Presented By O’Reilly and Intel Nervana
Put AI to work
September 17-18, 2017: Training
September 18-20, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
San Francisco, CA

Here and now: Bringing AI into the enterprise

Kristian Hammond (Northwestern Computer Science)
1:30pm–5:00pm Monday, September 18, 2017
Implementing AI
Location: Imperial B Level: Non-technical
Secondary topics:  Enterprise adoption, Tools and frameworks
Average rating: ****.
(4.68, 22 ratings)

Materials or downloads needed in advance

  • A WiFi-enabled laptop

What you'll learn

  • Explore the current state of AI that can be used to evaluate emerging AI strategies and vendors
  • Learn a framework that will give you the information, metrics, and tools needed to evaluate the adoption opportunities and risks associated with various AI solutions


Even as AI technologies move into common use, many enterprise decision makers remain baffled about what the different technologies actually do and how they can be integrated into their businesses. On the plus side, technology we thought was decades away seems to be showing up at our doorstep with increasing frequency. However, little effort has been made to clearly explain the value and genuine business utility of this technology.

Kristian Hammond shares a practical framework for understanding the role of AI technologies in problem solving and decision making, focusing on how they can be used, the requirements for doing so, and the expectations for their effectiveness. Kristian starts with a lecture outlining this functional framework and ends with hands-on exercises for attendees to practice using it in the real world when evaluating data, requirements, and opportunities. You’ll leave with greater knowledge of the space and the skills to apply that knowledge to your businesses, ensuring that as you build, evaluate, and compare different systems, you’ll understand and be able to articulate how they work and the resulting impact.

Photo of Kristian Hammond

Kristian Hammond

Northwestern Computer Science

Kristian Hammond is Narrative Science’s chief scientist and a professor of computer science and journalism at Northwestern University. His research has been primarily focused on artificial intelligence, machine-generated content, and context-driven information systems. He currently sits on a United Nations policy committee run by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). Kris was also named 2014 innovator of the year by the Best in Biz Awards. He holds a PhD from Yale.

Comments on this page are now closed.


09/19/2017 8:19am PDT

Awesome presentation! It is second day today – if only one slide deck from this conference I can have – it would be this deck!

Picture of Daniel Guillory
09/19/2017 1:40am PDT

Is the deck available from this presentation? I attended yesterday but did not have time to ask Kristian.

Picture of Suzanne Axtell
09/14/2017 1:34am PDT

Hi Michelle,
This tutorial will be recorded and available for viewing in Safari about three weeks after the conference ends. Platinum and Gold pass holders will also be able to watch the recording via their O’Reilly account.

Michelle Gatchell |
09/13/2017 1:33pm PDT

Will this be available in video format after the fact or streamed live?

09/13/2017 8:09am PDT

Hi Anita (from your ex-Oracle colleague), I found some info related to the tutorial on the Narrative Science website specifically Kris Hammond’s paper “Choosing An AI Solution: Start With the Business Challenge”.


Picture of Anita Rao
Anita Rao | DIRECTOR
09/12/2017 7:45am PDT

Is there any prep work for this session or any material to read in advance
Any way we can get the content to read up in advance?