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Make Data Work
March 25-28, 2019
San Francisco, CA

AI's terrible twos: When AI does what we taught it

Jana Eggers (Nara Logics)
11:15am11:30am Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Location: 2024
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Thinking through some of the recent challenges she’s seen with ethics and AI, Jana Eggers was reminded of the “terrible twos” in infant development—when your toddler clings close to your side but also runs off on independent streaks. The AI works well, even surprising you with “maturity”…until it doesn’t. And as with toddlers, the challenges you encounter vary, from relatively easy challenges, like teaching a chatbot stop words, to medium-hard challenges, like improving efforts to tackle bias, where you have known actions and tools, to difficult challenges, like trying to make clear abstract concepts like curse words or death.

Jana covers wide-ranging and important themes to think about as you raise your AI systems. You’ll also learn how to detect possible “cute” behavior early that develops into bad behavior later.

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Jana Eggers

Nara Logics

Jana Eggers is CEO of Nara Logics, a neuroscience-inspired artificial intelligence company providing a platform for recommendations and decision support. A math and computer nerd who took the business path, Jana has had a career that’s taken her from a three-person business to fifty-thousand-plus-person enterprises. She opened the European logistics software offices as part of American Airlines, dove into the internet in ’96 at Lycos, founded Intuit’s corporate Innovation Lab, helped define mass customization at Spreadshirt, and researched conducting polymers at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her passions are working with teams to define and deliver products customers love, algorithms and their intelligence, and inspiring teams to do more than they thought possible.