VZV: Verizon Ventures Podcast

In this series, we bring together Verizon industry experts, investors and startups to discuss today’s most innovative technologies and their industry predictions. Over the course of several episodes, listeners will be treated to unique perspectives from our guests on the state of various industries, new and exciting developments, as well as insights on trends we can expect to see in the long term. We’ll cover off on topics like AI and chatbots, enterprise IoT, video and content, and consumer IoT and the Smart Home.
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Feb 17, 2017

“How can we use technology to build deeper, richer connections with people?” - Esther Crawford

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Today, we return with part three for the continuation of our discussion in the world of AI. In this episode, we discuss how AI will evolve in regard to continuous conversation and topics, how AI can break down broad data to solve issues for you, and how surrogates can connect you more with others in general!

  • Momin Mirza: Verizon corporate strategy group based in Palo Alto, focused on trending topics, particularly AI and commerce
  • Esther Crawford: CEO and Co-Founder of Olabot. Their goal is to make it fun and simple for everyone to have a personal bot
  • Raj Ramaswamy: CEO and Cofounder of ShopInSync, whose goal is to enable brands and retailers in the commerce space to build deep contextual bots that help get their conversions up and drive more revenue for them
  • Mounir Shita: Founder and CEO of Kimera, with the first AI that comprehends what it’s learning and to automate any type of connected device and network

“Teens are in an exploratory moment in life when they’re trying to figure out who they are, and are more open to new things than at an older age.” - Esther Crawford

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  • Systems are what we use to break down broad tasks
  • Machines will soon be able to do more of the “heavy lifting”
  • Most Olabot users are between 13-24 (mostly teenagers). Chatbots are making a big impact on the younger generation!
  • Scientists are trying to figure out a line between when AI should speak up, and which topics it should leave alone
  • AI is becoming more relatable to humans
  • The scary/exciting thing about AI is that it will change the world more than the internet did


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