Michael Agustin: Futurist and Founder of a Camera as AI Retail Channel Startup

Today, Michael provides us our first truly futurist episode. He shares with us optimism that Apple will catch up in AI, takes us through the benefits of AI on chip, and shares with us that better algorithms will catch up to those who hold a huge data advantage.

We welcome Michael Agustin for this week’s episode. He previously founded Game Salad, a startup that allowed anyone to develop video games using a visual programming interface. For Game Salad, Michael raised $25m in capital, and investors included impressive organizations like Disney. 

Currently, Michael is advancing optical AI, with current startup Curie. Recently he finished with the latest batch of 500 Startups, Curie offers retailers, mobile users’ cameras as a new channel. 

Might sound strange, but today I believe you’ll listen to our first guest who’s truly predictive. Though practitioners of AI inherently are trying to predict rather than react, because of cognitive biases and concepts highlighted by Tversky and Kahneman in their article, “Judgment Under Uncertainty: Biases and Heuristics,” people are biologically geared for reaction not prediction. 

Today, Michael provides us our first truly futurist episode. He shares with us optimism that Apple will catch up in AI, takes us through the benefits of AI on chip, and shares with us that better algorithms will catch up to those who hold a huge data advantage. 


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