Top 10 AI influencers to follow in 2020

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In today’s modern era, digital technologies have attained substantial prominence influencing the lives of the people. The emerging technology has forced all tech giants to adopt innovative techniques in offering high-end benefits to their customers. Artificial Technology or AI is one such disruptive technology which is amplifying the lifestyle of the people around the world. Countries are decommissioning their age-old technologies with heavy manual operations. They are inclining towards machine-driven operations to reduce dependency on manpower. With the pandemic in effect and people practicing social distancing, AI is significantly transforming the lives of the people.

What is Artificial Intelligence or AI?

In contrary to human natural intelligence, artificial intelligence enables operations through machine intelligence. The main focus areas of AI are on the key cognitive skills which are self-correction, reasoning, and learning. AI essentially assists humans by increasing their productivity and efficiency for a better and effective output.

Who is an AI influencer?

It will be crucial role In today’s competitive world with the AI playing a crucial era for digital transformation, it is important to spread the awareness of the immense opportunities it has in its store and its exponential growth. This is exactly the objective of an AI influencer to impart knowledge and information about AI among the mass to realize the benefits and advancements of AI. They motivate people to adopt new technology and bring about transformation. In this article, we are going to discuss the Top 10 AI influencers whom you must follow in 2020.

The Top 10 AI influencers to follow in 2020

The AI influencers either are data scientists, digital transformation leaders, professors specializing in machine learning or founders of prominent AI ventures or platforms.

Andrew Ng

Andrew Ng is a well-known influencer of AI. If you have an ardent interest to pursue a career on AI then you must not miss to follow him and equip yourself with his immense knowledge of the new technology. He was the founder of the Brain deep learning project of Google. Till 2017 he was the lead computer scientist for Baidu, the tech giant of China. He was instrumental in transforming the AI strategies of both Baidu and Google which resulted in the development of many innovative digital products.

He is also the co-founder of Coursera, an online platform providing qualification and degree programs and online learning courses for the interested people. He had a significant contribution in raising a fund of about $175 million for new AI start-ups. You can read his book on machine learning which he distributes freely among his fans and followers. He has a follower base of more than 4.5 million on Twitter.

Tamara McCleary

Tamara McCleary is one of the top influencers in social media for AI and Machine Language, Big Data, Blockchain, IoT, B2B, and B2C marketing. She is the technology futurist and brand expert of She is the CEO of Thulium, a prominent firm offering consultancy programs on social media strategy and analytics.

She has earned many accolades in the international arena, the prominent among them are Rank 1 among the most influential women for B2B marketing. She is phenomenal in discovering the RelationShift Method. Her main objective is to increase the ROI of social media through analytics, data modeling, influencer marketing, etc. If you own a business or have a startup then you must follow her to learn the modern and digital techniques to promote your brand through social media.

Dr. Fei Fei Li

Dr. Fei Fei Li was the lead AI scientist of Google Cloud until 2018. She joined as the professor of Stanford University in the Department of Computer Science. Currently, she is the co-director for HAI, the Human-Centered Institute of Stanford University. The objective of the institute is research on AI for advancements and innovations and educating humanity through its various scholarship programs. 

She earned accolades from her peers by her famous statement, “There’s nothing artificial about AI. It’s inspired by the people, it’s created by the people, and most importantly it impacts the people”. Her main objective is to infuse AI into humanity and transform human lives for the betterment of society. If you believe that technology has a significant influence on humanity and society, you must surely follow her on social media.

Yoshua Bengio

Based out of Canada, Yoshua Bengio is a renowned scientist phenomenal for his works on AI. He has several prestigious positions in his imminence. He joined as a professor at the Montreal University in 1993 in the Computer Science and Operational Research University. Additionally, he is the founder and director of Mila, the AI institute in Quebec. He is a member of the Canada Research Chair in the Statistical Learning Algorithms.

Due to his extensive research and analysis of AI neural networks, he was granted the A.M. Turing Award in 2018 along with scientists Yann LeCun and Geoffrey Hinton. He is instrumental in writing 3 books and about 500 publications in the AI world. If you want to achieve deep routed learning on the AI concepts then you must follow Yoshua Bengio and read through his journals and researches.

Martin Ford

Martin Ford is one of the significant names in the World of AI. He has been focusing mainly on the impact of AI and Robotics on humanity, society, job market and economy. He believes that the future of mankind can be transformed by automation and digital innovations. He is also the founder of a software development firm in California, US. In 2017 he imparted the Ted Talk which was appreciated internationally. He emphasized the importance of AI and robotics for future generations, their immense benefit in the job market.

His book, “Rise of Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future” received the 2015 Financial Times Business Book of the Year award. He is also the author of the book, “The Lights of the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future”. Several of his publications can be read in various prominent newspapers like the New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, Fortune, the Financial Times and Harvard Business Review. If you are interested to understand how AI and robotics would impact future jobs then you must read his books and follow him extensively in social media.

Yann LeCun

Yann LeCun is the Lead AI scientist and Vice President of Facebook. He is also a professor at the New York University at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He is a French-born American scientist specializing in the areas of robotics, AI, machine learning and computational neuroscience. Along with scientists Yoshua Bengio and Geoffrey Hinton, he received the famous A.M. Turing Award in 2019. The trio is internationally known as the “Godfathers of Artificial Intelligence”. 

He is the founder and creator of some of the amazing technologies in the digital world, namely convolutional nets, DjVu image compression technology, and Lush programming language. Yann’s other achievements include the IEEE Neural Network Pioneer award in 2014 and PAMI Distinguished researcher award in 2015. In 2016 his inaugural speech at the 2016 Paris Intellectual Life was a significant event earning international recognition and applause. His works and lectures are pioneers in earning knowledge on AI, hence a must follow by anyone yearning for the same.

Geoffrey Hinton

Geoffrey Hinton is a UK born Canadian computer scientist, renowned for his works on artificial neural networks, machine learning, and signal processing. He is one of the trios of AI Godfathers along with Yann LeCun and Yoshua Bengio. He is a professor at the Toronto University and a chief scientist at Google Brain. He co-founded the Vector Institute located in Toronto and is currently playing the role of the Chief Scientific Advisor at the institute.

Geoffrey is known for authoring the internationally acclaimed paper on multi-layer neural networks in 1986. The paper established the algorithm of backpropagation, a significant logic for artificial intelligence. He has published several scholarly articles and research papers. If you are pursuing your studies on AI and machine learning then it is highly recommended to follow the publications and articles of Geoffrey Hinton.

Spiros Margaris

Spiros Margaris is the topmost influencer for AI and Blockchain, achieving the “Triple Crown” ranking in the international arena. In 2018, he was ranked as No.1 by Onalytics for being a potential influencer. He is currently the advisor and VC of Margaris Ventures. Spiros had worked for a significant part of his life in companies and firms like Wefox, SparkLabs, Mediastalker and Fintech groups.

He was the brain behind “Think Further”, a creative program of Fred Alger Management. He has a whopping 25 years of experience in research and management of digital innovations and technological advancements. He is also a speaker at various InsurTech and FinTech seminars and conferences. His TEDx talks are also quite famous internationally. “Machine Learning in financial services: Changing the rules of the game”, is a white paper on AI published by Spiros Margaris. For those who want to understand the influence of AI and digital innovations on financial services must surely follow his talks and research work.

Gary F. Marcus

Gary Marcus is an American scientist specializing in artificial and natural intelligence. He was the founder and CEO of a machine learning company called Geometric Intelligence. The company has now been acquired by Uber. He is currently the professor of New York University in the Psychology Department. His researches mainly focus on the confluence of human psychology and biology, an interesting and unique concept in the AI world.

He has written several books, publications and research articles focusing on cognitive science. He was the editor of The Future of the Brain: Essays by the World’s Leading Neuroscientist and The Norton Psychology Reader. If you are interested to know his future vision on genetic engineering then you must follow his social media messages, articles, and talks.

Dr. Angelica Lim

Dr. Angelica Lim had dedicated 10 years of her life working on AI and robots. Her research work mainly focuses on machine learning, intelligent robots, and signal processing. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator at the SFU Rosie Lab. The lab is dedicated to the creation of Robots using AI and digital technologies. She had been one of the contributors to the famous IEEE Spectrum Automation Robotics Blog. Her speeches and lectures at TEDx Kualalumpur and Kyoto are significant and well-known. She addressed the audience about her extensive knowledge and research on Robots and their design techniques.

She has been featured as one of the Forbes top 20 Women in AI. She has earned the NTF award for entertainment robots and systems in 2010 and CITEC award for her research in 2014. It is great to follow her on social media and hear out her lectures on BBC and other TED talk shows.

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