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Synthetic Intelligence (SI) is changing the game of business and applied machine learning, deep learning, and reinforcement learning are disrupting industries as well as reshaping markets. If "data is the new oil" then Synthetic Intelligence spans the value chain from the oil well to the gas tank! Commercial and public sector organizations are facing unprecedented upheaval and uncertainty as a result of the innovatory potential of these technologies. As a result, many organizations are redesigning their business models and go-to-market strategies to take advantage of optimization algorithms and data lakes. In this setting, the role of the Data Science professional has risen in prominence and significance across the board. Many organizations are seeking data scientists, data engineers, and data integrators to activate their digital transformation strategies.

This is a meetup for Synthetic Intelligence specialists and enthusiasts to come together and learn from each other in an open, inclusive, and safe space. Data science roles have grown rapidly in the industry and a variety of practices have emerged around the application of Synthetic Intelligence to solve organizational problems. This meetup is a forum for industry professionals, that work with Synthetic Intelligence, to share ideas with each other. The focus of knowledge sharing will not be limited to best practices alone but will also cover shortcuts, workarounds, hacks, as well as tips and tricks. Each month, SI specialists will share their insights via presentations and panel discussions. There will also be ample opportunities for professional networking and knowledge sharing among attendees and meetup group members. Time will be allocated for an open mic segment during each session when interested attendees will be able to deliver one-minute lightning pitches to the audience about relevant topics.

We have chosen the term "Synthetic Intelligence" as opposed to "Artificial Intelligence" in our title because SI more accurately encapsulates the idea that is signified by the term "Artificial General Intelligence" (AGI). The philosopher John Haugeland introduced the term "Synthetic Intelligence" (SI) and differentiated it from "Artificial Intelligence" (AI) with reference to an analogy between artificial diamonds and synthetic diamonds. Cubic zirconia (the cubic crystalline form of zirconium dioxide (ZrO2)) looks like a diamond from a distance and can be regarded as an artificial diamond. However, Cubic zirconia is not truly a diamond because its chemical composition and molecular structure are different from those of a diamond (i.e., a metastable allotrope of carbon). In contrast, a synthetic diamond (or cultured diamond) is a diamond that is produced via an industrial process. It is every bit as "real" as a diamond that is produced by geological processes because it has an identical chemical composition and molecular structure as a mined diamond.

Philosophically, SI is a more accurate description of what the term AI (which includes Machine Learning (ML), Deep Learning (DL), Reinforcement Learning (RL), etc.) stands for. Artificial implies something that is not "real" but ML, DL, and RL are real since they exist in the real world, impact reality in many ways, and do many kinds of real work. Synthetic implies something that is created by intelligent agency rather than by undirected natural process and thus SI is a more appropriate category for ML, DL, and RL. You are cordially invited to join this platform for knowledge sharing and professional networking within a community of practice focused on applied Synthetic Intelligence.

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AI Research Talk with Sebastian Gehrmann (Google Research, AI Language)

Please RSVP on LinkedIn for this event at: https://www.linkedin.com/events/airesearchtalkwithsebastiangehrmann-googleresearch/ This event will be streamed live so kindly RSVP on LinkedIn to receive the weblink. We are delighted to convene an AI research talk on Human-AI collaboration for Natural Language Generation with interpretable neural networks. This talk will be presented by Sebastian Gehrmann, Research Scientist in the AI Language group in Google Research. Title: Human-AI Collaboration for Natural Language Generation with Interpretable Neural Networks Abstract: Using computers to generate natural language from information (NLG) requires approaches that plan the content and structure of the text and actualize it in fluent and error-free language. The typical approaches to NLG are data-driven, which means that they aim to solve the problem by learning from annotated data. Deep learning, a class of machine learning models based on neural networks, has become the standard data-driven NLG approach. While these approaches lead to increased performance, they replicate undesired biases from the training data and make inexplicable mistakes. As a result, the outputs of deep learning NLG models cannot be trusted. We thus need to develop ways in which humans can provide oversight over model outputs and retain their agency over an otherwise automated writing task. One such approach is to design models as team members instead of autonomous agents, which can be achieved by considering the interaction design as an integral part of the machine learning model development. Sebastian identifies two necessary conditions of team member-models – interpretability and controllability. The models need to follow a reasoning process such that human team members can understand and comprehend it. Then, if humans do not agree with the model, they should be able to change the reasoning process, and the model should adjust its output accordingly. In this talk, Sebastian will demonstrate approaches on how to develop models with these properties. Schedule: 6:00 PM - 6:10 PM - Welcome and Announcements 6:10 PM - 6:50 PM - Presentation by Sebastian Gehrmann 6:50 PM - 7:30 PM - Q&A with Sebastian Gehrmann You are cordially invited to join us online for this "must-attend" event. Profiles of the host and presenter: • Vik Pant - https://www.linkedin.com/in/vikpant • Sebastian Gehrmann - https://www.linkedin.com/in/sebastian... Website: • Sebastian Gehrmann - https://sebastiangehrmann.com/ Join Synthetic Intelligence Forum online: • Website - http://www.synthint.ai • LinkedIn (Page) - http://network.synthint.ai • LinkedIn (Group) - http://community.synthint.ai • YouTube - http://video.synthint.ai Special Thanks to our Partner: • ET Business Services

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