AWS ML engineering manager evaluates the social impact of AI

by | Jul 22, 2022 | Technology

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Ankit Sirmorya, Amazon’s machine learning (ML) engineering manager, is an emerging thought leader in the artificial intelligence (AI) and ML space. He serves as the community lead for Global AI Hub, a group dedicated to AI that is growing at a rapid pace. He reviews software engineering and data science-related books and provides feedback after in-depth analysis. Sirmorya also has a YouTube channel, Tech Takshila, which has a worldwide audience. 

Sirmorya was awarded a spot on the 40 Under 40 Data Scientists list by Analytics India Magazine in 2022. He was also a finalist for the U.K.’s Computing AI Professional of the Year in 2022.

In an exclusive Q&A interview with VentureBeat, Sirmorya discusses how AI is changing the way we interact with technology, how it is affecting our everyday lives, and the promise it holds for the future. In addition, we discuss his journey from India to become a machine learning expert in one of the world’s top tech companies.

VentureBeat: What developed your interest in machine learning?

Sirmorya: A childhood interest in programming led me to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. While studying for my undergraduate degree, I had a few courses related to machine learning that sparked my interest. Following that experience, I pursued a graduate degree in machine learning at the University of Florida. I completed several data science courses and conducted research in renowned professors’ labs. My job at Amazon involved applying machine learning to customer experience problems. Moreover, Amazon’s Machine Learning University has allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of data science and grow my interest in it.

VB: How do consumers interact with AI in their daily lives that they don’t realize?

Sirmorya: Many people do not even realize how often they interact with AI. For example, AI provides video recommendations on streaming platforms such as Netflix and A …

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