Getting to Know the DeepJudge Team: Yannic Kilcher, CTO and Co-Founder

This is the second installment in the series of getting to know the DeepJudge team. 

Meet Yannic Kilcher, our CTO. Like the other co-founders of DeepJudge, Yannic earned his PhD in an AI-related field from ETH Zürich and has experience working at Google. Despite these shared achievements, each team member brings unique and diverse backgrounds and interests to the table. Join us as we ask them some questions and learn more about the people behind DeepJudge.

Where did you grow up, and how did you first get interested in artificial intelligence?

I grew up in northwestern Switzerland. I became interested in AI during university studies because it expands the domain of problems we can solve with computers.

When I went to get my PhD I focused on robustness of deep neural networks, natural language processing, reinforcement learning, and generative models.

What is your favorite part of working with your co-founders and team at DeepJudge?

Our people are extremely competent and care a lot about their work. Together, we can tackle problems that nobody else even dares to touch.

What most interests you about the legal industry? What is your point of view on integrating new technologies into legal practice? 

The structure of the organizations prevents fast progress, but the individual people inside these organizations are surprisingly forward-thinking and open to new ideas. It has been super interesting to get to know them and help them move forward initiatives within their firms.

I would encourage leaders and law firms and law departments to continue to view technology as a method to enable your people to do their highest quality work, rather than as a cost item to be minimized.

Where do you see the company in the next five years, and what legal tech advancements do you hope to see in that time?

Our mission is to help humans make sense out of large amounts of unstructured data. Making this data more readily available will make legal professionals much more substantive in their work and allow everyone to make more informed, more efficient, and more consistent decisions.

When you’re not working, and what do you do to unwind?

I make YouTube videos about AI research.

What is a surprising or fun fact that people might not know about you?

I can see in the dark quite well compared to other people. 

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