On May 31,2017, we hosted a panel of experts in Artificial Intelligence (AI) that included perspectives from Google, PwC, Real Ventures, the Ontario government, academia, and a startup. Lively panel and engaged audience for our fastest selling event on record!
Tech Industry Perspective:Sanjay Gosalia ( Kellogg )| Canada Head of Industry - Financial Services, Google Canada
Venture Capital Perspective: Sylvain Carle (ICARI) | Partner, Real Ventures
Data Science Perspective: Yannick Lallement (Inria)| Chief Data Scientist, SalesChoice
Government Perspective:Heather Evans ( Queens ) | Senior Advisor, Advanced Technologies (AI/Quantum) at Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth
Industrial Applications & Academics/Education Perspective:Yves Lostanlen (MIT) | CEO, Siradel
Consulting Perspective: Arnold Liwanag (MCMaster) | Director, Strategy& (part of PwC network)
The Canadian Artificial Intelligence Revolution panel organized by the AAGEF on May 31st brought a one-of-a-kind multilateral perspective on the wildly discussed topic of Artificial Intelligence. With the help of the “in-the-know” intervention of tech industry expert and moderator Sanjay Gosalia, head of industry for Google, each member of the panel brought their own vision of the topic at hand and the panel discussed how AI and advanced technology affected their day-to-day work and industry. Sylvain Carle brought a Venture Capital perspective, notably pointing out to the lack of venture capitalist funds allocation in Toronto, as opposed to other well-established tech hubs such as the Silicon Valley or NYC. However, as Heather Evans, Senior Advisor in charge of Advanced Technologies at the Ontario Ministry, brought forward from a government perspective, the lack of private financing opportunities for AI businesses is counterbalanced by the increased involvement and hands-on attitude of government as it relates to the development of new technologies. Notably, she and Sylvain mentioned how much public funds are gradually invested in AI-related projects at the provincial level and are key to sustain the industry’s growing economic development. From an insider business perspective, data scientist Yannick Lallement on the one hand talked about how AI and machine learning are heavily used in sales in order to optimize return on investment, prediction and consumer choices. On another hand, Yves Lostanlen discussed the industrial applications of AI and how technologies still need to be thought of and developed as tools to an end, with a view to respond to a specific business need to increase AI stat-ups’ chances to become marketable and ultimately successful. However, from an educational and academic perspective, he also highlighted the importance in educating new generations of students to use AI tools and understand how they function. Finally Arnold Liwanag brought his consulting perspective as business strategist, explaining how AI and disruptive technologies were increasingly looked upon by C-suites and how those needed to be taken into consideration at all levels of any business strategy.
A few days later, one of our panelist was able to raise 137 million dollars
Photo and presentation below
Videos < 5 minutes each for inspiration both of which highly recommend viewing:
Machine Learning: Solving Problems Big, Small, and Prickly
Machine Learning: Making Sense of a Messy World (Hinton is in here)
AI Experiments with Google (open source):
AI Experiments with Google