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Welcome to the hello, Human podcast where we will discuss the latest topics in artificial intelligence and how it’s being applied in the real world. Our mission is to unlock the limitless potential of the global workforce by accelerating the responsible and ethical use of AI in the enterprise. Jon Knisley is your host for the hello, Human podcast. He’s been a technologist his entire career working at the intersection of business and IT, bringing first-in-class technologies to some on the largest enterprises in the world.

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Welcome to the hello, Human podcast where we will discuss the latest topics in artificial intelligence and how it’s being applied in the real world. Our mission is to unlock the limitless potential of the global workforce by accelerating the responsible and ethical use of AI in the enterprise. Jon Knisley is your host for the hello, Human podcast. He’s been a technologist his entire career working at the intersection of business and IT, bringing first-in-class technologies to some on the largest enterprises in the world.

    Episode 15 - Applying Data-Driven Solutions to Fertility Treatments

    Episode 15 - Applying Data-Driven Solutions to Fertility Treatments

    Today’s focus is all about human intelligence versus machine intelligence. Our guest, Dr. Yael Gold-Zamir is the CEO of Embryonics, gives us a unique insight on this topic. Embryonics focuses on developing and applying data-driven solutions to improve the success rates and the journey of fertility treatments. 
    Computers have always been superior to humans when it comes to computational-heavy work. Our brains are simply not wired to handle as much data as a computer. As humans, our domain has always been judgement dependent expert decision-making. But that gap is narrowing. Computers have been out-performing humans in various fields for a number of years. Embyonics is just one of those examples. Embryonics technology out-performed a panel of embryologists in predicting which embryos would result in pregnancy by over 20%. According to their website and backed by the countless lives they’ve changed, their algorithm boasts a 12% increase of positive predictive value and a 29% increase of negative predictive value.
    In today’s episode, host Jon Knisley, long-time technologist, and series producer Elizabeth Mitelman talk with Dr. Yael Gold-Zamir about the use of AI in the medical field, specifically in IVF. How has AI helped the field of fertility? How can you use AI in the medical field to change lives for the better? Dr. Yael Gold-Zamir shares her passion for medicine, her story of being the first woman in her community to get a medical degree, what it taught her, and her advice to women who want to go into the ever-evolving world of technology and AI.
    Talking Points:

    Dr. Yael Gold-Zamir’s journey into the medical field, specifically IVF
    The importance of experience versus data
    Where can we get the best outcome: human diagnosis, AI diagnosis, or a combination of both?
    How to avoid bias within the industry
    The decision to build and run Embryonics
    Using AI to better the lives of women and their families
    What does the future of AI look like?
    Advice for the next generation of women in AI and technology

    Resources/Links: 
    Yael Gold-Zamir, LinkedIn
    Embryonics
    “Data-Driven Prediction of Embryo-Implantation Probability Using IVF Time-lapse Imaging”
    FortressIQ 
    If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe and check out our series at fortressiq.com/podcast. Thanks for joining us today on hello, Human.

    • 21 min
    Episode 14 - Building Trust in Government with Responsible AI

    Episode 14 - Building Trust in Government with Responsible AI

    A framework for AI that leads to successful outcomes includes proper governance, thoughtfully conceived processes based on input from affected stakeholders, and transparency about AI’s role in decision making. Responsible AI represents this comprehensive approach. To achieve it, governments must empower leadership and use AI to enhance human decision making—not replace it. A Responsible AI approach should include regular reviews, integration with standard tools and data models, and a plan for potential lapses.
    In today’s episode, host Jon Knisley, long-time technologist helping companies win the market with emerging digital solutions, and series producer Elizabeth Mitelman talk with Kathy McNeill the director of artificial intelligence at the GSA’s Technology Transformation Center of Excellence. Kathy dives into the role of proper governance in AI, automation, and technology in order for tech to remain true to the desired outcome it was originally designed for. She also talks about the challenges she has seen in the industry and her advice for women who want to have a tech career. Kathy also shares why passion and being technically-curious is important and how to be a participant and a life learner in the industry.
    Talking Points:

    The critical role that GSA plays in the government’s overall operations in technology leadership
    Kathy’s role as the the director of artificial intelligence at the GSA’s Technology Transformation Center of Excellence
    Kathy’s biggest challenges and lessons from the industry and about how the government is changing and adapting to different constituencies
    Advice for women interested in a career in technology, in the public sector
    Kathy’s journey into the tech industry
    The current state of AI adoption and governance
    “The Missing Middle” and how to close the gap
    How to ensure that programs have the right checks and balances in place for responsible AI ethics

    Resources/Links: 
    GSA: Technology
    Jon’s LinkedIn post about the state of Federal RPA Report
    FortressIQ 
     
    If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe and check out our series at fortressiq.com/podcast. Thanks for joining us today on hello, Human.

    • 25 min
    Episode 13 - Integrating the Business Lens of Women in Technology

    Episode 13 - Integrating the Business Lens of Women in Technology

    Some estimates put the number of unfilled tech jobs at more than one million, yet women hold fewer than 25% of all technology jobs. There are a number of reasons women are under-represented in the sector: gender bias, a lack of information about the potential for STEM careers early in a girl’s education, a shortage of female mentors, company cultures that don’t adequately support women technologists and more. However, the bottom line is that not enough women are pursuing careers in tech. Fortunately, times are changing, and some companies are taking steps to attract more women employees by addressing pay gaps, offering flexible work policies and implementing programs to help women employees thrive.
    In today’s episode, host Jon Knisley, long-time technologist helping companies win the market with emerging AI technologies, Grace Chen from FortressIQ, and series producer Elizabeth Mitelman talk with Tripti Sethi, the Senior Director and Global Data & AI COE Lead at Avanade. Grace, Elizabeth, and Tripti discuss Tripti’s career journey, her insights in the future of AI, how businesses can change the industry in a positive way, and her advice for women who want to go into the field of tech and AI. Tripti brings her unique take and expertise in the topics of business and technology and how they go hand-in-hand, as well as her experiences being a woman in the industry.
    Talking Points:

    Tripti’s journey from her interest in mechanical engineering to a career in tech
    Her story as the first data scientist hired at Avanade
    How companies’ business goals have shifted around the intention of using AI
    The positive changes in the industry
    Areas which will be best fit to change in the next few years due to the use of AI
    How the future roles in AI are changing
    Advice for those interested in going into the field of AI
    What companies can do to drive positive change within their own company and in the industry

    Resources/Links: 
    Avanade
    FortressIQ 
    If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe and check out our series at fortressiq.com/podcast. Thanks for joining us today on hello, Human.

    • 25 min
    Episode 12 - Ethics and AI within the Health Industry

    Episode 12 - Ethics and AI within the Health Industry

    The next generation of AI-powered products and services has the potential to transform every aspect of the health sector. From accelerated drug discovery through biophysical modeling to improved diagnostic accuracy in medical imaging to smart claims management with self-learning software, no corner of the $10 trillion global health industry will remain untouched. Someday consumer-facing apps may become so advanced that they are able to provide affordable healthcare services to billions of people globally with limited access to traditional services. But these advances do not come without risks, as biases in AI raise ethical concerns and present health risks to patients and financial risks to providers and payers.
    Today’s guest is the brilliant Zahra Timsah. Zahra has a multitude of professional and academic achievements including a Masters in MBA, and PhDs in Advanced Molecular Biology and Cancer Biology. Zahra is the lead for AI Governance at MassMutual, the Co-Founder and COO/CTO of Assurance Medication Management, Inc, as well as the CEO of AMCL.
    In today’s episode, host Jon Knisley, long-time technologist helping companies win the market with emerging AI technologies, and series producer Elizabeth Mitelman talk with Zahra about the importance of AI in the healthcare industry. They also touch on the ethical risks in having AI advancement in this field, and the best practices to assure that the proper AI governance is in place.
    Talking Points:

    Highlights in Zahra’s professional and academic career
    Zahra’s experience integrated AI into the drug discovery process
    Other opportunities in the medical field where AI can solve other challenges
    How Zahra turned her fascination with AI into a career
    Advice for people who have a passion, but are unsure as to whether or not the passion will lead to a successful career
    Best practices for ethics and AI governance
    Zahra’s role in Mass Mutual
    Advice for the next generation for women in AI

    Resources/Links: 
    Zahra Timsah (MBA, PhD, MSc, BSc), LinkedIn
    FortressIQ 
    If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe and check out our series at fortressiq.com/podcast. Thanks for joining us today on hello, Human.

    • 22 min
    Episode 11 - Optimizing the Power of AI for Gender Equity

    Episode 11 - Optimizing the Power of AI for Gender Equity

    From Fortune 500 stalwarts to Silicon Valley startups, gender equity has been a challenge for generations. But today despite universal agreement that a fix is overdue, not much has been done to actually move the needle. Because the workplace was not designed to value women, we need to change the ways we make decisions and evaluate talent to truly address the problem, and technology can be an accelerator. Using AI and natural language processing, software can identify bias in performance evaluations and point organizations toward making better decisions about promotions and new opportunities for employees. It’s more than just an issue of fairness for companies to act. For every 10% increase in gender equity toward parity, there is a 1% to 2% increase in revenue.
    In this episode in our series about women in AI, Katica Roy of Pipeline Equity discusses the topic of gender equity and the necessary changes that need to occur in our mindsets as well as business practices. She discusses specific issues of inequality (including the Motherhood Penalty), by sharing her professional experiences and by comparing statistics from the past few years.
    Katica talks about how her experience as a single mother, a first-generation American, and her various professional interactions have molded her vision of equality within the workplace. Our discussion also touches on Pipeline Equity, the 2020 Retrospective Report, and the trends that Katica has seen in the labor force participation rate of women. Women throughout history have seen sexism in the workforce, whether it has to do with opportunities, differences in pay, or in direct treatment. Katica and Pipeline Equity work hard to make sure that these current trends and statistics are coming to light because having the conversation is the first step to fixing the problem.
    Talking Points:

    Katica’s experience with sexism in the workplace
    How Katica’s background shaped how she views equality and her values
    Why Katica founded Pipeline Equity
    Analyzing the 2020 retrospective report about gender equity

    The setbacks from the pandemic and the economic consequences due to those setbacks
    Men’s mental health in 2020
    The importance of destigmatizing mental health

    Katica’s advice on where to start advocating and learning about gender equity
    How to get involved 
    How Katica balances being involved and running a company
    What is The Motherhood Penalty?

    Resources/Links: 
    Pipeline Equity
    Katica Roy official website
    The 2021

    • 31 min
    Episode 10 - Building High-Impact Networks

    Episode 10 - Building High-Impact Networks

    Today’s guest on hello, Human is global citizen Beatrice Zatorska, the CEO & Cofounder Smart Tribe. Smart Tribe is a platform where people from the world of academia and experts in the industry world can come together in order to collaborate. Collaboration is just the starting point when it comes to solving solutions. This is one of the reasons why open office settings work so well. People in different fields and from different departments can get together to offer new insights and perspectives on problems.
    In today’s episode, host and long-time technologist, Jon Knisley, and series producer Elizabeth Mitelman talk with Beatrice Zatorska about the importance of building an impactful network between your work, life, and career and how building that network is attainable for everyone, not just for the outgoing. Beatrice also talks about her vision and goal for Smart Tribe, her advice for the next generation of women in AI and tech, and how her eclectic background has helped her develop Smart Tribe.
    Building and developing a high-impact network is a critical factor in long-term professional success. It is even more important in today's hyper-connected world. Networking success requires equal parts of will and skill. Contrary to popular opinion, an outsized personality is not a requirement. With practice and persistence, anyone can build and benefit from a high-impact network. Smart Tribe is a company that understands the value of a network. They have developed and use an AI-enabled platform to connect academia and industry to help address one another's crucial problems while breaking down silos.
    Talking Points:

    Beatrice’s unique and varied background
    Building helpful networks
    The best practices and roadmap to creating a high-impact network
    How Smart Tribe creates a comfortable and safe space for everyone
    The role of higher education, academia, and science in innovation and company growth
    Unique challenges with an AI-enabled platform
    How Beatrice’s unique background influenced the development of Smart Tribe
    Advice for the next generation of women in AI and tech
    Success stories of professionals who have connected and solved problems because of Smart Tribe
    The future for Smart Tribe and Beatrice’s vision

    Resources/Links:  
    Smart Tribe
    “How Leaders Create and Use Networks” by Herminia Ibarra and Mark Lee Hunter, Harvard Business Review

    • 27 min

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