Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are emerging as top fields in technology today. It has penetrated into numerous aspects of our everyday life—be it Siri or Alexa, Facebook/Instagram friend suggestions, customer support chatbots, and much more. In light of this, many artificial intelligence influencers are well-known researchers who drive value and success in their respective fields. These are the people who are driving discussions about AI across social media and other platforms. AI influencers tend to drive the true essence and potential of technology at different touchpoints. Here is a list of the top 10 AI influencers who are changing the technology landscape.

Top 10 Global Artificial Intelligence Influencers in 2020

Top 10 Global Artificial Intelligence Influencers in 2020

The 10 most sought-after influencers in the field of AI are:

Bernard Marr

Bernard Marr is a bestselling international author, keynote speaker, and strategic advisor to companies and governments. LinkedIn has ranked him as one of the top 5 business influencers in the world and the No. 1 influencer in the UK. Furthermore, he has contributed to the World Economic Forum and writes a regular column for Forbes. Bernard is a major social media influencer on LinkedIn, SlideShare, and YouTube. He has over 175K fans on Facebook, coupled with 120K Twitter followers, and over 20K followers on Instagram. He is the author of 16 books and hundreds of high profile reports and articles, including the international best-sellers. In addition, his expert comments regularly feature on TV, radio, and publications such as The Guardian, The Financial Times, CFO Magazine, and Wall Street Journal.

Andrew Ng

Andrew NG is one of the most sought-after leaders in the ML domain. He is Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of Coursera and an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University. Moreover, in 2011 he led Stanford University’s main MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) platform.  He has conducted an online class on ML to over 100,000 students, leading to the founding of Coursera. Moreover, he led the “Google Brain” project and developed massive-scale deep learning algorithms. Andrew worked on deep learning and its applications to computer vision and speech, including such applications as autonomous driving.

Kirk Borne

Dr. Kirk Borne, a data scientist/ astrophysicist is one of the leading influencers in the Big Data/AI space. He is currently employed as the Principal Data Scientist and Executive Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton. Also, he was a professor of astrophysics and computational science at George Mason University for over twelve years. His work has majorly contributed to various projects including NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

Fei Fei Li

Dr. Fei-Fei Li is the inaugural Sequoia Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. Together with this, she is the Co-Director of Stanford’s Human-Centered AI Institute. She served as the Director of Stanford’s AI Lab from 2013 to 2018. During her sabbatical from Stanford from January 2017 to September 2018, she was Vice President at Google and served as Chief Scientist of AI/ML at Google Cloud. Dr. Li is a keynote speaker at many academic or influential conferences, including the World Economic Forum (Davos) and the Grace Hopper Conference 2017.

Allie Miller

Allie is the US Head of AI Business Development for Startups and Venture Capital at Amazon, advancing the greatest AI companies in the world. She holds a double-major MBA from The Wharton School. Allie was named by Forbes and AI Summit as 2019‘s “AI Innovator of the Year” and LinkedIn Top Voice for Technology 2019. Allie is also the Founder of The AI Pipeline to build stronger diversity in ML. Moreover, an ambassador for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and for the Advancing Women in Product. Furthermore, she won the Grand Prize in three national innovation competitions. 

Gary Marcus

Gary Marcus is a scientist, best-selling author, and entrepreneur. He is the Founder and CEO of He the author of five books, including The Algebraic Mind, Kluge, The Birth of the Mind, and The New York Times best-seller Guitar Zero. Furthermore, he is the editor of The Future of the Brain and The Norton Psychology Reader. Alongside this, he has co-authored Rebooting AI: Building Artificial Intelligence We Can Trust. In light of this, Marcus is recognized as one of the most influential artificial intelligence influencers in 2020. 

Soumith Chintala

Chintala is a Researcher at Facebook AI Research and a New York University alumni. He works on deep learning, generative image models, reinforcement learning, and agents for video games. Also, he led PyTorch – an opensource ML library developed by the Facebook AI Research lab for Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing applications. Having worked in past projects like Google Street View House Numbers, pedestrian detection, he is also an extensive researcher in the ML framework.

Yoshua Bengio

Bengio is a Canadian computer scientist. He is one of the world’s leading experts in AI and is also a pioneer in deep learning. He is a lecturer at the Department of Computer Science and Operations Research at the Université de Montréal. Furthermore, Bengio is one of the pioneers in the ML domain, owing to his work on artificial neural networks and Deep Learning. In addition to holding the Canada Research Chair in Statistical Learning Algorithms, he is the founder and scientific director of Mila – the world’s largest university research group in deep learning. 

Geoffrey E. Hinton

Hinton is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. He joined Google’s AI research team, Google Brain, as a researcher. Furthermore, he is a fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Canada, and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. Coupled with this, he is an expert in artificial neural networks. Moreover, he has authored the book – Neural Network Architectures for AI.  Hinton is a cognitive psychologist and computer scientist, most noted for his work on artificial neural networks. Over the years, he made several contributions to deep learning in Boltzmann Machines, Helmholtz Machines, etc. As a matter of fact, he was awarded the Turing Prize in 2018 for his extensive work in deep learning.

Kate Crawford

Crawford is the principal researcher at Microsoft Research New York. Also, a visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab. She predominantly focuses on the far-reaching consequences that AI and robotics could potentially have on the world. In light of this, she recently launched the AI Now Initiative. This is designed to continue the research done by her and her peers on the effects of AI, to create a more equitable future. 


The above list of Artificial Intelligence Influencers is selected on the basis of their intensive research work, social media presence, investment goals, professional achievements, and their innovation in the AI domain. As a matter of fact, the world of AI/ML is constantly evolving, with new job opportunities, skills, and products springing up constantly. Contextually, it is important to observe the key emerging trends shaping 2020 in the framework of AI.