I straddle three very different worlds. First of all, I am a technologist living in an academic environment as a professor of computer science at Northwestern University. But I am also a co-founder of Narrative Science, an advanced natural language generation company that is a thriving business. And my work in both of these worlds has lead to a substantial amount of time spent with different government organizations that are considering how and when A.I. should be utilized.
Each world has its own concerns and it is no secret that they occasionally look at each other with some skepticism. Academics and businesses each see the other as completely missing the point. The government tends to see businesses as too short-sighted while stereotyping academics as having their heads in the clouds. And everyone sees the government as hampered by bureaucracy. All things considered, these three communities rarely tend to agree.