Click this blog to see a list of the various posts I’ve written — including on the brain, AI, education, and entrepreneurship.

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Thanks for visiting! I started this blog a few years ago, but only started writing more regularly in late 2020 when I took a sabbatical from full-time work.


Business and life lessons on how to survive and thrive in the face of uncertain and volatile times.

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Fragility can be defined as those things that break easily under pressure or stress. What’s the opposite of fragile? Most of us think of robust — or things that don’t break under…


A few things you might not have learned from Borat

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Borat, the fictional Kazakh character, might have provided some people a first, if odd, introduction to Central Asia. Fortunately, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to the region (Tajikistan) as part of a social enterprise I’m involved in. …


NLU complexities: challenges and open problems in Conversational AI

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This blog was guest-written by Leo Cordoba.

In the last few years we have witnessed a race between companies to create the biggest, most powerful and most interesting named NLP (Natural Language Processing) model. These models are trained on huge corpuses…


…But were afraid to ask.

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The previous blogs in this series share what conversational AI is and where it's making an impact, what industries it's disrupting, and the ecosystem of companies and technologies involved in shaping the industry.

This article aims to share a basic high-level understanding of how data…


The companies, products, and technologies shaping the future of conversational agents.

Conversational AI Ecosystem — Updated April 2021

Conversational AI is a fast-growing industry with a number of start-ups and established companies offering a wide variety of products and services for an even wider variety of customers.

We compiled, reviewed, and curated nearly 200 companies and technologies…


In a world of wealth and growing prosperity, where do we go from here?

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Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World” by Rutger Bregman is an enjoyable a quick read about the opportunity to shape our ideal world and future. He also did a related TED Talk


Market size and opportunity for conversational AI technology.

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What Problems Does Conversational AI Solve?

Conversational AI is the broad term used for the class of machine learning technologies and products associated with interpreting or emulating conversational dialogs. …


An exploration of voicebots, chatbots, intelligent virtual assistants, and the latest machine learning technologies behind conversational AI.

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The idea of speaking to an intelligent agent and having a human-like conversation has intrigued and captivated the imagination for decades.

In recent years, Siri, Google Assistant, and Alexa have started to fulfill…


Key ideas behind building organizations that innovate.

Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries” by Safi Bachall discusses ways in which organizations can nurture innovation to solve big and ambitious problems. …

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