Matteo, could you start by introducing yourself?
My name is Matteo Testi, I’m 28, I live inand I’m the Founder of Icaro and Italia. My hobbies are sports and writing. After a few years in for a three-year course specialising in psychology and neuroscience, I went to Scotland to do a Master’s Degree in . I program in Python and use Hadoop as my main storage.
Could you tell us why you chose to become an AI developer?
I chose to be an AI developer mainly because I can be my own boss. I chose the area ofalmost by accident. About ten years ago, before I’d even started university, I went to AI seminars with my father, and I was fascinated by everything I saw there. And then the university courses I’ve done, especially the master’s degree, increasingly convinced me that this was the path for me. I’ve never thought about changing my , I really love what I do.
As the founder ofItalia, I’m convinced that our platform is an excellent source of information on since one of our main interests is always staying up-to-date with the latest discoveries. It’s possible to do so through different social channels, from LinkedIn to WhatsApp. The opportunity to share ideas with other in the field allows the whole to continuously improve. Personally, I also go to many conferences and every one or two months I buy a course on different online platforms such as Udacity or Udemy.
The title of your talk at one of the #AperiTech meetups was “Introduction to theItalia platform”. What was it about?
DeepItalia is an e-learning platform where you can take advantage of articles and tutorials, watch videos of our meetups, have discussions with other users, connect with the Godfathers of AI, the world’s leading in this branch of technology. Now we’re adding the option to download data sets for those who want to start working in this area, a code-sharing section where you can program collaboratively, and we’ll add the opportunity to do on Scholar. Our ideal audience comprises both experts and newcomers, so we want to provide as much access as possible to the basics of technology.
Do you thinkhas any drawbacks on the technical side? And on the ethical side?
On the technical side there’s its: you need to know mathematics, , programming languages and systems. It’s a new and very complex subject which requires constant updating. My advice for those who want to get into is to choose their own specialty because it’s impossible to have a full of every aspect. It’s impossible to be an all-rounder in AI.
On the ethical side, it always depends what use is made of this technology, which in any case is never going to replace. For example, in the medical field, many studies show that AI is superior in recognising diseases. On CAT scans with tumours, the percentage of correct diagnoses by AI is 85%, while score 63%. Deep adds a parameter to the overall framework of human , without radically changing it or impeding it if it’s removed from the equation. It’s a very accurate indicator, thanks to the immense amount of and analysed, which supports human knowledge and intelligence.
Would you like to present the same talk again?
We repeat this specific talk once every two meetups, so as to make the new participants aware of the platform and explain the‘s learning objectives.
The difference compared with otheris that we don’t restrict ourselves to discussing information taken from other sources, but we produce content and tools on . Soon we’ll also publish a book.
How has participation in communities and conferences influenced your professional development?
Nowadays it’s become essential to network with and collaborate with other developers. It’s impossible to have completeof any topic, especially if you study it on your own, without ever having a constructive exchange of ideas with other .