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Richard Socher (You.com): How AI is Changing the World

Posted Oct 20
# TransformX 2022
# Fireside Chat
# Natural Language Processing (NLP)
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Richard Socher
Richard Socher
Richard Socher
CEO @ you.com

Richard Socher is the founder and CEO of You.com, the search engine that puts you in control — Your sources. Your time. Your privacy. Richard previously served as the Chief Scientist and EVP at Salesforce. Before that, Richard was the CEO/CTO of AI startup MetaMind, acquired by Salesforce in 2016. Richard received his Ph.D. in computer science at Stanford, where he was recognized for his groundbreaking research in deep learning and NLP. He was awarded the Distinguished Application Paper Award at the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2011, the 2011 Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges Award, a Microsoft Research Ph.D. Fellowship in 2012 and a 2013 "Magic Grant" from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, and the 2014 GigaOM Structure Award. He also served as an adjunct professor in the computer science department at Stanford. Outside of work, Richard enjoys paramotor adventures, traveling, and photography.

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Richard Socher is the founder and CEO of You.com, the search engine that puts you in control — Your sources. Your time. Your privacy. Richard previously served as the Chief Scientist and EVP at Salesforce. Before that, Richard was the CEO/CTO of AI startup MetaMind, acquired by Salesforce in 2016. Richard received his Ph.D. in computer science at Stanford, where he was recognized for his groundbreaking research in deep learning and NLP. He was awarded the Distinguished Application Paper Award at the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2011, the 2011 Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges Award, a Microsoft Research Ph.D. Fellowship in 2012 and a 2013 "Magic Grant" from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, and the 2014 GigaOM Structure Award. He also served as an adjunct professor in the computer science department at Stanford. Outside of work, Richard enjoys paramotor adventures, traveling, and photography.

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Russell Kaplan
Russell Kaplan
Russell Kaplan
Director of Engineering @ Scale AI

Russell Kaplan leads Scale Nucleus, the data management platform for machine learning teams. He was previously founder and CEO of Helia AI, a computer vision startup for real-time video understanding, which Scale acquired in 2020. Before that, Russell was a senior machine learning scientist on Tesla's Autopilot team, and he received his M.S. and B.S. from Stanford University, where he was a researcher in the Stanford Vision Lab advised by Fei-Fei Li.

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Russell Kaplan leads Scale Nucleus, the data management platform for machine learning teams. He was previously founder and CEO of Helia AI, a computer vision startup for real-time video understanding, which Scale acquired in 2020. Before that, Russell was a senior machine learning scientist on Tesla's Autopilot team, and he received his M.S. and B.S. from Stanford University, where he was a researcher in the Stanford Vision Lab advised by Fei-Fei Li.

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SUMMARY

Richard Socher has been a transformative force in AI, from his academic publications to his work at MetaMind, Salesforce, and his current stint at you.com, a new search engine that combines privacy, freedom from ads, and ‘trust, kindness, facts, and AI.’ During this fireside chat with Russell Kaplan, Scale’s Director of Engineering, Socher discusses how recent developments in AI are shaping our world and how to develop the next generation of AI talent.

Socher talks about the latest developments in AI, including AI-powered code completion tools, large language models, and AI applications for healthcare. He also addresses how to build large-scale ML teams and what it means to invest in the future of AI. In addition to his ongoing work as CEO of you.com, Socher is a key member of AIX Ventures, which helps AI-powered companies raise money from AI practitioners. While at Salesforce, Socher led teams working on fundamental research, applied research, product incubation, CRM search, customer service automation, and a cross-product AI platform for unstructured and structured data.

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