Empathy in AI | David Dorfman

Empathy in AI


David Dorfman
CEO & Founder, Sesh


“Efficiency, empathy and communication drives productivity. By honing these skills and  focusing on positive outcomes for everyone, we can make many small contributions to our collective progress. Sesh is a manifestation of my desire to bring this to the world.”


David is a proven business leader with over 18 years of international business and development experience across disciplines. He has served as a strategic advisor to many startup founders and teams and has helped raise $60M+ in funding for early stage ventures, technology transfer and licensing, laboratory research, capital investment, scholarship, and research programs.


Empath is an AI that analyzes emotions in video using machine learning, situational and desired outcome context, psychographics, and facial and viscera motor expressions to predict outcomes and deliver personalized neuroscience-based training. Sesh, the team behind Empath, builds technologies that aid communication and increase performance using neuroscience and lifelong learning practices.

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The Tweets That Got Trump Banned Were Far From His Worst

I always figured that if Donald Trump got banned from Twitter, it would be for one of two reasons. Either he would tweet something beyond the pale even for him—an explicit death threat, say—or he would leave the White House and stop benefiting from Twitter’s lenient rules for public figures. Neither scenario is how Trump’s Twitter career finally came to an apparent end. On Friday night, with just 12 days left in his presidency and two days after a mob of his supporters stormed the US Capitol, leading to several deaths, Twitter said it had permanently suspended …

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A Trump Ban Is Easy. Fixing Facebook and Twitter Will Be Hard

Facebook might have run out the clock on Donald Trump’s posts—I predict a permanent ban at some point—but the episode is only one data point in a wider crisis of toxic expression on social platforms. A lot of attention has been paid to Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which allows platforms to moderate content without taking on legal responsibility for what users post. Many people in DC want to change or end that law. But the bigger question for Facebook and Twitter is, what kind of services do they want to be? One where comity rules, …

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New York City Proposes Regulating Algorithms Used in Hiring

In 1964, the Civil Rights Act barred the humans who made hiring decisions from discriminating on the basis of sex or race. Now, software often contributes to those hiring decisions, helping managers screen résumés or interpret video interviews.That worries some tech experts and civil rights groups, who cite evidence that algorithms can replicate or magnify biases shown by people. In 2018, Reuters reported that Amazon scrapped a tool that filtered résumés based on past hiring patterns because it discriminated against women.Legislation proposed in the New York City Council seeks to update hiring discrimination rules for the age of algorithms. The …

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Roku Acquires Quibi’s Content





Less than three months after mobile streaming service Quibi said it was shutting down, Roku announced plans Friday to acquire the startup’s content.
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Roku will acquire more than 75 shows and documentaries created by Quibi and Hollywood-based studios, the company said in a statement. Quibi’s content includes shows starring actors like Anna Kendrick and Liam Hemsworth, and more than a dozen new shows that hadn’t even debuted on Quibi.
“Today’s announcement marks a rare opportunity to acquire compelling new original programming that features some of the biggest names in entertainment,” Roku’s …

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Q&A: Clover Health President Talks About Going Public, Future Of Insurance





Clover Health, a provider of Medicare Advantage health plans, is poised to become a public company on Friday. It closed a $3.7 billion merger agreement this week with Social Capital Hedosophia III, a blank-check acquisition company led by billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya.
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The newly merged company, to be known as Clover Health Investments, is expected to begin trading under the new trading symbols of CLOV and CLOVW on the Nasdaq Global Select Market.
The San Francisco-based company announced it was going public in October. The insurer provides Medicare Advantage plans for more than 50,000 members. It also developed …

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Gazprom loses gas monopoly as Southeast European market advances

The gas market in southeast Europe was marked by three events at the beginning of the new year, all of them with far-reaching consequences. On January 1, Serbian President Aleksander Vucic celebrated his nation’s gas supplies from Russia through a different route, notably via Bulgaria and the Balkan Stream pipeline, part of the Turkish Stream pipeline. Only hours prior to the announcement, Bulgaria started getting Azeri gas via the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), prompting Bulgarian Prime Minister Bojko Borissow to say during a visit to a compressor station near the Greek border: “As of now, complete diversification rules.” He basically announced …

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Will Bitcoin become ‘millennial gold’?

2020 was a red-banner year for Bitcoin, the world’s biggest cryptocurrency. A week into 2021, its price topped $37,000 (€30,265), more than quadrupling its value in the past year. In recent weeks, the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust gained over $3 billion (€2.45 billion), according to a note published Tuesday by investment bank JPMorgan. Gold, meanwhile, saw some $7 billion in outflows. “Bitcoin’s competition with gold has already started in our mind,” the JPMorgan strategists wrote. “Considering how big the financial investment into gold is, a crowding out of gold as an ‘alternative’ currency implies big upside for Bitcoin over the long term,” they said. So is Bitcoin the …

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Color raises $167 million funding at $1.5 billion valuation to expand ‘last mile’ of U.S. health infrastructure

Healthcare startup Color has raised a sizeable $167 million in Series D funding round, at a valuation of $1.5 billion post-money, the company announced today. This brings the total raised by Color to $278 million, with its latest large round intended to help it build on a record year of growth in 2020 with even more expansion to help put in place key health infrastructure systems across the U.S. – including those related to the “last mile” delivery of COVID-19 vaccines.
This latest investment into Color was led by General Catalyst, and by funds invested by T. Rowe Price, along with participation from Viking …

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The Year In Press Freedom: 10 Urgent Cases Of Journalism Under Attack

Before the Covid-19 pandemic emerged, journalists worldwide regularly faced threats in carrying out their work. From the dangers of reporting in conflict zones to retaliatory measures inflicted by corrupt leaders, these professionals risk their lives to reveal the truth.The health crisis that spread throughout 2020 added a layer of difficulty. Journalists around the world have fought harder to obtain and expose information about authorities’ response to the coronavirus, and detention conditions heighten jailed journalists’ risk of contracting coronavirus.
At least 207 press freedom violations in 2020 related to the pandemic, according to research from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). These included …

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