Hybrid Intelligence in Finance: A Conversation with Vahe Andonians of Cognaize
In this thought-provoking episode of Tech Talks Daily, I am joined by Vahe Andonians, the founder and CTO of Cognaize, a company revolutionizing AI’s role in the financial sector with its hybrid intelligence approach. Fresh off the success of Cognaize’s Series A funding round, Andonians brings his deep expertise and unique perspective on AI to our audience, blending his experience as a senior lecturer at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management with his practical insights from the industry.
Andonians introduces us to “hybrid intelligence,” a pioneering approach where AI and human expertise collaborate rather than compete. This method, he argues, is essential for the financial industry, where judgment and decision-making require a nuanced understanding that AI alone cannot provide. He emphasizes the limitations of large AI models like ChatGPT in economic contexts, citing hardware constraints, the potential for inaccurate outputs (‘hallucinations’), and privacy concerns.
Cognaize, under Andonians’ guidance, opts for smaller, more targeted AI models. These models are designed to analyze structured and unstructured data effectively, providing insights while sidestepping the downsides of larger, more generalist AI systems. Andonians shares how this approach enables banks and financial institutions to harness AI’s power without compromising precision or privacy.
Andonians predict a rapid advancement in AI, including the potential emergence of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). However, he cautions that computational limitations might initially constrain its applications. He also delves into the intriguing possibilities of combining AI with gene editing, hinting at a future of exponential innovation.
For financial institutions eager to embrace AI, Andonians offers practical advice. He underscores the importance of educating staff at all levels, including board members, about AI. He also recommends partnering with experienced vendors to facilitate a smooth adoption process and advises a multifaceted approach, cautioning against reliance on a single initiative or vendor.
Join me in this fascinating episode as Vahe Andonians unravels the complexities of AI in finance, offering a glimpse into the future of financial decision-making, where human expertise and artificial intelligence merge to form a more powerful, insightful, and ethical approach to financial services.