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AI Talent News Roundup October 2019: AI university opens, Face-Scanning Recruitment software raises eyebrows, Eskalera appoints new CEO, Ben Horowitz releases a new book, and Noelle LaCharite joins NPR

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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. 

Abu Dhabi Leads the Way for AI Education by Opening the World’s First AI University 

Source: Chris Whiteoak/The National

Abu Dhabi will be home to the first university dedicated specifically to AI, with its first Masters and Ph.D. programs opening in September 2020. The university will additionally be offering full scholarships as well as health insurance and accommodation to all of its students. The courses available will belong to the subfields of machine learning, natural language processing, and computer vision. While this may be the first university specifically for AI, the idea of having teaching institutes focus on this area is not new; in 2018, MIT released plans to create a college solely for AI.  Backed by $1 Billion, the MIT AI college aims to create a new structure to educate interdisciplinary AI talent who are skilled in computing techniques as well as one of the specific fields (biology, politics, linguistics, etc.) it can apply to. [Read more]


Face-Scanning Recruitment Software Has Caused Some to Be Fearful of Its Potential

Source: HireVue


The video interviewing service, HireVue, has been getting some people worried as it claims to help companies hire candidates by using AI to analyze facial expressions and language choices within interviews. HireVue claims that the technology can detect nuanced details within a candidate's actions and mannerisms and that it can additionally check for “enthusiasm” to help companies pick the right people. Meredith Whittaker, co-founder of AI Now Institute research center, called it “a profoundly disturbing development” and a “pseudoscience”, however, the CTO of HireVue rebutted by stating that “most AI researchers have a limited understanding” of the processes the technology utilizes. [Read more]



Microsoft AI Expert Noelle LaCharite to Join NPR as Vice President of Digital Technology

Source: http://noellelacharite.com/


NPR has announced that AI expert Noelle LaCharite will be joining the company as Vice President of Digital Technology, stating November. In her new position, she will be leading the NPR Digital Team to produce and maintain various services, applications, and strategies. Throughout her career, LaCharite has worked at Amazon, IBM, Redhat, and has most recently worked at Microsoft leading the development of AI tools and products. Additionally, in 2015, LaCharite founded the AI Leadership Institute, a service focused on AI strategy and leadership. [Read more]


Former Goldman Sachs Executive Dane Holmes to Join Employee Experience Platform Eskalera as CEO 

Source: Eskalera

Dane E. Holmes, former Head of Human Capital Management at Goldman Sachs, will be appointed as CEO of the employee management service Eskalera. The business is known for enabling medium-large companies to smoothly hire new talent through the use of its flagship product “Eskalera Engage”, a tool that uses AI to analyze the diversity of a company’s team. Holmes commented on the new appointment, saying that he believes “Eskalera has the right technology, team, and starting conditions to help companies of every size and type to drive stronger results through people”.  [Read More]

Ben Horowitz, co-founder of A16Z, Releases New Book on Business Leaders and the Cultures They Create

Source: A16Z

Ben Horowitz, tech entrepreneur and co-founder of the venture capitalist firm A16Z, has released his second book titled “What You Do is Who You Are”. This book is a followup to his previous piece “The Hard Thing About Hard Things”, which provided an honest discussion on the struggles of contemporary entrepreneurship. The central focus of his new book is on how leaders can build and maintain the business cultures they desire. The book analyses a wide selection of cultures throughout history, with both ancient to contemporary examples, to give the reader a perspective on how exactly those systems came into being. [Read more]


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