Francesco Corea

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Francesco Corea, Ph.D., contributor, is a complexity scientist and tech investor who is mainly focusing on science-driven companies in high-social-impact verticals including life sciences, energy, and artificial general intelligence. Francesco has a background that ranges from economics and finance to applied machine learning, and he's been working on a variety of different data problems over the past few years (e.g., sentiment analysis, fraud detection, behavioral science, etc.). Currently, he is working with a few AI companies as well as an emerging VC fund. Dr. Corea holds a Ph.D. in Economics.


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​​I. Setting the Stage Healthcare is a rare bird. We can neither disregard it nor make it cheap, simple and safe (Fernandez et al., 2012). In fact, we globally spend more than 10% of the GDP in healthcare and about $1,000 per capita every year (World Health Organization, 2018). But this is not the whole story: approved drugs halve every 9 years (i.e., Eroom’s Law); population aged over 60 years is expected to grow by 56% over the next ten years (TM Capital, 2017); the workforce to meet patients demand is…

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I. A Data-driven What? The ones of you who know me are very well aware that if there is something which has sort of obsessed me for the last few years, this is definitely how to use analytics and AI to improve the venture industry. While I tended to focus on scouting and evaluation, I learned that AI can be also used to spot general trends, identify market gaps, improve VCs portfolio management, better match co-investors and deals, gather intelligence on competitors’ landscape, identifying potential…

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If you haven't already, read Part I here --> IV. Multi-Agent Systems Multi-Agent Systems (and Technologies) are a fairly old class of algorithms, where individual agents interact between each other based on pre-determined rules/constraints and, as a consequence, a collective behavior that is “good enough” emerges from those interactions. The interactions that occur in the systems are both between agents and between agents and the environment itself (and become computationally intractable as number of…

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I. Setting the stage Almost two years ago, I paused to think about the future of AI and drew down some “predictions” about where I thought the field was going. One of those forecasts concerned reaching a general intelligence in several years, not through a super powerful 100-layers deep learning algorithm, but rather through something called collective intelligence. However, except for very obvious applications (e.g., drones), I have not read or seen any big development in the field and I thus thought to…

7 months ago
By Francesco Corea, Ph.D.  |  October 15, 2018  |  Source: CogWorld on FORBESFrancesco Corea is a Complexity Scientist, Tech Investor, Data Strategist and AI Advisor The 21st century would be the “century of complexity” (Hawking, 2000) I. Setting the stage The IoT and consumer hardware industry have seen multiple failures and a few exits over the last 12–18 months (while the B2B side has been doing a bit better overall) and some criticism has been recently made to the industry to slow down. In spite…

11 months 4 weeks ago
By Francesco Corea, Ph.D.  |  May 24, 2018Francesco Corea is a Complexity Scientist, Tech Investor, Data Strategist and AI Advisor IV. Decentralized Intelligent Companies There is plenty of landscapes of blockchain and cryptocurrencies startups out there. I am anyway only interested in those companies working at the intersection (or the convergence, as someone calls it) of AI and blockchain, which apparently are not that many. They are mainly concentrated in San Francisco area and London, but there are…

11 months 4 weeks ago
By Francesco Corea, Ph.D.  |  May 24, 2018Francesco Corea is a Complexity Scientist, Tech Investor, Data Strategist and AI Advisor III. How Blockchain can change AI In the previous section, we quickly touched upon the effects that AI might eventually have on the blockchain. Now instead, we will make the opposite exercise understanding what impact can the blockchain have on the development of machine learning systems. More in details, blockchain could: Help AI explaining itself (and making us believe it…

11 months 4 weeks ago
By Francesco Corea, Ph.D.  |  May 24, 2018Francesco Corea is a Complexity Scientist, Tech Investor, Data Strategist and AI Advisor II. How AI can change Blockchain Although extremely powerful, a blockchain has its own limitations as well. Some of them are technology-related while others come from the old-minded culture inherited from the financial services sector, but all of them can be affected by AI in a way or another: Energy consumption: mining is an incredibly hard task that requires a ton of…

11 months 4 weeks ago
By Francesco Corea, Ph.D.  |  May 21, 2018Columnist Francesco Corea is a Complexity Scientist, Tech Investor, Data Strategist and AI Advisor It is undeniable that AI and blockchain are two of the major technologies that are catalyzing the pace of innovation and introducing radical shifts in every industry. Each technology has its own degree of technical complexity as well as business implications but the joint use of the two may be able to redesign the entire technological (and human) paradigm from…