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Why the Humankind of AI?

We ask Professor Oates, Why the Humankind of AI? "Because at the same time that you are deploying AI for a business, often times, simultaneously, you can be deploying AI for the greater good." In this episode, you can hear Dr. Tim Oates is proud that his team looks closely at how AI tools will be used by prospective business customers to ensure the outcome is also good for people in general. He touches on the trade-offs between generality and power in computing, and admits the most interesting part of any AI engagement are the "back and forth" problem-solving sessions that keep all of this critical thinking on the discussion table. Listen in as the UMBC Professor, co-founder, and chief data scientist of Synaptiq perspicaciously talks about applications of AI, strong and weak AI, and how he tries to teach his students to look up from the toolbox and be more philosophical about artificial intelligence.


In computing in general there is a trade-off between generality and power. The more general a solution is, the less powerful it tends to be. The more powerful a solution is, the more it has been typically crafted for the particular problem domain that you’re working in. And I see this trade-off all the time: somebody says “Well, Watson says they can solve this problem”, and I say, “Yep, they probably can but they’re not going to do it at the level you need to solve your business problem.”


Our Synaptiq podcast, The Humankind of AI, explores the ways in which AI and machine learning solutions can impact a business' bottom line, but more importantly: humanity's bottom line.

Join us, and our host, Nigel Peacock, as we feature interviews with guest experts in data, AI, machine learning, business, technology, healthcare, and more — and learn how many in the space are attempting to find answers to world class riddles.

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