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Vian Chinner
An industry veteran adept at launching unique businesses, Vian Chinner is the CEO of Xineoh, a company that specialises in the application of mathematical modelling and machine learning to ad technology. He has been the founder or co-founder of a number of algorithmic and machine learning based entities, including Genesis Futures Trading, a commodity arbitrage business that developed proprietary trading algorithms which consistently outperformed top commodities funds in the US and Europe; Netcomputer South Africa, an operator of several consumer electronics shopping portals; and Ylopo Inc, a US-based company that applies marketing automation and machine learning to enhance the rental and real estate search experience. Holding a B.Com in Financial Management from the University of the Free State, he has also been honoured with the Chancellor’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award by the same university. This award is the highest honour bestowed on alumni, with previous recipients including a South African President, Chief Justice and a Provincial Premier. He is also a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council, an invite-only fellowship for start-ups that achieve certain revenue and funding milestones.
  • Why work won’t become obsolete in the age of artificial intelligence

    The rise of machine learning and artificial intelligence has spawned a fourth industrial revolution that has left many wondering where to next. After all, if robots can perform our roles at a much cheaper rate, what hope is there for gainful employment in years to come? But while the skeptics among us may point to an era of joblessness in which humans are snubbed by their computer-driven counterparts, historical data points towards the likelihood of an impending societal shift, whereby the nature of work evolves to cater to advancing human needs. We need only look back a few short decades to...

  • How AI will affect the future property market

    Much discussed as a revolutionary technology of the future, artificial intelligence (AI) is already having an impact in the present, reshaping the way work is carried out across a range of industries, from manufacturing to customer service. One of the niche arenas where its impact has not yet been significant is the real estate market, but this is also set to change. In the past, a buyer using a realtor would have outlined some basic factors -- price, room requirements and area -- to the agent, who would then interpose their own interpretation of those parameters and show the resulting...