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Talking Artificial Intelligence with Dennis R. Mortensen

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Our monthly podcast, Masters & Mavericks in Global Marketing, focuses on global marketing strategies for content, social media, and other ways to spread brand messaging worldwide. The podcast, hosted by Textappeal and Newsroom founder, Elliot Polak, shares in-depth and actionable knowledge to help businesses across the globe expand their reaches and impact new audiences with modern strategies and practices dispensed by experienced marketing experts.

 

This month’s episode features Dennis R. Mortensen, CEO and Founder of x.ai, a company which offers an AI personal scheduling assistant by the name of ‘Amy’. His marketing prowess extends back more than two decades. He has founded and managed several digital marketing and analytics agencies which were subsequently acquired by major companies like Yahoo! and Outbrain.

 

The entire reason Amy was created was because nearly everyone that works in an office or corporate environment has to schedule meetings daily, weekly, or at the very least, monthly. No one finds this task fun or exciting; it is merely time consuming.

 

There haven’t been too many who have tried to address this pain point, and of those who have, most did not succeed. They didn’t succeed because people don’t want an app or extension for scheduling their meeting; they want a human assistant, yet most cannot afford one. The idea of building an intelligent assistant who can incorporate natural language was the catalyst for the creation and birth of Amy.

 

When this artificial intelligence goes global, her name will likely change, as different cultures must be embraced. Amy is referred to as ‘her’ by many; if you visit x.ai/lovenotes you will see many addressing her in this manner.

 

Referring to a machine in this way brought Dennis to discuss the fact that the way technology is delivered and perceived is currently changing. He believes that apps are not the future of technology, but rather, “The future is one of intelligent agents.” Once that future arrives, how do we address these artificial intelligences? It seems that the answer is already becoming clear.

 

Artificial intelligence also has a role to play in the realm of marketing. It will not only serve as a method of productivity enhancement through eliminating common tasks, but will also allow sales to be automated. Currently, humans have to take the time to meet with others and pitch their product or service. In the near future, artificial intelligence agents will be able to carry out these presentation at much higher volumes, without human intervention.

 

This possibility led Elliot to question if that type of future puts people’s jobs at risk. Dennis has quite an optimistic viewpoint of the changes to come, as he explained,

 

“My hope is that we will end up removing chores that humans just don’t deserve to do and can then do much more fulfilling tasks.”

 

This doesn’t mean that many jobs will not drastically change or even be eliminated. But instead of worrying about the jobs that will disappear, rather think of how many might be created. Artificial intelligence trainers were not something that existed four years ago, but do today. Additionally, there is no data to suggest that we will be working less anytime soon, so there isn’t too much reason to worry.

 

Artificial intelligence will soon change the way we interact, market on a global scale, learn, and so much more. You can learn more about the potential capabilities of artificial intelligence, if they have or will have consciousness, and the next big thing in technology by checking out the podcast in its entirety.

 

While you’re there, don’t forget to check out another recent podcast and soak up Giuseppe Caltabiano’s insights on Global Content Marketing for B2B companies.

 

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DAY 4: Jenny Chen and Nina Bibby

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After yesterday’s Influencer Breakfast, we continue with ‘View From the Top’ Cannes Special Edition. Elliot Polak hosts this podcast series, in which he interviews top marketers across various industries. The interviews take place in ‘long and short’ form, where the guests respond with either ‘long’ or “short” to an array of 10 words in relation to international marketing, giving a brief explanation to justify their choice.

 

Today we start with Jenny Chen, Global Senior Manager of Digital Marketing at Adidas. Jenny has also worked in senior positions at prominent advertising agencies such as Ogilvy & Mather and Wieden+Kennedy.

 


Our second podcast for today features Nina Bibby, Marketing and Consumer Director at O2. She also serves as a Non-Executive Director at Barrett Developments Plc. In the past, Nina has held directorial positions at Barclaycard as well as the InterContinental Hotel Group.

 

 

You can listen to yesterday’s episode of View From the Top featuring Monika Schulze, Global Head of marketing at Zurich Insurance Company Ltd., Vi Soth, Manager of Global Analytics for Western Union and Sofiane Si Merabet, Marketing Director at LVMH Fragrance Brands here.

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DAY 3: Monika Schulze, Sofiane Si Merabet and Vi Soth

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Welcome to our third day of ‘View From the Top’ Cannes Special Edition. In this podcast series, our host Elliot Polak interviews masters and mavericks in the marketing industry. These interviews are in ‘long and short’ form, where each guest is prompted with a word to which they must respond with either ‘long’ or ‘short’, then go on to explain their answer of choice. The guests respond to a total of 10 words, of which they have no prior knowledge. As part of the Cannes Lions Festival, all interviewees were invited to breakfast this morning to exchange views with peers over coffee and croissants.

 

Our first podcast for today features Monika Schulze, Global Head of Marketing at Zurich Insurance Company Ltd. Having held various leadership positions at Unilever and then founding her own marketing consulting company in the past, Monika is today recognised as one of the leading marketing professionals in the finance industry.

 

 

For our second episode of the day, we have Sofiane Si Merabet, Marketing Director at LVMH Fragrance Brands for Givenchy, Fendi and Kenzo. Fluent in four languages, Sofiane has previously held directorial positions in various regions for L’Oréal. The great depth and detail of his responses make for one of the most extensive and interesting podcasts in this series.

 

 

Next, we have Vi Soth, Manager of Global Analytics for Western Union. Based in Dubai, Vi has worked with Western Union for many years now, and is extremely skilled in data analytics and segmentation.

 


You can listen to yesterday’s episode of View From the Top featuring Brett Gosper, CEO of World Rugby and Donna Bedford, Global Digital Manager at Lenovo here.

 

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