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Salesforce’s AI Economist research wants to explore the equilibrium between equality and productivity


Economic theory is known to be constrained by a number of inefficiencies in its modeling. Salesforce researchers claim AI can help address that, leading to more robust economic policies.

Return to office realities: 4 things employees say they’re struggling with Read now By monticello — Shutterstock 2016 was a pivotal year for Salesforce. That was when the company acquired MetaMind, “an enterprise AI platform that worked in medical imaging and eCommerce images and NLP and a bunch of other things, a horizontal platform play as a machine learning tool for developers,” as founder Richard Socher described it .

If that sounds interesting today, it was probably ahead of its time then. The acquisition propelled Socher to Chief Data Scientist at Salesforce, leading more than 100 researchers and many hundreds of engineers working on applications that were deployed at Salesforce scale and impact. AI became an integral part of Salesforce’s efforts, mainly via Salesforce Einstein , a wide-ranging initiative to inject AI capabilities into Salesforce’s platform.

Besides market-oriented efforts, Salesforce also sponsors “AI for good” initiatives. This includes what Salesforce frames as a moonshot : building an AI social planner that learns optimal economic policies for the real world. The project going […]

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