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AI Hub at Science Park

The University of Amsterdam (UVA) has announced a world-class hub in the field of Artificial Intelligence at Amsterdam Science Park.

The new co-creation space will be the premier place for education, research and entrepreneurship in the field of artificial intelligence. The City of Amsterdam is providing €4 million to support the initiative. Read More

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Fraiday #5: Let’s Get Practical!

Fraiday is the monthly meet-up for professionals who are AI-curious. We have a simple format: involving beers, a theme, lively debate and a group picture.

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Photos courtesy of Mike Breeuwer. Click the photo for the whole album!

The 5th edition of Fraiday was all about practical application of AI. Bart Vredebrecht from Aiir Innovations and our very own Michiel Berger were there to educate participants on all the ins and outs of AI projects.

For a change of scenery, this edition of Fraiday was at Freedomlab. Upon entering it was immediately clear that it is a place that defies definition. Co working-space, maker-space and innovation hub are all lables that sort of fit the bill at this “Institute for Redefinition” that is all about improving the way we life, work and relate to one another.

Bart gave us an overview of the triumphs and pitfalls that a real life AI project entails. He is the CEO of Aiir Innovations, an AI company that helps airlines with inspection of aircraft engines. He highlighted that a team of human + AI will outperform either of them alone.

After this introductory talk the group split into two breakout sessions. One group, meant for people who are already implementing AI, went with Michiel and discussed practical issues relating to that. The other group, which consisted of the AI curious, was introduced to the Machine Learning Canvas by Bart. The Machine Learning Canvas, which is based on the Business Model Canvas,

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Photos courtesy of Mike Breeuwer. Click the photo for the whole album!

After all that learning the group needed some nourishment, which duly arrived. The post-event discussions were held under the enjoyment of pizza and drinks. If you’d like to see the pics that were made during the day. Click here for the Facebook album.

At the next Fraiday, on 29 September, we’ll find out about all the different ways that AI can be used for good in non-commercial settings. Curious about the possibilities? Join us!

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Fraiday #4: AI & Creativity

Fraiday is the monthly meet-up for professionals who are AI-curious. We have a simple format: involving beers, a theme, lively debate and a group picture.

This location of Fraiday #4 was spectacular in many ways. Our friends at Osudio were kind enough to lend us their office, including the rooftop terrace. And as you can see in this exclusive behind the scenes footage Jim went trough quite some trouble to take the group picture. Now there’s someone who is not afraid to loose his job!

The theme this month was “AI & Creativity” and we invited Erik van der Pluijm to introduce this subject. Erik is the creative director at 30x and the co-author of the best selling book “Design a better business”. Erik did a great job of asking questions (How creative can a machine get? What is the future of value?) and answering some of them. Read More

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Fraiday #1: The very first

‘The buzz was here!’ said Kevin van Blokland, one of the attendees of the first edition of Fraiday. Fraiday is the monthly meetup for professionals who describe themselves as “AI-curious”.

The meeting was on Friday the 13th of January at the cozy cafe of Startup Village Amsterdam. Many people with different backgrounds were present but all with the same interest: Artificial Intelligence. As Eiso Vaandrager said: ‘This meeting is the proof there is interest and need for A.I., together with everybody we want to build the ecosystem’.

The next meeting will be on the 17th of February. The theme will be “Race against the machines”. Together we’ll discuss the aspects of what it is to be human in a world that is rapidly becoming more and more machine driven. What are things that a machine will never replace? And what kind of tasks should (or could only) be done by algorithms?

We hope to see you next month because, like Jim Stolze said: ‘We have only just begun!’

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