Skip to main content
Inference: AI business podcast by Silo AI

Inference: AI business podcast by Silo AI

By Ville Hulkko
In a world in which everyone is talking about AI, a real track record is hard-earned. Inference dives deep into data driven organizations and their product development to understand what it means to work with AI. Our guests range from lead data scientists to founders, strategists and engineers. Learn more about what production ready AI means today with Inference by Silo AI. Your host is Ville Hulkko, Co-founder of Silo AI.
Listen on
Where to listen
Apple Podcasts Logo

Apple Podcasts

Breaker Logo


Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Overcast Logo


Pocket Casts Logo

Pocket Casts

RadioPublic Logo


Spotify Logo


Episode 15: Roadmap to first AI victories - Anna Mossberg
Anna Mossberg – Managing Director, Silo AI Sweden, ex-Google and Telia Choosing the first AI path of an organization can be a daunting task. Which challenge to tackle first? Where to get the skills and tools to do it? How to manage and budget the process? Anna Mossberg walks us through the steps that organizations both lean and large need to take to successfully embark on their AI journey and implement data strategies. Anna is a technology leadership professional, with a solid background in companies like Google and Telia. Throughout her career, Anna has been the driving force behind data strategies of multiple listed companies, and is a strong advocate of rapid technological experimentation. Tune in to hear Anna’s view on first selecting the first AI path, the role of data strategy, and what different organizational methods exist for early AI adoption. We’ll also get to hear Anna’s concrete three-step program for taking AI from talking to action.
June 7, 2021
Episode 14: Experimentation culture of Netflix - Ville Tuulos
Ville Tuulos - Manager, ML Infrastructure at Netflix, author, entrepreneur Machine Learning is defined by a need for rapid experimentation. To achieve an environment of fast, iterative and low-risk experimentation, both hard aspects (tools and platforms) and soft aspects (culture, ways of working) of the ecosystem need to be aligned. Ville Tuulos, the driving force behind Netflix's Metaflow platform, explains how Netflix has managed to tackle both sides of the coin to build a truly experimentation-oriented organization. Ville is among the most renowned of Finnish data scientists. Spinning out of self-organising map research in Finland, he quickly landed in Silicon Valley at the first dawn of AI market emergence, focusing on the development and implemenation of deployment infrastructures. This led him to push platform development at Netflix, which later became Metaflow, Netflix's Open Source model design and deployment framework. Today, he's spinning out a development platform company, and will be releasing his book, Effective Data Science Infrastructure, this spring. Tune in to hear Ville's point of view on the how a culture of freedom and responsibility is created, the role of processes (or lack thereof), and how the bridge between a thousands of great ideas for ML application should be validated and proven. Get Ville's predictions on the future trends of ML management and human-machine collaboration.
April 8, 2021
Episode 13: Data monitoring & quality - Patrik Tran, CEO of Validio
Data monitoring & quality - Patrik Tran, CEO of Validio “We have good quality data” is a phrase spoken by most organizations. Theory and practice differ, however, as Validio approaches data from a different perspective: all data is flawed by nature, and thus our focus should be on monitoring, understanding and tolerating it. Patrik Tran, PhD, is the co-founder and CEO of Validio, working on a toolkit for data monitoring. With a stellar background in academia and upper management data consultancy, Patrik evangelises a key message: Data is never perfect. Tune in to learn about the famously mismanaged approach to data quality, difference between academic and practical data quality, how data engineers should be empowered within organizations, and hear Patrik’s three predictions on the future of data monitoring within the next years.
March 19, 2021
Episode 12: Predictive Maintenance with HITL - Patrik Strand, Wärtsilä
Predictive maintenance with a human in the loop - Patrik Strand, General Manager, Product Management – Performance Services at Wärtsilä Predictive maintenance is a concept everyone talks about, but few are actually applying. Wärtsilä, an industry leading martitime & energy sector technology and power source company, executes a data-driven strategy through their "Expert Insight" predictive maintenance product. With a strong focus on matching data insights with the deep knowledge base of their engineers, Wärstilä chose a human-in-the-loop driven approach to direct the learning of Expert Insight. Patrik is the general manager of performance service product management at Wärtsilä. With an engineering background, Patrik oversaw the augmenting of their pre-existing Condition Based Maintenance -ops with predictivity, and has a clear vision of the future of predictive maintenance solutions. Tune in to discover how Patrik views the importance of customer collaboration, how interactivity can be translated to annotations, and what Patrik's vision for the future of predictive maintenance solutions is. 
February 9, 2021
Episode 11: Internal AI Center-of-Excellence - Girish Agarwal, Husqvarna
Internal AI Center-of-Excellence - Girish Agarwal, Director AI Lab at Husqvarna Among the most interesting management frameworks of AI development is the emergence on internal AI Centers-of-Excellence. Husqvarna is a Swedish global industry leader of power products and robotics, with a product portfolio ranging from forestry and landscaping consumer equipment to industrial scale solutions. With autonomous operations being a cornerstone of Husqvarna’s strategy, the AI lab was established to enable the creation of such systems. Girish is the director of AI Lab at Husqvarna. Tasked with the goal of figuring out for the big data masses collected throughout Husqvarna's operations, Girish oversaw the establishment and management of AI resources and working models within Husqvarna. As a result, Husqvarna is now running one of the most advanced - and successful - internal AI COE:s in the Nordics. Tune in to discover what Girish views as the golden ratio of early AI projects initiated vs. deployed with their ASD Scoring,  how Husqvarna's AI management has matured over the years and how exploratory vs. tangible AI initiatives should be approached.
January 13, 2021
Episode 10: State of AI in Sweden - Prof. Hedvig Kjellström, KTH & Silo AI
State of AI in Sweden - Hedvig Kjellström, Professor at KTH, Lead AI Scientist at Silo AI Sweden KTH Royal Institute of Technology’s Division of Robotics, Perception and Learning is among the most renowned AI research organisations globally. Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, we are joined by Professor Hedvig Kjellström to learn more about the state of research and development of AI in Sweden. Hedvig's pioneering research on artificial sensing is known to most on the industry. In 2010 she received the Koenderink Prize for fundamental contributions in Computer Vision for her article on human motion reconstruction, together with Black and Fleet. Today' she splits her time between academia and working as the Lead AI Scientist in Silo AI Sweden. Tune in to learn about how academia and private sector collaboration has evolved in Sweden, what the hot zones of Swedish AI development are. Don't miss Hedvig's prediction on the next trends of AI research and implementation.
December 19, 2020
Episode 9: State of AI in Finland - Alexander Törnroth, Head of Finnish AI Accelerator (FAIA)
State of AI in Finland - Alexander Törnroth, Head of FAIA Finnish AI Accelerator is the national support entity for Artificial Intelligence, accelerating Finland’s adoption of AI in both the private and public sectors. In October 2020, FAIA released a report titled “State of AI in Finland 2020”. The report, first of its kind, outlines the development of AI adoption in Finland, reviews key enables and obstacles of AI onboarding, and outlines winning case studies of AI implemented in Finland. Alex is known as an influential figure in the Finnish startup scene and is known for his work as the former CEO of SHIFT business festival, as well as the head of startup services at KPMG. He shares his time between FAIA and Silo AI where he heads ecosystem and partnerships.  In this episode, we learn the biggest blocks of AI adoption across industries, learn Alex's cherry-picked case studies that represent exceptional AI success stories, and get Alex's prediction on the development of AI in Finland over the next 24 months.
November 26, 2020
Episode 8: AI Toolkits - Luka Crnkovic-Friis, CEO of Peltarion
AI Toolkits - Luka Crnkovic-Friis, CEO of Peltarion Peltarion is one of the leading star companies of Nordic AI, building an operational AI platform that seeks to make AI accessible to not just AI scientists, but to a much broader user base. Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, Peltarion's platform has already been onboarded by organisations such as NASA, Tesla, General Motors and many more. Luka is a prolific AI scientist who, together with his co-founder Måns Erlandson, pioneered an early version of the Peltarion platform already in 2004. Luka shares his predictions of the future of how AI will build AI, as well as share his favourite examples of how AI-driven data augmentation has led to winning results. Tune in to discover how both Peltarion and Silo AI aim to keep the AI developer talent in the Nordics, and make sure Nordic companies have access to the best AI expertise and tooling.
September 23, 2020
Episode 7: Media & AI - Jaakko Lempinen, Head of CX of YLE
Jaakko Lempinen, Head of CX of YLE. YLE, the Finnish National Broadcasting Company, is a well known industry leader in digital media experiments and technological innovations. As such, YLE has been among the first in Europe to begin implementing AI on a broad spectrum across their operations and content types. Jaakko is a pioneer of designing and leading AI initiatives across content types and -platforms. YLE Areena, a leading public streaming platform, is YLE’s stomping ground for experimental AI initiatives. Tune in to get Jaakko’s lessons learned about successfully executing AI initiatives. Tune in to hear more about ghost stories created by AI with Silo.AI’s & YLE’s generative modeling initiative.
September 9, 2020
Episode 6: Impact, data & AI - Annu Nieminen, CEO of Upright Project
Impact, data & AI - Annu Nieminen, Upright Project In our sixth episode, we dive into the world of impact data. The Upright Project seeks to collect and universalise corporate impact metrics into one, standardised, comprehendible set. Find out how Upright uses AI to extract novel data sources and integrates them into their larger model. Annu Nieminen is the CEO and founder of the Upright Project. Previously is known as the CEO of Kasvuryhmä, a renowned group of scale-ups and established growth companies. With a track record at McKinsey & co, Annu has a pragmatic approach to data and its commercialisation methods. Find out also about Silo.AI's work with climate impact prediction together with Riskthinking.AI.
August 26, 2020
Episode 5: Speech & AI - Otto Söderlund, CEO of Speechly
Speech & AI - Otto Söderlund, Speechly In our fifth episode, we discuss the the rising creed of speech user interfaces and the pivotal role AI technologies play in their emergence. Speechly is a unique speech understanding & Natural Language Understanding technology company, formed around ex-Apple Siri developers. In this episode, we discuss the status of speech technologies globally, and focus on local languages and the strategic and political importance of having independent technology available. Otto Söderlund is the CEO of Speechly. A seasoned technology entrepreneur with an exit under his belt, Otto has been pioneering language understanding development in the private sector. Find out Otto's predictions for the next 24 months of speech UI emergence, and get his take on state of speech tech in Finland vs. in Netherlands, in the UK, or in Sweden.
June 26, 2020
Episode 4: MLOps - Eero Laaksonen, CEO of Valohai
MLOps - Eero Laaksonen, Valohai In our fourth episode, we discuss the emerging creed of MLOps - the art of managing Machine Learning workflows as a part of operations. Valohai is a pioneering MLOps & ML deployment platform startup that focuses on enabling the deployment of complex data science workflows through the Valohai platform. In this episode, we discuss different creeds of ML deployment platforms, and hear Eero's opinion about the current state of MLOps across company types. Eero Laaksonen is the CEO of Valohai. With background in technology innovation consulting and deep tech development, Eero manages Valohai's team consisting of senior level data science experts from both Finland and Silicon Valley.
June 18, 2020
Episode 3: Wearables & AI - Heli Koskimäki, Science team lead at Oura
Oura - Wearables & AI In our third episode, we discuss the Oura Ring - a tiny ring-sized wearable device that gathers data on sleep, activity, readiness, and more. During the episode, we explore how machine learning can be used to create a personalized experience for Oura users, and what is it like to work with highly science-driven teams. Heli also reveals her learnings from working next to the customer service team. Heli Koskimäki is the science team lead of Oura. An elite research scientist from University of Oulu, who branched her data science skills into the wearable industry.  Ville Hulkko is Co-Founder at Silo.AI, the largest private AI lab in the Nordics. Prior to Silo.AI he co-founded Valossa Labs, a computer vision startup. Ville lead the company to Silicon Valley, where he also founded Blackbear Startup Incubator.
June 5, 2020
Episode 2: Building AI products & teams - Marc Dillon, CTO of Basemark
Building AI products & teams - the art of combining human, machine and design. We discuss how the perception of AI products has shifted from core technology to holistic design, and map out changes in team structures. Human-machine interfacing is becoming a critical part of almost every digital process - find out what demands it sets for teams. Marc Dillon is a renowned technology entrepreneur and the active CTO of Basemark. Previously known for his work as the Co-founder and figurehead of Jolla, a telephone industry challenger platform, Marc has been a central part of building products and offerings utilising Machine Learning as the centre of core tech stack. Ville Hulkko is Co-Founder at Silo.AI, the largest private AI lab in the Nordics. Prior to Silo.AI he co-founded Valossa Labs, a computer vision startup. Ville lead the company to Silicon Valley, where he also founded Blackbear Startup Incubator.
May 29, 2020
Episode 1: TinyML - Zach Shelby, CEO of Edge Impulse
TinyML - AI pushed to the edge, delivering larger impact in smaller packages We discuss the state of edge technologies, emergence of AI in microcontrollers, use cases of TinyML ranging from maritime to savannah plains, and predict what’s going to happen in the future of edge AI. Zach Shelby is the CEO of Edge Impulse, and a seasoned veteran of edge technologies. Zach sold his previous IoT technology company, Sensinode, to ARM in 2013, he has since directed ARM’s development and edge technology teams. In 2019, he embarked on another entrepreneurial venture to co-found Edge Impulse, a Tiny Machine Learning platform, aiming to democratize AI in smaller packages. Ville Hulkko is Co-Founder at Silo.AI, the largest private AI lab in the Nordics. Prior to Silo.AI he co-founded Valossa Labs, a computer vision startup. Ville lead the company to Silicon Valley, where he also founded Blackbear Startup Incubator.
May 20, 2020