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Design thinking for AI

Chris Butler (IPsoft)
9:00am–12:30pm Monday, April 30, 2018
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Anyone that has a hand in developing solutions, including but not limited to data scientists, machine learning engineers, product people, designers, and executives

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Familiarity with machine learning and AI concepts and methods (useful but not required)

What you'll learn

  • Explore design thinking-inspired tools, techniques, and workshops to help you quickly converge on experiments using AI that will positively impact your business


Without human purpose, a computer is just a rock that we tricked into thinking—even if we add AI to it. Without human trust, we are only building novelties that won’t be used for real problems. Any team that is working on hard, meaningful, and purpose-driven problems could benefit from AI and ML, but without the right focus, you may end up building toys.

Chris Butler leads you through exercises that borrow from the principles of design thinking to help you create more impactful solutions and better team alignment. You’ll cover problem framing, ideation, empathy mapping for the machine, confusion mapping, prototyping, and research and leave with the hands-on experience you need to guide your teams and AI projects.

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Chris Butler


Chris Butler is the chief product architect at IPsoft. Previously, Chris worked at Microsoft, KAYAK, and Waze, and he was involved in AI-related projects at his startup Complete Seating (data science and constraint programming), Horizon Ventures (advising portfolio companies like Affectiva), and Philosophie (AI consulting and coaching). He was first introduced to AI through graph theory and genetic algorithms while studying computer systems engineering at Boston University. He’s created techniques like empathy mapping for the machine and confusion mapping to create cross-team alignment while building AI products.

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04/30/2018 3:05pm EDT

You can find the presentation and references here:

Also, if you can do me a favor I would love to get feedback on the talk through this survey (it only takes a minute and helps me a lot)!

Shivani Aneja | STUDIO HEAD
04/30/2018 12:29pm EDT

Please can you share a link the presentation.