Kirk Borne
Kirk Borne
Contributor, The Yuan

Kirk Borne is chief science officer at AI startup DataPrime and founder of Data Leadership Group. He provides thought leadership, global speaking, content creation, mentoring, training, and strategy consulting in data science, machine learning, and AI across multiple disciplines. 

AI is more than smart, but will it ever become truly intelligent?
The Yuan’s voyage of intelligent discovery grounds on day nine on the shores of Maryland, another of the 13 English colonies to declare its independence from the motherland in 1776. Like Massachusetts, Maryland was founded as a dissident religious enclave. Unlike its northerly neighbor, however, the Catholic settlement chartered by King James I and named after his Danish wife Henrietta Maria has a long tradition of tolerance of religion, politics, and freethinking. Its Italian motto Fatti Maschii Parole Femine (Strong Deeds, Gentle Words) aptly encapsulates this ethos. Taking the helm in the Free State, ex-NASA data scientist Kirk Borne contends that AI is a tool that can be misused like any other, and that human freethinking will always trump AI’s in-the-box cognition which, though already ‘smarter,’ will likely never be wiser. Thus, it will be more of a boon than a bane to humanity - if handled right.
Kirk Borne  |  Jun 29, 2023
Learn the five must-know characteristics of AI literacy
Domain knowledge
Most people have some intuitive idea of what AI is, but very few manage to boost this understanding to the next level: AI fluency. If more become truly AI literate, this will positively impact AI’s future. Thus, benchmarks for measuring and defining levels of AI literacy are key.
Kirk Borne  |  Apr 14, 2023
The Yuan AI 2023: Top 10 list
The Yuan AI 2023
2023 could very well mark the rise of ‘ubiquitous’ AI, as the tech makes its presence felt in virtually every domain, and as more and more AIs show the ability to perform multiple general tasks, rather than just one or two specialized ones. AI expert Kirk Borne looks at 12 steps for data-driven medicine and healthcare, as well as 10 trends in AI to keep an eye on in 2023.
Kirk Borne  |  Dec 22, 2022
The Yuan Retrospective on 2022 AI - Better data is better healthcare
Retrospective on 2022 AI
Last year, The Yuan contributor Kirk Borne predicted the evolution of AI in 2022. He takes a look to see whether 2022 has represented another year of growing macro trends in the global AI sphere, and whether it has continued the trend of opening up many new ways of thinking, surprising innovations, and more stable solutions to critical problems.
Kirk Borne  |  Oct 13, 2022
AI is the future of what exactly?
New era
One often hears that AI is the future, and that it is poised to change the world in the coming years. However, such grandiose statements often lack clarity and are not helpful in trying to decipher which specific areas are advancing thanks to AI, which are lagging behind in the implementation of AI, and which are simply not living up to the hype.
Kirk Borne  |  Sep 26, 2022
Open medical data advances digital health
Open Data 2022
Mistrust of data-sharing abounds, but its goals are ideally positive and potentially beneficial, and shared data is actually non-identifying to any specific person, and this is as true in the medical or health industry as in any other, DataPrime’s Chief Science Officer Kirk Borne explains, as he fetes Alan Turing’s 110th birthday for The Yuan’s Open Data 2022 series.
Kirk Borne  |  Jul 08, 2022
The Yuan AI 2022 - Trends Prognosis Very Healthy Indeed
The Yuan AI 2022
The Yuan contributor Kirk Borne presents the fourth article this week on The Yuan platform predicting the evolution of artificial intelligence in 2022. He predicts another year of growing macro trends in the global AI sphere which will open many new ways of thinking, surprising innovations, and more stable solutions to critical problems.
Kirk Borne  |  Dec 30, 2021
Multimodal AI for Healthcare
Multimodal artificial intelligence is the new kid on the AI block. It uses several data types, such as image, text, speech, and numerical data, and combines them with multiple intelligence processing algorithms to achieve higher performance. Data scientist and astrophysicist Dr Kirk Borne applies some context to multimodal AI’s ability to sense, understand, assimilate, synergize, and learn from multiple diverse inputs.
Kirk Borne  |  Dec 15, 2021
Advancing Medical Research with AI
Kirk Borne discusses five exciting examples of valuable research advances recently announced that are either already associated with artificial intelligence or will be soon, including a new model able to predict how an infectious disease leaps from one species to another.
Kirk Borne  |  Nov 09, 2021
AI in the Long Tail
Domain knowledge
This cogent article by Kirk Borne employs mathematical reasoning to explore how smaller companies’ collective investments - the ‘long tail’ - drive the advance of artificial intelligence even more than outlays by bigger players, particularly in healthcare.
Kirk Borne  |  Oct 08, 2021