On December 11 and 12, I attended the AI Summit New York City. AI Summit conferences are always top notch and showcase a wide variety of companies that are innovating with their AI technologies. This year was no different. There were companies showing products that ranged from using AI to determine which makeup is best for your skin type to augmenting datasets by creating synthetic data to optimizing data science workflows. The breadth of technologies was definitely interesting.
At my booth, my co-worker, Lisa Stone, and I showed off the latest version my American Sign Language transcription software. The response was even bigger than at other conferences. I had people from major banks, hospital groups, and universities who discussed possible use cases for their industry. A total of 25 people allowed me to gather more training data by filming them signing the alphabet as well as the words “hello”, “good”, “bad”, “I love you”, “you”, “me”, and “your”. Adding words that have motions is the next step of the project. (Spoiler alert: I have that version done for some words, but it needs a little more testing before it moves to prime time.) One exciting experience was when a student from a university in New Jersey came to see the demo. He was interested and we had a good discussion. Later that day, he brought his entire team of 10 developers, data scientists, other AI practitioners to see the demo. You can imagine how surprised I was to see 10 people all show up at once because one man was so excited and wanted them to see it. Finally, I was interviewed on camera by the organizers of the conference because they thought the project was highly innovative and can help make people’s lives better. I call it “AI for Good”.
Just as exciting, I had AI practitioners who discussed the technology with me from a very technical perspective. For me, that is the beauty of these types of conferences. I am able to plunge deeply into the technology and see how other people are doing AI. This information can be used to improve my product. The sharing of ideas is how industries are advanced. As the saying goes “All of us is better than one of us.” How many times do we get to talk to people about the hyperparameters we are using when training our models and how we can optimize them? Not everyone is interested in that, but it’s the type of stuff that gets me excited. We also talked about the hardware I am running the training on. Let’s just say the hardware is quite impressive!
One final note, while in NYC, I got to visit Pace University. No, I’m not the founder and I don’t think I am directly related, but how many people have a university that has their name?
I am looking forward to the conference next year. If you would like to discuss more, let me know. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@pacejohn), on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-pace-phd-20b87070/), and follow my company, Mark III Systems, on Twitter as well (@markiiisystems).