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Our March Dinner Event:

Thursday March 21, 2019

The Crowne Plaza Ravinia

 

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AITP Atlanta Chapter Presents...
Chapter Dinner & Presentation - March 2019 E-mail
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Thursday, March 21, 2019 (Networking begins at 5:30pm, Presentation and Dinner from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Crowne Plaza Ravinia
4355 Ashford Dunwoody Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30346

 

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Black Hat, Gray Hat, White Hat... what is the difference? Not so long ago, hackers were solely considered to be cyber-criminals. Today, "ethical hacking" and "White Hat" hackers play an invaluable role in cyber-security for large corporates, government agencies, and other strategic organizations.

Black Hat


When protecting your networks from hackers, cyber terrorist and internal threats, the IT Manger and their team cannot rely on traditional software and hardware.  Today, if your IT department is not thinking like a bad guy and thinking outside-of-the-box you are guaranteed to become a victim.  There are several “hacker-for-hire” honey pot websites where hackers sell their services and those individuals, companies, countries and other organizations hire them. Mr. Evans will share:

  • Database of thousands of people who are looking to hire computer hackers and what types of organizations they are targeting.
  • Various types of tools that cyber terrorist use to gather information from employees.
  • Best practice in ensuring the safety of a companies secured information.

Join us as we explore the world of ethical hacking and the importance of this increasingly necessary role.  Gregory Evans, renowned cyber-security expert and "White Hat" hacker with an impressive background in security penetration test for groups from the FBI to the actor Jim Carrey, will hsare with our dinner group about how security penetration testing can prepare organizations for unforeseen cyber attacks.

NOTE – WE’RE BACK!!  Crowne Plaza Ravinia has completed their renovations becoming IHG’s new flagship Crowne hotel.  Be sure to point your GPS to the correct address so you don’t miss any of AITP’s networking:  4355 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30346.

New Crowne Plaza

 


We would also like to thank our platinum and dinner sponsors, without whom these events would not be possible:

Corus360
Rubrik
 

 

  We look forward to seeing you on the 21st – Come join the conversation!!!


 
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Artificial Intelligence: Driving Exponential Innovation

Have you ever thought to yourself: "What would it be like for someone from the 1700's if they were dropped into 2019?"

AI Dashboard


Tim Urban, American futurist and creator of the inquisitive and cheeky blog Wait But Why, asked himself the same question. His answer? They would simply die, overwhelmed with the enormous amount of progress. This concept would become known as DPU, or "Die Progress Units": the amount of innovation and progress that needs to occur before a previously unexposed audience simply dies upon being exposed to the innovation.

Artificial Intelligence: The driving force towards the next DPU

 

AI Attendees


In our most AITP dinner, Alex Vayner, Data Science & Artificial Intelligence Leader at Capgemini, explored what we could expect from the next "DPU" that would likely occur in the dramatically short time between now and 2030, primarily due to the explosion of progress in artificial intelligence and cognitive automation. Alex described a near future where AI would augment and enhance human capabilities, from driving vehicles to making better business decisions. Many were left asking the question, "what really is the magic behind AI that could bring these ideas to fruition?"

Alex's explanation was that AI is a collection of mathmatic and statistical algorithms aimed at answering specific questions, from understanding natural spoken language to identifying an emotion in an Instagram image.

AI Instagram

 

Additionally, the reason that AI is becoming more prevalent in recent years, is due to a perfect alignment of several factors that have set the scene to turn mathematical theory from the 50's into a reality in 2019. These factors include:

AI Factors

Over the next 50 years, we will likely experience incredible progress in the realm of AI. Imagine machine generated New York Times bestsellers appearing in 25 years, robotic surgeons in 35 years, and computer-automated math research in 45 years. Our ability to innovate is exponentially increasing with the power of cognitive computing.

Sounds great, so how does this all work?

Under the hood of AI

Today, for AI to deliver the right answer to our questions, it will need carefully curated algorithms and an enormous amount of training data. These algorithms are first represented in code using high-level programming languages such as Python, Scala, and R. The algorithms are then deployed onto powerful compute hardware such as GPUs and refined using very large sets of annotated training data. As the GPUs power through millions and billions of records of this training data, the machine "learns", and the confidence level of the algorithms is continuous measured until the algorithms are able to consistently annotate unannotated data correctly.

This process is typically facilitated by a data science team, referred to by Alex as a "POD". The POD consists of four different experts, with specific responsibilities necessary to produce a meaningful AI solution. A typical "POD" might look like this:

AI Pod

Some of the titles in this "POD" are probably familiar to you. In fact, countless economic sources state that they are amongst the most desirable and in-demand jobs in 2019.

About AITP Atlanta

Does emerging technology fascinate and inspire you? Are you looking to learn more about high-tech including artificial intelligence, blockchain, and cybersecurity?

Then we have some great news… AITP Atlanta is shaping up to be the premier forum of discovery and innovative thinking for local technologists in 2019. We’d like to invite you to join a tight network of professionals, just like you, on the journey to the cutting-edge of the possible across the technology industry.

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Association of IT Professionals (AITP) is the leading association for technology professionals, students and educators. Join us to build your professional network, strengthen your technical knowledge and soft skills, develop a personal career path, and keep current on technology and business trends. Be part of the community that continues to push technology forward and join thousands of other tech professionals as an AITP member.

 

 

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