Be part of building the future,
Toby Simpson of Ososim
“There is something uniquely human about being able to tell a story and there are all sorts of ‘narrow AI’ things out there that claim to be able to write stories but can only do so with a huge amount of data – and they don’t understand the story that they are telling.”
“It is this incredible ability to generalize, to plan, consider and apply that sets us aside from machines,” says Toby Simpson. Be part of building the future as opposed to being merely a passenger as it arrives.
Toby is Ososim’s Chief Technology Officer, working on Artificial Intelligence and training simulations for Footsie 100, ISEAD and many high profile companies.
CityEye believes that we look at successful inspirational people because they know the secrets. We choose our role models because they exhibit the qualities and attributes that we value in this increasingly crazy world. Chances are a key member of your family exhibited these qualities, but it could be a teacher, a friend, or anyone. ( Find them, cling to them, as a mentor or a sponsor.)
Certain qualities to value in this age of post-truth are integrity, truth, the intrinsic value of every human being of any colour. Think widely in concepts, and be able to articulate them with precision and clarity. Don’t tell people what they want to hear, but show them your values and beliefs and they will be convinced. Take your readers /listeners along with you. Finally, know who you are and be true to yourself. An inspiring person attracts the best people to work with her.
Factors of Success. Watching the recent BBC series Black is the New Black, it's striking how these people have a strong sense of identity and heritage. In fact, forged on the fires of racism and discrimination, they had redoubled their efforts. Challenges make us what we are, but families, role models and mentors show us the way.
All CityEye interviewees, are asked for advice, usually for their area of expertise.
Toby Simpson is different. Although he managed and marketed Creatures, a video game, he feels that working in software is a very small area of Technology. Yet Artificial Intelligence is likely to have a massive effect on our lives.
Good foundation advice to anyone is more general: explore the world and its amazing cultures, be curious, read, remember that communication involves listening as well as speaking.
The world is a big, wonderful place. Go out there and see it and meet the people. It may not be advice for getting into technology, but it provides a sense of perspective which I would humbly suggest is very helpful .
Most of rocket science isn’t rocket science, it’s just an absence of understanding. Science, technology, Engineering (and Maths) offer extraordinary insights into how things works. It arms you with a whole new way of looking at things and the power to change them.
Be part of building the future as opposed to being merely a passenger as it arrives.
Nothing is impossible: dream big, lift every rock, don’t stop learning and never let anyone rob you of your curiosity. Ignorance is easy, but ultimately unfulfilling. Do not accept it.