Embracing Generative AI: The Future Isn’t Written, It’s Generated!

February, 2024

The February 2024 Tech Talk was presented by Chandika Mendis

Abstract

The printing press birthed the Renaissance. The steam engine sparked the Industrial Age. Now, Generative AI stands poised to be the Gutenberg of our time. This revolutionary tech isn’t just tools – it’s a productivity paradigm shift, impacting the industries and use-cases we least expected to be impacted through Artificial Intelligence: those use-cases we thought epitomized human intelligence and creativity. This paradigm shift opens up amazing new opportunities while also exposing us to new kinds of risks.

This talk attempts to explore the impact of Generative AI on our future and how we can embrace it:

  • Introduction to generative AI and its impact across industries
  • Practical applications and real-world examples
  • Common challenges and approach to adoption
  • Understand the risks and new threats this technology opens up

Now is our chance to embrace this new technology or be swept away by its tide.

About the Presenter 

Chandika Mendis is a senior technology leader who plays the roles of CTO, board advisor, and angel investor for a number of tech startups. Prior to his current roles, he was the EVP and Global Head of Engineering for Virtusa. He lead the innovation teams that created award-winning IP that were a key part of Virtusa’s strategic competitive advantage. Chandika’s technology contributions were instrumental in driving Virtusa’s growth, from 300 when he joined in 2003, to 45,000 when he left in 2023 to pursue his passion helping early-stage startups. The teams under his purview won the Stevie Award for the best IT Team, the Gold Stevie for the most Innovative Technology Company, as well as the Best Product award in multiple categories. Chandika was also responsible for setting up the processes and systems to scale engineering governance activities, as well as mentoring senior technologists at Virtusa. Since leaving Virtusa, Chandika has been involved with startups leveraging innovative technologies including Generative AI, Industrial Metaverse and Cybersecurity.

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