GlobalData research has found the top influencers in artificial intelligence based on their performance and engagement online. Using research from GlobalData’s Influencer platform, Verdict has named ten of the most influential people in artificial intelligence on Twitter during Q4 2020.
Biggest influencers in Artificial Intelligence: The top ten in Q4 2020
1. Kirk Borne (@KirkDBorne)
Kirk Borne is a principal data scientist and executive advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton, analytics, digital and engineering consulting firm. He specialises in areas such as consulting in technologies such as big data, machine learning, scientific data mining, observational astronomy, and more.
Borne also serves as an advisory board member of Syntasa, a computer software company, and as an executive committee member of the Astroinformatics and Astrostatistics International Organisations.
Twitter followers: 269,404
GlobalData influencer score: 100
Demystifying #Artificialintelligence with 10 top #AI applications: https://t.co/kX5XYIcXzF
————#BigData #DataScience #DAIFE #DataMining #MachineLearning #DeepLearning #NeuralNetworks #ComputerVision #Algorithms #IoT #IIoT #IoTPL
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— Kirk Borne (@KirkDBorne) November 9, 2020
2. Ronald Van Loon (@Ronald_vanLoon)
Ronald Van Loon is a principal analyst and CEO of the Intelligent World, an influencer network that connects people and businesses. He is regarded as a top thought leader in technologies such as AI, IoT, machine learning, and 5G, among others.
Loon also serves as an advisory board member for Simplilearn, an education management company and was the director of Advertisement, an information technology and services company.
Twitter followers: 233,183
GlobalData influencer score: 96
— Ronald van Loon (@Ronald_vanLoon) December 29, 2020
3. Spiros Margaris (@SpirosMargaris)
Spiros Margaris is a board member and member of the executive committee STC Pay, a financial services firm. A venture capitalist and payment tech consultant, Margaris also serves as an advisory board member of GENTWO, which provides securitisation as a service to its B2B clients through a customised issuance vehicle.
Margaris is the first international influencer to achieve ‘The Triple Crown’ ranking. He is also on the advisory board of wefox Group, and founded Margaris Ventures, a venture capital and private equity firm in 2010.
Twitter followers: 103,150
GlobalData influencer score: 91
— Spiros Margaris (@SpirosMargaris) November 7, 2020
4. Nige Willson (@nigewillson)
Nigel Willson is the founding partner of awakenAI, a personal advisory company. He is also the founding partner of the Springer Nature Group, a publishing firm. He specialises in areas such as AI, innovation, and technology.
Willson is also the co-founder of We and AI, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) which aims to increase public awareness and understanding of the risks and rewards of AI in the UK.
Twitter followers: 56,796
GlobalData influencer score: 87
— Nige Willson (@nigewillson) November 7, 2020
5. Ganapathi Pulipaka (@gp_pulipaka)
Dr Ganapathi Pulipaka is a chief data scientist and SAP technical lead at Accenture, an information technology and services company. He has over two decades of experience in SAP across various disciplines including project management and technology integration.
Pulipaka has worked across industries including healthcare, manufacturing, chemical, and more. Prior to this, he served as CEO and chief data scientist of DeepSingularity, an information technology and data science consulting firm.
Twitter followers: 100,293
GlobalData influencer score: 79
— Dr. Ganapathi Pulipaka (@gp_pulipaka) November 16, 2020
6. Robert Scoble (@Scobleizer)
Robert Scoble is the founder of Scobleizer.blog, which covers information and research on the technology industry. A technology strategist and futurist, Scoble was the first to report on technologies such as autonomous vehicles and Siri.
Scoble served as chief strategy officer of Infinite Retina, an information technology and services company and as a futurist for Rackspace Hosting, helping customers get to the cloud.
Twitter followers: 404,225
GlobalData influencer score: 70
These are AI-centric listening devices. The AI is studying a lot. There is a sensor or two looking at your ears trying to figure out how to process the audio to make it better. Your headphones don’t have this.
— 2022 (@Scobleizer) December 20, 2020
7. Tamara Mccleary (@TamaraMcCleary)
Tamara McCleary is the founder of Thulium, a social media analytics and consulting agency. She specialises in technologies such as AI, machine learning, data and more, and has played advisor to many global tech companies such as Amazon, Dell, SAP, Oracle Cisco, IBM, and Verizon, among others.
McCleary wis a technology futurist and also hosts technology podcasts such as TechUnknown and SAP Industries Live.
Twitter followers: 308,692
GlobalData influencer score: 62
— Tamara McCleary (@TamaraMcCleary) November 10, 2020
8. Sally Eaves (@sallyeaves)
Sally Eaves is a senior policy advisor at the Global Foundation for Cyber Studies and Research, a non-profit think tank on cyber security. She specialises in the scaling and application of emergent technology to socially transform businesses and the society.
Eaves holds in-depth experience in the application and integration of blockchain, AI and related emergent technologies. She is also the official member of the Forbes Technology Council.
Twitter followers: 111,917
GlobalData influencer score: 57
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— Dr. Sally Eaves (@sallyeaves) November 14, 2020
9. Sandy Carter (@sandy_carter)
Sandy Carter is the vice president of Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s cloud computing business. Carter specialises in areas such as social media, digital, marketing, cloud, the internet of things (IoT), and mobile.
Carter has been involved in several roles across domains including general management, marketing, sales, strategy, and the ecosystem development. She has worked in various capacities with companies such as Silicon Blitz and IBM, among others.
Twitter followers: 81,268
GlobalData influencer score: 56
Simple #AI facts ……
— The more #data you have the more accuracy you get
— #AI is biased towards the data it’s trained on
— Did you know you use machine learning every day? When you use Amazon or Pinterest the recommendations you get are from #machinelearning #cloud pic.twitter.com/8uSOBx9lAw
— sandy carter (@sandy_carter) November 13, 2020
10. Erik Brynjolfsson (@erikbryn)
Erik Brynjolfsson is the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Professor and senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI (HAI). He is also the director of the Stanford Digital Economy Lab. His research studies the effects of information technologies on business strategy, digital commerce, productivity and performance, and intangible assets.
Brynjolfsson is a keynote speaker at various events and conferences, and also served as Schussel family professor at the MIT Sloan School.
Twitter followers: 186,885
GlobalData influencer score: 49
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— Erik Brynjolfsson (@erikbryn) November 14, 2020
GlobalData’s influencer identification framework identifies influencers based on relevance; size of network, connections and followers; engagement levels with their content and analysis and input from sector experts. Influencers are then evaluated on a series of specific topic-related keywords used over the period and weighted by engagement metrics.