How Companies Can Build AI Products with Sameer Maskey


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Sameer Maskey is the Founder & CEO at Fusemachines, a services and solutions provider on a mission to democratize AI. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University. Sameer holds a PhD, a MPhil & an MS in Computer Science from Columbia University and a BS in Math & Physics from Bates College.

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Here’s the timestamps for the episode: 

(00:00) – Introduction.

(01:42) – Scholarship program intended for underserved communities to democratize AI.

(04:55) – AI should be a global opportunity. Lots of companies are trying to build AI systems and there’s not enough AI talent.

(06:30) – Neural networks have come back in full force with deep learning to build solutions in computer vision, NLP, and others.

(07:46) – AI, ML and Deep Learning, made simple.

(10:06) – Neural networks and the human brain functions. 

(11:24) – We’re still far from making computers use data to process it like a human being.

(14:09) – Fusemachines is working on medical dental medicine delivery in Nepal, and  various language recognition systems, speech recognition systems and dialogue systems. 

(16:25) –In spite of research and advancements in translation systems, language learning is not redundant yet.

(17:22) – New breakthroughs will be in language translation systems with data collected from the tech Giants.

(19:04) –  Job automation will happen, so people should learn about AI, Machine Learning and computer science.

(21:27) –  Self-driving cars will be transformational for the way we travel.

(24:03) –  Chatbots are useful for reducing the customer service load, but cannot completely replace customer service reps. 

(26:29) – Global recession might slow down investments into AI-related businesses, but if otherwise, AI will keep pace with it, or actually outpace economic growth.

(28:47) – Fusemachines and  will have wide-world impact by training AI practitioners to solve some of the biggest challenges humans face.