Menu
AI 'frees us up to be humans again,' H2O.ai chief says

AI 'frees us up to be humans again,' H2O.ai chief says

When machines handle the 'machine stuff,' humans can focus on emotions and intuition

Data will be a key factor that sets businesses apart competitively in the coming years, and success will depend increasingly on artificial intelligence and machine learning.

So believes SriSatish Ambati, cofounder and CEO of machine-learning startup H2O.ai.

"By 2022, I expect every company to include in their shareholder announcements how much money they made from their data," Ambati said in an interview.

And that's where he hopes his company will play a big role. Founded in 2011, H2O.ai develops an open-source machine-learning platform called H2O that's used by insurance, healthcare and financial services companies to do things like predict churn, pricing and fraud. The company aims to help developers and data scientists leverage powerful machine-learning algorithms or, as it puts it, "democratize artificial intelligence for business."

The company says more than 5,000 organizations use its software, along with some 10 percent of the world’s data scientists. Capital One, Transamerica and Progressive are among its customers.

Machine intelligence and predictive capabilities make the software adaptable, Ambati says, so that companies can continue to learn from their data even as conditions change.

There's a problem for some companies, however: fear. Lost jobs are among the biggest causes for concern around AI, and the worry can inhibit some companies from adopting machine-learning technologies.

Ambati sees it differently.

Machines may be able to "automate away" much of what needs to be done in the workplace, but only those parts that machines are better at anyway, he said. There will always be a need for the "ah-ha moments" that depend on human intuition and emotion.

"Over the past 100 years, we've been training humans to be as punctual and predictable as machines," Ambati explained. With AI, machines can do the "machine stuff" while humans spend their time on the areas where they excel.

"What we really want from humans today are emotions, feelings and love, and those can't be automated," he said.

"Time is the only nonrenewable resource," Ambati added. "Machine learning will mean we can finally use our time to build strong relationships and spend more time with customers and loved ones. We're so used to being machines at work -- this frees us up to be humans again."

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Featured

Slideshows

Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel

Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel

​As the channel changes and industry voices deepen, the need for clarity and insight heightens. Market misconceptions talk of an “under pressure” distribution space, with competitors in that fateful “race for relevance” across New Zealand. Amidst the cliched assumptions however, distribution is once again showing its strength, as a force to be listened to, rather than questioned. Traditionally, the role was born out of a need for vendors and resellers to find one another, acting as a bridge between the testing lab and the marketplace. Yet despite new technologies and business approaches shaking the channel to its very core, distributors remain tied to the epicentre - providing the voice of reason amidst a seismic industry shift. In looking across both sides of the vendor and partner fences, the middle concept of the three-tier chain remains centrally placed to understand the metrics of two differing worlds, as the continual pulse checkers of the local channel. This exclusive Reseller News Roundtable, in association with Dicker Data and rhipe, examined the pivotal role of distribution in understanding the health of the channel, educating from the epicentre as the market transforms at a rapid rate.

Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel
Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017

Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017

After Hours made a welcome return to the channel social calendar last night, with a bumper crowd of distributors, vendors and resellers descending on The Jefferson in Auckland to kickstart 2017. Photos by Maria Stefina.

Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017
Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel

Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel

Arrow Electronics introduced Tenable Network Security to local resellers in Sydney last week, officially launching the distributor's latest security partnership across Australia and New Zealand. Representing the first direct distribution agreement locally for Tenable specifically, the deal sees Arrow deliver security solutions directly to mid-market and enterprise channel partners on both sides of the Tasman.

Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel
Show Comments