What an Italian cake taught me about innovation

I’m always amazed by the power of smell. Some smells are radically wired into our brains, connected to memories, events, and the people we love. Easter mornings to me are the smell of “pastiera”: a traditional Italian sweet from the city of Naples, where my mum was born. That smell has the power of bringing me back to my family home’s bed during Easter mornings, where I’d be woken up by the smell of my favourite cake being baked by my mum since the early morning....

April 14, 2020 · 4 min · Gianluca Mauro

Who should be in charge of defining AI projects? Balancing business and tech teams in organizations.

Defining a good AI project is a fascinating challenge. Unless you’re doing pure research, it requires you to find a strong intersection between business and technology. Finding that intersection is hard for many reasons. Today I want to focus on a specific one: the two worlds of business and technology are often in the hands of different people within an organization, and making them work together effectively isn’t trivial. Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of a hypothetical pharmaceutical company, Acme Bio (what we’ll say applies to every industry)....

February 14, 2020 · 4 min · Gianluca Mauro

Want to bring AI into your organization? Practice empathy.

Technology is built by humans, for humans. This is a probably obvious, yet often forgotten truth. If you want to be successful at pioneering AI into an organization, you don’t have the luxury of forgetting it. During my work, I often interact with managers running companies that are dealing with their first AI projects. What I realised is that understanding the emotional implications of their new journey is sometimes even more important than the technology itself....

January 30, 2020 · 4 min · Gianluca Mauro

So you want to be a Data Scientist? A framework to figure out how (and if you really want it)

My Instagram and LinkedIn DMs are often filled up with people asking me a variation of the same question: How do I become a Data Scientist? I always take some time to try to understand the motivations of each person who turns to me for advice, but since I often notice the same patterns I decided to write this post as a general guidance for everybody. I noticed that there are mostly three kinds of people asking me this question:...

January 19, 2020 · 7 min · Gianluca Mauro

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