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December 5, 2012
Mid America Club
200 East Randolph St. #80
Chicago, IL

Automate This: How Algorithms Came To Rule The World

Join us for a discussion of the growing impact of artificial intelligence and algorithms on our daily lives with Christopher Steiner, New York Times best-selling author of Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World, and our esteemed panel. Chris will share his discoveries from the book, followed by a panel discussion featuring distinguished guests from the fields of politics, academia, marketing, and advertising.


  • Rayid Ghani, chief scientist of the Obama for America 2012 campaign
  • Robert Grossman, University of Chicago professor and Open Data Group founder
  • Keary Phillips, Senior Manager Internet Acquisition Programs and DRTV, Allstate Insurance Company
  • Rishad Tobaccowala, chief of strategy and innovation at VivaKi
  • Moderated by George John, Founder & CEO of Rocket Fuel


9 to 9:45am - Breakfast
9:45 to 10:15am - Christopher Steiner Keynote
10:15 to 11:15am - Panel and Q&A

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What makes our special guests so special?
Learn more about our featured speakers.
Chris Steiner
Rayid Ghani
Rayid Ghani was the Chief Scientist of the Obama for America 2012 campaign, focusing on analytics, technology, and data. His work on the campaign focused on improving different functions of the campaign including fundraising, volunteer, and voter mobilization using analytics, social media, and machine learning.
George John
Robert Grossman
Robert Grossman is a partner at Open Data Group, and a professor at the University of Chicago, where he is the director of informatics at the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology (IGSB), a senior fellow at the Computation Institute, and a professor of medicine in the Section of Genetic Medicine.
Rayid Ghani
George John
George John is part of a new breed of computer scientists applying artificial intelligence and big data to digital advertising. After obtaining a PhD from Stanford, George pioneered breakthroughs in data mining and predictive analytics at Yahoo!, Salesforce.com, Epiphany, and IBM before co-founding Rocket Fuel. He is a frequent speaker, author, and contributor to industry leading events and publications including Forbes, iMedia, Adweek, and ad:tech.
Robert Grossman
Keary Phillips
Keary Phillips is senior manager, Internet Acquisition Programs and DRTV, Allstate Insurance Company. Keary oversees all of Allstate’s corporate-based customer-acquisition and lead-gen-oriented online marketing efforts. In this role, Keary leads efforts to maximize the efficiency and scale of display media, paid search, affiliate marketing, Internet-lead partnerships, and direct response.
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Chris Steiner
Christopher Steiner is the New York Times best-selling author of the just released Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World. It chronicles the march of algorithms from the very first hack of Wall Street to their current role as disruptors of the creative class in fields as varied as music, writing, law and medicine.
Keary Phillips
Rishad Tobaccowala
Rishad Tobaccowala is the chief strategy and innovation officer at VivaKi. He oversees innovation and reinvention efforts across all of VivaKi's agency networks. Working closely with local brand CEOs and VivaKi country chairs, he helps VivaKi's global businesses become established leaders in digital media and marketing.
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