Beyond A.I. Forum Round Up
Artificial intelligence leaders from DARPA, DHS and local businesses spoke on Jan. 11 at the Booz Allen’s Innovation Center in Washington, DC, to discuss the artificial intelligence ecosystem at the Beyond A.I. Forum hosted by TandemNSI.
The panelists kicked off the forum with a discussion about the challenges and opportunities that exist in artificial intelligence as advances in the technology rapidly emerge.
The panel for the Beyond A.I. Forum included Fred Kennedy, Deputy Director, Tactical Technology Office for DARPA; Merritt Baer, Senior Cybersecurity Strategist for DHS; Chuck Howell, Chief Engineer, Portfolio Programs and Integration at MITRE; Justin Manzo, Senior Lead Engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton; and David Kirk, Managing Director, Robotic Process Automation/Digital Labor at KPMG.
Advances in artificial intelligence will have massive implications on the future of labor. The panel debated what that could mean to the labor force and where companies are making investments.
Kennedy, who recently transitioned from the White House to DARPA, said the government is making significant investments in artificial intelligence research because government agencies see this as an area that could bolster advancements in other sectors as well.
However, those investments in artificial intelligence by the Pentagon will lead to questions about robots and empathy in the future, said multiple panelists. Manzo questioned how long it will take until government agencies require more stringent rules and policies for the use of robots.
The boost in artificial intelligence research will power further advancements made in the technology, the panelists agreed. Along with those advancements, the technology will receive more attention and debate. The feature on 60 Minutes about drone swarm technology is just the latest example.
Self-driving cars are sure to gain more attention as automotive and artificial intelligence companies get closer to a wide spread introduction of these cars on the roads sparking more conversations about how far machine learning can affect our society.
Howell said these opportunities make artificial intelligence startups and small businesses a prime target for federal investments as many of these companies are the ones making the latest discoveries.
Following the panel session, TandemNSI named its A.I. Five — five artificial intelligence small businesses making an impact in the industry. The five companies named by TandemNSI were IDENTV, Deep Learning Analytics, EolianVR, Insilico Medicine, and ANRA Technologies.
The companies have utilized artificial intelligence in a range of industries. For example, Insilico Medicine uses artificial intelligence to advance drug discovery. ANRA Technologies uses it to allow operators to control multiple drones from one platform.
EolianVR made an announcement at the event explaining how the company will use artificial intelligence to take government training manuals and develop them into augmented reality training programs.
Each of the companies delivered lightning pitches about how their companies are developing artificial intelligence technologies. Below are photos of each one of the winning companies.