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Susan Oh

Civic technologist in AI and blockchain for social good

Summary

Susan Oh is the CMO for BeOmni by Beyond Imagination and a civic technologist in AI and blockchain integration towards scalable solutions for social good. Susan is a board member of Blockchain Commission For Sustainable Development with support of the Office of Partnerships UN GA, and a member of the Global Sustainability Network, a Vatican and Church of England joint initiative to end human trafficking. She is the recipient of the Quantum Impact Award #DecadeOfWomen in partnership with the UN GA as one of Top Ten Frontier Women in Digital, and speaks around the world on the role of AI and blockchain in serving the UN’s sustainable development goals.

In 2017, Susan Oh co-founded and serves as CEO of Muckr.AI, which uses machine learning to grade the trustworthiness of content based on source behavior.

Susan Oh is founder and advisor to benevolent AI and blockchain startups, including the Hoboken Smart City project, Zurich-based Mindfire.global, and IVEP Dubtokens.

Biography

Based in Badung, Bali, Indonesia, Susan Oh is a former journalist, civic technologist in AI and blockchain and business executive. Susan speaks around the world on the importance of data sovereignty, blockchain and tokenomics, and for responsible development of human-centric AI.

In this era of misleading disinformation and fake news, Susan founded MKR AI, a company that uses AI to flag disinformation. They use blockchain, offering token rewards to users who are invited to verify, annotate, and curate stories that have value. It is their hypothesis that the spread of disinformation is a problem of shareability, technology, and ideology, a great way to promote confirmation bias. MKR AI is an AI Partners Fund portfolio company, built by Crane AI, and trained by Trane AI.

Susan is a governing member of Blockchain For Impact at UN General Assembly and is recipient of The Quantum Impact Award #DecadeOfWomen in partnership with the UN GA as one of Top Ten Frontier Women in Digital.

She started her career as a journalist and project manager at CNBC Asia after she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at Ryerson University. She was travel correspondent for Hong Kong Holiday Magazine and at the same time working as a freelancer at Economist Intelligence Unit, Newsweek International, and The Independent based in Hong Kong.

She became associate editor for Maclean’s Magazine in 1999 and appeared weekly on-air at U8TV between 2001 and 2002. In the same year she became Creative Writer at Oh! Communication in Toronto, worked as a reporter and producer for CBS Radio & TV, while she frelanced and traveled as a Entertainment writer. She joined Corus Entertainment in 2007 where she was Creative Writer until 2007 when she again joined Oh! Communication as a Journalist and Advisor to Startups, where she still works today. In 2017, she worked on the AI Blockchain Industry at Trane AI and soon founded MKR AI in the same year.

Vision

In a recent interview with citiesabc and openbusinesscouncil CEO Dinis Guarda, Susan Oh said the following about:

About Robotics and The Future of Work

“I’ve always said for years that I want robots to do the work that people don’t want to do, cannot do, or should never do. This is the stuff that is repetitive, needs speed and consistency over hundreds of thousands of steps, or is plain dangerous or unhealthy. I see robots freeing us from manual labor to let humans be more human and humane. That’s the hope. History won’t back me on this, but every hundred years, life does get better for all.”

About UN SDGs, Climate Change And Tech for Good

“The UN gave us Sustainable Development Goals — which is a framework, but poor as a metric system. Metrics are data focused and must be hyper localized. I’ve focussed on financial inclusion and to end slavery – and slavery I have a broad definition of, meaning you are working for free without reward for your personal benefit.

We’re not the first nor the only ones doing this, but with NFTs, DeFi protocols and digital assets, it’s possible to come up with more accurate valuation of upright trees to the global economy, using spectral satellite data for carbon offset, specifies to areas by coordinates, even down to the trees. For landowners, this provides liquidity, and land stewards, better metrics to be able to harvest sustainably. And we, investors get to decide what holds value for us, not just as market makers and consumers.

Technology like AI and blockchain are only tools that can help productivity- that’s why I’ve also had to do a dive on business and revenue models as to who creates value, assesses that value, and partakes or benefits from the value created. Bad business models — like the ad revenue model — ruins perfectly good tech. It’s all how you use it.”

The Future of Tech

“I know what I’d like to see, and then balance it with what I’m seeing. In the long run, technology improves the quality of life, and lifespan for all. In the short term, though, there will always be speculators and bad actors. The most critical factor is human and self-hacking. People, do your own research, learn as much as possible on your own, validate your assumptions through fellowship with others who are principally aligned with the world you want to create. And don’t let the bastards get you down.I see a world where everyday people get to determine value, and have the heavy lifting of manual labor taken over by robots. And those adoption cycles get shorter and shorter. How this tech gets used, all these systems, needs us humans to be responsible and accountable.”

References

https://www.beomni.ai/
https://id.linkedin.com/in/ohsusan
http://worldfundingsummit.com/susan-oh
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/susan-oh
https://lifeboat.com/ex/bios.susan.oh
https://www.elev8con.com/speaker/susan-oh/