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Deep Dive into AI: Are You Ready for Disruption in 2017? - February 27, 2017 - San Francisco, CA
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Deep Dive into AI: Are You Ready for Disruption in 2017?




February 27, 2017

5:00pm to 8:00pm




Hosted by: 


Wells Fargo






Wells Fargo 333

Market St. Annex Bldg. Clementine (Auditorium),

2nd floor San Francisco, CA



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Join the Brightest Minds in AI at REAL MACHINE Meetup in San Francisco. This event will take a deep dive into the current state-of-the-art in machine learning and financial services.

REAL MACHINE is the only event series dedicated to understanding machine learning and its application to financial services. If you are a leader in the fintech space and you spearhead your organization’s efforts in reducing fraud and risk or digital loss prevention in banks, ecommerce, or retail, it is imperative to attend this event. It will focus on use cases and solutions that help you get started on tackling these issues. You will find out how you can capitalize on the cognitive AI revolution that is happening now and come back better prepared to drive success throughout your enterprise.

This event will start by an exclusive 15 minutes presentation from Wells Fargo to explain how Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning can be used in a very large bank infrastructure.

Adoption of AI in Banking

Most banks and credit unions are in the early stages of adopting AI technologies. According to a survey conducted by Narrative Science in conjunction with the National Business Research Institute, 32% of financial services executives surveyed confirmed using AI technologies such as predictive analytics, recommendation engines, voice recognition and response.
For those firms not adopting AI, challenges such as fear of failure, siloed data sets and regulatory compliance were cited. Based on the Narrative Science survey, 12% of the overall group weren’t using AI yet because they felt it was too new, untested or weren’t sure about the security.
Another key challenge for many organizations was that there is no clear internal ownership of testing emerging technologies — only 6% of those surveyed having an innovation leader or an executive dedicated to testing new ideas and processes. Not having a person or department assigned to testing new ideas is obviously a problem.

Data, Data, Data

Data is being collected, analyzed and applied to solutions more extensively and faster than ever before. AI makes it possible to automate vast amounts of data, analyzing and applying it at record speeds.
New cognitive-based solutions also enables a more pro-active and personal customer experience at a lower cost than was ever possible before. This is driven by AI’s ability to build knowledge at high speed, understand natural language, and run operational processes in a fully compliant fashion.
Two of the biggest challenges that remain in banking is the absence of people experienced in data collection, analysis and application and the existence of data silos. This was reflected in the research done by Narrative Science. The good news is that many data firms now have the capability to do a ‘workaround’, collecting data from across the organization.

  Text from Jim Marous

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5:00 PM Reception
5:45 PM Announcements 
6:00 PM Wells Fargo presentation on Artificial Intelligence at a large bank
6:15 PM  Panel discussion and Q&A
  Petros Zerfos, Research Staff Member and Manager - Next Generation Applications group at IBM
  Pedro Bizarro, CSO at Feedzai
  Eric Greene, Lead AI Architect at Wells Fargo
  Panel moderated by: Nikolas Badminton, Futurist
7:15 PM Q&A
7:30 PM Networking
8:00 PM End of session


Petros Zerfos

Research Staff Member and Manager - Next Generation Applications group at IBM


Dr. Zerfos is Research Staff Member and Manager of the Next Generation Applications group at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. He received his PhD (2005) and MSc (2002) in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and his B.Eng. from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 1999. His research interests primarily lie in the areas of cognitive analytics services in the cloud, cloud computing, and predictive analytics for cloud service management. He has (co-) authored more than 50 papers published in technical journals and international conferences and filed more than 30 patents (13 granted to date), while technology that he has developed with his team in the above areas has been commercialized in products by the IBM Analytics and IBM Cloud business units. Recently, Dr. Zerfos and his team developed and commercialized regulatory compliance analytics technology that uses natural language processing and machine learning to help automate the analysis of regulatory documents for compliance purposes.

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Pedro Bizarro

CSO at Feedzai


'A researcher turned entrepreneur’: after a 10-year research career (Computer Science PhD at the University of Madison – Wisconsin, Fulbright Fellow, Marie Curie Fellow and winner of BES Innovation National Competition), Pedro helped co-found Feedzai where he is CSO, leading the Research team in the development of the best fraud prevention algorithms and tools.

Pedro Bizarro


Eric Greene

Lead AI Architect at Wells Fargo


Eric Greene is a senior architect for Wells Fargo AI Innovation Lab, specializing in bringing technical innovations in artificial intelligence to fruition. Eric’s passion in applying AI to financial services has been instrumental in creating next generation applications in fraud detection, predictive banking and intelligent operations management. Eric’s current areas of research include integrating cognitive functionality into applications, creating predictive banking models using deep learning techniques and utilizing graph databases for fraud detection.

Eric Greene


Nikolas Badminton



Nikolas is a Futurist speaker with over 20 years of research, writing and speaking experience.

Nikolas wows audiences with keynote speeches on: The Future of Work; The Sharing Economy; The Future of Cars; The Future of Cities; The Future of AI integrated with Life and Business; The Future of Education; Predictions for 2016, 2020, 2030, 2045, 2050 and beyond. He also produces amazing events, including Future Camp, Cyborg Camp YVR, PRODUCT, From Now, and DARK FUTURES.

Nikolas also runs the popular Vancouver Futurists meetup with over 450 members.

Nikolas regularly appears on the BBC, CBC, CTV, Global News, CHCH, CHED640, CKNW, Roundhouse Radio and writes for the Huffington Post, Forbes, Venturebeat, Betakit, TechVibes,, Vancouver is Awesome, and Vancity Buzz.


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Location 333 Market St., Annex Building (2nd Floor, Clementine Auditorium) San Francisco, CA

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Monday 27 February 2017, 05:00pm - 08:00pm
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