A Squirro Academy Podcast

With Tom Allen

Hosted by Lauren Hawker Zafer

Our 5th podcast episode, Through an AI Lens, explores the perspective of Tom Allen – Founder of the The AI Journal – on emerging technologies like AI, Robotics, Machine Learning, Virtual Reality and Chatbots. Tom and Lauren delve into the vision behind creating the The AI Journal, and why it’s important to keep it collaborative and open source, especially when promoting it to young talents. Giving young people who don’t have the necessary work experience a platform to express innovative ideas is paramount to advancing emerging technologies like AI.

Humans Make or Break New Technologies

As long as humans are in play, ethics is a necessary consideration for emerging technologies. But it is not enough to introduce AI and technology into school systems early, we need to ensure that the education is based on practical, real-life knowledge in order to reap the biggest benefits and equip people for the future work market. Misinformation around AI still makes this adoption challenging, as does the human prevalence to stick to old routines and not trust new and better options that are available.

How to Nurture the AI Ecosystem of Today

Predictions around the effects of technology in the future can be great, as long as they don’t take away the focus from taking real action today. To create a better future, it is necessary to foster an ecosystem based on sustainable values and goals to create an accessible environment where people can learn about the benefits of AI. To do so, it takes an understanding of what people really need and put them at the center of the story, rather than the technology itself.

Listen to the whole conversation about emerging technologies as shown through an AI lens here:

About the Speaker

Tom Allen is an enthusiast with a passion for learning and helping people and brands understand emerging technologies. He built The AI Journal from his bedroom in late February 2020. Over the past 12 months the brand and Tom have been featured in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, VentureBeat, Business Insider, Yahoo! Finance, MarketWatch, Reuters. The AI Journal has been labeled as the fastest-growing new media company 'you need to watch' and ‘most admired media brand’.

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