Parushev  Episode Sponsors: Fiverr is a marketplace for creative and digital freelance service. We use Fiverr for quite a few needs at Cognilytica including podcast editing, transcription, and more. Use promo code 'AITODAY' for 15% off your first purchase on Fiverr.com. Offer valid until December 31, 2018
June 20, 2018
In this week's episode of the AI Today podcast we interview Antoine Desmet, Analytics Manager at Komatsu.  Many people might not realize just how much technology is involved in mining.  We discuss the concept of the "Digital Mine" and how Komatsu uses Internet of Things (IoT) in combination with AI and ML to enable a large range of capabilities.  We also discuss how organizations can leverage their knowledgable workers to integrate the knowledge of these humans into ML to “give it a leg up” instead of having AI figuring out everything from scratch. Show Notes: Komatsu Website Komatsu Smart Solutions Komatsu Case Study #1 Komatsu Case Study #2 Komatsu Case Study #3 Episode Sponsors: Fiverr is a marketplace for creative and digital freelance service. We use Fiverr for quite a few needs at Cognilytica including podcast editing, transcription, and more. Use promo code 'AITODAY' for 15% off your first purchase on Fiverr.com. Offer valid until December 31, 2018
June 13, 2018
In this week's episode of the AI Today podcast we interview Jorge Sanchez, Director of Product Strategy at Appian.   It seems that everyone these days is taking notice of AI.  We discuss how AI is transforming modern enterprises and  how low-code platforms like Appian can help reduce the dependency on highly technical staff to build applications and greatly reduce the time to go from application concept to deployment.  We also discuss some challenges facing enterprises that are trying to include AI and how to overcome these hurdles. Show Notes: Appian Briefing Note  Appian Blog - Artificial Intelligence: Going Mainstream Faster Than You Think Appian Webinar - Delivering Transformative Business Applications With AI, RPA, and Low-Code Creating the Next Generation of Smart Apps with Artificial Intelligence Episode Sponsors: Fiverr is a marketplace for creative and digital freelance service. We use Fiverr for quite a few needs at Cognilytica including podcast editing, transcription, and more. Use promo code 'AITODAY' for 15% off your first purchase on Fiverr.com. Offer valid until December 31, 2018
June 6, 2018
At our recent Ask a VC: AI Edition event in New York City, Oliver Mitchell shared insights into the future of the AI industry, with a particular focus on hardware and robotics. In this interview, Oliver shares with us what is currently happening with development of AI companies, funding of AI startups, the emergence of "cobots", AI Bias, and things to consider as companies look to grow in the emerging markets.
May 30, 2018
Artificial Intelligence is on most everyone's radar these days. And it's no different with governments as well. In this podcast we interview Michael Hayes, Senior Manager of Government Affairs at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA.) We discuss laws and regulations surrounding AI, why it's important to create workable definitions now for various terms related to AI (such as defining narrow AI), and where he sees AI taking us in the years to come.
May 23, 2018
The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is everywhere and in all industries. In this podcast, we interview long-time AI researcher and thought leader Dragos Margineantu of Boeing, who shares with us how Boeing is using AI and Machine Learning (ML) for its operations, manufacturing, supply chain, and Internet of Things (IoT) interactions and some thoughts on what the future of autonomous aircraft might be. We should note that Boeing is not announcing any products or offerings in the autonomous aircraft space as part of this podcast, and Dragos is simply sharing thoughts on the possibilities of what AI and ML could mean for the development of the industry. Sorry, we're not breaking any news here.
May 16, 2018
Ever wonder how fully autonomous vehicles at Level 5 on the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) classification will impact your life? How will the way you live, work, interact socially, and care for the needy change when vehicles that can drive themselves from point to point and be beckoned at your call become prevalent? In this podcast, Cognilytica analysts Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer talk first about the six levels of autonomy (don't forget there's a Level 0), and why we should try to avoid cars in the not-quite-autonomous categories. We discuss why Levels 2-4 are perhaps more dangerous than useful, and what the desired end state of Level 5 looks like. Let us know your thoughts on the future with Level 5 Autonomous Vehicles!
May 9, 2018
Companies of all sorts are increasing their investment in AI. Toyota has a wide range of applications of AI, so it's no surprise that they are interested in helping to spur further growth in the industry by investing in early stage startups that are focused on AI and Machine Learning technology. In this podcast, we interview Jim Adler, Founding Managing Director, of Toyota AI Ventures. We talk about the sort of investments Toyota AI Ventures is making in the industry, how the automotive industry is benefiting from these investments, and what non-automotive related AI and ML investments they are making.
May 2, 2018
In this wide ranging podcast, hear from Professor Tom Davenport, Distinguished Professor at Babson College, fellow of MIT initiative on digital economy, and senior advisor to Deloitte’s Analytics & AI practice. Tom Davenport recently wrote a piece for the Harvard Business Review on “Artificial Intelligence for the Real World”, as well as the widely promoted “Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century”. In this podcast, we discuss the future of data science, how augmented intelligence is the best first stepping stone for most businesses in their adoption of AI and Machine learning, the implications of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on AI and ML, governmental regulations for AI, and more. It's great listening!
April 25, 2018
Occupational fraud is not a small issue. On average, a company loses 5% of its revenues to employee financial fraud each year, with the annual median loss at $140,000 and over 20% of companies reporting losses of $1 million or more. The key to keeping a lid on this fraud is identifying the fraud before it takes too much of a bite out of the company’s bottom line, or even further, to put processes and controls in place that automatically audits, monitors, and accepts or rejects transactions that don’t fit an recognized pattern. In this podcast, we speak with Anant Kale, CEO of AppZen who explains the main ways in which employees defraud (intentionally and unintentionally) their employers through improper expense reports. Learn how this sort of fraud is detected and mitigated through the clever use of AI and ML.
April 24, 2018
For our podcast listeners and followers, we have a special treat for you on this podcast. Be our special virtual guest and listen to an expert panel from the Conference on Technology and Future Economy 2018 talk about AI and Blockchain. Moderated by Professor Jim Liew (Johns Hopkins University), panelists were Reem El Seed (Deloitte), Kathleen Walch(Cognilytica), Jose Arrieta(US Department of Health & Human Services [HHS] formerly with the General Services Administration [GSA]), David Martens (Dovel Technologies), and Michael Novak (DTP).
April 18, 2018
How exactly do you define intelligence? Professor Alex Wissner-Gross, President and Chief Scientist at Gemedy and Fellow at Harvard Institute for Applied Computational Science has an answer. In this podcast, we interview Professor Wissner-Gross not only about his formula for defining intelligence, but also his thoughts that we need new challenges around data sets, as he believes data sets will get us to our goals of intelligence over algorithms. We also talk about data privacy, government regulation, and more. Listen in on this to hear one of the industry's luminaries talk more on this subject.
April 11, 2018
Understanding Artificial Intelligence (AI) and all its various details including Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning is not easy. So it's always a great delight when someone like Siraj Raval can explain these concepts and work through them in a practical way on his YouTube channel, and his new School of AI. In this podcast, we talk about the importance of data for AI, his thoughts on the future of AI, the connection between AI and blockchain, China's adoption of AI, and the role of ML and other concepts within the larger strategy of AI.
April 4, 2018
One of the other trends making the news and getting lots of attention is Blockchain. Proponents of blockchain claim that it will have fundamental, ground-breaking impact on all industries, changing the way that we transact with one another. Blockchain will enable greater degrees of transparency, trust, and decentralized control where governments and companies can't own or manipulate the data at their will. Sounds profound! Surely, blockchain would have some impact on AI and vice-versa? In this podcast, we talk a bit about Blockchain from our AI-centric perspective, and talk about the ways in which AI can impact and influence blockchain, and ways in which blockchain will be able to add value to AI. Or perhaps this is all just double the hype? Let us know your thoughts a
March 28, 2018
Every once in a while we have a podcast interview with someone that really makes us rethink some of the popular positions in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). This podcast's interview with Luis Perez-Breva was one of those that really got us thinking about the relationship between data and Machine Learning and between Machine Learning and AI. Luis asks the question as to whether most ML projects are truly AI projects or are just exercises in statistics and math-based analytics. He further goes on to question whether many of the AI implementations in the retail industry are going to achieve the outcomes that the retail industry hopes for AI, and whether they are going about it the right way. Regardless of where you currently stand with regard to the relationship between ML and AI and AI adoption in retail, this podcast will get you thinking. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the subject as well!
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