Why I can’t wait for Seth Dobrin’s speech at TNW Conference 2022


The future has never been more hazy in the field of artificial intelligence. Today’s headlines come straight from our favorite science fiction classics.

Separating nonsense from reality can often be an exercise in trying not to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

This may not be a problem for people who have the luxury of not caring about artificial intelligence. But anyone currently working in the STEM sector or running a company big enough to have an IT department should definitely be able to separate the hyperbole from the things that will soon become absolutely critical to their business. company.

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To that end, Seth Dobrin, IBM’s first-ever Chief AI Officer, will be involved in two of the most important sessions – in my opinion – that we will be holding at this year’s TNW conference.

First up, Dobrin and Tim Bradshaw of the Financial Times will take to the Ignite stage on June 16 from 11:05 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to discuss “Building Creative Human-Machine Partnerships.”

Simply put, this is one conversation not to be missed. Under Dobrin’s leadership, IBM’s AI division has become the global leader in B2B machine learning solutions. It has also secured that position in the long run by contributing massively to the company’s quantum computing efforts.

The future of AI is the further development of systems that can communicate better with people. We are entering a paradigm where software learns to work for people and systems configure themselves to our needs, not the other way around. And if you ask me, IBM is walking that track. I am looking forward to this event…. almost as much as I am Dobrin’s second.

The second Dobrin lecture, titled “TNW Talks careers in AI with Seth Dobrin, Chief AI Officer, IBM”, will take place from 11:40 AM – 12:00 PM on June 16 and will be moderated by Neural’s own Thomas Macaulay.

Here’s the thing: If you ask me, the idea of ​​a “career in AI” is a bit of a moving target these days.

Ten years ago, if you wanted a job in machine learning, my advice would be to study computer science and focus on developing algorithms.

Now prestigious universities around the world have entire departments dedicated to teaching AI. And there are tons of great tech incubators, internships, and contract positions available for nearly every level of expertise.

We no longer think of AI and ML as small subsets of the CS community. And I believe in 10 years time we will see the terms “computer science” and “artificial intelligence” as mutually inclusive.

This means that today there is much more than just ‘machine learning developer’ and ‘data analyst’. Traditional CS jobs like that remain, but they are changing a lot. And new features have emerged in the industry.

IBM turns 111 on the same day that Dobrin speaks at the TNW Conference. Who better to help us navigate these uncharted waters than the company’s very first chief of artificial intelligence?

Seth Dobrin will speak at the TNW Conference on June 16eView the full list of speakers here.