Keynote: Business Decision Making in an “Intelligent” World: Data Abounds. Data Confounds.

Salon G December 12, 2017 12:00 pm - 12:20 pm

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Anthony Scriffignano

Anthony Scriffignano, Ph.D., SVP, Chief Data Scientist, Dun & Bradstreet

Business decisions have always been informed by data: data about the counterparties in a relationship, the nature of a transaction and historical risk are but a few examples. Making decisions in an AI context, especially in a world of new technologies such as FinTech and Cognitive Computing, can be wonderful and transformative, or we can change the speed with which we hit the wall. It’s all about objectives. Business objectives remain relatively well understood, however virtually all of the underlying data is changing in curious and sometimes alarming ways. Artificial intelligence has multiple methods, some of which learn from human users as they are being employed. Not all innovation is for good. Cyber terrorism and cyber crime are very real examples of the risks of ignoring the ways in which technology and data can be used in alarming ways.

In this session, Dr. Anthony Scriffignano, SVP/Chief Data Scientist at Dun and Bradstreet, will explore how the massive availability of data is changing the way business decisions are made in the modern context. If we ask the right questions (and maybe use a bit of different math!), new sources of data can yield fascinating inferences. This session will cover three main themes: Our Curious World (how the data around us continues to change), The Risks and Our Response (practical examples of connecting disparate information to make better decisions), and Future Trends and Recommendations. This talk, both relevant and occasionally irreverent, will challenge our thinking about the abundance of data and the skills we need to succeed.