This continues from the previous question and answer. I find it interesting in Silicon Valley that there is much less separation now between the academic sector and the business one. Fei-Fei Li, one of the leading AI researchers at Google -- arguably the AI leader in industry -- she also leads AI research at Stanford University. Similarly, my former boss Ion Stoicha was CEO of Databricks and now he is the chairman of EECS at UC Berkeley, leading RISElab, which in turn has much participation from industry leaders in machine intelligence.
So I think it is more important than ever, now, for maintaining a balance between academic progress and business applications. This event contributes to both, again with a very good balance.
There have been industry applications of Big Data, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, which are becoming ubiquitous: how we drive in cars, how we communicate with smartphones, etc. This edition of Big Data Coruña comes at a good time to reflect on those advances, to understand their significance. What impact does that have for university students looking to join machine intelligence projects in industry?
Both have a common theme in what is called "Human-in-the-loop" as a design pattern for organizations. The idea is that AI does not replace people; instead, people who have experience in a business can contribute more by becoming augmented through AI. In machine learning, we have generally called this Active Learning.
For example here is a talk about human-in-the-loop by Eric Colson, who leads machine learning at the fashion company StitchFix. AI is used to suggest apparel for customers, with experts assisting where the machines need "advice".
I think it is crucial that we do not think so much about AI "replacing" people, rather that people use technology to accomplish more.
I am always grateful for opportunities to visit A Coruña and my friends here at the university. They are doing fantastic work, and we are their fans at O'Reilly Media. Also, I really appreciate the opportunities here to discuss with other experts in this field -- while enjoying the wonderful setting of A Coruña.