This is the TalentSeer AI News Roundup for the second half of October 2019. You can find the most relevant and recent news about the AI talent, aimed specifically at tech leaders, VCs, and members of the AI field. Subscribe here to receive these roundups twice a month via email.
As of November 7, Stuart Russel, AI pioneer and Computer Science Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, has been announced as a Special Advisor to the London-based world-leading AI firm, Faculty. CEO and Co-Founder, Marc Warner, commented on the announcement, saying that “With Stuart’s guidance and expertise we believe our AI Safety research and applied work will empower organizations of all kinds to make the most of AI in a way that is accountable and explainable as well as profitable”. Russel will be helping lead Faculty’s AI safety research. [Read more]
UiPath, the leading Robotic Process Automation enterprise, has announced Chris Klayko as its new president of sales for the Americas. Klayko is a former Google Cloud senior executive; prior to that he was a vice president of sales for the Emerging Solutions Division at SAP. Klayko will be focusing specifically on scalling UiPath by overseeing both inside and outside sales channels across businesses and enterprises of multiple sizes in the Americas. [Read more]
The US National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence has released a report offering numerous recommendations and suggestions regarding the industry. The report explicitly states that competitors who can attract the strongest AI-ready workforce will find themselves at a significant advantage, adding that an understanding of computational thinking as well as the purchasing of commercial AI tools should be focused on. The report also states that due to the lack of AI talent worldwide, hiring the right people should be considered as one of the most valuable aspects of the US AI ecosystem; to best solve this issue of scarcity, a specific focus needs to be placed on postgraduates and undergraduates who already have the necessary skills. [Read more]
A significant number of students and AI researchers have been denied visas by the Canadian Immigration services for the upcoming NeurIPS conference and Black in AI workshop. Black in AI Co-Founder, Timnit Gebru, has stated that 15 of the 44 attendees (34%) had been refused entry under immigration official’s fears that they would not leave the country. This is not the first time that large numbers of people have been denied entry to the NeurIPS conference; the same happened last year, with people from Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe being most affected, leading to a lack of diversity at the conference. The TalentSeer team will be attending the NeurIPS this year, and please contact us if you’d like to schedule meetings to share your latest research progress via AI community Robin.ly and discuss AI talent strategies in the competitive landscape. [Read more]
The CTO of Oculus, John Carmack has announced via a Facebook post that he will be stepping down from the company so that he can focus on the field of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). AGI is a subfield of AI which is interested in developing programs which can learn and process information in a way similar to humans, making them capable of doing a significantly wider range of tasks than the AI projects on the market today. In his post he explained that he thinks it is “possible, enormously valuable, and that [he has] a non-negligible chance of making a difference”, adding that he wanted to give it a try before he gets “too old”. [Read More]
C-suite executives are leading AI projects; Ex-LinkedIn VP joins Databricks; UK-based tech firm Signal AI hires former UN-IPCC comm strategist; Ex-Google SVP founds search engine startup; tech industry voiced concerns about Trump’s Executive Order suspending H-1B visas.Read more
New startup layoffs have dropped since COVID-19; Jim Keller resigned from Intel; YC CEO is named on Reddit Board; Velchamy Sankarlingam joins Zoom; Former Verizon & Hulu Executive is appointed as CTO in WarnerMedia; and moreRead more