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Some Lessons for (Budding) Data Scientists from 4 Decades in AI w/Vishal Sikka
February 28 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
**Talks are recorded and posted to our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN0kf0sI01-FXPZdWAA-uMA . Coffee is served at the in-person seminar at 101 Howard St.**
Thriving in Times of AI: Some Lessons for (Budding) Data Scientists from 4 decades in AI
In recent years, advances in AI have created the promise of pervasive transformation across all walks of life, from dramatically improving individual productivity and efficiency, to opening new frontiers for human progress and innovation. But there is also much hype, ambiguity, lack of understanding and asymmetry in AI. There are fundamental issues that have not been adequately addressed — opacity, bias, the lack of sufficient talent and expertise, to name a few. Humanity will not be able to realize the full potential of AI without system architectures that are reliable and transparent, and until structures are put in place for opportunities and benefits of this technology to be shared widely across society, in a way that amplifies our humanity. One key challenge is that these limitations are entrenched into the ways in which today’s organizations think and act. In addition to having a deep understanding of how things work, new and early-career data scientists will also need to be critical change-agents who help bring broader perspectives and knowledge to make a lasting impact.
In this talk, Dr. Vishal Sikka, a lifelong student, teacher, and practitioner of AI, will share his perspective objectively on the current state of AI, his thoughts on the road ahead, and share lessons from four decades of being involved in the frontlines of AI, that may be relevant to students as they embark on a career in data science.
Dr. Vishal Sikka is the Founder and CEO of Vianai Systems, a
startup in Silicon Valley that provides advanced technological software and services in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to large enterprises around the world. Dr. Sikka serves on Oracle’s Board of Directors, the Supervisory Board of the BMW Group and the Advisory Council for the Stanford Institute for Human-centered AI (HAI).
From 2014 to 2017, Dr. Sikka was the CEO and Managing Director of Infosys, a $10B+ global technology services company. During his tenure at Infosys, he led the company through a time of significant changes in the services industry, changes brought on by cost pressures and the rapid advancements in technology. He implemented a “renew + new” strategy that helped clients renew their existing IT landscapes to drive down costs using automation, at the same time as bringing breakthrough innovation using design thinking and next-generation technologies like artificial intelligence to transform their customer and consumer experiences.