Why Your Where Is Not Theirs

Robert Munro (CrowdFlower)
Keynote Yerba Buena Salon 9
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At some point in 2010 the balance tipped over: the majority of the world’s online information is now non-English unstructured data. This talk will explore how space and direction are expressed differently in some of the 5,000 languages in the connected world; how this can influence people’s perception of space (English-speakers included); and the implications for location-based technology and services. Linguistic diversity is highly concentrated with our greatest assets, including ecological diversity and mineral wealth, but also with our greatest threats, including sudden onset crises and epidemics. I will draw on examples from work in these four areas.

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Robert Munro


Robert Munro is an expert in combining Human and Machine Intelligence, working with Machine Learning approaches to Text, Speech, Image and Video Processing. Robert has founded several AI companies, building some of the top teams in Artificial Intelligence. He has worked in many diverse environments, from Sierra Leone, Haiti and the Amazon, to London, Sydney and Silicon Valley, in organizations ranging from startups to the United Nations. He recently ran Product for AWS’s first Natural Language Processing services in the Deep Learning team at Amazon AI. Robert is Chief Technology Officer at CrowdFlower.

  • Esri
  • AT&T Interactive
  • Google
  • Nokia, Location & Commerce
  • Facebook
  • Bing
  • Control Group
  • Localeze
  • MyCityWay
  • Socrata
  • Urban Airship
  • MapQuest

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