AI is also not a singular field of study, it can augment every aspect of human knowledge.
- Neil Deshmukh
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For nearly a 100 years AI has been a graceful subject for apocalyptic storylines. From 2001: A Space Odyssey to Eagle Eye, AI has consistently been given a pretty bad rep. The freaky thing is that no one seems to agree on what the exact limits of AI are, and if we’ll be able to control them when they outgrow us. There is something eerie about things we know little about, but does that mean the worst case scenario will necessarily play out? If we’re cautiously optimistic, is there a world in which AI can be a force for good?
These questions are right up the alley of Jonathan Berte. He is the founder and CEO of Robovision, a Belgian company that specialises in industrialising deep learning -meaning an AI that learns to think just like a human being would. Berte and his team of machine learning experts have developed a platform for the deployment of advanced artificial intelligence. He seeks to apply his AI expertise to enact positive change not only on a corporate level, but on a societal level as well. Berte is a strong believer that AI has the power to transform our world for the better. When Jonathan is not at work, he likes to wind down by producing some music in his home-studio. Rockstar scientist? You’ve heard it here first!
Neil Deshmukh is somewhat of a prodigy. At the age of only 17, he is a freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In the last few years he built a number of AI-powered applications to help the people and our planet. Deshmukh believes that mastering AI is like a superpower with which we can solve many of our global problems more rapidly. He is determined to dispel the myth that AI is difficult to work with, by teaching students around the world about the technology behind machine learning. His dream? Changing the world using technology, to make it better for people everywhere, in every class.
We end with Sebastiaan Van Den Branden, who is not your typical AI expert. You might know him as one of the members of Belgian postrock band Amatorski, but he also moonlights as a data analyst for In The Pocket, a company that guides businesses in shaping their digital future. As a tech nerd/musician, Van Den Branden has more up his sleeve than some really cool guitar riffs. He regularly produces music with the help of artificial intelligence and even participated in an AI song challenge organised by the VPRO. Maybe not only the bird can sing a tune?
What is your opinion on AI? Do you think it will be a driving force for good, or a cautionary tale of technology gone wrong?
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