11 Dec December 11, 2023 – AI for Better Games Michael Puscar and Right Fit André Martin
Michael Puscar – Founder of NPCx.ai
Our business model is a very common AI model. Whether it’s fraud
detection or whatever it is. Take something that is manual and tedious
and do it automatically and faster with higher precision.
We just do that for video games.
Michael Puscar is the founder and CEO of NPCX.ai and a serial entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist who has successfully built three high-tech startups from scratch and taken them through to exit. Michael is a published data scientist and expert in artificial intelligence technology, with 3 patents awarded for his groundbreaking work in the area. His latest venture, NPCx, aims to use AI to make characters more realistic in video games and animated films. Michael creates hyper-realistic NPCs (Non-Player Characters) and redefines traditional methods of character creation and animation. He is a serial entrepreneur, investor, technologist, and published data scientist who has spent 30 years building cutting-edge applications that challenge existing technological paradigms. He has three patents (one of which is still pending) for his groundbreaking work in AI and machine learning. As a serial entrepreneur, Michael has had three prior startup exits and three patents.
André Martin – Chief Talent & Learning Officer and Author of Wrong Fit, Right Fit: Why How We Work Matters More Than Ever
The easiest way to get the right person for your company is to be honest
about who you are and how you get work done. I would love to see
companies get away from these poetic, beautiful aspirational versions
on their career websites. At some point the person coming to join your
company is going to need the truth about how it feels to work there.
André Martin, PhD, has held key senior leadership, advisory, and board roles dedicated to employee engagement and culture in some of the biggest consumer brands in the world including Target, Nike, Google, Mars Incorporated, and Disney. Whether his teams were unleashing the potential of Target’s 350,000 employees by helping to build a more purpose-driven culture, activating a consumer-focused digital transformation at Nike by delivering a more value-driven, leader-led culture, or building a principle-led culture at Mars that resulted in five consecutive Gallup Great Place to Work awards, André’s mission has always been to help make growth companies as engaging as the consumer brands they create. When he isn’t helping companies thrive, Andre is a guest lecturer at top universities on design thinking and innovation, a committed husband and father of two wonderful children, an owner of a sustainable mushroom farm in the Ozark Mountains, and can otherwise be found hiking the rain-soaked trails around Portland with his two English labs (Bode and the Fonz). His new 5-star book, “Wrong Fit, Right Fit,” was published by IT Rev Press in Sept. 2023.