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AI (or machine learning, depending on who you are talking to) has permeated much of our daily reality. Yet, as discussed in this episode of Net Effects Podcast, it is simply a tool like a hammer. Co-hosts Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto interview Igor Jablokov, CEO of Pryon and machine learning (ML) expert about the future of the technology, as well as the power and responsibility of those who wield it. 

Pryon is an AI company that delivers augmented intelligence for the enterprise. Driven by the inventors of core natural language technologies, the company is developing a platform that connects employees to digital transformation, extending their ability to find and use knowledge, drive workflows, and make better decisions from wherever they are. Pryon streamlines AI adoption to dramatically reduce complexity, costs, and deployment times.

Episode highlights:

  • When leaders ask, “Why isn’t my organization ready for the technological/intellectual/knowledge age?” The missing piece is AI.
  • Jablokov says that in the first half of the decade, “The AI stuff is going to permeate every nook and cranny of an organization.” Then, the second half of the decade will be dedicated to cleaning up the unintended consequences.
  • Knowledge management is the hardest piece for digital transformation but it is critical because it fuses everything together and delivers insights in natural language.
  • Bringing everyone along in this new Networked Knowledge Age is a systemic thing that needs to be solved across the industry, infrastructure, policy, etc. It must be done top-to-bottom, bottom-to-top.
  • We are inspired when we do other things. Bursts of innovation eventually slow down because we need to collide with one another and creativity – experiencing a Covid/post-Covid world around us through the multi-phase approach.

Other topics covered in this episode include the powerful impact of art on science, the digital transformation-renaissance we are experiencing right now, and the importance of technological equitability and accessibility.   

About Igor Jablokov and Pyron: Igor is the founder and CEO of Pryon, an artificial intelligence (AI) company delivering an enterprise knowledge management platform. Pryon’s natural language processing (NLP) engine ingests and transforms data into experiences that solve critical business challenges. Previously at IBM, Igor grew impatient with the gap between the invention and commercialization of AI and departed to establish cloud computing pioneer Yap. Five years later, Amazon acquired the company for its AI expertise and machine learning (ML) technology, now embedded in billions of Alexa-powered devices. Igor was subsequently awarded Eisenhower and Truman National Security fellowships to leverage entrepreneurial ecosystems in addressing geopolitical concerns. Igor passionately supports STEM careers and educational opportunities. As such, he is a TechStars’ Alexa Accelerator mentor, was a Blackstone NC Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EIR), and founded a chapter of Global Shapers, a program of the World Economic Forum (WEF). Igor holds a BS degree in Computer Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, where he was named an Outstanding Engineering Alumnus, and an MBA from The University of North Carolina.