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A practical guide to conducting an AI snake oil sniff test

Joshua Joseph (Alpha Features)
11:05am–11:45am Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Location: Yosemite A
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What you'll learn

  • Understand how to detect AI products of questionable value or benefit


As artificial intelligence (and specifically machine learning) firmly takes hold in industry, there has been a significant increase in the amount of AI snake oil being developed, pitched, and sold. Joshua Joseph shares a practical guide for detecting AI products of questionable value or benefit, whether intentional or not.

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Joshua Joseph

Alpha Features

Joshua Joseph is CSO of Alpha Features. Previously Josh co-founded 33X, a machine learning consulting company, which works on problems such as technical due diligence for a $2B asset allocator, an autonomous cell identification system for a life sciences company, and dynamic pricing of coworking office spaces. Prior to 33X, Josh worked at a proprietary trading company which focused on fully automated trading and machine learning based strategy discovery by merging a variety of structured and unstructured data sources. He received his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology where his work focused on methods for decision making where we must learn from limited data of complex systems. During his time in academia, Josh worked on a variety of real-world projects, such as modeling iRobot Roomba battery degradation, predicting taxi routes, and autonomous robot interaction with turbulent water flow.