Sensemaker - Richard Craven | Corporate Runaway

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Richard Craven

Escaped the City

After doing law, banking, asset management and architecture, he realised impersonal was not the way forward.  So, psychology beckoned as did a startup.

At CrowdEmotion, Richard has been publishing on how deep emotional understanding from AI can fundamentally reframe the criminal justice system.

<-- He also dates alpacas.

So, without further ado, meet Richard Craven, our multi-disciplinary escapologist.

_01. Tell us a bit about yourself:

I read criminology at university and was particularly interested in the way criminals operate and what drives them to commit a crime and how they commit crime.  More broadly, I am just excited about being a part of the generation that takes the human-tech change forward in a revolutionary way.

_02. What is the relationship between people and technology?

The function of technology is to assist humans. Although it may sometimes have unintended consequences (e.g. crime), advances in tech should make lives easier across a whole range of sectors, from advertising to business to criminal detection to mental health and beyond.

_03. With humans and tech merging, what are you concerned about?

Over-reliance on less-than-perfect technology at the expense of tried-and-tested human skills. Also, flaws in technology can easily be exploited for better or worse.

_04. Knowing that, how should we be responding to that change?

Test - Adapt - Learn - Adapt - Retest etc.  We find bugs and work through the solution.  With the increase of algorithms, we are starting to see certain philosophical bias created by individual human morals and values. Thus, I believe we should take a utilitarian, black and white/ right and wrong approach to technological development. Technology is there to improve humanity! Although we are still in the relatively early days of AI, these issues can be easily solved with time and more data.

_05. Why do you feel emotions are so important to your work?

Emotion is a neurological and physiological response to our environment, those around us and our inner state of being.  Comparatively, AI helps us understand our emotions. Therefore, a better understanding of our emotions helps us to empathise the way we do.

_06. What are you currently working on that helps flex your empathetic persona?

I'm currently exploring a research and development project into Truth and Deception detection.  How can we drastically improve the lie detector?

_07. Quick plug, anything you want to share with our community?

I have a curious mind, and I’d like to be a pioneer in promoting AI across many sectors.

_08. Final one, what do you love about the Sensemakers Community?

I really enjoy being surrounded by people who are not just dreamers but dreamers who do! The Empath community challenges us to think and to achieve, not just for our benefit but for a much wider audience. It’s not often that you can think totally conceptually and are then challenged to execute ideas to design and promote technology that will make a significant improvement to people’s lives.


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