I enjoyed to be in Budapest last week for a number of reasons.
First of all, it was a pleasure and an honor for me to be asked to provide an invited speech at the AI25 @ Budapest University of Technology and Economics-VIK conference organized by the MIT-BME department for its 25 years of work in the AI field.
The program was interesting with a balanced representation of both academic word and the industrial one (https://ai25.mit.bme.hu/en/program/). A lot of people around!
Speakers touched a number of points about how AI evolved during last 20 years or so as well as highlighted main challenges for the next future. For this last are quite interesting the observations proposed from prof. Stuart Russell (co-author of “Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach”, probably the most utilized AI university textbook) about the principles for creating a safer AI.
My speech provided a point of view of Artificial Intelligence in the intersection of Research & Business, honestly not a simple exercise.
I spent more than 27 years working in the Artificial Intelligence filed, including 22 years in IBM in helping customers to solve problems and AI and its sub-forms was always a key ingredient.
During this long period, I had the change to understand hundreds of real-world business problems and, on the other side, I cooperated with a number of colleagues to architect a solution to a number of them. One important lesson I learned that I would like to transmit specially to the young student generation at the conference was that
AI isn’t magic — it’s a lot of hard work! At the same time, with the hard work you could have magic results (sometimes happen)!
The deck I proposed is here:
I would like to thank the conference chair Prof. Mészáros, Tamás and the Organizing Committee for kindly hosting me and mainly for their warm and friendly welcome.