Jonathan Zaleski

Why the Human Element Remains Essential in Applied AI

Can you remove the human element from human interactions? More importantly, should you?

A lot has been made of the relationship between humans and machines. News segments seem to pit them against each other, but the truth is it’s not humans vs. machines, but rather, it’s a symbiotic relationship. Bringing the two together in a true partnership is the only way to realize the incredible potential of AI and the efficiencies and cost savings it can deliver.

In this session, you will hear: - A case study on our journey to automate the crowd - Thoughts on how to balance AI and human skills - Ways to incorporate AI in a roadmap in a meaningful way

Jonathan Zaleski is a highly skilled, versatile and reliable technical leader with a demonstrated history of working in the internet industry. He has more than 15 years of engineering and technology experience across multiple verticals and platforms. Jonathan is a polyglot skilled in software development, scalability and Agile methodologies who uses his breadth of knowledge and skill to get the best out of his team. He is a dedicated leader who continuously strives for excellence.

As the senior director of engineering at Applause, Jonathan and his team build best-in-class software with an eye toward innovation and next-generation concepts. They work to improve the capabilities of the Applause Platform, using cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning to make the company more efficient.

Most recently, Jonathan held several engineering leadership roles at Wayfair. Prior to that, he was a principal software engineer at Sermo. He earned his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) focused in Computer Science, Environmental Science & Math from Westfield State University.

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