Max Bennett is the Co-Founder & CEO of Alby, an AI company that helps companies integrate large language models into their websites to create guided shopping and search experiences. Previously, Bennett was the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Bluecore, one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S., providing AI technologies to some of the largest companies in the world. Bluecore has been featured in the annual Inc. 500 fastest growing companies, as well as Glassdoor's 50 best places to work in the US. Bluecore was recently valued at over $1 billion. Prior to Bluecore, Max was a trader at Goldman Sachs. Max holds several patents for AI related technologies, and has published numerous research papers in peer reviewed journals on the topics of evolutionary neuroscience and intelligence. Max graduated from Washington University in St Louis, summa cum laude, with a BA in economics and mathematics, where he won the John M Olin prize for the best economics honors thesis. In 2016, Max was featured in the Forbes 30 under 30 list. Max lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Sydney and their dog Charlie.

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The Counterintuitive Ways In Which AI Transformations Will Be Different from Digital Transformations 

Twenty years ago, organizations around the world underwent "digital transformations", enabling them to thrive in the age of the internet. Today, this same set of transformations are beginning to occur with bringing AI into organizations. But the principles of driving these AI innovations will be very different from those we learned in digital transformations. Blindly applying the principles of digital transformations to bringing AI into your organization will present many risks. This talk outlines how to embed AI systems into your organization, and achieve unprecedented profitability and growth, while minimizing risks.

How Conversational AI Will Change E-Commerce Forever

Conversational AI--the technology that enables brands to speak to each customer individually in real time--has been a dream for many decades, but is only now coming to fruition. The shift to ecommerce 25 years ago did not benefit independent brands and retailers; almost all of the benefits of the internet was captured by Amazon, Google, and Facebook. But the shift towards conversational AI will be different, and uniquely empower independent brands and retailers. This talk will outline how this transformation will occur, and how to thrive in the new world.

Evolution of the Human Intelligence: A Fascinating Billion Year Story in 5 Breakthroughs, and What It Teaches us About Modern AI

Outlining the core ideas in my book "A Brief History of Intelligence", I will walk through the fascinating story of how our brains evolved. It turns out the entire evolution of human intelligence can be summarized in 5 key breakthroughs. We will wander back in time to track this story, and relate these breakthroughs to our modern understanding of intelligence itself in AI systems, seeing what breakthroughs we understand well, and which we have yet to fully capture in modern AI systems. 

Mysterious Ways in Which Human Intelligence Differs from Modern AI Systems

As AI systems get more powerful, it becomes progressively harder to tease out how artificial intelligence differs from human intelligence. This talk outlines the current abilities human brains have that we have not yet figured out in AI systems, and why these differences are important to successfully navigating our future with AI.


A Brief History of Intelligence: Evolution, AI, and the Five Breakthroughs That Made Our Brains

Equal parts Sapiens, Behave, and Superintelligence, but wholly original in scope, A Brief History of Intelligence offers a paradigm shift for how we understand neuroscience and AI.

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