Eric Olson, CEO and co-founder of Consensus, is a collegiate athlete turned data scientist turned entrepreneur who needed faster access to reliable data while working at DraftKings. Consensus is a search engine that uses a large language model to find answers in peer-reviewed research articles. Eric's living proof that the best entrepreneurs start by solving a problem they've encountered. Hear how Eric's scratching his own itch.

Listen and learn…

  1. Why Google isn't the answer for scientists seeking evidence-based answers online
  2. Why a business model that relies on ads can't solve the "unbiased answer" problem for researchers
  3. How Consensus addresses the problem of conflicting information online from credible resources
  4. How to use labels to improve search retrieval accuracy… without introducing bias into results
  5. How to use extractive large language models (LLMs), to extract relevant portions of documents and match them to NLP questions 
  6. Why generative AI like GPT-3 can't answer "what's the consensus opinion out there" when multiple potential answers exist
  7. Who is responsible if Consensus delivers answers that lead to harmful outcomes
  8. What Eric learned as a division I NCAA athlete (Go Wildcats!) that has helped him as a high-tech entrepreneur

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