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Season 2, Episode 2A

ai & the new dimension of InnOVATION++:

conversations about ai’s impact on future chAnge & innovation

webcast presented by the global innovation practice Futureproofing : Next  (

You hopefully know by now that AI is already a big thing, and only getting bigger. We’re now going to peer inside the AI treasure chest and tell you why and how.

Join us for our first AI-specific Futureproofing Now webcast & podcast, where we provide some of the best practical takes on why, how  and when AI will emerge as a force in many industries with “AI & the New Dimension of Innovation++” and how the very nature of change and transforming your business surrenders to AI’s advancement.


AI was ranked by a wide margin as the most transformative technology in our Emerging 30 Tech ranking for 2019. It will likely be #1 again in 2020 but what will that actually mean.

Futureproofing Now takes aways the veil from your eyes and gives you tangible evidence of how fast, how important and how broad sweeping AI will affect how we do work, how we manage change and how we reinvent our businesses in the future.  This is the AI webcast for innovators people have been waiting for.

In our doubleheader of a twelvth episode of Futureproofing Now, we are going to bring the experts doing AI work in the trenches, both corporate champions of the technology and interesting specialist firms changing the ways we do work.

What is AI?  What are its 10 key components? How do innovators implement it? What are some of the more interesting applications up close?   What is the best advice for somebody starting out? and for people and teams taking it to the next level?  The AI genie is out of the bottle, let’s take it on a magic carpet ride!


Sean Moffitt & Andrea Kates, Co-Founders, Futureproofing : Next

Special Guests:

  • Kevin Surace, Chairman & CTO,
  • Nathana Shrama, General Counsel, Labelbox
  • Charles Jankowski, Conversational Systems Expert
  • Benjamin Levy, Co-founder & General Partner, Bootstrap Labs
  • Alex Tsado, Founder,  Alliance4AI

What you’ll learn:

  • Table stakes – what is AI? what types exist?
  • What are its underpinnings? key benefits and key watchouts?
  • The top 10 applications of AI ranked and why each received their ranking
  • A timeline when you are no longer going to be the early adopter of AI
  • Some practical considerations implementing AI at scale
  • A quick hitter on what are the biggest by industry impacts to watch for induced by AI
  • A  conversation with 5 leading AI experts implementing AI with customers & brands, talent & the workplace, change & innovation and transformation & process


January 28th, 2020

Futureproofing Now Webcast Video

Futureproofing Now Podcast Audio

Hosts & Guests

Sean Moffitt

Andrea Kates

Kevin Surace

Nathana Sharma

Charles Jankowski

Benjamin Levy

Alex Tsado


Our website Futureproofing : Next Website

Labelbox;: Website

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Bootstrap Labs: Website

Alliance4AI: Website

Futureproofing Now Hosts:

Sean Moffitt

Sean Moffitt

Andrea Kates

Andrea Kates

About This Episode

0:00 Introduction of Topic, Webinar and Panel

1:05 Support for the Topic – AI real life importance & top technology of the decade

2:35 Top Ten AI Applications  – ranked and impact beyond automation

%;20 AI with Kevin Surace, Appvance. AI  – what is it? – machine learning = underlying tech and really we are currently talking about augmented intelligence not super-human-like intelligence, what’s changed? importance of deep learning & cloud,  skills to master?  will it take our jobs? does it change operating systems?  and can we trust it?

13:50 AI with Nathana Sharma, Labelbox – ’90s – need for tools to edit & manage code,  now the ’20s – need to teach annotate and manage training daat & AI, compelling industries – retail, biotech, agriculture – any place where a human would make a decison, you could now augment them, need for a proprietary data stream, bias & ethical issues  & data externalities in a global world, make training data better

23:30 AI with Charles Jankowski, Conversation Systems Expert – reinforcing deep learning & data , how do humans interact – focus on your users, the need or preference for human-like appreanace oi not, how speech-to-text works, natural lanaguage understanding  AI – big success, dialogue management  – still a lot of work to go – need for engagement, text bots, chat bots, virtual huimans & physical robots

39:20  AI with Benjamin Levy, Bootstrap Labs – background and early stage AI investments, cost has gone through the floor to promote access, Applied Ai and narrow focus, importance of leading the conversation 65 years in the making, you can replicate your software now but you can’t replicate data – a new moat for your business, potential $13T impact and 40% profitability improvement = core service/faster & external innovation, try fast & try early, building trust, the rise of chief AI/data officers, how to get AI started inside big co. – long term commitment – % of market capitalization, supportive leadership & culture, trial & error, what are the 20% of the aress that can have 80% of the benefit = big problems with small data

51:50  AI with Alex Tsado , Alliance4AI- the global AI persepctive – it’s a true global technology, 42% of Africa will be youth by 2030, policy & skills not keeping up with the technology, talent & learning – more accessible solutions and need for solving regional problems, policy & ecosystem

1:02:30 Round the Horn : AI Futures  –  mundane/repeatable jobs are at risk, how easy it is/how tangible the benefit is to get started, think about users not just technology, seek the advice from people that know their stuff, speed kills but slowness kills more in corporate innovation,  AI design terams should be inclusive and representative of your users

1:04:40  Closeout and where to from here, F#FN99 Chamgemakers Bookshelf, upcoming webcasts, our round two discussion on AI demonstrations

Our F:N Expert Panelists:

Kevin Surace

Kevin Surace

Chairman & CTO,

Kevin Surace is a Silicon Valley innovator, serial entrepreneur, CEO, TV personality and EDUTAINER and has keynoted hundreds of events, from INC5000 to TED to the US Congress. He was INC Magazines’ Entrepreneur of the Year, a CNBC top Innovator of the Decade, World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer, Chair of Silicon Valley Forum, Planet Forward Innovator of the Year nominee, featured for 5 years on TechTV’s Silicon Spin, and inducted into RIT’s Innovation Hall of Fame. While he has a technical background with 85 worldwide patents, he is known as a very dynamic speaker who is a true entertainer that is funny, excites people, educates & energizes audiences to action.

Mr. Surace led pioneering work on the first cellular data smartphone (AirCommunicator), the first plastic multichip semiconductor packages, the first human-like AI virtual assistant (Portico), soundproof drywall, high R-value windows, AI-driven building management technology, AI-driven QA automation, and the window/energy retrofits of the Empire State Building and NY Stock Exchange. He is also an accomplished music director, conductor, producer, and percussionist, with over 1000 performances.

Kevin’s most requested talks include AI and Automation…It’s impact on your life and your company, Bringing Silicon-Valley Disruptive Innovation to Your Organization, Social Media’s Impact and Digital Transformation. 

Nathana O'Brien Sharma

Nathana O'Brien Sharma

General Counsel, Labelbox

Nathana O’Brien Sharma is Faculty at Singularity University, where she writes and speaks for international audiences on the future of technology, law and business. Nathana is policy lead and corporate counsel at Mobilecoin, Inc. a security focused blockchain based payments company. Nathana is General Counsel at Labelbox, one of the most exciting artificial intelligence startups in Silicon Valley today. She advises companies and governments on the application of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence.

Nathana worked as an Intellectual Property Associate at Gunderson Dettmer, a leading emerging company and venture capital law firm. While at Gunderson Dettmer, Nathana helped a range of technology companies on data privacy and cyber security strategy. She has also worked at the Israeli Supreme Court and the Center for Creative Technologies.

Nathana is a JD/MBA graduate of Yale Law School and the Yale School of Management, as well as Singularity University’s 2012 Graduate Studies Program.

Charles Jankowski

Charles Jankowski

Conversational Systems Expert

In his over 30 years of building Conversational Systems, Charles Jankowski has seen much of it all; from core research on speech and natural language technology, defining technical and design strategy, crafting architectures and systems that help clients solve their problems, deploying conversational systems and making them better, and being able to explain very difficult technical concepts so that clients and users know that they are getting value.

Charles has honed these skills in his years at MIT, where he received a Ph.D. in EE, many years at Nuance, and a number of small companies adding conversation in many varied use cases and verticals. He has also authored a new book Voice-First UI Systems in 2020 (Manning)

Benjamin Levy

Benjamin Levy

Co-Founder & General Partner, Bootstrap Labs

Ben is the Co-Founder of BootstrapLabs, a leading venture capital firm, based in Silicon Valley and focused on Applied Artificial Intelligence. Over the past 7 years, Ben has been actively investing in software technology startups and supporting BootstrapLabs’ portfolio companies and their founders. Some of BootstrapLabs’ portfolio companies include AEye,,, Vidora, Mendel, Indus, Sibly, Prezi, AngelList, and Trusted Insight.

Born in France and living in Silicon Valley for the past 20 years, Ben is a repeat entrepreneur who launched, built and exited two startups in the financial technology space. Praedea Solutions, a data mining software company using machine learning and image recognition technology,, and InsideVenture, a financial social network for the founders of venture-backed pre-IPO startups and long-only institutional investors.

Earlier in his career, Ben was a Technology, Media, and Telecom Investment Banker who advised CxOs of Fortune 500 companies and startup founders on corporate strategy, financing, and M&A,  helping his clients raise over $300M from institutional investors and over $5B in M&A transactions. Ben is also a member of AAAI (Association for the Advancement of AI), and a frequent keynote speaker on innovation, technology investing, entrepreneurship, and artificial intelligence.

Alex Tsado

Alex Tsado

Founder, Alliance4AI

Alex is passionate about Technology, Business and helping products truly solve the problems they are designed for.  Extensive experience in Engineering, Finance, Sales/ Marketing and Entrepreneurship and dedicates his time outside the office by helping the black community excel in business, both in the USA and in Africa

Lead go-to-market for Nvidia’s fastest growing business channel, cloud for AI, HPC, futuristic Graphics. Founded Alliance for Africa’s Intelligence, organization to ensure African innovations get the chance to change millions of lives, and the continent is never again left behind during industrial revolutions.

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