Artificial Intelligence (AI) is about making machines that can do intelligent things. Today the technology rivals humans on many fronts. How do we guide the application of AI to achieve its greatest potential while avoiding unintended consequences? Should the technology be used to compete with humans, automating our work, or should it collaborate with humans, augmenting our cognitive abilities? Tom has guided his work in AI along the latter path. He calls it Humanistic AI.
Tom has a unique ability to break down complex ideas into stories and concepts that everyone can understand. A true polymath, he leverages his diverse experience to make connections across technology, research, design, startups, and environmental advocacy. Audiences leave Tom’s talks with their minds expanded, their assumptions challenged, and an optimistic view of where our minds and our technology can take us.
As an AI innovator and serial entrepreneur, Tom uses the guiding principles of Humanistic AI to curate his advisory portfolio. The companies and organizations Tom advises use AI to augment humans for the benefit of society, as well as creating thriving businesses that will continue to innovate into the future. Read on to hear a few of their stories, and learn how they’re making a difference in the world today.
If you use Siri on your phone, learn from a threaded discussion on the Web, collaborate with colleagues in a virtual workspace, or use a computer to help you speak, it is likely that Tom helped invent it, influenced its development, or was designing an early version of it before it entered the mainstream. A driving force in Tom’s work has been applications that augment human intelligence, individually and collectively. Many of the innovations Tom created or influenced are taken for granted today, woven into the pattern of our digitally mediated lives.
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Our Oceans are in peril. Fossil fuels are destroying the reefs, plastics are killing the wildlife, and industrial fishing is pillaging the commons. Tom believes it is worth fighting hard, now, to save the ocean during our lifetimes. He is working to ignite a change in global awareness and a fundamental shift in the way we view our relationship with the ocean.
For Tom, photography is a passion and a mission. With conservation photography, he hopes to create empathy and a connection with a natural world that is rapidly vanishing. Tom has the privilege of travelling to and experiencing some of the last truly wild places on earth, and he has dedicated his creative energies to bringing back images that show the beauty of the life and ecosystems we are in danger of losing.