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Featured AI Leader: Uvika Sharma

We are delighted to present our first Featured AI Leader, Uvika Sharma for our new series to celebrate outstanding leaders who are making a difference in the AI community, we could not be more excited to have Uvika as our inaugural recipient.

Let's take a closer look at how Uvika is leveraging AI to drive innovation and transform businesses.

1. How is AI impacting your work?

I'm a strategic advisor to clients on leveraging Data Analytics & AI to improve operations and drive growth. Besides focusing on crafting a robust strategy, overseeing project management and ensuring adoption, a critical element  of my role is assessing and managing risks along the way. AI frenzy is definitely impacting my work as I have to keep up with the quick changing AI landscape: new developments, risks, ethical concerns, biases, gaps, governance framework so that I can help my clients make informed decisions. 

2. How do you use AI in your daily life?

In my daily personal life I use ChatGPT/Bing/Claude for idea generation/research and summarization of long documents. I leverage these tools as an assistant/intern. I'm well aware that I cannot blindly trust what the chatbots give me as I've seen that these tools can make up references and have a tendency to hallucinate so I vet out the information. I'm careful NOT to use any of the publicly available AI tools for any client work as there are still security concerns and kinks that are yet to be ironed out.

3. What is your favorite AI tool right now? 

I definitely like Bing/Co-pilot for personal use and I'm also experimenting with Custom GPTs from Open AI. 

4. What advice do you have for someone who is just getting started with AI?

First, it is important to understand the basics and how these technologies work. Right now LLMs, AI agents are all over the news but I recommend going back further to learn a little about what other streams are there in AI as LLMs are just on stream of AI. Companies like  Google, Amazon, Netflix, Uber and several financial institutions have been using AI for some time leveraging Machine learning models to make recommendations, make decisions etc., which are explainable to some degree. You can take courses to get a foundational understanding. Second, start using some publicly available tools for personal use but be careful not to upload any company/proprietary data.

5. Who should we follow in the AI space? 

Joy Buolamwini,  Fei Fei Li, Christina Montgomery, & Noelle Russell.

6. How can women in AI support each other? It would be great to have more informal sessions/groups where women can mentor/coach other women, share their learnings on how to break into and succeed in the field.

Want to be our next Featured AI Leader? 

Fill out the nomination form for your chance to get featured and to share your voice with the Women And AI community. 

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