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Putting data in its place and giving technology a face with Cassie Kozyrkov, Google’s first Chief Decision Scientist

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Robb and Josh welcome Cassie Kozyrkov, CEO of Data Scientific, for a conversation about the limitations of data and the need to put a face on technology. As the former Cheif Decision Scientist at Google, Cassie helped shape the technology all around us, and this far ranging discusion of conversational AI examines the composition of the technologies that go into artificial intelligence, the ways we can use technology to help people make better quality decisions, and why we should look for opportunities to automate “thunking” moments.

Cassie Kozyrkov is known for founding the field of Decision Intelligence at Google, where she served as Google’s first Chief Decision Scientist, advising leadership on decision process, AI strategy, and building data-driven organizations. She is currently the CEO at Data Scientific, an elite agency that helps world leaders and chief executives optimize their biggest decisions.

In almost 10 years at Google, Cassie personally trained over 20,000 Googlers in data-driven decision-making and AI and has helped over 500 projects implement decision intelligence best practices. Before that, she served in Google’s Office of the CTO as Chief Data Scientist. The rest of her 20 years of experience was split between consulting, data science, lecturing, and academia.

She hails from South Africa, where she began her undergraduate studies in statistics at age 15 at Nelson Mandela University before moving to the United States to complete a degree in economics at the University of Chicago. She then earned graduate degrees in mathematical statistics, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience from Duke University and NCSU.

Cassie is also a top keynote speaker and a beloved personality in the data leadership community, followed by over half a million tech professionals. If you’ve had a good chuckle while learning about AI, statistics, or decision-making, chances are you’ve encountered her writing, which has reached millions of readers. She has been honored as a LinkedIn Top Voice for 3 years and as a #1 Artificial Intelligence writer on Medium for 5 years.

These days, she calls Miami home. When she’s not working, you’re most likely to find Cassie at the theater, in an art museum, exploring the world, or curled up with a good novel.

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