33 episodes

The Shift AI podcast explores how AI and ML is changing the way that we work in the digital age. The show's creator Boaz Ashkenazy interviews thought leaders who are redefining how businesses and employees will be impacted by emerging technology today and in the future | Visit shiftaipodcast.com

Shift AI Podcast Boaz Ashkenazy

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The Shift AI podcast explores how AI and ML is changing the way that we work in the digital age. The show's creator Boaz Ashkenazy interviews thought leaders who are redefining how businesses and employees will be impacted by emerging technology today and in the future | Visit shiftaipodcast.com

    Advancing Positive AI Outcomes with Partnership on AI CEO Rebecca Finaly

    Advancing Positive AI Outcomes with Partnership on AI CEO Rebecca Finaly

    In this episode of the Shift AI podcast, Rebecca, the CEO of Partnership on AI, discusses the dynamic impacts of AI on the job market, job quality, and worker well-being. Reflecting on her diverse career background and early influences, Rebecca emphasizes the necessity for multi-stakeholder collaborations, responsible AI development, and proactive workforce planning. She highlights AI's dual nature, bringing both opportunities and challenges, and stresses the importance of regulatory frameworks and proper education to prepare for this technological evolution. Key takeaways include the necessity of balancing technological adoption with human-centric values, and the potential of AI to address significant global issues.



    00:00 Introduction: The Impact of AI on Jobs
    01:38 Rebecca's Background and Career Journey
    04:39 Public Policy and Personal Influences
    06:09 Societal Reactions to AI Advancements
    09:17 The Role of Partnership on AI
    12:58 Public Policy and AI Regulation
    16:12 Educating Policymakers on AI
    18:41 The Future of Jobs in the AI Era
    22:03 Employers' Responsibilities in the AI Age
    24:33 Personal Mentors and Leadership Insights
    26:19 Final Thoughts: Optimism and Responsibility



    Connect with Rebecca Finely

    LinkedIn: ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebecca-finlay-b6b7a0a/

    X: RFinLayPAI



    Connect with Boaz Ashkenazy

    LinkedIn: ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/boazashkenazy⁠

    X: ⁠boazashkenazy

    Email: shift@simplyaugmented.ai

    • 32 min
    How AI is shaking up the worlds of media and marketing with Geekwire's Todd Bishop and Adam Tratt

    How AI is shaking up the worlds of media and marketing with Geekwire's Todd Bishop and Adam Tratt

    In this episode of the Shift AI podcast, Boaz Ashkenazy, founder and CEO of Augmented AI, hosts Todd Bishop, co-founder of GeekWire, and Adam Tratt, marketing consultant at Squirrelfish, for an engaging discussion on the impact and future of AI in the world of media, marketing and startups. The conversation covers a variety of topics that range from Todd's perspective on Google’s approach to AI and Adam's ethical considerations in AI and marketing.



    They delve into the rapid advancements in AI, discuss specific AI tools and explore the challenges startups face in a competitive tech landscape. With a special focus on Seattle's tech ecosystem, this episode provides valuable insights and predictions for the future trajectory of AI and its integration into the workplace.



    00:00 Introduction and Initial Impressions of AI
    01:57 Meet Our Guests: Todd Bishop and Adam Tratt
    06:01 Current Trends and Developments in AI
    07:17 AI Tools and Their Impact on Productivity
    18:24 Ethical Considerations in AI
    29:07 The Future of AI and Regulatory Concerns
    35:34 First Jobs and Personal Stories
    38:03 Conclusion and Farewell



    Connect with Todd Bishop

    LinkedIn: ⁠https://linkedin.com/in/toddbishop

    Geekwire: www.geekwire.com



    Connect with Adam Tratt

    LinkedIn: ⁠https://linkedin.com/in/adamtratt



    Connect with Boaz Ashkenazy

    Twitter: ⁠https://twitter.com/boazashkenazy⁠

    LinkedIn: ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/boazashkenazy⁠

    • 39 min
    AI-Driven Learning and Development with Imperical College Idea Lab Executive Director Monica Ares

    AI-Driven Learning and Development with Imperical College Idea Lab Executive Director Monica Ares

    In this episode of the Shift AI Podcast, host Boaz Ashkenazy, founder and CEO of Simply Augmented, interviews Monica Ares, the Executive Director of Innovation, Digital Education, and Analytics at Imperial College London Business School Idea Lab. They discuss Monica's journey from teaching and working at tech giants like Amazon and Meta to her current role in advancing immersive and AI-driven educational technologies. Topics include the convergence of AI and immersive experiences, the evolution of learning tools, and the impact of these advancements on higher education and lifelong learning. Monica shares her vision for a future where learning is seamless, personalized, and supported by intelligent technology.

     

    00:51 Monica Aries: A Pioneer in Immersive Learning

    01:38 Monica's Journey: From Educator to AI Innovator

    05:41 The Power of VR in Education and Empathy

    08:27 Exploring AI's Role in Enhancing Learning Experiences

    12:59 Monica's Vision for Lifelong Learning and AI Integration

    19:54 The Evolution of Monica's Educational Philosophy

    26:12 Looking Ahead: The Future of Education with AI

     

    Connect with Boaz Ashkenazy

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/boazashkenazy

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/boazashkenazy

    Email: shift@simplyaugmented.com⁠

    • 32 min
    Setting AI Guidelines at Work with City of Seattle Interim CTO Jim Loter

    Setting AI Guidelines at Work with City of Seattle Interim CTO Jim Loter

    In this episode of the Shift AI podcast, host Boaz welcomes Jim Loter, the Interim CTO of the City of Seattle, to discuss the city's approach to AI policy, its impacts on public service, and the future of technology in the government sector. Jim shares his background and experiences in technology and highlights the importance of responsible and factual use of AI technology and the need for human involvement in decision-making. The episode also covers the formation of AI guidelines in Seattle, engaging with various stakeholders to understand AI risks and possibilities, and the mayor's role in shaping the city's stance on AI.



    00:00 Introduction and Background

    03:14 Early Work on AI Guidelines

    10:14 City of Seattle's Approach to Technology

    11:01 Development of AI Policy

    21:57 Excitement about Technology

    26:23 Influence of Mentors

    29:14 Future of Work and Technology



    Connect with Jim Loter


    ⁠LinkedIn⁠

    Connect with Boaz Ashkenazy


    ⁠Twitter⁠
    ⁠LinkedIn⁠
    Email: ⁠shift@simplyaugmented.com⁠

    • 40 min
    Decoding Azure AI Search with Microsoft Distinguished Engineer Pablo Castro

    Decoding Azure AI Search with Microsoft Distinguished Engineer Pablo Castro

    In this episode, Boaz Ashkenazy interviews Pablo Castro, a distinguished engineer at Microsoft. They discuss Pablo's background and journey at Microsoft, his current work in Azure Open AI and databases, and the practical applications of AI in business. They also explore exciting developments in large language models and address concerns about hallucination in AI systems. Pablo emphasizes the importance of security and responsible AI and shares insights into Microsoft's direction in AI. He also reflects on the mentors who have influenced his career and shares his optimistic vision for the future of work and AI.



    Takeaways


    Large language models are becoming more sophisticated and capable of reasoning, opening up new possibilities for practical applications in business.
    Addressing hallucination in AI systems requires grounding the answers in concrete data and involving users in the process.
    Security and responsible AI are top priorities for Microsoft, with a focus on data management, transparency, and inclusiveness.
    Microsoft is working on scaling retrieval systems and improving the economics of AI applications to remove barriers for businesses.
    Pablo Castro highlights the importance of mentors and learning from experienced professionals in shaping a successful career in AI.
    The future of work and AI is about going further by combining human ingenuity with the capabilities of AI systems to tackle complex challenges and drive progress.



    Chapters

    00:00 Introduction and Background

    02:10 Early Interest in Computers

    03:25 First Job and Experience in Application Development

    05:29 Working with Azure Open AI and Databases

    07:04 Practical Examples of AI in Business

    10:09 Exciting Developments in Large Language Models

    12:23 Addressing Hallucination in AI Systems

    15:48 Ensuring Security and Responsible AI

    28:34 Influential Mentors and Career Insights

    32:28 Vision for the Future of Work and AI



    Connect with Pablo Castro


    ⁠LinkedIn⁠

    Connect with Boaz Ashkenazy


    ⁠Twitter⁠
    ⁠LinkedIn⁠
    Email: ⁠shift@simplyaugmented.com⁠

    • 35 min
    Cultivating the Next Wave of AI Startups with AI2 Incubator Managing Director Yifan Zhang

    Cultivating the Next Wave of AI Startups with AI2 Incubator Managing Director Yifan Zhang

    Yifan Zhang's journey from a Harvard graduate to a serial entrepreneur and now the Managing Director at AI2 Incubator exemplifies her evolution within the tech startup ecosystem. Immigrating from China, she first ventured into the startup world by founding GymPact, a fitness app, followed by Loftium, an innovative home ownership model. Zhang's transition to investor at AI2 Incubator marks a new chapter where she leverages her experience to mentor early-stage AI startups with a focus on nurturing AI solutions that promise both global impact and local community innovation.

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    Summary of topics covered:

    00:00 Yifan Zhang's Early Background
    08:18 AI2 Incubator and its Approach
    12:22. Company Building in the AI Space
    15:27. AI2 Incubator and Seattle's Ecosystem
    18:56. Yifan Zhang's Community Work in Seattle
    21:22. Seattle's Potential as an AI Hotbed
    24:58. Mentors
    28:51. The Future of Work is Strategic

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    Connect with Yifan Zhang


    ⁠LinkedIn⁠
    Email: yifan@ai2incubator.com

    Connect with Boaz Ashkenazy


    ⁠Twitter⁠
    ⁠LinkedIn⁠
    Email: ⁠shift@simplyaugmented.com⁠

    • 33 min

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