The first week in April was a busy time in New York, where I attended the EDISON Awards as well The Wall Street Journal’s AI conference, attended by the who’s who in AI development and deployment.
My friend and colleague, technology attorney Ed Nortrup, joined me in New York at both events. We also had highly productive meetings with AI developers and operators. Ed is an integral part of i3 Operations, known as I3 Ops, a tech company I founded.
I enjoyed the EDISON panels and the outstanding presenters, especially Prof. Joanna Bryson from the University of Bath. She approaches AI from the perspective of — and for the purpose of — understanding human behavior.
At both the WSJ AI conference and the EDISON event, I encountered great curiosity, among AI professionals and aficionados, about the many capabilities offered by the technology that is the centerpiece of i3 Ops.
On the same day we attended the Edison Awards conference, Ed joined me on a panel that dealt with social media and ethics. I elaborated on my perspective — my deep concern with social media — that we must respect privacy, that we must be transparent. By “we” — I’m speaking generally and generically of all of us involved in applications related to social media — that we must not exploit people, and there is the concomitant need for a kind of consciousness toward public service.
I showed a very brief visual that caught the interest of the audience. It gave a quick look at Artificial Intelligence Monitoring Safety (AIMS) which is now emerging from stealth mode. AIMS is the platform that i3 Ops developed to — as we explain it — “unravel the chaos of social media in real time to identify threats.”
I am proud to say that later that evening I accepted, in behalf of I3 Ops, an Edison Award for AIMS’ innovative, sophisticated application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to social media to improve public safety.
“We are in a crisis in data ethics,” I explained. “Social media is here to stay, but there is a dark side. Increasingly powerful and pervasive, social media can instill division and unrest. Yet freedom of speech and privacy must be protected. Our technology can scroll vast online interactions in real-time, with the potential to unearth insights into imminent threats to society. Past events have taught us that the warning signs have been there, in the public domain, but often nothing is picked up until it’s too late. i3 Ops can scan for indications of any possible harmful behavior — from teen bullying and sexual harassment to a potential shooter, terrorist attack or a PTSD veteran contemplating suicide. In addition, i3 Ops technology can even adapt to identify false news reports, especially foreign or other inauthentic intrusion into social media.”
“Once again, the winners created innovations that are revolutionizing industries and becoming indispensable,” observed Frank Bonafilia, Executive Director of the Edison Awards,, before noting specifically, “One of the game-changing winners, i3 Ops was recognized as a true innovator out of the many products in its category.”