Last week’s blog took a look back at DataCubes’ 2019 highlights. In this blog, I’d like to focus on where the industry stands today and what’s ahead for insurtech and AI in 2020.
2019 was a pivotal year at DataCubes—one that saw our partners make great progress in transforming their underwriting businesses. The year also saw DataCubes continue our exponential growth while taking important steps to create further success in 2020.
I’ve always been an entrepreneur. Either consciously, or just by habit, I have always looked for more advanced solutions to solve problems. From when I was living on a farm as a boy to this very day, finding innovative ways to add value has always been front and center for me.
As we frantically prepare for the holidays—the celebrations, gatherings and, for many, gift giving—it’s easy to forget what they are all about. End of year holidays not only provide much-needed downtime with family and friends, they also provide a time to reflect on the year and to celebrate our achievements.
On May 11, 1997, history was made. Deep Blue, the IBM Artificial Intelligence (AI) supercomputer, defeated Gary Kasparov, a world champion chess master, in a six-game match. This was the first time a machine ever defeated a world champion in chess and marked the beginning of a new era. However today, there are many cases where AI and humans are working together to achieve better results. As an example, an AI-enabled sous-chef called Chef Watson from IBM, is able to create recipes that help their human partners in the kitchen. This shows that AI and humans can work together to accomplish more. On a similar note, in the realm of commercial underwriting, until there are major changes in the modern world, human underwriters have a great opportunity to use AI to produce the best results.
I come from India. My father was a farmer and our day typically started early. My mother was a homemaker raising six kids in a challenging environment and on a variable income. My whole life, I’ve believed in working hard and investing yourself in your occupation.