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Tuesday, March 19 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Cybernetic Ebooks: A Panel on Machine Learning and AI in Book Production

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Tools are at the core of the daily work of book production, whether print or digital, because they directly impact our efficiency and the quality of the final product. Thanks to growing amounts of available data and the increased processing power of modern computers, Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have become popular tools to solve certain classes of problems.
However, alongside the growing opportunities and potential advantages of applying these technologies to book production, there is also a perceived “dark side” to ML/AI that has many in the book industry worried that it will automate and replace their jobs.
The panelists will share their different approaches to applying ML/AI at their companies and their outcomes, highlighting both strengths and limitations, as they consider a vision of a more automated publishing workflow.

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Monica Landers

CEO, StoryFit
Monica Landers is co-founder and CEO of StoryFit, a rapid-growth technology company which provides AI analytics for the publishing and entertainment industry. With two media technology patents, Monica’s deep experience in media extends from producing for ABC News and Good Morning... Read More →
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Wendy Reid

Senior QA Analyst, Rakuten Kobo
Wendy Reid is a Senior QA at Rakuten Kobo, where she works with kobo's mobile apps and device teams to improve reading experiences, promote accessibility, and raise quality. At her other day job she is one of the chairs of the Publishing Working Group at the W3C, and editor of the... Read More →
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Joshua Tallent

Director of Sales and Education, Firebrand Technologies
Joshua Tallent is an acclaimed teacher and guide on the role of data in publishing, and a vocal advocate for high quality book metadata. He serves as the Director of Sales and Education at Firebrand Technologies (www.firebrandtech.com), where his focus is on helping publishers of all sizes learn about, and find solutions to, their workflow and metadata problems. Joshua can often be found researching odd metadata issues, creating training videos and documentation about Firebrand services, and speaking at conferences... Read More →
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Jens Tröger

Founder, Bookalope
Jens is passionate about book design and typography, as well as writing code. After more than two decades in academic and commercial computer science research and development, he as consolidated his passions with Bookalope: a collection of intelligent online tools for AI-assisted... Read More →