Forum on World Class IT - 281 Interviews and Podcasts

Welcome to the Forum on World Class IT podcast series, a collection of exclusive interviews with Chief Information Officers and other IT industry thought leaders. Learn from the experts on how best to establish a truly World Class IT organization.

Podcast tags Archives: Artificial Intelligence

Nick Bostrom, Author of Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

In this interview, Nick Bostrom, Author of Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The increasing need for a focus on ethical behavior in a technology-driven world
  • The role of existential risks in the field of research
  • Current trends that are fueling the advancement of artificial intelligence
  • The inherent implications that artificial intelligence has on the human civilization
  • The complication that artificial intelligence presents as it is introduced to the business landscape
  • The Future of Humanity Institute that he oversees
  • People of influence on Nick’s personal development and the work he conducts

Jeff Dean, Head of Google Brain

In this interview, Jeff Dean, Google Senior Fellow & Head of Google Brain, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, Three, Project & Portfolio Management, and Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How Jeff’s role at Google (and the company itself) has evolved since he joined in 1999, and his current role as the head of Google Brain
  • How Google resists organizational stasis and remains innovative, despite growing into a corporate behemoth
  • Google’s vision for an AI first world, and how the company applies its fundamental AI research to improving and creating new products and service
  • Trends in artificial intelligence such as open source software and conversational assistants
  • Major challenges AI presents
  • How companies in any industry can leverage artificial intelligence

Mike Schroepfer, Chief Technology Officer of Facebook

In this interview, Mike Schroepfer, Chief Technology Officer of Facebook, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The three innovation pillars that underpin Facebook’s ten-year roadmap
  • The talent needs of Facebook extending beyond computer engineering
  • Strategies for unifying a diverse talent pool to achieve a common goal
  • Engaging in partnerships within the industry to accelerate the rate of technological change
  • How utilizing Facebook in the workplace can bolster productivity and collaborative efforts among employees
  • The idea of “cultural engineering” to build cohesion across an organization

Yasir Anwar, Senior VP, Head of Digital Technology, Macy’s

In this interview, Yasir Anwar, Senior VP, Head of Digital, Macy’s, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle two, Infrastructure, and principle three, Project & Portfolio Management, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Working across internal departments and with external partners to reach customer-centric goals
  • Advantages Macy’s has as a long-standing brand vs. competition from digital native organizations
  • Digital development to create the “omni customer” experience
  • Restructuring of the organization based on the customer’s journey—the use of “domains”
  • Macy’s Labs and the focus on entrepreneurship within the larger organization
  • Talent attraction

Susan Swart, CIO, International Monetary Fund

In this interview, Susan Swart, CIO of the International Monetary Fund, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Organization of the IT department given the broad purview of the IMF
  • Sought-after skills and qualities of IT team members
  • Creating a new ecosystem with the engagement of new partners
  • Her path as an executive and advice for women in the field
  • Mentoring programs and the importance of increasing the pool of potential female hires
  • Eye on the trends: AI in surveillance and natural language processing, Fintech, block chain

Rob Nail, CEO, Singularity University

In this interview, Rob Nail, Chief Executive Officer of Singularity University, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and Principle Five, External Partnerhips. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Rob’s path from entrepreneur to CEO, and the growth he has led at SingularityUniversity
  • The accelerating pace of technology progress, and the importance of thoughtful and creative futures thinking
  • How the lack of long-term thinking has contributed to economic instability and political and social unrest in the US and across the world
  • The natural tendency for people to be pessimistic, and why the world needs rational optimists and storytellers
  • Why current frameworks are insufficient for keeping pace with change, and how leaders can begin to change their mindset
  • Best practices for corporations to experiment with new technologies and leverage innovation ecosystems
  • Intrapreneurship, innovation and scaling at the edges

    Best practices from Lowe’s innovation lab Biography

Peter Diamandis, Co-Founder, XPRIZE, Singularity University

In this interview, Peter Diamandis, Co-Founder of XPRIZE and Singularity University, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Three, Project and Portfolio Management. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Peter’s interest in space and technology innovation, and how these common themes run through his various companies and initiatives
  • How Peter divides his time and delegates responsibilities across his organizations
  • The accelerating pace of technological change and the challenges and opportunities this presents for companies
  • Best practices for corporate innovation, including scaling at the edges, experimentation,and more
  • How companies can anticipate the disruptive forces in their industries and respond accordingly
  • Peter’s views on artificial intelligence, and why he believes the opportunities outweigh the risks of the technology
  • Where Peter sees the greatest innovation taking place over the next one to three years

    Peter’s thoughts on radical health and life extension

Jay Rogers, CEO of Local Motors

In this interview, Jay Rogers, CEO of Local Motors, discusses World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Local Motor’s micromanufacturing
  • The development of a bespoke community
  • The changes Local Motors provides in product development
  • Strategic partnerships with their clients
  • Jay’s history with entrepreneurship
  • The “waking hours” of artificial intelligence and what it means for traditional industries
  • Product education and its role in making the consumer ask, “Why do we care?”
  • The changes on the horizon for the automotive industry
  • Cars as upgradable hardware
  • Customers as the only force able to push back on the supply driven economy of the automotive industry

John Marcante, Chief Information Officer of the Vanguard Group

In this interview, John Marcante, Chief Information Officer of the Vanguard Group, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How he works with colleagues and customers to develop technology to serve clients and manage investments
  • What traits he believes CIOs need in order to be successful given changing technology trends
  • The rotational program within Vanguard to move employees between IT and other divisional roles
  • IT’s role in championing digital within the organization
  • The methods he has used to bring start-up methodologies within a much larger organization
  • Talent management, and how he trains and recruits for needed new skills
  • The advantage of having IT personnel within other parts of the organization
  • The benefits of having IT’s own employees as customers of the organization
  • Eye on the Trends: Predictive Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence Engines

Mike Rhodin, SVP of IBM Watson

In this interview, Mike Rhodin, Senior Vice President of IBM Watson, discusses World Class IT Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • • Whether Watson was always planned as a business line, and how things evolved within the Watson idea
  • • The mechanics of Watson, and who is involved with the creation of knowledge for Watson to pull from
  • • The three service offerings, Watson Discovery Advisor, Watson Analytics, and Watson Explorer
  • • Some of the common threads across industries that make them ripe for usage of Watson
  • • Whether there is a traditional functional head who utilizes and procures Watson
  • • The balance between Artificial Intelligence and the safety needed with Artificial Intelligence
  • • The divide between those who are leveraging the Watson platform and those who are/will not
  • • How he sees Watson developing over the next five and ten years