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Artificial Intelligence Series Part I: Are Machines Getting Smarter?

MIT Enterprise Forum is proud to assemble leaders in Artificial Intelligence in a two part series aimed at educating entrepreneurs about AI, machine learning, and how these technologies are being used in 2021. 

Artificial intelligence has long been on the mind of scientists, technologists, and science fiction writers and is a prevalent underpinning to everyday consumer products in 2021.  With this rich history of fiction and science, machine learning and artificial intelligence conjures complex, beautiful, media grabbing, and alluring ideas for entrepreneurs.

In Part I of our Artificial Intelligence series, our expert panel will demystify the state of artificial intelligence. Our industry experts will separate truth from fiction and discuss the state of AI in today’s world, what it can and cannot do, and what tools are needed to make artificial intelligence a functional component of your products or services.

The panel discussion will include topics such as:

  • What can AI do and what can it not do?  
  • What are the friction points faced when adopting AI technologies?
  • How does a startup manage AI computing decisions?
  • What methods are being used to accelerate time to results?


May 19 2021


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm




MIT Enterprise Forum SF


  • Dan Dowling
    Dan Dowling
    Sr. Business Development Manager - NVIDIA

    Dan Dowling is a Senior Business Development Manager at NVIDIA focused on Supercomputing and AI customers in the US Public Sector. He’s held numerous positions in Sales, Solution Architecture, Services Leadership and Project Management at SGI, Sun, Oracle, and Penguin Computing. His Ph.D. is in Physics from the University of Maryland.

  • Henry Xie
    Founder and CEO - Simple Fractal

    Henry is founder of Simple Fractal, a software consultancy based in NYC. There, he leverages his technical expertise and business acumen to help his clients automate processes with digital transformation and Robotic Process Automation (RPA).

    Henry has been invited to teach at Wharton, Credit Suisse, Verizon, and the US Navy, to share his expertise.

    Henry graduated with honors from Harvard, where he studied Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and Economics.

  • Kevin Tubbs
    Kevin Tubbs
    SVP Strategic Solutions - Penguin Computing

    Analytical technnologist, computational scientist and engineer with 20+ years of High Performance Computing (HPC) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) experience in various areas ranging from software development and application performance characterization to hardware and systems level deployment and management. Expertise is in computational science, numerical modeling and engineering simulation focused on HPC implementations. Strong skills in system engineering, software development, performance characterization and optimization scientific computing. Strengths include excellent problem solving and analytical skills, ability to communicate effectively to diverse audiences and adapting to changing customer/client demands as well as emergent technology environments.

  • Michael Mannino
    Michael Mannino
    Director, Programs - University of Miami

    Michael is currently Director of Programs at the Institute for Data Science and Computing at the University of Miami, working on various domains within artificial intelligence, including AI ethics. He holds a PhD in neuroscience, having researched networks of the human brain involved in perception, learning and memory, attention, as well as embodied cognition. Michael is also an amateur athlete, focusing on a variety of different movement modalities, and interested in peak performance, cognitive enhancement and neurotechnologies, and the intersection of neuroscience and fitness. He also has a Masters degree in philosophy, specializing in philosophy of mind, consciousness, and science, and is a professor of philosophy and critical thinking for 10 years, teaching ethics and moral reasoning, philosophy, and logic. Michael is very passionate about science communication, transhumanism and exponential technologies, and space science.

  • Paul Root Wolpe
    Paul Root Wolpe
    Director - Center for Ethics, Emory University

    Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D. is the Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair of Jewish Bioethics, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Neuroscience & Biological Behavior, and Sociology, and the Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University. Dr. Wolpe’s scholarly work focuses on the social and ideological impact of medicine, technology and biotechnology on the human condition, as well as general ethical thought. He has spoken nationally and internationally on emerging issues in artificial intelligence ethics. He is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience, a past President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, past President of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors, a Fellow of the Hastings Center, and a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest medical society. For 15 years he served as the Senior Bioethicist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Winner of the 2011 World Technology Network Award in Ethics, Dr. Wolpe was named one of Trust Across America’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior, has recorded a TED Talk with over 1.5 million views, and was profiled in Atlantic Magazine as a “Brave Thinker of 2011.” Chosen by The Teaching Company as a “Superstar Teacher of America,” Dr. Wolpe has appeared on shows like 60 Minutes and on PBS, and was featured with a personal profile in the Science Times of the New York Times.

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