Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the ability of a digital computer to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent beings, such as rational ability to reason, discover meaning, and learning from past experience. AI has promised so much but is it delivering for everyone? Big corporations have been leveraging AI to great benefit, but how can smaller companies and especially early-stage startups benefit from the AI revolution? In this discussion, we'll explore areas where AI is being well-utilized to garner large returns—such as fintech and health tech. We will also look at how idea- and early-stage startups can integrate AI into their business canvas to bootstrap and grow more effectively.
Originally broadcast 17 November, 2020.
Director, Transformation and Strategy at IBM
Lakisha R. S. Hall is Director of the Transformation and Strategy for IBM’s Financial Services Sector (FSS), Global Markets team. Her team is responsible for the transformation, integration and management of a multi-billion dollar portfolio that includes IBM’s Integrated Accounts for FSS. Formerly, Lakisha was the Director of Delivery in North America for the newly-formed Data and AI Expert Labs and Learning organization. Her team was responsible for the execution and implementation of solutions and services for a combined Data and AI portfolio.
Co-founder and CEO, KEF Robotics
Fraser serves as the CEO of KEF Robotics (www.kefrobotics.com), where he leads the company's corporate strategy and business development. KEF develops autonomy for aerial platforms for applications in defense and commercial aerospace. The company qualified in first place in the Lockheed Martin AlphaPilot competition in 2019, and is developing technologies with NASA and numerous DOD groups, including DTRA, Air Force, SOCOM and the Army. In his prior role at Astrobotic Technology, Inc., Fraser founded and led the company's Research and Development group to notable successes including a $10M NASA Tipping Point award and commercial contracts with Bosch Research and Moog Space and Defense.
Principal, Deloitte’s Strategy and Analytics practice
Vishal Kapur is a principal in Deloitte’s Strategy and Analytics practice and has consulted with several large public sector agencies and commercial organizations for more than 20 years. He has extensive experience in leading large-scale business transformations using information-driven solutions that span advanced analytics, cognitive computing, text mining, applied data science, and large-scale data management disciplines. Kapur received a master’s degree in mathematics and computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology.
Richie Bavasso, MBA
Co-founder and CEO, Medical Inc
Richie Bavasso is CEO and co-founder of nQ Medical Inc, a machine learning computational biomarker company leveraging personal devices to manage neuromotor diseases. nQ builds powerful, AI solutions to support the continuum of neurological health. He is also Senior Executive Consultant, Digital Health and MedTech, Americas, for Scottish Development International. In this role, he supports the Scotland Government advising and assisting Scottish life sciences, MedTech, and digital health start-ups with expansion into the US market. He also works with Fortune 500 US- based life sciences companies interested in expanding their footprint in the Scottish market and seeking to promote better and more productive UK-US collaborations.
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