The Peak’s inaugural “Great Minds at the Great Room” discussed ethical dilemmas of artificial intelligence

Artificial Intelligence experts Drew Perez and Violet Lim and venture capitalist Vinnie Lauria share their take on the pros and cons of using AI.


“For the first time in the history of humankind, we have machines doing brain, not brawn,” says Drew Perez, managing director of Adatos A.I., a Singapore-based artificial intelligence start-up. From virtual assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa to Netflix – which serves up films a viewer might enjoy based on his/her viewing history – applications of artificial intelligence technologies have become commonplace in our daily lives. And that’s set to grow. Research firm IDC predicts that the Asia-Pacific AI market alone will expand at a compound annual growth rate of 63.9 per cent between 2015 and 2020.

Perez was one of three panelists speaking at the inaugural edition of Great Minds at The Great Room, a talk series jointly presented by The Peak and co-working space The Great Room. The discussion titled “How to be a Futurist: Connecting the Dots of Current Trends” was moderated by Rosalind Tan, director of operations of Adatos A.I. and saw Perez joined by Vinnie Lauria, founding partner of venture capital firm Golden Gate Ventures, and Violet Lim, CEO and co-founder of dating company Viola.AI and Lunch Actually Group.

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