#372: Data is the New Oil - Artificial Intelligence and Oracle Digital Assistant

November 20, 2019 | 2 minute read
Bob Rhubart
Community Manager, Oracle Groundbreakers Team
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In this program we turn our attention to the development of digital assistants, otherwise known as chatbots, with a particular focus on AI, deep learning, what’s new in the Oracle Digital Assistant platform, and why data is the new oil.

My guests for this discussion are Suhas Uliyar, Vice President of Mobile Strategy Product Management for Oracle, and Mark Johnson, Chief AI Scientist with the Oracle Digital Assistant product team.

This program is Groundbreakers Podcast number 372. It was recorded on September 16, 2019 during Oracle Code One in San Francisco.



The Panelists

Suhas Uliyar, OracleSuhas Uliyar
Vice-President, Bots/AI/Mobile Product Management, Oracle
Bothell, Washington


"Spoken language involves complex linguistic constructs... Today's natural language processing engines are not able to handle that. Try that with Alexa and you'll get frustrated."

Mark Johnson, OracleMark Johnson
Chief AI Scientist, Oracle Digital Assistant, Oracle
Sydney, Australia


"Deep learning differs from earlier machine learning and AI technology in that it's capable of tracking much greater context. So instead of just looking at dependencies between between one or two or three items, deep learning is able to span dozens of items. The the ability to track this additional complexity gives deep learning systems the ability to actually understand much much more complex queries."

Additional Resources

Bob Rhubart

Community Manager, Oracle Groundbreakers Team

Oracle Groundbreaker Team Community Manager Bob Rhubart is the host/engineer/producer of the Oracle Groundbreaker Podcast, producer of the 2 Minute Tech Tip video series, hosts Groundbreaker Live interviews with technology experts recorded at Oracle Code, Oracle OpenWorld, and other events, writes a regular column for Oracle Magazine, and manages the ACES in Action blog.

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