Products That Count lives by the code of driving product conversations within digital technology. One of the mediums we do this by is our podcast, Product Talk, where our hosts discuss the latest in product innovation with industry leaders. Our host, Universal Electronics Product Director Nikki Ahmadi, recently wrapped on a series of discussions on one of our most intriguing technologies, artificial intelligence. We’ve put together an eBook that delivers the best of the series right into your hands.

The AI Beyond the Hype ebook features interviews with product leaders from some of the top companies driving AI, including Microsoft, Universal Electronics, Advanced Intelligence Systems Inc., and Tinder. Many thanks to our host, Nikki Ahmadi, for curating such an incredible series on the future of artificial intelligence products. Make sure to download and enjoy the ebook below, along with a few excerpts from the book.

Download AI Beyond the Hype here.

Former Tinder CPO, Ravi Mehta on AI Products

Anybody who walked into a cinema in the 90s inevitably watched at least one film about AI. Then, the technology seemed decades away. Now, we’re living our artificial reality. Ravi Mehta talks about the rapidly increasing applications of AI happening in real-time.

“The scope of problems that you can solve is much wider. The quality of results is significantly better. And today in AI, we’re doing things that I didn’t think would be possible in our lifetimes. Self-driving cars, facial recognition, content moderation, video moderation. So, all of those things have really come into play. Because the scope of AI problems has fundamentally changed. We now have the processing horsepower to solve
those problems.”

Microsoft Director of Central Product Management, Nate Yohannes

As technology blazes forward at breakneck speed, access to those products may look different across the world. In his discussion, Nate Yohannes talks about the need for a focus on the democratization of AI products.

“We can democratize and break down the barriers of language. I think that’s one of the biggest barriers that we all face is our inability to communicate across different borders across the world because of the language gap. And I inherently believe that once we
break the language barrier down, it will open up net new billions or even trillions of dollars
worth of commerce and cash. But all this was net new ideas for us to advance human ingenuity. So that’s one of the things I’m thinking about every single day.”

Universal Electronics Sr. VP of Product & Technology, Arsham Hatambeiki

Sometimes the hardest part of any new technology lies in teaching the user. With artificial intelligence, the depth of learning can be endless so it’s up to the product leader to make it intuitive. Arsham Hatambeiki speaks on how to boost value with AI products geared towards the home.

“So like every other technology, it’s usually not the hype that’s making meaningful change. It’s actually the implementation of technology. And overlooked areas, things as simple as when you buy a new device and you bring it home. How’s your experience? How much time are you working to get the system working versus the system is there trying to help you get to do what you want to do?”

“Whether it’s watching your favorite show, or it’s making the home a little bit warm or saving a little bit of energy, or just securing your home, or these simple use cases. It’s a question of how much of your time can be saved for you and if you save enough time, and for a big enough portion of the population and starts becoming meaningful.”

Advanced Intelligence Systems Inc. CEO, Afshin Doust

At the core of any great product lies the care and love of the product development team. This is the essence that truly drives product leaders, no matter the industry. Afshin Doust expresses his excitement in what lies ahead for the future of artificial intelligence

“I love change, I love making technology accessible, and I love the impact technology’s making on our lives. We see small kids being able to do things that scientists wouldn’t have been able to do 20 years ago. So, when I see how things are more accessible, how the world around us is changing, and how we are impacting the quality of life of everyone through technology, that’s what keeps me going and keeps me interested.”

Download AI Beyond the Hype here.

About the speaker
Nikki Ahmadi Universal Electronics, Director of Product - Cloud & Software Contributor

Nikki is a cloud and software product Director who works with a global team of talented engineers and architects in designing and implementing innovative solutions from product inception to production. After spending over a decade working in product engineering and management for multimillion dollar technology and start-up companies, Nikki believes what truly drives innovation is not only a commitment to technological breakthroughs but also people’s passion in improving everyday lives by building products that leave a lasting impact, disrupt the industry, and are vehicles of change, while providing the best user experience. When Nikki isn’t working on her next big product release or entrepreneurial endeavors she is spending much needed time with friends and family discussing the latest politics, or simply the meaning of life. She’s an adventurous traveler who also enjoys capturing moments through photography. Nikki also holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering , M.S. in Electrical Engineering and has a corporate innovation certificate as part of the LEAD program.