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Alistair Croll
Entrepreneur Artificial Intelligence

Alistair Croll – “To use artificial intelligence fairly, we need to invent new methods of trust”

This week on Les Explorateurs, entrepreneur and best-selling author Alistair Croll demystifies artificial intelligence, and explains why it makes old-fashioned human trust even more important.

My friend is a nurse, and one day I was typing that into my phone. I typed, "my friend is a nurse and" – and the phone showed me three possible next words. Two of those words were "she", and "she's". This made me wonder, because I didn't tell the phone that my friend was female. On the one hand, that's a really good prediction, because 87% of nurses in North America, where I live, are female. On the other hand, it's a pretty biased prediction because we don't want the world to have assumptions about what jobs a man or a woman can do. Most of these words are trained off newspaper stories and publications from the last 50 years. And if we want the future to look like the world 50 years ago, that's probably a good way to do things. But the world 50 years ago wasn't a very good place.

Alistair Croll makes early-stage companies improve their go-to-market strategies, and works with some of the world’s largest firms on business model innovation. He also helps governments understand the impact of technology on society, ethics, and resiliency. He is an ambassador for Climb, the startup acceleration by Le Village by CA Alpes Provence located at thecamp.

As an entrepreneur, Alistair co-founded Coradiant; the Year One Labs accelerator; and a variety of other startups. He has also launched and chaired some of the world’s leading conferences on emerging technology, including Startupfest, Strata, Cloud Connect, FWD50, Bitnorth, and more.

Alistair is the author of four books on technology and entrepreneurship, including the best-selling Lean Analytics, which has been translated into eight languages and is in its tenth printing in China. He speaks internationally on topics such as data science, innovation, scaling startups, digital government, AI, and applying critical thinking to technology. A graduate of Dalhousie University, he has also been a visiting executive on data science and critical thinking at Harvard Business School.


Les Explorateurs (The Explorers) is a podcast about how real people are making the future they want to live in.

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