Top Artificial Intelligence Influencers To Follow

This is a live list of top trending artificial intelligence experts/influencers from around the world. This list is last updated on March 8, 2021. This post will be updated regularly to reflect any new updates in the list. If we missed any name in the list, you can nominate a profile via email

Here is our list updated as on March 8, 2021.

Yoshua BengioYoshua Bengio is a Canadian computer scientist, most noted for his work on artificial neural networks and deep learning. He was a co-recipient of the 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award for his work in deep learning. He is a professor at the Department of Computer Science and Operations Research at the Université de Montréal and scientific director of the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA).

Geoffrey HintonGeoffrey Everest Hinton is an English Canadian cognitive psychologist and computer scientist, most noted for his work on artificial neural networks. Since 2013 he divides his time working for Google (Google Brain) and the University of Toronto.

Yann LeCun: Yann LeCun is a French computer scientist working primarily in the fields of machine learning, computer vision, mobile robotics, and computational neuroscience. He is the Silver Professor of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, and Vice President, Chief AI Scientist at Facebook. 

Andrew Ng: Andrew Ng is VP & Chief Scientist of Baidu; Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of Coursera; and an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University.

Ian J. Goodfellow: Ian J. Goodfellowis a researcher working in machine learning, currently employed at Apple Inc. as its director of machine learning in the Special Projects Group. He was previously employed as a research scientist at Google Brain. He has made several contributions to the field of deep learning.

Allie Miller: Allie Miller is the US Head of AI Business Development for Startups and Venture Capital at Amazon, advancing the greatest AI companies in the world. Allie was named by Forbes and AI Summit as 2019‘s “AI Innovator of the Year” and LinkedIn Top Voice for Technology 2019.

Fabio Moioli: Director of Consulting & Services at Microsoft .
16+ years executive experience in several industries and countries. Previously Vice President and Head of BU Telecom & Media at Capgemini, Associate at McKinsey & Co, Account and Delivery Manager at Ericsson.

François Chollet: AI & deep learning researcher, author of papers accepted at major conferences such as CVPR, NIPS, ICLR, etc. Author of Keras – – Keras is a leading deep learning framework for Python, with over 350,000 users and over 700 open-source contributors (as of Q2 2019).

Oriol Vinyals: Research Scientist, Machine Learning/Deep Learning/AI, Google DeepMind. Creator of AlphaStar. Previous: Google Brain.

Dr. Roman Yampolskiy: Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy is a Tenured Associate Professor in the department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the Speed School of EngineeringUniversity of Louisville. He is the founding and current director of the Cyber Security Lab and an author of many books including Artificial Superintelligence: a Futuristic Approach.

Spiros Margaris: Spiros Margaris is a venture capitalist, futurist, keynote speaker, and senior advisor to wefox Group, STC Pay, SparkLabs Group,,, and GENTWO. He is involved in the two fintech unicorns (valuations of over $1 billion) wefox Group and STC Pay. He is the first international influencer to achieve “The Triple Crown” ranking. He was ranked the No. 1 international FinTech, Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) influencer (05/2018) by Onalytica. Spiros once again was ranked the No. 1 global FinTech influencer (02/2020) by Onalytica. He was ranked the No. 1 Finance Influencer (08/2020) by Refinitiv (Thomson Reuters). He also gave a TEDxAcademy Talk. He published an AI white paper, “Machine learning in financial services: Changing the rules of the game,” for the enterprise software vendor SAP. He was the first non-IBM keynote speaker at the largest IBM event in Europe (10/2019), “2019 IBM Systems Technical University”. 

Fei-Fei Li: Fei-Fei Li, is a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. She is the director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab and the Stanford Vision Lab. 

Jürgen Schmidhuber: CoFounder at NNAISENSE. Since age 15, the main goal of professor Jürgen Schmidhuber has been to build a self-improving Artificial Intelligence (AI) smarter than himself, then retire. His lab’s Deep Learning Neural Networks (since 1991) such as Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM) have revolutionised machine learning, and are now available to billions of users through the world’s most valuable public companies, e.g., for greatly improved speech recognition on over 2 billion Android phones, greatly improved machine translation through Google (since 2016) and Facebook (over 4 billion LSTM-based translations per day as of 2017), Apple’s Siri and Quicktype on almost 1 billion iPhones (since 2016), the answers of Amazon’s Alexa, and numerous other applications.

Hugo Larochelle: Hugo is the lead of the Google Brain team in Montreal, adjunct professor at Université de Montréal and a Canada CIFAR Chair. His research focuses on the study and development of deep learning algorithms.

Chris Albon: Director of Machine Learning at the Wikimedia Foundation.

Andrej Karpathy: Director of AI at Tesla. Previously a research scientist at OpenAI and CS PhD student at Stanford.

Tarry Singh: CEO, Co-founder & AI Researcher at, // Transforming Enterprises, Healthcare & Education with Machine Learning & Deep Learning

Martin Ford: Martin Ford is a futurist and the author of two books: The New York Times Bestselling Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future and The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Futureas well as the founder of a Silicon Valley-based software development firm.

Nigel Willson: For nearly twenty years Nigel has been at Microsoft helping clients to write the future, most recently as Global Strategist with a focus on innovation and near future trends. He is a frequent speaker at events on artificial intelligence & respected social media contributor on AI / ML & tech topics.

Kirk Borne, Ph.D.: The Principal Data Scientist & Data Science Fellow, and Executive Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton. 

Nick Bostrom: Nick Bostrom, born on March 10, 1973, is known for his research about the risks of developing artificial superintelligence and strategies on how to do so responsibly.

He is a Professor at University of Oxford. He is the director of Future of Humanity Institute and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Program.

Nathan Benaich: Nathan is the Founder and General Partner of Air Street Capital, a venture capital firm investing in AI-first technology and life science companies.

Paul Roetzer: He started PR 20/20 in November 2005 after seven years at a traditional PR and marketing firm. He is the author of The Marketing Agency Blueprint (Wiley, 2012)and The Marketing Performance Blueprint (Wiley, 2014); creator of the Marketing Artificial Intelligence Institute and Marketing Score; and a graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

Adam Geitgey: Director of engineering at Groupon and passionate artificial intelligence expert. A software developer with over 15 years of professional experience building large systems and managing development teams for companies like Groupon.

Soumith Chintala: Machine learning researcher and computer programmer. Currently a Research Engineer at Facebook AI Research

Tamara McClearyTamara is an internationally recognized expert on branding, influence & social business. The Founder and CEO of Thulium, a brand amplification company, specializing in B2B social media account-based marketing, Tamara’s expertise is in B2B and B2C marketing, social influence and technology. She is ranked by Klear in the Top 1% of global Social Media Influencers.  She is listed as one of the Top 50 Social Influencers of 2015, one of the Top 50 Big Data Influencers of 2016 and one of the Top 100 IoT Influencers of 2016by Onalytica.  Tamara is also ranked in the Top 25 AI/Machine Language influencers, a Top 50 Blockchain Influencer, and Top 50 Digital Transformation Influencer.

Gary Marcus: Gary Marcus, scientist, bestselling author, entrepreneur, and AI contrarian, was CEO and Founder of the machine learning startup Geometric Intelligence, recently acquired by Uber.

As a Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at NYU, he jas published extensively in fields ranging from human and animal behavior to neuroscience, genetics, and artificial intelligence, often in leading journals such as Science and Nature.

Adam Coates: Adam is currently Director at Apple.Adam received his PhD from Stanford University in 2012 and was the director of the Silicon Valley AI Lab at Baidu Research until September 2017.1Adam Coates:Adam is currently an Operating Partner at Khosla Ventures. Adam received his PhD from Stanford University in 2012 and was the director of the Silicon Valley AI Lab at Baidu Research until September 2017.

Dr. Angelica Lim: Lim is an A.I. roboticist at SoftBank Robotics, building AI software for robots to interact in a smart, but fun way.  Lim is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Computing Science at Simon Fraser University.

J.J. Kardwell: Kardwell is the CEO and co-founder of EverString, which sells a  predictive analytics platform that helps companies identify and engage with their best customer prospects.

Vincent Boucher: Vincent Boucher, President of Montreal AI

Andreas Maier: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Andreas Maier Head of the Pattern Recognition Lab of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro, Ph.D.Gregory Piatetsky is a well-known expert in Big Data, Business Analytics, Data Mining, Data Science, and Machine Learning and is among top influencers in those fields. He is the president of KDnuggets, a leading site in the field, with over 500,000 visitors per month and over 250,000 subscribers/followers. Gregory is also the founder of KDD (Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining conferences) and co-founder and past chair of ACM SIGKDD, the professional association for Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. You can follow him on LinkedIn.

Dr. Ben GoertzelDr. Ben Goertzel is the CEO & founder at SingularityNET foundation as well as Chairman and Chief Scientist at Singularity Studio. He is also the Chief AI Advisor of Hanson Robotics, where for several years he led the team developing the AI software for the Sophia robot.  Dr. Goertzel currently serves as Chairman of the Artificial General Intelligence Society, the OpenCog Foundation, the Decentralized AI Alliance and the futurist nonprofit Humanity+.

Moustapha Cisse: Research Scientist and Head of Google AI Center, Accra. Founder and Director of AMMI at AIMS.

Reza ZadehFounder CEO @Matroid, Adjunct Professor @Stanford. Focused on Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, & Discrete Applied Mathematics. Often fighting gravity.

Note: The above list of influencers is selected on the basis of their research work, social media influence, Twitter and LinkedIn followers, achievements, and their association with startups and innovation in the AI domain. 

Please note: This is not a ranking article.

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