Put AI to work
June 26-27, 2017: Training
June 27-29, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Schedule: Media sessions

The Internet has democratized and scaled media influence unlike anything else, creating great opportunities and challenges. Learn about the AI technologies being developed in this area—whether it’s improving content creation and distribution or tackling fake news.

11:55am12:35pm Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Location: Sutton South/Regent Parlor
Delip Rao (AI Foundation)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 5 ratings)
Not a single day goes by without a mention of "fake news" or the problems it causes. Delip Rao offers a nonpartisan overview of fake news, briefly exploring the technology landscape surrounding the content verification and validation problem and diving deeper into the Fake News Challenge and the stance detection problem. Read more.
1:45pm2:25pm Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Interacting with AI
Location: Sutton South/Regent Parlor Level: Intermediate
Kristian Hammond (Northwestern Computer Science)
Average rating: ***..
(3.83, 6 ratings)
Kristian Hammond offers an overview of advanced natural language generation (NLG), a subfield of artificial intelligence, and the assorted technical systems involved with this emerging technology, along with the mechanisms that drive them. Read more.
11:55am12:35pm Thursday, June 29, 2017
Implementing AI
Location: Grand Ballroom West Level: Beginner
Soumith Chintala (Facebook)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 3 ratings)
Soumith Chintala discusses paradigm shifts in cutting-edge AI research and applications such as self-driving cars, robots, and game playing. Read more.
2:35pm3:15pm Thursday, June 29, 2017
Impact of AI on business and society
Location: Murray Hill E/W Level: Intermediate
Nikita Lytkin (Facebook)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)
Nikita Lytkin offers an overview of personalized digital advertising and explains how Facebook uses modern supervised machine learning methods, such as factorization machines and deep neural networks, to recommend ecommerce products to nearly two billion people. Read more.
2:35pm3:15pm Thursday, June 29, 2017
Impact of AI on business and society
Location: Sutton Center/North Level: Non-technical
Codruta Gamulea (Bakken & Bæck)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
The promise of AI in the newsroom is contradictory: NLG revolutionizes news writing, but robot journalists threaten jobs; NLP improves fact-checking but requires investments that slimmed-down newsrooms cannot afford. Drawing on Norwegian AI startup Orbit’s experience, Codruta Gamulea explains how AI can help solve the industry resource constraints and improve the quality of journalism. Read more.
4:00pm4:40pm Thursday, June 29, 2017
Implementing AI
Location: Gramercy East/West Level: Intermediate
Jan Neumann (Comcast), Ferhan Ture (Comcast), Shahin Sefati (Comcast)
AI plays an essential role in creating the Comcast X1 entertainment experience and is how millions of its customers access their content on the TV. Jan Neumann, Ferhan Ture, and Shahin Sefati explain how AI enables Comcast to understand what you are looking for when you talk to the X1 voice remote and how Comcast scaled the voice interface to answer millions of voice queries every single night. Read more.
4:50pm5:30pm Thursday, June 29, 2017
Verticals and applications
Location: Gramercy East/West Level: Non-technical
Paco Nathan (derwen.ai)
Paco Nathan explains how O'Reilly employs AI, from the obvious (chatbots, case studies about other firms) to the less so (using AI to show the structure of content in detail, enhance search and recommendations, and guide editors for gap analysis, assessment, pathing, etc.). Approaches include vector embedding search, summarization, TDA for content gap analysis, and speech-to-text to index video. Read more.