Partner Event: AI.LA & Philosophie Presents: Humanizing AI & Machine Learning


AI.LA Community & Philosophie Group will be hosting their first collaborative event — Humanizing AI & Machine Learning: Design Thinking panel & workshop for AI/ML teams and the Human Element

6:30 – 6:45 PM – Intros / Tacos, beer & le croix sponsored by Philosophie
6:45 – 7:30 PM – Empathy Mapping for the Machine
7:30 – 8:30 PM – Panel discussion
8:30 – 9:00 PM – Q&A

Taco bar & beer


What is lacking in most discussions around AI, machine learning and other intelligent algorithms is how they can help solve people’s problems. Any team that is working on hard, meaningful, and purpose-driven problems could benefit from AI/ML, but without the right focus you may end up building toys.

During the workshop, you will go through Empathy Mapping for the Machine exercise. Immediately after the workshop, our panel discussion will explore and discuss how to focus on the most important aspect in building these systems: human purpose.

This is for product teams, big data teams, analytics teams, execs, or any other team that is being asked to ‘find something interesting to do with AI/ML.’


Chris Butler is Director of Product Strategy at Philosophie in NYC. He has over 17 years of experience working in product, strategy, and business development at large (Microsoft, Waze, Horizon Ventures, KAYAK) and small companies (founding one of his own). Chris has always worked on projects with a bit of data science. At Philosophie he does Lean AI client work while creating new tools, processes, and mental models for creating human centric, non-deterministic systems.
Additional speakers to be announced.


Todd Terrazas is an inventor, creative technologist, and co-founder/CEO of Brainitch, an applied AI technology company developing intelligent research tools to capture and analyze audience data to revolutionize consumer first strategies. Todd works with world-famous artists, music festivals, and media companies to develop a recurrent feedback loop that gives insight into consumer behavior and nurtures better brand ambassadors. Todd graduated from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, focusing on short-form storytelling. Todd has spoken at conferences about new technologies, lectured at USC’s Applied Psychology masters program – focusing on chatbots and artificial intelligence, and leads the AI LA community.