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Interview with Richard Foster-Fletcher

by | Aug 18, 2020 | Interviews,

Richard Foster-Fletcher

Richard Foster-Fletcher

Founder of NeuralPath.io
Key Topics:Artificial Intelligence, Future of Work, Smart Cities, GreenTech, Human+Machine Agumentation, Robotics, Immersive Technologies, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Edge Computing
Location:London, UK
Bio:

Richard is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Influencer, Interviewer and Digital Future Podcast Host. He is the Founder of NeuralPath.io, an AI Advisory Practice, Chair of MKAI the AI community in Milton Keynes, graduate of the MIT AI Strategy Course and a Wiley published author on the Future of AI. Formally with Oracle Corporation, Richard delivers executive programmes on AI and the Future of Work for leading UK learning institutions including Henley Business School. He is a visiting lecturer in Artificial Intelligence for Cranfield School of Management and a member of the Open University Advisory Board for ethical AI projects.

How did you get to become an expert in your key topics?

I am fascinated by creating a digital future that works for us, not against us. With a background in digital transformation whilst working for Oracle Corporation, I studied how Artificial Intelligence and other powerful technologies can improve equality, human decision making and solve big problems. This led to the formation of the Boundless Podcast where I explore in conversation with Thought Leaders how digital technologies can address our challenges when they are carefully aligned with the positive actions of digital ethicists, compassionate CEOs and storytellers/influencers.

What topic areas are you most passionate about?

I am passionate about exploring AI, Digital Ethics, Distributed platforms of connected knowledge workers, Decentralised Data, Human-Machine Augmentation, Spatial Computing and the Future of Work. I seek to understand how we use can technologies and ideas to create a digital future that works for every individual to experience; to create a fully circular economy that recognises the intrinsic value of nature, respects personal data and enables access to digital platforms of creative contribution.

Which influencers influence you within those key topics?

There are many brilliant people pushing the boundaries of digital technologies whose work I follow and admire. Stand out leaders for me include Fei Fei Li, Co-Director at Stanford Human-Centered AI Institute, Kriti Sharma The Founder of AI For Good, Denis Rothman, an AI visionary, Andreas Antonopoulos, the Open Blockchain Evangelist, Lex Fridman,  AI researcher and Podcast Host.

Outside of your key topics who else influences you?

The work of the philosophers and scientists such as José Ortega y Gasset, Daniel Dennett, Freeman Dyson, Carl Sagen, Don Miguel Ruiz, Eckhart Tolle.

How would you describe your offline influence?

I am fortunate enough to be regularly asked to contribute articles and give talks at digital and thought leadership events. I consult with a number of clients on their digital transformation plans and this has led to advisory positions on some very exciting projects.

If a brand wanted to work with you, which activities would you be most interested in collaborating on?

I am a keynote speaker on AI Ethics, Accountability and Responsibility in business. I also host AI-related events and chair panels aimed at business audiences. My consulting work is helping enterprises to deliver more successful AI projects by addressing diversity, using open innovation and accessing distributed problem solvers.

What’s your best source of information for getting ahead of a story?

I interview brilliant digital thought leaders every week for my Boundless podcast and spend hours each week learning from these exceptional minds. I ignore any articles about technology with a ‘sensationalist’ headline and focus on the articles that show realistic, and important progress in the real world.

What brands have you worked with?

I am a visiting AI lecturer at several top universities and sit on advisory boards for a number of high profile AI academic projects. I have worked with major local authorities on inward investment advisory projects. Through events I have collaborated with; Oracle, Microsoft, Google, Nvidia, TechUK, Grant Thornton, UiPath, Deloitte, IBM and Telefonica.

Which of these non-paid activities would you be keen to take part in if the opportunity raised your profile or delivered value to your audience?

  • Provide a quote for content or news article
  • Share / create a social post
  • Participate in a podcast or webinar

What are your passions outside of work?

I enjoy the outdoors; hiking and cycling. I am a leader and mentor with Toastmasters International.

What businesses/organisations are you affiliated to?

I lead the AI consultancy practice NeuralPath.io, I’m the founder of the MKAI (Milton Keynes Artificial Intelligence) Hub and the host of the Boundless Podcast.

What would be the best way for a brand to contact you?

Email: richard@fosterfletcher.com or WhatsApp: +44 (0) 7471 142830

 


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