How We Are Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Alex Dowdalls, Founder & Partner - AXVECO

Alex Dowdalls, Founder & Partner - AXVECO
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Alex Dowdalls is founder and partner at AXVECO B.V., a consulting firm that specialises in helping clients update their business models using data and AI. He has worked extensively in financial services, the manufacturing industry, and governmental agencies on themes such as data driven and platform business models, AI, data management, block chain and digital marketing.

Alongside his consultancy work, Alex is a renowned speaker and lecturer at Nyenrode University, NCOI Computrain, Beeckestijn Business School and other educational institutions. He is a startup mentor for university students and alumni at Yes! Delft - the TU Delft innovation platform.

About the talk

If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that AI technology is making boundaries between disciplines fluid. Who is creative? The copywriter or the art director? The graphic designer or the poet? The animator or the fashion designer? The music producer or the software developer? The data scientist or the psychologist? What if the answer is actually all of them, at the same time? AI has the potential to augment every individual to Super Hero, Homo Universalis status. Newton’s words, that 'we stand on the shoulders of giants' are more true than ever before. The 'giants' in our analogy are not the AI itself, but 'the people who are in there', the people that made it all possible. AI raises a lot of ethical and moral questions about privacy and rights issues, for example. But even when we look at it from this narrow perspective, only a tiny few have got it right. Nothing is as it seems.

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