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Who: Steve Shwartz
What: How AI works, how to put it to work, and why it won't take over the world
Where: Fairfield University Library Room 101
When: 7:00PM Tuesday, May. 29, 2018
Cost: Admission is Free
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    How AI works, how to put it to work, and why it won't take over the world


    AI has had tremendous recent success: speech recognition, machine translation, face recognition, driverless cars and much more to come. A recent MIT study showed that 85% of CEOs believe that AI is critical for competitive advantage. This talk will explain at a very high level how AI works, how organizations and inventors can make use of the technology, and why fears of AI taking over the world are unfounded.

    Speaker Biography:

    Steve started his career as a postdoc at Yale University in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Computer Science Department and was a co-founder of two AI companies during the 1980s, one of which had an IPO in 1986 and the other raised a massive amount of venture capital before it failed. He played a big role in the over-hyping of AI during the 1980s that led to the Second AI Winter. He started off the 1990s with another AI product, Esperant, which became one of the leading business intelligence tools of the 1990's and was named Product of the Year by two major national industry publications in 1995. Steve sold the company to a major international software vendor. During the late-90's dotcom era, Steve was involved in a number of exciting startups, one of which attempted (and failed) to overtake OpenTable in the restaurant reservations space. In 2000, Steve was one of the early investors in Tangoe, was a board member for many years, and then CTO for 3 years. Tangoe grew to over $200M in revenues and was one of the top 10 IPO's of 2011. Steve is currently Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Device42 which is a fast-growing software company that makes a software product used by hundreds of large enterprises in 50+ countries to manage their IT infrastructures. Steve is the author of a book on natural language processing and is working on another book with the title of this talk. He has spoken at dozens of industry and academic conferences, has published numerous trade and academic articles, and has received two AI-related patents. He received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University. He has also made investments in about 15 startups including some AI companies and is on the board of the Angel Investor Forum. He is also on the board of the Connecticut Technology Council and is the Chairperson of Marrakech Inc, a $40M non-profit agency that provides services to people with disabilities. This presentation made possible by support from IACT, The Inventors Association of Connecticut, The Dolan School of Business and the School of Engineering at Fairfield University. Copyright 2018, The Inventors Association of Connecticut http://www.inventus.org

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