20 Ai experts to follow on Twitter

1 Mar 2018

Posted by Pete Trainor

So many people... so many opinions... here's my list of people worth following on that thing called Twitter, if you want interesting, balanced views on Ai.

(Some of our Think Tank members - @bima_ai@elluba@twae@petetrainor, @lydia_gregory@Leeaallen)

Nathan Benaich (@NathanBenaich) – Benaich is a former genetics researcher turned AI venture capitalist who has a Ph.D. in computational and experimental cancer research from the University of Cambridge.

Joanna Bryson (@j2bryson) – Bryson developed the action selection model. It explains how an animal or artificially intelligent agent determines what to do next. Action selection is a key mechanism in the design of intelligent systems. Bryson has one Twitter handle for verbose tweeting and another for sparse tweeting about developments she believes are important.

Alex J. Champandard (@alexjc) – This Rockstar AI game developer was the mastermind behind, the largest online hub for AI in games. He has worked in the industry as a senior AI programmer for many years, most notably for Rockstar Games.

Soumith Chintala (@soumithchintala) – Chintala is a researcher in AI, machine learning and computer vision at Facebook AI Research, where he works on deep learning, reinforcement learning, generative image models, agents for video games and large-scale high-performance deep learning.

Adam Coates (@adampaulcoates) – Coates is director of Chinese search engine and web company Baidu's Silicon Valley AI Lab, looking at AI that scales to at least 100 million people. At Stanford University, Coates co-developed the most sophisticated autonomous helicopter in the world, capable of advanced aerobatic maneuvers, and worked on perception systems for household robots. His recent work investigated deep learning of large neural networks trained from large datasets and large-scale deep learning with distributed clusters and GPUs.

The CyberCode Twins (@cybercodetwins) – The CyberCode Twins are America and Penelope Lopez. These twin sisters from East Los Angeles have won awards in tech competitions and hackathons at NASA’s International SpaceApps Challenge, AT&T Developer Summit, HackForLA, and IBM’s Global Mobile Innovators Challenge. Social entrepreneurs, their current interests are using mobile and wearable to end human trafficking and make communities safer.

Jana Eggers (@jeggers) – Eggers is the CEO of Nara Logics, an AI recommendation and decision engine that works across a variety of information classes and customer verticals, using advanced techniques in neural networks and machine learning.

Oren Etzioni (@etzioni) – Etzioni is CEO of AIlen Institute for AI, computer science professor at the University of Washington, Madrona Venture Partner and serial entrepreneur. The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence works on AI systems with reasoning, learning and reading capabilities to support AI research and engineering.

Martin Ford (@MFordFuture) – Ford is a futurist and New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Robots, which is about AI, robots, job automation and the future economy.

Adam Geitgey (@ageitgey) – Geitgey is a software engineer, engineering manager and blogger on AI and software engineering topics. He writes the best and most accessible AI tutorials under the title Machine Learning is Fun. Tech people interested in learning about machine learning should start with his blog.

John C. Havens (@johnchavens) – Havens is executive director of The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems. He is the author of Heartaficial Intelligence and a frequent speaker about the field of AI.

J.J. Kardwell (@jjkardwell) – Kardwell is the CEO and co-founder of EverString, which sells a predictive analytics platform that helps companies identify and engage with their best customer prospects. Prior to EverString, Kardwell worked for VC firm Summit Partners, McKinsey & Company, Windhorst New Technologies and The Walt Disney Company.

David Kenny (@davidwkenny) – Kenny is senior vice president of IBM Watson and Cloud Platform, spearheading the Watson technology platform development, as well as optimizing IBM’s public cloud for data and cognitive workloads. Prior to that, he was chairman and CEO at Digitas Inc., a top global integrated brand agency.

Tessa Lau (@tessalau) - Lau serves as Chief Robot Whisperer at Savioke, Inc. She is passionate about building systems that improve people's lives. She uses her machine learning expertise as a roboticist combined with human-computer interaction expertise to build user-focused systems. Savioke is developing robots that will revolutionize the service industry. Lau holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Washington.

Angelica Lim (@petitegeek) – Lim is an A.I. roboticist at SoftBank Robotics, building AI software for robots to interact in a smart, but fun way. A robot enthusiast since she was a child, Lim imagined robots with feelings. Her research combines neuroscience, machine learning and developmental psychology to fulfill the robotic emotions she imagined when she was young. Lim holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in computer science from Kyoto University.

Satya Mallick (@LearnOpenCV) – Mallick is an entrepreneur who loves computer vision and machine learning. He co-founded a computer vision company, TAAZ Inc., that applies vision technology to problems in beauty and fashion. TAAZ proved scalability of its computer vision and machine learning algorithms tested by more than 100 million users. His most personally satisfying work in collaboration with the Scripps Research Institute solved a problem in Cryo-Electron Microscopy that is part of the 3D reconstruction pipeline. Mallick holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego.

Gary Marcus (@GaryMarcus) – Marcus is AI’s biggest evangelist and at the same time its biggest critic. He works at the nexus of computer science and neuroscience. A recent tweet posed the question, is AI stuck in a rut? Not a surprising question from Marcus because he approaches AI from the perspective of child development and regularly speaks about what AI cannot do compared to what his young children can do. Geometric Intelligence, founded by Marcus, was recently acquired by Uber. He holds a Ph.D. from MIT's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

Chris Messina (@chrismessina) – Messina is an X Uberer and Xoogler best known for introducing the #hashtag to Twitter as a BarCamp organizer based on the #hashtag’s use on internet relay chat (IRC). He is an advisor to Tagboard, which is a software platform that uses the hashtag to aggregate multi-network social media advertisers and marketers, displaying content in an engaging visual format. Messina also is the organizer of botness, a conference that focuses on bot startups, tools, bots for work and play, discovery and engagement.

Tabitha Goldstaub (@tabithagold) - Tabitha is co-founder of  Cognition X, a market intelligence platform that brings clarity to the complex and fast-paced world of all things Artificial Intelligence.

Andy Pardoe (@DrAndyPardoe) – Pardoe is the founder and curator of, an index of information resources on AI and machine learning related topics. He holds a Ph.D. in neural networks from Warwick University.

There are a lot more obviously... but let's just start here today!

Pete Trainor
Posted by Pete Trainor

Pete Trainor is an author, technologist, accidental polymath, mental health campaigner and co-founder of 'Us Ai' in London. He talks all over the world on creative & social technologies, data, artificial intelligence and the physiological & psychological effects on their audiences. Over the last three years, Pete has helped to pioneer an entirely new approach to Ai focused services, one that looks at ‘self-evolving systems’ and ‘minimum viable personality’ to help solve societal and human issues. His recently published, bestselling, book, “Hippo - Human Focused Digital” takes a philosophical look at technology and design, challenging us to look inwardly at the self when designing future technologies. Pete regularly appears in UK national and international press as an analyst on emergent technologies, and tech markets. Pete also chairs the Ai Think Tank for BIMA. He has a very simple philosophy: Don't do things better, do better things.

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