Date: February 16th, 5:45pm

Location: The Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s, 2748 Boston Post Road, Darien CT 06820

(Note our new time for increased networking opportunities)

The Wonder and Tangible Value of Machines that Learn

We see AI everywhere in the media, from self-driving cars to popular television series like West World and movies like Ex Machina.  Our boards, CEOs and friends ask us whether AI is real, while the press and NGOs worry about displaced labor and ethics of robot overlords.

Yet we are seeing immediate market impact. The top performing S&P stock of 2016 had once thought AI a special interest, only to see their genre become a de facto AI standard in a few short months.  At Google we use AI through most every product and are essentially an AI company.  Wall Street has been doing this for years with market data, but under a different name.

We’ll journey together through the awe and wonder of machines that can learn, demonstrating just how real and fascinating AI is today, and explain why today is different.  We end with a discussion of a few, simple steps a CIO can take to embrace AI next week, provide immediate ROI to satisfy stakeholders, and prepare eager staff for the arrival of this amazing development.

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About the Speaker:

Scott Penberthy, Technical Director, Google
@scottpenberthy #ai #finance

Scott is a Technical Director in the Office of the CTO, a new group at Google dedicated to helping customers thrive in an AI-first world.  Scott keeps one foot in the labs of Silicon Valley, the other in Wall Street and board rooms.  He’s convinced that advances in AI and cloud computing will have a dramatic, positive impact on how we work and govern.  Scott’s job is to accelerate that change with the vast resources of Google, one company, one government, one student at a time.

Prior to this role Scott was Managing Director in the CEO’s office of PwC, leading a transformation of PwC’s technology from on-premise, waterfall computing to public cloud with devops.  Scott has many raucous stories from selling public cloud amid the Snowden scandal; coordinating leaders across Europe, Asia and the Americas; debating regulation bodies and lawyers; aligning vendors, clients and partners on a common mission; and, finally, educating boards and accountants on the wonders of public clouds and AI.  Before that Scott played his hand as CTO at several Web startups after rising from IBM Research to the IBM Chairman’s office in the 90’s.

Scott is a passionate triathlete and a proud father two smart, beautiful daughters.  Outside work, he believes in STEM education and preparing the world for a new blend of human and machines.  Scott is a mentor in Udacity’s Machine Learning and Self-Driving Car NanoDegree programs. He’s an avid reader and loves studying history, economics and the eminent dead.  Scott has a PhD in AI and Computer Science with multiple degrees from MIT and the University of Washington.