“Are Bots Poised To Eat The World?” — Conference Call May 17th at 2pm EST
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When Dave Marcus, VP of Messaging Products at Facebook, gave his keynote at f8 on April 12th, he noted that Messenger was the second most app used in the world on iOS, just behind Facebook. With that context, Dave announced the (beta) launch of the Messenger Platform, enabling anyone or any business to build bots for Messenger using Facebook’s brand new Send/Receive API that provides a hybrid of conversational elements (e.g. texts, images....) and UI (e.g. buttons, calls to action…). Dave also discussed M, Facebook’s early stage digital assistant that learns through a combination of AI and human trainers. M is now open for everyone to use to build more complex self learning bots. The list of Messenger Platform partners was impressive:
While there’s no doubt that bots are having a moment, they’ve been around since the beginning of the Internet, in 1993, when Eggdrop was developed to moderate Internet Relay Chat. The reason for all the new interest is the belief that the emergence of the cloud, big data, machine learning, and AI, will enable a rapid increase in the functionality of bots. That said, early reviews for Messenger bots indicate it’s off to a rocky start. Which is better than the experience of Microsoft’s AI Twitter bot “Tay”, which learned to be a racist in less than 24 hours.
So what does 2016 hold for the world of bots? Will we see massive consumer adoption or is there more hype than substance? What are the potential killer apps for bots? What industries are most ripe for disruption from bots? These questions and more will be addressed by our panel of AI/bot thought leaders:
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Adi Bittan — CEO and Co-Founder of OwnerListens.com a messaging platform for businesses and customers to communicate directly. OwnerListens provides businesses with solutions for real-time customer communications using SMS and messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Messenger, and WeChat. OwnerListens analyzes and routes messages to the right person, system, bot, or department for quick and efficient responsiveness. OwnerListens currently serves over 10,500 businesses. Adi also mentors at StartX, a Stanford affiliated accelerator and at UpWest Labs, an accelerator for Israeli entrepreneurs. Adi is also on the leadership team of the SFO-TLV Direct Flight Initiative (sfotlv.org). Adi holds an MBA from Stanford and an LL.B & LL.M from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prior to her time at Stanford, Adi was a Captain in the Israel Defense Forces and an attorney for the Israeli government’s top planning and urban development commission. Following Stanford and a short stint at Google, Adi founded a fintech startup and worked at Peter Thiel’s Clarium Capital.
Dennis Mortensen —CEO and Founder of x.ai whose artificial intelligence driven personal assistant lets people schedule meetings using plain English and nothing more than a CC to email@example.com. Dennis is a pioneer and expert in the analytics, optimization and big data space and has been since its inception — he is also a fully-fledged entrepreneur and successfully delivered a number of company exits. He’s an accredited Associate Analytics Instructor at the University of British Columbia, the Author of Data Driven Insights from Wiley and a frequent speaker on the subject of Analytics and Data. A native of Denmark, Mortensen currently calls New York City his home.
Nicolai Waldstrom — Founder BoostrapLabs. Coding since he was 10 y/o, Nicolai is a serial entrepreneur turned parallel entrepreneur as the founder of BootstrapLabs, a Venture Building Company based in Silicon Valley. Nicolai advises all portfolio startups in their day to day operations, connecting founders with industry experts, advisors and investors to increase their likelihood of success, assisting with product design and development, positioning, go-to-market strategy and implementation, partnerships and fundraising. BootstrapLabs portfolio companies include Prezi, Zerply, Audiodraft and Witsbits. Nicolai focuses on the Machine Learning, Big Data, Analytics, Internet, Mobile and Software/Cloud sectors.
Swapnil Shinde — CEO and Co-Founder of Mezi which is building a human assisted artificial intelligence platform to connect every shopper with expert assistance. Swapnil is a Product Entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in the tech industry. Before Mezi, Swapnil was the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Dhingana which was acquired by Rdio. At Rdio, Swapnil was the VP of Product for International Markets. Before Dhingana, Swapnil spent 4 years at Yahoo! where he was the Sr. Product Manager leading the overall vision for Yahoo’s Web Performance Optimization products. Swapnil holds a master’s in computer science from USC and a bachelors in computer science from COEP, Pune University.
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