You probably don’t know Andew Moore. I certainly didn’t until I sat through his session at SXSW a couple of weeks ago in Austin and was mesmerized by how he explained Artificial Intelligence in a way that anyone could understand. Andrew Moore is Dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon. He was one of the best presenters I heard at that amazing event. Why was he successful?
- First, ,he was able to make a complex subject simple and the simple meaningful.
- Second, though clearly not a professional speaker, and speaking at the end of a very long day of events, he never lost our attention.
- Third, he achieved his goals, which were to de-mystify Artificial Intelligence and to motive people to look into the field of computer science.
Anyone who presents complex topics will benefit from watching his video on You Tube (Start at 4 minutes into the talk).
He Did What All Good Communicators Do
- He was passionate about his topic. He believed deeply in what he was saying. He believed this was an exciting field to be in. It was so obvious that he wanted us to appreciate that AI is not rocket science, that people should get into the field and not be afraid of it. That passion, that degree of caring was palpable and contagious.
- He was able to make us “see” how AI works. Using a fun challenge for AI, “Show me a celebrity in an orange dress,”he used his space and his hands to move us through the AI process to get that answer. There was no fancy video or PPT. He “acted out” how AI works as he explained the technology of the process.
- What visuals he subsequently used were simple, clean, and easy to understand.
At the end of the session, I liked him, I felt good that I understood what was, up to that point a really mysterious and difficult concept, and, if I were a young person in technology, as many in the audience were, looking for a field to go into, I would definitely check AI out.
Content varies by business, but passion, deep knowledge, and the ability to communicate it in simple terms is eternal.
As Einstein said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
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