Creative Innovation 2019 (Ci2019)

Liesl Yearsley (USA)

Plenary 2 – Sexy Robots – Feeling, Loving and Working

2 April 2019, 11:30 AM

CEO and Co-Founder, A·kin

Liesl Yearsley is an experienced founder & CEO that is well adept at creating technology breakthroughs and fostering industry-wide advancements. She has a proven ability to build and develop technology companies, with three past successes; two of which are in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) space.

Liesl is CEO and Co-Founder of A·kin, which is developing a new approach to general artificial intelligence; able to autonomously solve complex problems and form deep relationships with humans. Previous to that Liesl was founder and CEO of Cognea Artificial Intelligence, which was acquired by IBM and is now an integral part of Watson. Prior to that, she was founder of Mooter, a search engine company specialising in predictive personification. This company listed on the stock exchange.

She was born in Central Africa and built a large education organisation there. Yearsley is the inventor on 4 patents in Search and AI, has training in Cognitive Sciences, and her field is Computational Neurosciences. She divides her time between A·kin’s Silicon Valley headquarters, and their new Australian AI research hub in Sydney.

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