Ilya Kirnos

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Playing for Keeps: High Stakes vs Low Stakes AI

The history of AI is one of boom-bust cycles. Are we nearing an AI winter? I think the answer is both yes and no: yes for what I call high stakes AI, and no for low-stakes AI. I'll share our perspective as both practitioners and investors in AI driven companies.

Prior to co-founding SignalFire, Ilya was a Software Engineer at Google (2004-2012). During his time at Google, Ilya held several technical leadership positions. He was a Technical Lead for Gmail Ads and was responsible for predicting consumer purchase intent and consumer Gmail monetization. Ilya was also a Technical Lead for AdWords Performance and Scalability where he managed responsiveness and uptime of the AdWords frontend. Prior to this, he performed due diligence on Google's acquisition of Urchin, which became Google Analytics. Ilya was also the founder and Technical Lead for Google Prediction Markets, where he led the engineering team from conception to product launch. After Google, Ilya joined CardSpring, a payment platform company backed by Accel and Greylock Partners. At CardSpring, Ilya led platform backend development. CardSpring was acquired by Twitter. Ilya started his software engineering career at Bell Labs and Oracle. Ilya graduated from Princeton University with a B.S.E. in Computer Science and a minor in Applied Mathematics.

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