38 minutes | May 10, 2021

S3 Episode 4: Bret Greenstein from Cognizant on Evolutionary Artificial Intelligence

In this episode, we spoke to Bret Greenstein who is Global Head of AI & Analytics for leading consulting firm Cognizant.Brett leads Cognizant’s Global Data Practice, focused on helping  Chief Data Officers transform their businesses through Data Modernization. Prior to this, Bret lead IBM Watson’s Internet of Things Offerings, establishing new IoT products and services. He holds patents in the areas of collaboration systems, a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a master’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering.In this wide-ranging discussion, we uncovered new uses for AI, around the notion of "Evolutionary AI".We also discussed how AI can help governments and countries prepare for the next COVID-19 pandemic, and Cognizant's involvement with  XPRIZE to launch the Pandemic Response Challenge, a competition to create AI systems that can help societies reopen safely in the wake of COVID-19. Cognizant’s work was based on data from Oxford and John Hopkins and provided data-centric strategies for governments that want to support healthcare professionals in the fight against future pandemics. We also covered:The difference between Artificial Intelligence, Artificial General Intelligence and Evolutionary Artificial IntelligenceOther implementations beyond XPRIZE for Evolutionary AIBret's view on General AI and how far we are away from it in practiceThe importance of ethics and AI, and conscious biasWhat more can be done in schools to prepare students for a world dominated by AI?What Governments be doing to implement the sorts of solutions uncovered in the challenge to help our societies get back to a pre-Covid worldThe notion of "data credits" to encourage data sharing to solve broader problemsHow AI augments people’s decisions and finds meaning from the noiseThe suggestion that data and access to data should be an asset on a company balance sheetHow AI can be used to develop better predictions for a range of business problemsSome practical advice on what you can be doing to better understand the power of AI and in particular Evolutionary AIBret's view on how AI can better connect with humansMy favourite quote of the episode was"Climbers climb mountains, data scientists find meaning in data"We've had a number of AI experts on the show, and this episode was one of my favourites because of the way Bret explained very complicated topics in an easy to understand way. More on BretLinkedinCognizantYour HostFor more on Andrew - what he speaks about and replays of recent talks, please visit PragmaticFuturist.co or follow @AndrewGrill on Twitter or @andrew.grill on Instagram.
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