An interview with Izabela Zrazinska, Senior Project Manager at FundingBox

Posted by World Summit AI on Oct 9, 2022 10:08:01 AM

Izabela Zrazinska, Senior Eu Project Manager and AI Cluster Team Leader and colleagues from FundingBox are hosting the Track 6 workshop 'AI Revolution with equity-free funding' on Thursday 13th of October at World Summit AI. 

 

If you could solve any global problem in the world with AI, what would it be?

Revolutionize public funding for AI to foster AI innovation in Europe and reinforce industrial competitiveness across all sectors including SMEs and non-tech industries.
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Tech Talent: Where Meerkats Meet Machine Learning

Posted by World Summit AI on Sep 20, 2022 3:44:23 PM

Hajo van Beijma, Founder of Atilax, is joining us as a speaker at World Summit AI on 12-13 October 2022 in Amsterdam. He will be talking about The Great Resignation and Tech's Talent Drought: Reimagining How and Why We Work. Below, you can read about the future of Machine Learning and Hajo's journey towards it.

 


 

Tech companies are all focussed on the same talent pools and while salaries in Europe are getting closer to the silicon valley way of remuneration a lot of the searches for senior talent is outsourced to executive search firms. The recruitment firms that are winning the bids for best tech job searches are mostly firms who are proud of their enormous network but is the size of the network still the most important factor for success in helping grow tech companies and scale-ups and what can we learn from the animal world?

Coined by Robert Metcalfe, the inventor of Ethernet, Metcalfe's Law is often used to describe how tech companies have come to dominate the current business landscape. The law states that the value of a network grows by the square of the size of the network. So, for example, if a network has 1000 machines, its value would be 1,000,000.

It's a neat concept, but does it actually work in practice? Unfortunately, the simple answer is no, not most of the time. And in 2022, it's time to radically rethink how we approach networks.

The crux of the issue here is around the word "value" and how value works in reality across different types of networks. When Metcalfe originally put forward his law, he was focused on phones and fax machines - tangible tech with wires. Tightly designed hardware and software (nodes) fulfil a specific purpose. The value of these nodes lies in the functionality they offer, and this functionality is fixed and unchanging. Each node has inherent value, so scaling these nodes up adds more value1.

Although "value" is a relatively vague concept in itself, it becomes even trickier when considering networks of people. Although Metcalfe later expanded his theory to include people, the connections between users, and how people collaborate and influence each other, this is where the law starts to fall down. Why? Because networks of people work very differently.

When considering social networks, it becomes clear how additional users can negatively affect value - extra noise or "low quality" content can drown out the intended communication23.

So what does this mean for how we approach networks of people going forward? Well, Metcalfe's Law might not provide all the answers, but the animal kingdom might. By studying the mathematics of animal populations like Meerkats, we can gain a unique insight into how the life cycles of networks work.

Population size, density, availability of resources, and overall fitness are critical factors in the health of Meerkat populations. So, for example, Metcalfe's Law would suggest that having more meerkats in a group would increase value (enable the population to thrive) exponentially.

However, this is only true up to a certain point in reality. Small meerkat populations are vulnerable to predators, but too crowded groups deplete the natural environment and eventually cause population decline. In other words, meerkat populations are at their most healthy (or provide the most value) when they exist in the "Goldilocks zone" - the point where population and value are high but population-depleting factors are low.

 

The Future of Headhunting for Scale-Ups

So, how does all this talk of meerkats relate to scale-ups? First, companies entering a rapid growth period need to attract high-quality talent to accelerate their success. And they pull that talent from the available networks of people. The value of these networks lies in high-performing individuals and their participation in the network.

Today, much of recruitment is still done manually, and as a result, it's subject to individual biases and human error. Try to not only focus on the size of your network or the network of your preferred executive search firm but look for smart and powerful links inside networks and between different networks. This work is difficult to leave up to human beings alone and there is a better way - recruitment in combination with machine learning (recurrent neural networks). Successful long-term talent strategies require a more scientific approach to headhunting, act as a meerkat - An intelligent, social animal that looks beyond the obvious (candidates) and is focused on working in teams.

 
 
Join Hajo and the global AI community at World Summit AI 2022.
 
Find out more and book your ticket at https://worldsummit.ai/tickets/
 

The World Summit AI team

 


Endnotes

  1. https://phys.org/news/2006-06-metcalfe-law-wrong.html
  2. https://blog.bimajority.org/2018/02/12/whats-wrong-with-metcalfes-law/
  3. https://www.ft.com/content/89112fe7-4718-433f-82bd-5cab192f425c
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Amna's call for help

Posted by World Summit AI on Sep 16, 2022 4:03:12 PM

By now, you will have seen the awful news from Pakistan, where 1,400 people have lost their lives. Pakistan also happens to be home to part of the World Summit AI team, with even more of our friends and community suffering as a result of the ongoing climate catastrophe. 

16 year-old Amna Habiba, founder of BloomED Foundation (formerly Global Creative Hub) and a member of the World Summit AI 2022 speaking faculty, is one of those friends who has been affected by the floods. We are right behind Amna - here is what she had to say about the ongoing crisis, and an appeal to you, the InspiredMinds! community... 

"Climate disasters prevent girls and women from accessing their basic rights in accordance with the UN SDGs including education, economic growth, nutrition, etc. The floods in Pakistan have brought all hopes for educational empowerment for young women back to square one. I am devastated to see the girls that my organization has worked with, share pictures of the drastic impact to their communities including collapsed homes, flooded roads, and lack of access to basic necessities required to live.”

Amna has launched a fundraiser to help these communities in need, both by directly supporting them and also donating to trusted foundations working with communities impacted. All funds that Amna raises will go into supporting verified sources. She will keep us all updated with photographic evidence via her campaign page, which you can find here:

Support Amna's Campaign

“This is a difficult time for not just me and my family, but also for the millions of people who call Pakistan their home. Please help out with whatever support you can, no matter how small it is."

The floods are also impacting our planet far beyond Pakistan's borders. Outside of the Polar regions, Pakistan hosts the most glacial ice (over 7,000 glaciers) and it is melting rapidly. 

Communities like those at BloomED Foundation and World Summit AI are constantly on the hunt for answers to the climate catastrophe. This October, we are taking the fight to Amsterdam for AI driven solutions that support communities in Pakistan and beyond. We are proud that Amna is at the heart of this work. 

If you can support Amna's efforts, please click here. If you have solutions to the ecological disasters facing our planet, we want to see you in Amsterdam.

 

With love and thanks,

Amna & Team WSAI ❤️

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An Interview with Sako Arts, CTO and Co-founder, FruitPunch AI

Posted by World Summit AI on Aug 3, 2022 3:37:10 PM

Sako Arts, CTO and Co-founder, FruitPunch AI will be moderating a Panel Discussion at World Summit AI 2022, Amsterdam Noord taking place on 12th and 13th October 2022 at the Taets Art and Event Park, Amsterdam Noord.

 
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An Interview with Marijn Markus, Managing Consultant, Capgemini

Posted by World Summit AI on Jul 28, 2022 12:45:38 PM

Marijn Markus, Managing Consultant, Capgemini will be moderating a Panel Discussion at World Summit AI 2022, Amsterdam Noord taking place on 12th and 13th October 2022 at the Taets Art and Event Park, Amsterdam Noord.

 

If you could solve any global problem in the world with AI, what would it be?

Communication.
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An Interview with Layla Li, CEO, KOSA AI

Posted by World Summit AI on Jul 28, 2022 9:41:46 AM
Layla Li, CEO, KOSA AI will be moderating a Panel Discussion at World Summit AI 2022, Amsterdam Noord taking place on 12th and 13th October 2022 at the Taets Art and Event Park, Amsterdam Noord.
 
If you could solve any global problem in the world with AI, what would it be?
 
Climate change and social justice because we only have one earth, and our resources should go to protecting the planet and the people living in it.
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What's happening at the Talent Lab in 2022

Posted by World Summit AI on Jul 14, 2022 10:20:14 AM

Have you been affected by the recruitment and retention challenges facing our industry? Is your team meeting its potential? How could you be doing better?

Are you thinking about how to hold onto your hard-won talent? Have you considered leaving your job or changing your career path lately?

If you have nodded affirmatively to any of these questions, we recommend some Continuous Professional Development - in the form of…The Talent Lab at World Summit AI in Amsterdam!

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An Interview with Sharon O'Dea, Founder, Lithos Partners

Posted by World Summit AI on Jul 13, 2022 8:15:00 AM
Sharon O'Dea, Founder of Lithos Partners will be participating in a Plenary talk on The Great Resignation and Tech's Talent Drought: Reimagining How and Why We Work at World Summit AI 2022, Amsterdam Noord taking place on 12th and 13th October 2022 at the Taets Art and Event Park.
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An Interview with Marloes Pomp, ELSA Labs, NL AI Coalition

Posted by World Summit AI on Jul 12, 2022 7:19:11 PM
Marloes Pomp, ELSA Labs, NL AI Coalition will be moderating a Panel Discussion at World Summit AI 2022, Amsterdam Noord taking place on 12th and 13th October 2022 at the Taets Art and Event Park.
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Introducing Moonshot Mothership

Posted by World Summit AI on Jun 30, 2022 1:00:25 PM

Track 1 at World Summit AI (12-13 October, Amsterdam Nord) - Moonshot Mothership - is all about the world-leading AI Brains who are changing the way we deploy AI, one planet at a time. 

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