A Conversation With AI Talent: The Best and the Brightest (Part 1)

To stay relevant and competitive, every type of business needs to become technical in part if not all of their operations. The world is moving too fast to stay analogue. This means however that almost everywhere in the world, there is great demand for technology talent and limited supply, particularly in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI).

What can we learn from those who are already the leading minds in this space? Recently, our own Chief AI Scientist Dr. Min Sun sat down with Dr. Masashi Sugiyama, faculty at the University of Tokyo and Director of the RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project (AIP), to discuss a variety of AI-related topics.

Check out our video of their insightful conversation below, and hear our experts’ points of view on how AI research has advanced over the past 10-20 years in Japan and beyond, and particularly in the past three to four. They discussed advancements in machine learning, and the goal to ultimately reduce the amount of supervision required to ‘teach’ the machine, which would indicate significant progression in AI capabilities. This is coupled with what these advancements might look like in the future, such as in the area of healthcare, allowing for faster and more accurate medical diagnoses.

Sun and Sugiyama also tackled the aforementioned ‘talent shortage’ issue, discussing the responsibility of both Japanese educators and employers in encouraging advanced AI qualifications and in training staff to use new AI tools most effectively in their jobs.

Also, stay tuned for the upcoming Part 2 of this discussion, this time with Dr. Greg Mori, professor at Simon Fraser University and Director of Borealis AI.