Top 10 AI experts revolutionising the tech industry

AI is one of the most talked about sectors and not just in the tech industry. So when it comes to the future of business, these people are at the forefront of bringing everyone forward and up to date with the latest innovations around work.

1. Gary Marcus – Geometric Intelligence/Uber AI Labs

Gary is the CEO and Founder of Geometric Intelligence, a recently-launched machine learning startup that is redefining boundaries by practicing patent-pending techniques. Uber recently acquired the start-up in order to make themselves an AI Company, showing the importance of Gary’s work and how its impact has been recognised on a global scale by the tech giants of the world.

On top of this, Gary has written a lot about deep learning, machine learning and the mind, known for his books, the New York Times Bestseller ‘Guitar Zero’, ‘Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind’, and the collaborative effort with Jeremy Freeman: ‘The Future of the Brain: Essays by the World’s Leading Neuroscientists’. Marcus seems incapable of doing anything without leaving a massive impact and making huge changes, making him one of the most reputed and respected AI geniuses of all time.

2. Jana Eggers – Nara Logics, Inc.

Jana’s focus is on products and the messages surrounding them. She is the CEO at Nara Logics, Inc., an AI company that turns big data into smart actions, helping other companies personalise their options to their customers, while improving their operations through Nara Logics’ supporting their decision models. This is achieved through a Neural Network that is built on top of big data sets, providing unique recommendations which could not be found elsewhere.

Nara Logics’ success spawns from Jana’s flexibility, having led small and large teams in 5-person companies or 30,000-person companies. On her LinkedIn, she admits to subscribing to the Autonomy/Mastery/Purpose-style leadership, which originates from an insightful book called ‘Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us’, aiming to give people the tools and self-control needed to do work that is not just highly effective, but meaningful as well.

3. Tessa Lau – Savioke

Dubbed the Chief Robot Whisperer, Tessa founded and ran Savioke as the CTO. Her major accomplishments at the company included leading the early software team in developing the first generation Relay system, creating the company’s Field Operations organisation and developing processes to quantify Relay’s performance over time.

Tessa’s passion lies in creating businesses to grant people technological abilities they would have never dreamed of before. In her words: ‘I love to build and lead teams who are inspired to make the impossible possible’.

4. Nathan Benaich – London.AI/Point Nine Capital

Nathan is the cofounder and organiser of London.AI, a great place for large and small companies, as well as academic institutions, to come together and butt heads. He is also the founder of The Research and Applied AI Summit, another fantastic approach to bring a whole community of entrepreneurs and researchers together to talk AI, including people from DeepMind, VocalQ, Facebook, Google, Amazon and Oxford.

As well as being behind these amazing meet up opportunities, he is also a venture partner at Point Nine Capital, working on intelligent systems to help customers succeed through SaaS. You can also find Nathan on Medium, where he writes at length about AI and guides you through a hard and confusing world of neural networks and intelligent designs.

5. Adam Coates – Khosla Ventures

Operating Partner at Khosla Ventures, Adam is a deep learning leader, continually working to improve AI in companies to innovate, integrate and thrive with a more tech-filled approach than before. Before Khosla Ventures he was the Director of the Silicon Valley AI Lab at Baidu, working with a team of 50 engineers to build technologies that could have an impact on hundreds of millions of people.

Being well-versed in AI and having tons of insights can be hard to fit into a top 10 list, which is a good thing that Adam has been the CxO of the Week for EM360 before. In there you can read about Adam’s philosophy about AI working as an enabler of products and the necessity of going beyond technology.

6. Ganesh Padmanabhan – CognitiveScale

Ganesh is the Vice President of Global Business Development & Marketing over at CognitiveScale, a self professed maximiser, technologist and storyteller. His vision and goal is to bring new and disruptive technologies to the market, hoping to make AI the kind of concept people take for granted but is simultaneously essential in society.

Over at CognitiveScale, Ganesh helps making AI radically simple for businesses and people. A whole career of being an engineer, software developer, product manager, marketer, sales leader and general manager has led him to wanting to be one of the leading voices in bringing AI to the masses.  You can also find him on our advisory board, making EM360 proud every day.

7. Demis Hassabis – DeepMind

Demis is known for quite a lot of things, AlphaGo, Theme Park, Republic: The Revolution, his Mullard and Golden Joystick Awards, but he made this list for all that and particularly his CEO role over at DeepMind. DeepMind is a London-based machine learning AI startup, focused on “solving intelligence” to then use intelligence to “solve everything else”.

DeepMind attempts to meld neuroscience and machine learning knowledge to bring forward new and powerful learning algorithms that work toward the creation of artificial general intelligence.

8. Fei-Fei Li – Stanford/Google Cloud

Fei-Fei Li’s career is almost overwhelming to read about, in the best way of course. She’s a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, Chief Scientist of AI/ML at Google Cloud and co-founded AI4ALL, a nonprofit that works to increase diversity in the AI sector.

All in all Li is a heroic figure who not only works in computer vision and cognitive neuroscience, but also works to make every voice heard in the world of AI, meaning her success will create the successes of others, meaning more and more innovations will be brought to AI real soon.

9. Cynthia Breazeal – JIBO, Inc.

Cynthia is the robotics person in this list, known for her work as a pioneer of social robotics and human-robot interaction. She is the director of Personal Robots Group over at MIT Media Laboratory, and in 2003 was named by the MIT Technology Review TR100 was one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35.

In 2014 Cynthia launched an Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund the development of JIBO, a personal assistant robot that could take care of the needs of those with too much time and stress on their hands. With the fundraising being successful, she nows serves as the Chief Scientist and founder at the company.

10. Rana el Kaliouby – Affectiva

Rana works with expression recognition to move beyond the field’s dependence on exaggerated or caricatured expressions modelled by the laboratory actors, meaning there is a lot of focus on the subtleties of the face in her line of work.

This kind of passion has brought her to be the CEO of Affectiva, in charge of their Emotion Science Team. Through computer vision, machine learning and data science, Rana has built up a repository of two million faces, the largest in the world. Her hard work landed her to being a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, as well as gaining tons of awards from establishments like Entrepreneur Magazine, Wired and the New York Times.