21 October 2019
Glendale, CA

 

Meghan Sharp named Chief Operating Officer by Cognitive AI company

Beyond Limits, a rising advanced Artificial Intelligence software engineering company, announced that Meghan Sharp, Ph.D., former Managing Director of BP Ventures/Americas, has transitioned from a Beyond Limits investor and board member to become their new COO. In her new role, Sharp will assume responsibility for the company’s business operations. The addition of an executive of Sharp’s stature reinforces the optimistic outlook for Beyond Limits growth potential.

“It is a huge compliment when your investor becomes one of your key executives,” says Beyond Limits CEO AJ Abdallat. “It says a lot about Beyond Limits to have a professional of Meghan’s caliber joining our ranks. Her deep experience in energy and venture capital is invaluable as we mature from a start-up to a serious force in AI for industries around the globe. We are at a pivotal moment of growth and can greatly benefit from her expertise.”

In 2017, Sharp facilitated BP Venture’s exclusive series-B investment in Beyond Limits for $25 million and became a board member. Upon accepting the position as COO, her Beyond Limits board seat has been filled by BP’s VP of Business Development, David Gilmour.

“For over 15 years my career has focused on helping start-ups and venture-backed companies grow and scale,” says Sharp. “A good board member is an extension of the management team, and I’ve always enjoyed being an active board member of my portfolio companies. I particularly loved my role on the Beyond Limits board and my engagement with the company. So when I started talking about my next step, it was a very natural transition to join the Beyond Limits team.”

As Managing Director of BP Ventures/Americas, Sharp focused on the transformation of BP’s core businesses and looking for new opportunities in low carbon products, carbon management, power and storage, advanced mobility, and digital. During the last nine years, Sharp helped build BP’s investment portfolio of over $600 million with investments into more than 50 companies. Earlier this year Sharp was featured in the number two spot on Global Corporate Venturing’s 2019 Rising Stars Awards list. GCV profiles the top .5% of 20,000 researched applicants to recognize a list of 100 professionals for the Rising Stars Awards.

With years of experience driving the transition of energy to a lower carbon future while simultaneously meeting the challenge of today’s energy demand, Sharp will play a fundamental role in supporting Beyond Limits’ ambitions in the energy and renewables spheres. At the end of October Sharp will represent Beyond Limits as COO at the 2019 Arab Artificial Intelligence Summit in Amman, Jordan (AAIS) as a keynote speaker, focusing on how AI will play a crucial role in the future of energy renewables and sustainability.

“I see us involved in numerous sectors,” says Sharp. “We want AI to be in renewables, healthcare, financial services, energy, agriculture and more – but what we really want to ensure is that AI is doing good for the planet and its people. This technology is a mighty tool, let’s wield it to help solve our most important problems. AI for good.”

 

ABOUT BEYOND LIMITS

Beyond Limits is a pioneering Artificial Intelligence engineering company creating advanced software solutions that go beyond conventional AI. Founded in 2014, Beyond Limits is transforming proven technologies from Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory into advanced AI solutions, hardened to industrial strength, and put to work for forward-looking companies on earth. Beyond Limits leverages this unparalleled innovation portfolio, along with proprietary cognitive technologies, to help companies solve tough, complex, mission-critical problems and transform their business. They apply a unique hybrid approach to AI, combining numeric AI techniques like machine learning with higher order symbolic AI and expert human knowledge to deliver intuitive cognitive reasoning and information. The result is faster, better decisions that reduce risk and increase revenue. For more information, please visit www.beyond.ai.

 

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17 October 2019
Glendale, CA

 

AI Pioneer Partners with Phi Science Institute to Host Artificial Intelligence Summit in Jordan

Beyond Limits, a pioneering American Artificial Intelligence software engineering company, is working in cooperation with Phi Science Institute to present the 2019 Arab Artificial Intelligence Summit (AAIS). Sponsors are prepared to host over 1,600 AI professionals, scientists, government representatives, start-ups, and stakeholders from all over the world between October 29-30 on the Dead Sea in Jordan.

AAIS Theme: The Future is Now – Share the Vision. Inspire the Future.
Beyond Limits’ CEO, AJ Abdallat is returning to his hometown for this event to give the keynote speech. A leading goal is to share the vision and inspire the future around the important role Cognitive AI will play in evolving technology. The conference will afford the chance for companies like Beyond Limits to come together with the AAIS community to exchange ideas, expertise and knowledge, with the goal of encouraging younger generations to establish projects powered by AI to solve complex problems facing both science and society.

“It’s important to spread the message that AI is here now,” says Abdallat. “We are on a mission to bring science and tech proven in space down to improve life here on Earth. The Middle East is fertile ground for innovation, and we are really excited that AAIS will afford us the invaluable opportunity of coming together in collaboration with diverse nations, businesses, young entrepreneurs, and more to share our vision and inspire the future through partnership, mentorship, progress, growth, opportunity and ambition. We are honored to be included in such a distinguished summit – working together toward accomplishing common goals that matter.”

Key Executives Presenting
Abdallat, alongside Beyond Limits’ COO, Dr. Meghan Sharp will both act as keynote speakers. Abdallat will be presenting on the importance of AI, why it matters, and how it affects governments and private companies. Sharp will be presenting on how AI will play a crucial role in the future of energy, renewables, and sustainability. Beyond Limits’ Technical Head of Industrial IoT, Dr. Kristin Lennox will also be providing a talk about how machines think compared to humans. Another notable keynote guest includes Dr. Saad Al Barrak, a Beyond Limits board member, who will be speaking on the topic of innovation and entrepreneurship – how to get funding and support young entrepreneurs. Lynnwood Farr, President of industrial power systems developer Xcell, will also attend the summit and speak on their partnership with Beyond Limits to build the world’s first power plant guided by Cognitive AI.

AAIC: Solving World Challenges
Beyond Limits and Phi Science Institute have also come together to collaborate on the launch of the summit’s first Arab AI Challenge. AAIC’19 will open the door for AI start-ups and developers to gain visibility by showcasing their cutting-edge solutions while connecting with key regional governments and investors. Challenge participants will also be competing for the chance to earn prize winnings to put toward their projects. All details concerning AAIC’19 can be found here.

Beyond Conventional Artificial Intelligence – Cognitive AI That’s also Explainable (XAI)
Beyond Limits powers solutions that go beyond the barriers of commonly employed conventional AI, to deliver a hybrid approach that combines numeric machine learning and deep learning techniques with higher-order symbolic AI. These Cognitive AI engines deliver human-like reasoning to provide clear, understandable solutions to complex problems. Unlike most “black box” AI techniques, Beyond Limits has pioneered “glass box” Explainable AI with encoded expert human knowledge to yield recommendations that can be understood by people and interpreted by machines.

ABOUT BEYOND LIMITS
Beyond Limits is a full-stack Artificial Intelligence engineering company creating advanced software solutions that go beyond conventional AI. Founded in 2014, Beyond Limits is transforming proven technologies from Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory into advanced AI solutions, hardened to industrial strength, and put to work for forward-looking companies on earth. Beyond Limits leverages this unparalleled innovation portfolio, along with proprietary cognitive technologies, to help companies solve tough, complex, mission-critical problems and transform their business. They apply a unique hybrid approach to AI, combining numeric AI techniques like machine learning with higher order symbolic AI and expert human knowledge to deliver intuitive cognitive reasoning and information. The result is faster, better decisions that reduce risk and increase revenue. For more information, please visit www.beyond.ai.

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2 October 2019
Original Article Posted 10/1/2019
Author: S. C. Stuart for PCMag.com

 

PCMAG featured Beyond Limits in an in-depth interview-style article, written by S.C. Stuart. Stuart took the time to chat with our very own CEO, AJ Abdallat to highlight the unique capabilities of our advanced Cognitive AI. Stuart and Abdallat took the opportunity to explore the finer details of our company’s origin story, spotlight the pioneering artificial intelligence technology that’s already powering valuable solutions, and elucidate on what the future looks like for our Explainable AI.

“We specialize in solving complex problems in high-risk environments. Unlike the conventional machine learning, neural networks, and deep learning techniques that are gaining traction today, we take a different approach by adding a symbolic reasoning layer to produce cognitive, human-like reasoning. Beyond Limits has deep roots in what we call bio-inspired algorithms that imitate the functions of a human brain. It allows us to do things like deductive, inductive, and abductive human-like reasoning.”  [AJ Abdallat]

Read the full article here.

24 September 2019
Author: Frost & Sullivan

 

Beyond Limits Commended by Frost & Sullivan for Sharing Accumulated Expertise across a Variety of Industries with Its Innovative Cognitive AI

The cognitive AI built by Beyond Limits combines the expertise of human knowledge with a symbolic AI engine to support human decision-makers

 

Based on its recent analysis of the North American symbolic artificial intelligence (AI) for business process automation (BAS) market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Beyond Limits with the 2019 North American Technology Innovation Award. Pushing past conventional AI limitations with regard to defined data sets and controlled environments, Beyond Limits’ AI draws from small, incomplete, or unstructured data sources and provides auditable solutions. For a variety of highly complex use cases of interdependent systems and variables, Beyond Limits’ cognitive AI advisors help organizations replicate the performance of top-performing individuals to guide decision making across the board.

“Beyond Limits brings to market a cognitive AI system capable of making independent decisions from missing, misleading, or sparse data, which enables decision making similar to human reasoning,” said Clare Walker, Industry Analyst. “While most AI services rely on traditional numeric and machine learning (ML) approaches to create new, clean visualizations of existing data to solve clearly defined problems, Beyond Limits leverages numeric and ML layers with symbolic reasoning to create solutions on the fly. The system draws from nearly any possible data formats. When little or no data is available, the symbolic technologies rely on their deductive, inductive, and abductive reasoning capabilities.”

 

 

 

The company’s advisors, or cognitive agents, provide tangible results and recommendations that are always explainable. These explainable results, or transparent audit trails, are derived from cognitive patterns of life technologies that automatically capture all of the internal inferences that were used to generate the result. These audit trails are used internally to provide heuristics and hints to other reasoners, and these trails can be reformulated by other symbolic technologies into a variety of formats, such as narratives..

Beyond Limits leverages cognitive AI to apply optimization and results-oriented solutions that are generally applicable to a variety of production environments. These solutions can also be customized for the highly complex needs of specific customers. In situations where slightly changing process margins can yield millions of dollars in savings, Beyond Limits is focused on developing strategic applications for high-value assets. By surpassing simple predictive maintenance, Beyond Limits technology shows its understanding of the entire system of production operations as a linked whole and enables continuous operations with greater efficiency.

“Originating from technology developed for autonomous space missions, Beyond Limits’ cognitive AI systems mimic human-like reasoning. Pushing past conventional AI’s limitations to defined data sets and controlled environments, Beyond Limits’ AI draws from small, incomplete, or unstructured data sources and provides reasoned and auditable solutions,” noted Walker. “For a variety of highly complex use cases of interdependent systems and variables, Beyond Limits’ cognitive AI advisors help organizations replicate the top-performing and most experienced individuals in a facility to guide decision making across the board.”

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed a product with innovative features and functionality that is gaining rapid acceptance in the market. The award recognizes the quality of the solution and the customer value enhancements it enables.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

 

About Beyond Limits

Beyond Limits is a full-stack Artificial Intelligence engineering company creating advanced software solutions that go beyond conventional AI. Founded in 2014, Beyond Limits is transforming proven technologies from Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory into advanced AI solutions, hardened to industrial strength, and put to work for forward-looking companies on earth. Beyond Limits leverages this unparalleled innovation portfolio, along with proprietary cognitive technologies, to help companies solve tough, complex, mission-critical problems and transform their business. We apply a unique hybrid approach to AI, combining numeric AI techniques like machine learning with higher-order symbolic AI and expert human knowledge to deliver intuitive cognitive reasoning and information. The result is faster, better decisions that reduce risk and increase revenue. For more information, please visit www.beyond.ai.

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16 September 2019

 

All of us at Beyond Limits are thrilled to bring our full-stack, advanced artificial intelligence (AI) expertise to our local community by becoming a proud sponsor of Glendale’s 4th Annual Tech Week. The City of Glendale’s Economic Development Division was excited to once again revive this popular event for a fourth time. Last year’s Tech Week boasted over 3,500 attendees. With impressive numbers like that, it’s becoming more and more apparent that the tech ecosystem is starting to flourish in Glendale, California – and we are honored to be in such great company.

 

 

Glendale Tech Week will take place Sept. 14-21 in various pockets of the downtown area depending on the type of event you’re interested in attending. Start-ups, entrepreneurs, students, tech specialists, business leaders and beyond should swing by to check out all the GTW events including: panels, industry speed networking opportunities, career fairs, live demos, mixers, and more.

“Move over Silicon Valley,” said Diane Zuckerman, Beyond Limits’ VP of Emerging Markets. “Glendale, California is emerging as one of the next big tech hubs of the nation. As a leading AI company in Glendale, during this exciting time for the city, we have a crucial responsibility to be active participants in the community’s technological evolution. Ethical AI is equally as important as the technology itself; it must represent each and every one of us as it develops and forges ahead.”

Beyond Limits experts will be hosting a panel (led by Diane Zuckerman) on an Introduction to Artificial Intelligence at Theodore Roosevelt Middle School on Monday, Sept. 16 for an insider’s look into genuine cognitive AI, what the technology currently looks like and how it will evolve in the future. Our very own Software Engineers – Uche Akataobi, Shreya Wagle and Laura Marsh, alongside Data Scientists – Nicole Thompson and Giovanni Gentile will spotlight how Beyond Limits brought artificial intelligence used in NASA space endeavors down to solve real-world problems here on Earth for the world’s most demanding industries.

 

 

“Artificial Intelligence is the next inevitable surge in tech innovation,” said Laura Marsh. “Companies that are hesitant to invest in these solutions will surely be left in the dust, because all the truly revolutionary businesses won’t hesitate. Since AI is the natural path forward, it is also vital for us to educate our upcoming generations about the realities of this technology; pushing past the clichés so that they can have a more genuine grasp on what the future of AI will look like for them – which is why we are pumped to be involved in this panel with our local middle school.”

We invite all to attend: students, parents, professionals and anyone who has ever had any interest in learning more about why AI is the future of technology.

Sounds like a promising industry in which to start a career, doesn’t it? We’ll also be talking about what engineers and data scientists actually do when they’re working on developing cognitive AI technology, what a career in this fast-growing world looks like, and where to begin after deciding to pursue a path in the field. In the meantime, take a peek at the open positions for which Beyond Limits is currently hiring to get a preview of the diverse landscape of opportunities available in artificial intelligence.

“Exposing as many young adults as possible to careers in tech at an early age is crucial to generating diversity within the industry,” said Nicole Thompson. “Events like these are especially important for reaching out to kids that may not know adults in STEM or AI.”

 

If you’re interested in joining our panel, please check out all the details below:

RSVP

Where: Theodore Roosevelt Middle School – Auditorium | 222 East Acacia Ave. Glendale, CA

When: Monday, September 16, 2019 | 3:30-4:30 PM

26 August 2019
Beyond Limits 

 

Calling all women in tech! We at Beyond Limits, a leading full-stack engineering company of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) solutions, are partnering with Pasadena Women in Tech to host a meeting-of-the minds. The event will take place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at the WeWork in Pasadena. A keynote speech featuring two of our own – Software Engineer, Laura Marsh and Senior Technical Recruiter, Monique Perez will shed light on what women in tech are currently doing within the AI realm and the range of positions available to all. Come join us for the opportunity to connect with your fellow women in the technology industry, while simultaneously satisfying that long-standing curiosity about the world of artificial intelligence.

 

 

We are thrilled that this event will be hosted in Pasadena, a pseudo-homage to the heritage of our company. Out of a proud Caltech/JPL legacy, and innovative technology developed for the NASA space program, came breakthrough solutions. Fast forward to today, Beyond Limits has revolutionized those solutions with cognitive intelligence and human-like reasoning; which serve as the key components that make us stand out among the rest. Come take a peek at some of the pioneering projects underway at Beyond Limits, and how we are using cognitive AI to apply the technology for the world’s most demanding industries.

Beyond Limits’ inclusion ambitions have been made apparent since our company’s inception by way of active involvement in nonprofits like Wonder Women in Tech, diversity-focused recruiting events such as WomenHack LA, and various other collaborations. The goal is to shed light on the significance of workplace diversity and marry overlooked top talent with symbiotic opportunities.

“We are greater when we are equal,” said Shreya Wagle, one of Beyond Limits’ Software Engineers. “In my opinion, promoting awareness of self and others and embracing the differences forms the crux of D&I.”

 

 

Diversity and inclusion are such fundamental priorities at Beyond Limits that our own CEO, AJ Abdallat wrote a pointed piece earlier this year for the Forbes Technology Council on exactly how these initiatives are vital for companies focused on Gaining a Competitive Edge and increasing value.

“In the future I hope seeing women in tech becomes something so commonplace that we don’t need special events, or nods from management for simply being a woman in a career field that men have traditionally dominated,” said Nicole Thompson, a Data Scientist here at Beyond Limits. “I hope it becomes normal to walk into a tech company and see as many female technical employees as males. I hope for a future where productivity, talent, and ideas become the determinants of success in the workplace – not gender. I think we are heading in that direction, and while working at Beyond Limits I’ve been lucky enough to be exposed to a really supportive work environment – which makes that future less of an idea, and more of a reality.”

Speaking of realizing increased value via inclusion, it is important to note that we have a large number of open positions for which we are currently recruiting – including those in Software Engineering, Program Managers, Data Science, and more. Check them all out on our Careers Page.

“Every voice matters,” said Monique Perez, Beyond Limits’ Senior Technical Recruiter. “It’s important that cutting edge technology represents each and every one of us as it moves forwards and progresses; which is why we always strive to diversify and get the word out about all our available positions throughout a variety of communities.”

 

 

So, let’s all come together to get to know our tremendous community of industrious boss ladies a little better while indulging in some productive happy hour hoopla. If you’re interested in joining the gathering, please register here: PWiT x Beyond Limits.

Looking forward to seeing you all there

Where: 177 E Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, California

When: August 28 at 6-8 p.m.


11 July 2019
Author: Kyle Wigger for VentureBeat
Originally posted on VentureBeat.com 

 
Beyond Limits, a Glendale, California-based company developing explainable AI for a range of industries, today announced a $25 million strategic partnership with XCELL to build what it’s calling the world’s first AI-controlled power plant. Beyond Limits CEO AJ Abdallat said it’ll be designed from the ground up and from scratch, and that it’ll embed intelligence into the “entire operation” to make the plant “safer” and maximize efficiency, productivity, and environmental friendliness.
 

Above: Beyond Limits CEO AJ Abdallat onstage at VentureBeat Transform 2019. Photo Credit: VentureBeat


 
“We’re excited about it,” said Abdallat at VentureBeat’s Transform 2019 conference in San Francisco. “State of the art today is predicting whether a device is going to fail. We do all of that, and that’s wonderful, but [we also have a] layer on top [that allows us to] align with the objectives of the company managing [the facility] so they can build a system that oversees everything going on.”
It’s an approach akin to that taken by Foxconn-backed Carbon Relay, which aims to cut datacenter carbon emissions with tools that draw on thousands of sensors to make predictions about electrical usage. Similarly, Google parent company Alphabet’s DeepMind said in February that it’s using AI to forecast the performance of wind turbines 36 hours in advance, and last August, DeepMind revealed that it’s turned over management of one of Google’s datacenter cooling controls to an AI-powered recommender system.
“When you make a change in one portion of [a facility], whether you like it or not, you’re going to change things throughout the system. You can’t ever hit pause to try and figure out what’s going on,” said Beyond Limits technical head of industrial IoT Kristin Lennox, who demoed the company’s system onstage as applied to an oil refinery. “The stakes are high. If you make a bad decision, there are potentially dire consequences in terms of health and safety.”
That’s why Beyond Limits champions what it calls “cognitive AI,” a paradigm that entails ingesting data from monitoring devices to create a picture of what’s going on at a given asset. A machine learning system detects anomalies in part with the aid of a second layer — a “cognitive” layer — that includes facility goals, and it provides a full trace of all data and all steps used to arrive at its conclusions. Simultaneously, the system evaluates situations to identify where it’s not achieving baseline goals.
“In addition to constantly evaluating operations and trying to figure out how we make those as good as they can be, we’re simultaneously … reporting back to engineers the factors that are driving [shortcomings] and the ways they [can be addressed],” said Lennox.
Beyond Limits was co-founded in 2014 by Abdallat and Mark James as a full-stack engineering company creating AI solutions deployable via the cloud, on-premises, or embedded in devices at the edge. In 2012, the California Institute of Technology granted the company a license to update and commercialize 40 of the AI programs developed through NASA’s Deep Space program and operated out of Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
One of the aforementioned programs is Spacecraft Health Inference Engine (SHINE), a software-defined knowledge-based system designed to be efficient enough to operate in real-time environments and used by non-LISP apps written in programming languages like C and C++. It’s used at JPL, where it’s been applied to AI research and specialized tools running on distributed systems.
“When you’re operating in space, you’re operating in a very harsh and dynamic environment,” explained Abdallat. “You don’t have access to the computing power — you don’t have access to Amazon’s, Microsoft’s, or Google’s amazing cloud. And you’re going to have gaps in the communication — you’re going to have issues with the data. As a result, [NASA] created a world-class organization to focus on how to … allow these missions to [succeed] on [long] journeys.”
Today, Beyond Limits’ suite includes a management adviser for energy operators that integrates with platforms for physics-based, geology, and policy elements, and health care products that combine conventional AI techniques with symbolic reasoning to analyze patient data, lab results, chart notes, and drug interactions and proactively alert medical staff about deteriorating patients. Meanwhile, in the automotive sector, the company’s systems can predict if drivers have become distracted from safe driving and intervene.
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Beyond Limits, a leading developer of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) solutions, today announced its CEO AJ Abdallat will be a key presenter at VentureBeat’s Transform 2019, July 10 and 11 in San Francisco.
Abdallat will join a group of esteemed AI thought leaders on July 10th when he takes the VentureBeat stage to discuss how Beyond Limits is accelerating business with AI. He will describe how Beyond Limits AI technologies that were originally developed for NASA space missions are now being applied to solve complex problems on earth. He will explain how AI technology works for industry and how large-scale problems can be solved with cognitive AI.
 

 
Abdallat will also touch on key issues for artificial intelligence, such as earning trust on the path to autonomy, and the importance of explainability so AI systems can explain their reasoning to people in the decision-making loop.
Also presenting at the VentureBeat Transform will be Beyond Limits Chief Product Officer Yonatan Hagos. Hagos will address thought leaders at VentureBeat’s VIP Forum, a special executive track during Transform 2019, on the topic: What is cognitive AI? How enterprises can utilize this advanced form of AI and leverage human expertise to tackle real problems in their business.
For more information and to register for Transform 2019 see: https://www.vbtransform.com
 

 
About Beyond Limits
Beyond Limits is a full-stack Artificial Intelligence engineering company creating advanced software solutions that go beyond conventional AI. Founded in 2014, Beyond Limits is transforming proven technologies from Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory into advanced AI solutions, hardened to industrial strength, and put to work for forward-looking companies on earth. Beyond Limits leverages this unparalleled innovation portfolio, along with proprietary cognitive technologies, to help companies solve tough, complex, mission-critical problems and transform their business. We apply a unique hybrid approach to AI, combining numeric AI techniques like machine learning with higher-order symbolic AI and expert human knowledge to deliver intuitive cognitive reasoning and information. The result is faster, better decisions that reduce risk and increase revenue. For more information, please visit www.beyond.ai.
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23 May 2019
Author: AJ Abdallat, CEO & Co-Founder of Beyond Limits
Originally featured by the Forbes Technology Council

Turbulence in technology this year, coupled with the increased focus on the #MeToo movement, has drawn new attention to the efforts high tech has made toward building inclusive work environments. On the other hand, many observers have shed light on inherent biases, assumptions and barriers that stubbornly remain.

It’s no secret that technology has long lacked diversity. White people comprise 83% of tech-sector executive roles — more than Asian Americans (10.6% to 19.5%), Hispanics (3.1% to 5.3%), African Americans (2% to 5.3%) and other minority groups, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Tech business leaders have a great opportunity to recognize the value of inclusion and prioritize efforts for greater diversity.
In order to build the best technology solutions, businesses need to attract the best people in their field. In an ultra-competitive marketplace for artificial intelligence (AI), computer science and programming talent, inclusive recruiting practices that emphasize diversity add valuable appeal for prospective candidates. Diverse teams can help companies create technology solutions that are better equipped to answer diverse customer needs.
Increasing Value Through Diversity And Inclusion
Companies that embrace diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity and race are often more creative, innovative and profitable. McKinsey & Company recently examined more than 1,000 companies across 12 countries and found that firms in the top quartile for gender diversity are 21% more likely to experience above-average profitability than those in the bottom quartile. Additionally, companies in the top quartile for ethnic diversity are 33% more likely to score more profits than those in the lowest quartile.
As machine learning continues to grow in popularity and influence people, industry professionals and business leaders must be mindful about the role a diverse workforce plays in defining our perspectives, programming and products. Biases built into products can erode consumer confidence and confirm their fears about advanced technology. With AI, an enormous amount of pressure is placed on researchers and engineers to produce intelligent systems. Apple learned this the hard way when its facial recognition feature failed to distinguish black and Asian faces, sparking charges of racism.
Diverse human engineering teams instinctively analyze problems from different perspectives, which can result in unexpected solutions. At a time when biases in some AI systems are being detected, diverse thinking can lead to more accurate algorithms that produce more effective AI systems that are reflective of the human experience. Concrete commitment to an inclusive workforce sets the tone in the company culture and breaks down the barriers of “just like me” thinking.
Tactics For Fostering Diversity And Inclusion
The following are tactics and strategies that CEOs, executives, recruiters and human resources managers can adopt to build a more diverse and inclusive work environment.
1. Start with the CEO. The CEO needs to make diversity and inclusion a company priority. It’s the CEO’s job to continuously communicate company goals and values, and diversity is no different. So, the CEO needs to take the lead in promoting why diversity is important to the entire workforce, emphasizing its value to the company. When your employees see you walking the walk, they’ll fall into step.
2. Communicate the parallels between diversity, customer needs and company performance. When tech companies focus on having open minds, they are better positioned to explore new and improved applications of technology. A diverse set of perspectives can yield technology with better usability or decision-making capabilities for a strategic advantage. Inclusion can also protect brands by mitigating the risk of bias accusations by ensuring multiple audiences are considered.
3. Recruit with the intent of building an inclusive workforce. A CEO can hire and inspire a recruiting team that embraces diversity. Charge that team with the mission of finding and building an inclusive team — make it one of their key performance indicators (KPIs). Suggest that they recruit at places likely to have diverse talent pools. Task this team with teaching hiring managers that looking for people “just like them” goes against the overall goal of building an inclusive workforce.
4. Educate and create awareness all year long. Once you understand the value of inclusion, diversity will naturally follow. Give your human resources department the job of developing an ongoing education and awareness program that informs people about conscious biases present throughout the workplace and society. Get employees involved in hands-on training and workshops to help identify and tear down barriers. Follow up every talk, training and hiring of a new employee with a debrief and review of how diversity and inclusion align with company goals.
5. Build cross-functional teams. Encourage cross-functional teams to collaborate on projects, actively soliciting ideas and opinions from every corner of the room. This will help transform the organization’s “just like me” mentality into one that embraces the new and unexpected.
6. Promote people of diverse backgrounds. Promoting people of diverse backgrounds to positions of influence is just as important as hiring them. Not only will this give employees an example of a viable path to strive for, but it will also ensure that different perspectives infiltrate upper management, the company’s overall approach to problem-solving and product development.
7. Celebrate diversity and inclusion. Create a space for employees to celebrate different perspectives. If members of your team want to celebrate their heritage and background, give them the platform to do so, and make it a priority for management to show up. This reinforces your company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
The high-tech industry is moving in the right direction. We are seeing market leaders like Google and Facebook take on big initiatives to promote diversity internally at all levels. A mind shift is starting to happen in the C-suite. Business leaders are beginning to understand that encouraging an inclusive workforce and creating a culture of diversity gives their company greater access to scarce talent — a competitive advantage with positive impacts to the bottom line. It empowers us to build solutions that might help solve current and future societal problems. Focusing on diversity and inclusion makes us stronger as leaders, and it makes the fabric of our companies stronger, too.

02 May 2019
Author: MontyTV (The Montgomery Summit)
Originally posted on MontyTV

 
Beyond Limits CEO & Co-Founder, AJ Abdallat was a key presenter at the annual Montgomery Summit in Santa Monica, California. AJ presented the company’s breakthrough approach to AI (artificial intelligence) to Montgomery’s global community of over 1,000 venture capitalists, innovators, and executive leaders.
While at the summit, AJ sat down with the Montgomery Summit’s Jacki Karsh to discuss Beyond Limits origins as a Caltech/NASA Jet Propulsion Lab portfolio company and how our technology is tied to NASA’s unmanned space program. AJ highlights why our advanced cognitive AI technologies can withstand harsh environments like space or Mars and how we are applying these technologies to industrial challenges on earth.
When asked to further explain our technology, AJ highlights the difference between cognitive AI and Machine Learning: “Machine Learning is a phenomenal system, but you need data to train the system and computer infrastructure to support that system. When you are operating in space, you are dealing with the unknown and encountering problems you haven’t seen before.”
Beyond Limits, like NASA, is taking the approach to use data when data is available and useful, but also to use human knowledge when running into challenges the world hasn’t seen before, problems that have no data sets. This unified approach of using data sets and codifying human knowledge has been working well for NASA and a major differentiator of Beyond Limits’ technology.
Where is this all heading? If you look at AI over the last 8 years, it’s been phenomenal growth for machine learning and deep learning, but really that’s the low hanging fruit when it comes to the future of Artificial Intelligence. Beyond Limits is that next step in AI to allow you to obtain actionable intelligence after you extract features from machine learning and deep learning.
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1 May 2019
Author: Bryce Check, Beyond Limits Software Engineer

 
The California Institute of Technology Robotics Symposium brought Southern California’s best Roboticists from a myriad of labs together for a day of discussion about robots, by those who build robots, while surrounded by robotic dogs and bipedal walking robots. From Beyond Limits’ perspective, some of the key takeaways were to see how robotics will become more commonplace in everyday life for everyone. From NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab’s climbing robots to drones that can fly centimeters off of the ground with extreme precision and control, these different robotic platforms will allow robots to accomplish tasks they have never before been able to do in environments they have never been able to go to.
 

 
In addition to the robots themselves, the software that is currently being developed right now will usher in a new era of robots that will safely and efficiently move around obstacles and manipulate objects in the physical world in the direct vicinity of humans. Uncaged and untethered. To speed up that process, Anima Anandkumar, Bren Professor of Computing at CalTech and Director of Machine Learning Research at NVIDIA is working with her group on research to enable robots to learn how to navigate the real world on their own, with much less data and time by combining the hundreds of years of human studies of physics and kinematics with modern AI and Machine Learning. All these factors will foster a steady rise in both the types and numbers of robots that we interact with in our daily lives, which will augment humans to focus on the work that is truly important to accomplish.

29 April 2019
Author: Entrepreneur Staff
Originally posted on Entrepreneur.com

 
“Shoot for the moon,” an old saying goes. “Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”This aphorism has been used in everything from graduation cards to board meetings. As a business initiative, it speaks to the American Dream of working your way to the top through your own blood, sweat and the capacity to think big. In other words, the spirit of the entrepreneur. For AJ Abdallat, success began with the moon and work edits way down to earth.
In July 1969, Abdallat was an eight-year-old boy living in Amman, Jordan. He watched Neil Armstrong’s historic moonwalk with the rest of the world and dreamed of becoming an engineer. Little did he know that his work would eventually bring him into close contact with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the world-renowned institution whose Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) builds and operates NASA’s unmanned space missions. AJ’s drive took him to UC Berkeley at age 16, where he studied engineering, later earning a Master’s of Science in Engineering. Abdallat worked in technology at HP’s high-performance computing division, which brought him into contact with Caltech’s JPL. That’s where he met future partner, Mark James, a visionary scientist who pioneered the development of AI at NASA.
The two men put their combined expertise to work in 2014 when they founded their AI engineering company Beyond Limits, with a mission to adapt and commercialize space technology for use on earth. By combining cognitive intelligence with human-like reasoning, their venture goes beyond conventional AI to solve complex, tough, mission-critical business problems in energy, healthcare, finance, and industry. Having already been proven in unforgiving deep-space environments, Beyond Limits’ core technology is a powerful platform for tasks that require comprehension of vast amounts of data along with the reasoning acumen to predict the best path for human decision-making. Today, Beyond Limits’ technology provides high-value solutions for the world’s most demanding industries, solving problems such as oil reservoir management and well performance, refinery operations, credit scoring, fraud prevention, clinical decision support, cognitive patient monitoring, automotive, IoT and much more. The company is on a roll.
Beyond Limits’ innovations in the energy industry made it a smart bet for BPVentures, which invested $20 million in the company’s Series B funding. As the venture capital arm of British Petroleum, BP Ventures invests in strategic technologies for oil and gas exploration, production and downstream processes. The unit partners with entrepreneurial companies in Europe, Canada, and the United States that have potential in biotech, mobility, advanced materials, digital transformation, and power distribution. Beyond Limits is working with BP to improve performance with superior reservoir management technology that uses static and dynamic observations in integrated models to predict optimal drilling targets, saving millions of dollars. Other innovations include cognitive AI advisors for refining operations, predicting pipeline corrosion, managing well production and accelerating lubricant development. Technology from Beyond Limits applies lessons learned in deep space to deep below the earth’s surface.
Case in point is one of BP’s crown jewels, the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG), a sprawling complex of oil fields located 60 miles southeast of Baku, Azerbaijan in the Caspian Sea. By using Beyond Limits’ AI technology to codify expert human knowledge into the system, BP intends to reduce sand contamination and boost production. A savings of 3000 barrels a day at a single well could yield $30+ million more revenue in one year. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), digital technologies like AI could boost production volumes in oil and gas by 5 percent and reduce operational costs by 10–20 percent.
As powerful as AI can be, Abdallat and James knew they had to take the technology beyond conventional thinking. At NASA, automated systems could not control spacecraft without clearly explaining their reasoning to human experts running the mission. This required the development of explainable AI (X-AI), an important feature of every Beyond Limits system. Unlike deep learning and machine learning, the explainable cognitive AI pioneered by Beyond Limits shatters the “black box” of conventional AI that prevents users from being able to follow the AI’s line of reasoning. X-AI is essential for humans to learn to trust the guidance provided by advanced AI systems and is a critical requirement in healthcare, finance, automotive, as well as energy.
As Beyond Limits continues to break boundaries on the frontiers of AI, it’s also expanding in more commonplace directions. A company that began with headquarters in Glendale, California is actively engaged in raising a Series C round, and now has plans to expand in Houston, the Bay Area, Asia, and international cities. It’s clear that what began as a vision by a boy who was born to be an engineer has quite literally blasted off. It will be interesting, to say the least, to see where they land.