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Artificial Intelligence in Business: The Next Big Thing
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Artificial Intelligence in Business: The Next Big Thing

When: Monday, June 19, 2017
6:00 - 8:30 pm
Where: The Conference Center
130 East 59th Street
Room 710
New York, New York  10022
United States
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Artificial Intelligence in Business: The Next Big Thing

Technological transformation almost always leads to business change. Today, artificial intelligence, also known as AI, is the new revolution on the horizon and with it come varying predictions.

Elon Musk refers to artificial intelligence as a “summoning of the demon.” Bill Gates doesn’t understand why “some people are not concerned.” Stephen Hawking sums it up best, “Success in creating artificial intelligence would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last.”

Since AI has the potential to impact our careers, lives and future, how should we prepare and what should we know about AI in business?

Discover the answer to these questions and more on June 19 when CBSACNY hosts a multi-industry panel of experts for an evening of discussion and networking on “Artificial Intelligence in Business: The Next Big Thing.”

Topics include: 

● What is AI and what is the state of AI today?
● How is AI being used by our panelists?
● What are the successes and failures of AI to date?
● What jobs will be lost to AI and what will be the new ones created?
● Should everyone be thinking about AI for their business, industry or profession? If so, where and how?
● What will be happening with AI in the future?

Panelists include:

Bethany Hale - Bethany is the Chief of Staff to the Global Managing Director of the Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry Team at IBM, which includes Watson Health. Using Watson (cognitive) technology and industry-specific services, IBM enables organizations within the healthcare ecosystem to optimize performance, engage individuals (patients, physicians, etc.), provide effective care with improved outcomes, and manage population health. Prior to this role, she spent 5 years as a team leader and strategy consultant with IBM. She's also led consulting teams within consumer electronics (Samsung Electronics), financial services (American Express) and energy (Chevron) sectors. Bethany is a graduate of Columbia Business School, a Certified Health & Wellness Coach and lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, daughter and French Bulldog.

Christian Jorg - Christian is the CEO and Co-Founder of Opentopic, the company behind “Sia with Watson”, a fully integrated marketing bot using AI and cognitive technologies by Opentopic and IBM Watson. With Sia you gain deep, behavioral insights into your audience to personalize at scale.Before founding Opentopic, Christian was a serial entrepreneur who also held senior executive positions at Gerson Lehrman Group, Universal Music, and Bertelsmann AG.. Christian is a graduate of Columbia Business School and has an Economics Diploma from the University of Munich.

Norman Niemer
- Norman is the Quant & Data Science Team Lead at UBS O’Connor, researching strategies for statistical and machine learning methods for predictive hedge fund investment models. When he is not participating in FinTech hackathons, Norman is using computer tools such as R, Python and Hadoop. A business person by mindset and computer scientist by training Norman has Master’s degrees in Financial Engineering from Columbia University’s School of Engineering, and in Mathematical Trading from Cass Business School in London.

Sebastián Wilner - Sebastián is the Program Manager for Artificial Intelligence at Google where he leads their efforts in applying machine intelligence to the sale processes of the Customer Acquisition teams. In addition to an Economics degree from the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires and working as a business analyst for Google’s North and Latin American divisions, Sebastián was a Peer with Partido de la Red, an organization developing technology to promote democratic participation in Argentina’s and the world’s political systems.

Chandler Wilson - Chandler is a Director of Analytics & Insights for Walmart Corporate Affairs. Currently, he works on interdisciplinary data science and machine intelligence initiatives across the enterprise. Further, his job is to build and maintain relations with technology organizations, start-ups, and venture capital firms. Before Walmart, he worked for the European Commission and Parliament where he led many of the first analytics programs within EU affairs. Academically his research focused on quantifying political discourse and currency markets using open source data, graph theory, and topology.

DATE:  Monday, June 19, 2017
6:00 - 8:30 pm; (the panel is 6:30-8:00, networking and refreshments before and after)
LOCATION: The Conference Center, 130 East 59th Street. New York, NY 10022
TICKETS:   CBSACNY members: $35.00;  CBSACNY students: $25.00;  Non-members: $45.00 (NO WALK-INS ALLOWED AT THIS EVENT)

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 The event is organized by Brad Jobling and Bonnie Halpern on behalf of the Media & Tech Committee of CBSACNY.

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