John McCarthy is one of the “founding fathers” of artificial intelligence, who also coined the term in 1955. Since then, the growth and developments in the AI technology has been phenomenal. Today, AI  has become a part of our life – influencing the ways we live, work and entertain ourselves. There’s everything – behavioral algorithms, self-driving vehicles, voice assistants like Siri and Alexa that is transforming our lives.

But this isn’t everything. AI is yet to blossom and completely revamp the way of living. We’re on our way to get there.

While we all know what AI is and its impact, there are some thought leaders who are experts in this broad and exciting field. Let’s find out who they are and also keep a tab on them to get your latest updates and learning about AI.

Here’s the list of top 5 AI  influencers in no particular order.


Adelyn Zhou is a business leader, technologist, and speaker who is passionate about the intersection of marketing, automation, and the future of work. She is recognized as a top influencer in marketing and artificial intelligence (AI) by Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc., Wired, Hubspot, and IBM Watson.

She has also co-authored – Applied Artificial intelligence which was also one of CES’s notable books, 2018. This book talks about how to lead successful AI initiatives by prioritizing opportunities, building teams and organizing data.

 From using AI to detect the possibility of disease or cancer, to generating creative content previously seen as the gold standard, the use of AI will accelerate across sectors. Technology is successful when it becomes seamlessly integrated into daily life. It’s evident in how AI has been used in smartphones. Adelyn Zhou, Chief marketing officer at Topbots “ – Adelyn Zhou

She is a contributor of Forbes and has written articles on artificial intelligence, machine learning, marketing, and the future of work.

She is also a contributor for Venturebeat, an American technology website and has authored articles on artificial intelligence, marketing, and bots.

Rezah Zadeh

Reza Zadeh is a Canadian-Iranian Computer Scientist working on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. He is an adjunct professor at Stanford University and CEO at Matroid. His work focuses on Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Distributed Computing, and Discrete Applied Mathematics.

He has authored an interesting article on The artificial intelligence computing stack that is about why US and China are investing heavily on new computing stack


Martin Robbins based in London, UK –  writes and speaks about artificial intelligence, science, politics, data, and culture.  He achieved a first class degree in Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence.

His popular blog is The Raising HAL, and has written a lot of articles about data and computer science for The Guardian.

Editing at The Lay Scientist – a community blog about science, pseudoscience and evidence-based politics

Nathan Benaich

Founder of the Research and Applied AI Summit, Nathan is also a tech investor with expertise in AI, and a research scientist at the University of Cambridge. Also, the organizer of London.AI, a popular product-focused AI meetup uniting academics, entrepreneurs and engineers.

” Technology becomes commoditized. We need companies which focus on experiential products people genuinely want to use.” – Nathan Benaich

News in AI and machine learning – You can read and subscribe to Nathan’s market intelligence newsletter on AI here.

Joanna Bryson

Joanna Bryson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computing at the
University of Bath. She works on Artificial Intelligence, ethics, and collaborative cognition. She has expertise in designing intelligent systems into working AI systems to help understand natural intelligence.

She is a member of an All Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence.

You should read this super-interesting AMA with AI researcher Joanna Bryson. This one – Fifteen minutes with leading #AI specialist JOANNA BRYSON is an interesting read.

In 2010 Bryson published “Robots Should Be Slaves”.

If you are an AI enthusiast looking to learn more, you can follow these influencers. Hope this article was helpful.You can also share about other great influencers in the comment section below.


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