With AI having rapidly expanded in recent years, the public has been looking for new information and individuals who are knowledgeable about the different types of software. AI influencers can help and advise, but also inform people of both the positives and the risks.
AI influencers help to explain the benefits and downsides of these systems, as well as offering solutions or commentary. However, they do not just help individual enthusiasts, but also businesses and organisations looking to invest in these digital products.
AI Magazine considers some of these leading figures who have a large presence online and are committed to showcasing ethical AI.
10: Lex Fridman
Fridman completed his PhD at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His thesis, ‘Learning of Identity from Behavioural Biometrics for Active Authentication,’ was completed under the advice of engineering educators Moshe Kam and Steven Weber and sought to investigate the problem of active authentication on desktop computers and mobile devices.
Kate Crawford is a researcher, writer, composer, producer and academic who studies the social and political implications of AI. Her research examines how AI affects various aspects of human life, such as gender, race and economic status. Her argument is that AI systems are not neutral or objective, but rather reinforce biases and existing systems of power and inequality.
Her book, Atlas of AI, was published in 2021 and explores how the global networks underpinning AI technology are damaging the environment, enforcing inequality and fuelling a shift towards systems designed to serve and intensify existing systems of power.
8: Karen Hao
She was up until recently a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, covering science and technology in China and a senior editor at MIT Technology Review, where she wrote about the latest research and social impacts of AI.
Based in Hong-Kong, her work has earned her numerous awards including a National Magazine Award for Journalists under 30. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.
7: Andy Fitze
He is the co-founder of SwissCognitive, a global AI hub that was founded in 2016, in which he aims to showcase forward-thinking AI investments and cutting-edge solutions.
Fitze is always on the lookout for the next major technological breakthrough to invest in. He was featured in Onalytica’s Who’s Who in AI report in October 2021 and holds a degree in electrical engineering, an Executive MBA from the University of St. Gallen and received the Swiss CIO Award for Best IT Manager in Switzerland in 2015.
6: Allie Miller
Allie Miller is a top AI leader, advisor and investor. Previously, she was the Global Head of Machine Learning Business Development for Startups and Venture Capital at AWS, where she advised some of the top machine learning researchers and founders in the world.
As an accomplished AI entrepreneur, advisor, and investor, Miller’s previous experience includes key positions as Global Head of Machine Learning Business Development, Startups and Venture Capital and Lead Product Manager at IBM - and was actually the youngest woman to build an AI product at the company. She now advises and offers insight into current AI trends and the latest technologies.
5: Bernard Marr
Bernard Marr is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, strategic performance consultant and AI & Big Data guru. He has worked with and advised many of the world's best-known organisations and his blog offers valuable insights into AI in both written and video format, discussing the history of generative AI, music AI and the future of the digital revolution.
Marr is a frequent contributor to the World Economic Forum and writes a regular column for Forbes - all whilst engaging his 1.5 million social media followers and sharing content that reaches an even wider readership. Recently, LinkedIn ranked him as one of the LinkedIn Top Voices among UK influencers.
In October 2023, she became a Senior AI Advocate at Microsoft for Startups, where she will be working with start-up businesses to help them build AI product strategies, run workloads on Azure Cloud and provide advice on technical areas like model tuning.
Srinivasan previously worked as a data scientist in the Google Cloud AI Services team to build machine learning solutions for customer use cases. She also worked at IBM Data & AI working to research AI use cases for clients by conducting discovery workshops and building assets to showcase the business value of the technology. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Data Science from Columbia University.
3: Fei-Fei Li
Her significant contributions to the sector involve developing advanced algorithms that are capable of recognising and comprehending visual content.
Li's achievements have attracted global attention and she has received numerous accolades as a result, including the ACM Prize in Computing. She currently serves as the co-director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centred AI (HAI), which is dedicated to fostering the development of AI technologies that uphold ethical standards, transparency and societal benefits.
Yoshua Bengio is a Canadian computer scientist, most noted for his work on artificial neural networks and deep learning. Renowned for being one of the ‘godfathers of AI,’ Bengio has recently expressed calls for greater regulations into the technology in the wake of the rapid expansion of machine learning tools.
He is a professor at the Department of Computer Science and Operations Research at the Université de Montréal and scientific director of the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms. In 2018, Bengio won the A.M. Turing Award - also known as “the Nobel Prize of Computing” - alongside Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun.
1: Andrew Ng
Andrew Ng is recognised worldwide as a leader in AI. He is the founder of DeepLearning.AI, founder and CEO of Landing AI and General Partner at AI Fund. DeepLearning.AI offers technical training on generative AI, machine learning and deep learning.
As a pioneer in machine learning and online education, Ng has worked to change lives through his AI work. He has co-authored more than 200 research papers in machine learning and robotics and in 2013 was named on the Time 100 list of most influential people in the world.
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