a Virtual Panel hosted by Lair East and Tech 2025

About the Panel

Join us for a special panel discussion, co-hosted by Lair East and Tech 2025, featuring guest speakers, Alexandros Louizos, Vascular Surgeon and Managing Partner of AI company, ManXmachina, and Babak Hodjat, VP of Evolutionary AI at Cognizant, Thursday, June 4 (4pm-5pm), exploring why AI hasn’t been as useful as other technologies in this pandemic and the important lessons we should learn from this.

It is ironic that, during what is undoubtedly the biggest global crisis in one hundred years, the emerging technology that has been hyped for the past three years by both industry experts and the mainstream media as being the most disruptive, game-changer likely to save humanity, has been a bit of a dud in the fight against COVID-19. Where does this place AI in the Hype Cycle now?

The use of AI during this pandemic has also exacerbated existing problems with the technology (privacy concerns, insufficient training data, accuracy, bias and ethics around surveillance).

To be clear, AI has been useful in some cases during the pandemic:  doctors are using it to triage COVID-19 patients, and hospitals around the world are using AI with some success for diagnostics (radiology), patient distance-engagement and building sterilization (robots), and more. And Coronavirus has flung open the gates of experimentation and mass adoption of AI in ways that would’ve seemed unimaginable just months ago. But, according to industry experts, AI has not measured up to expectations at a time when we needed it the most. Even mainstream media has begun to take notice:

  • AI Software Gets Mixed Reviews for Tackling Coronavirus (WSJ)
  • AI could help with the next pandemic—but not with this one (MIT)
  • A.I. can’t solve this: The coronavirus could be highlighting just how overhyped the industry is (MSNBC)
  • A guide to healthy skepticism of artificial intelligence and coronavirus (Brookings)

Why and how did AI fall flat? Why are scientists relying more on old-school methods like statistical techniques and mathematical models to create predictive epidemiological models, more than AI? And why are organizations like World Economic Forum posting warnings about the use and misuse of AI with COVID-19? We will also discuss how the media’s coverage of AI has contributed to creating unrealistic expectation.

Our expert panel, moderated by Charlie Oliver, Founder/CEO of Tech 2025, will tackle this tough topic with the goal of answering this big question:  How should we realistically manage our expectations of AI’s immediate potential and what lessons and new strategies should companies and governments adopt from this unique moment in time that will have major implications for the future? 

The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A with attendees. We look forward to seeing you virtually!



Alexandros Louizos
Vascular Surgeon | AI Entrepreneur

Alexandros Louizos, Managing Partner of ManXmachina LLC, is an ex-vascular surgeon, turned artificial intelligence expert, Founder of ManXmachina. Previously founded Galaxy AI, a VC funded artificial intelligence company automating car insurance claims and working with top 10 US car insurance companies.

His company, ManXmachina, creates custom artificial intelligence solutions for companies that want to avoid the time lost and risk involved in hiring in house artificial intelligence teams and works with clients from finance, healthcare, real estate, and insurance. 

Connect with Alexandros on LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/35Mj3W2

Babak Hodjat
VP of Evolutionary AI | Cognizant

Babak Hodjat is Vice President of Evolutionary AI at Cognizant, and former co-founder and CEO of Sentient. He is responsible for the core technology behind the world’s largest distributed artificial intelligence system. Babak was also the founder of the world’s first AI-driven hedge fund, Sentient Investment Management.

A published scholar in the fields of artificial life, agent-oriented software engineering and distributed artificial intelligence, Babak has 31 granted or pending patents to his name. He is an expert in numerous fields of AI, including natural language processing, machine learning, genetic algorithms and distributed AI and has founded multiple companies in these areas. Babak holds a Ph.D. in machine intelligence from Kyushu University, in Fukuoka, Japan. Connect with Babak on LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/2WPLVIX

Charlie Oliver
Founder/CEO, Tech 2025

At Served Fresh Media, Charlie Oliver and her team provide enterprise companies with digital marketing strategy, events marketing, and product development services. In January 2017, driven by a passion to help the public to understand and participate actively in the next technological revolution, Charlie launched Tech 2025 — a community and platform for professionals to learn about the next wave of disruptive, emerging technologies, with an emphasis on problem-solving.

Having produced over 80 events since they launched, coupled with providing professional services, Tech 2025 has quickly gained a reputation for helping professionals and companies to understand and embrace emerging technologies and the whirlwind changes they bring, and to strategize for the future impact of accelerating innovation. Charlie’s person mantra is, “Be fearless and unapologetic in the fierce pursuit of your goals and be just as passionate about helping people.”



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