Advisor to IBM Watson Amir Husain and Columbia Alumnus Yuhuang Zheng discuss the Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence

October 30, 2018

On October 30, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing hosted a book talk featuring Mr. Amir Husain, and his new book, The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence.

Amir Husain is a serial entrepreneur and inventor based in Austin, Texas. He is the founder & CEO of SparkCognition, Inc. an award-winning Machine Learning/AI driven Cognitive Analytics Company, a Member of the Board of Advisors for IBM Watson, and a Member of the Board of Advisors for The University of Texas at Austin, Dept. of Computer Science.

In The Sentient Machine, Mr. Husain addresses broad existential questions surrounding the coming of AI, challenging many of our societal norms and upends assumptions: Why are we valuable? What can we create in this world? How are we intelligent? What constitutes progress for us? And how might we fail to progress?

After his presentation, Mr. Husain had a dialogue on the future of AI with Professor Yuhuang Zheng, who graduated from Columbia University with his Ph.D. degree in marketing and currently serves as the Associate Professor of Marketing at the School of Economics and Management (SEM) of Tsinghua University.

Around 80 people attended the event.