Expert panel to explore AI in Columbus

The OpenAI logo is seen displayed on a cell phone with an image on a computer screen generated by ChatGPT’s Dall-E text-to-image model in December 2023 in Boston.

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As society navigates the expansion of artificial intelligence (AI), a panel of experts will convene in Columbus next week for a panel discussion that will delve into its transformative potential. The event is free but reservations are required.

On Wednesday, March 27, from 4 to 7 p.m., Columbus Catalyst will host “ReThink: AI,” a gathering of like-minded individuals, experts, and enthusiasts who are knowledgeable and passionate about the profound impact of AI on our society. The event will take place at at Helen Haddad Hall, 315 Franklin St. in downtown Columbus.

This free event promises an engaging exploration of AI, moving beyond the buzzwords and into substantive discussions about its implications across healthcare, business, government and beyond.

The panel will be moderated by Bill Collins, a former software project lead for Cummins Inc. who currently is a health care subject matter expert at Stanford Health Care in San Francisco. Other panelists include Dr. Raymond Kiser, vice-president and associate chief medical officer at Columbus Regional Health; Jake Miller, CEO of The Engineered Innovation Group, a fast-growing software development firm based in Indianapolis; and Kunal Tayal, digital strategy director at Cummins and a startup adviser.

Organizers say the event will provide an invaluable platform for networking, knowledge exchange, and the exploration of groundbreaking innovations within the AI landscape. “Whether you’re a seasoned professional, an aspiring entrepreneur, or simply curious about the future of technology, this event will inspire and enlighten you,” promotional material says.

The schedule is:

4-4:30 p.m.: Doors open and networking

4:30-5:15 p.m.: Panel discussion

5:15-5:45 p.m.: Startup showcase: Rhonda Fischer, Columbus resident and managing director of the Crisis Technology Innovation Lab at the Indiana University Luddy School of Informatics

5:45-6:15 p.m.: AI new product demo: The Engineered Innovation Group CEO Jake Miller

6:15-6:30 p.m.: AI in education: Varshika Loganath: Columbus North student engaged in advocacy work around ethical use of artificial intelligence

6:30-7 p.m.: Networking and drinks

To reserve your place at the event, visit or