Everyone can see that AI will transform many aspects of business and society in the near term, but how can we separate the substance from the hype and enable strategic decisions about how, when, and whether to integrate AI with each aspect of our businesses?
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Everyone can see that AI will transform many aspects of business and society in the near term, but how can we separate the substance from the hype and enable strategic decisions about how, when, and whether to integrate AI with each aspect of our businesses? In this talk, we will review what AI systems such as ChatGPT actually do, how they work, where they succeed, and how they fail. We will explore how AI can be used to create dialogues, retrieve information, generate structured information, and more. Will will discuss available commercial AI, including both API-based services and open source AI software. And we will look forward to how AI technology will develop in the near-term, seeking to understand the strategic business landscape so that we can position our enterprises and our society for success in the new world of AI.
About the Speakers
Alan J. Lockett is an AI entrepreneur and researcher working in the commercial space on AI applications, with a focus on problems in natural language and text, including information retrieval, question answering, and most recently real-time voice-to-voice conversational AI. Alan Lockett holds a Ph.D. from Computer Science Department at the University of Texas at Austin, where he focused on the theory of non-linear optimization, evolutionary algorithms, and deep neural networks. His thesis on these topics was later published as a full-length book by Springer-Verlag in 2020. After UT, he performed postdoctoral research in robotic perception and action on a National Science Foundation grant in Switzerland with Prof. Juergen Schmidhuber. He returned to Texas in 2015 to join legal AI start-up CS Disco, which went public in 2021. At CS Disco, Dr. Lockett served as Vice President of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, until he left the company in March 2023 to pursue independent consulting, research, and entrepreneurial activities in generative AI.
David’s responsibilities include the surveying of new technologies such as those comprising the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0), and promoting the use of Conexxus standards, both existing and new, in these trending technology environments. David continues to represent Conexxus at the World Wide Web Consortium, which he has been a part of since 2002. He has led several committees at W3C and is currently a co-chair for the Web Commerce Interest Group and serves on the Advisory Committee.
David has been involved in NACS Technology, PCATS, and Conexxus standards work since 1998, including chairing the POS/Back Office Committee, and served on the Board of Advisors from 2011 through 2018. More recently, David has advocated for the adoption of open API architecture as a powerful way to implement Conexxus standards.
David joined the Conexxus staff January 1, 2019. Prior to joining Conexxus, David was a Principal Software Architect in the Petroleum division at Verifone, specializing in requirements gathering, use case centric design, and XML data design and processing.