Forum on World Class IT - 319 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

Neil Jacobstein, Co-Chair of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity University

In this interview, Neil Jacobstein, Co-Chair of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity University, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Two, Infrastructure. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Singularity University and his role as co-chair of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics track
  • The ways in which AI can mitigate the heuristics inherent in human cognition
  • How AI can be used to augment current human capability
  • Strategies technology executives should use to think about AI
  • The role the government should play in helping mitigate the potential job losses from AI
  • His perspectives on the dangers of artificial intelligence that have been expressed by major thought leaders
  • Advice on how to train workers to be prepared for the coming wave of AI
  • How individuals can prepare themselves for the opportunity of AI

Bill Graff, Chief Information Officer of Cerner

In this interview, Bill Graff, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People; World Class Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships; and World Class Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Bill’s 13-year career path at Cerner
  • The critical skills needed for IT leaders
  • How previously being a part of a revenue-enhancing division of Cerner shaped how Bill runs IT
  • Bill’s purview as CIO: security, data centers, corporate IT, infrastructure, IT finance and governance
  • Advice for scaling quickly: robust processes, internal relationships and external relationships
  • Eye on the trends: public cloud, partnering analytics with artificial intelligence, gamification

Geoff Hinton, Distinguished Emeritus Professor at the University of Toronto

In this interview, Geof Hinton, Distinguished Emeritus Professor at the University of Toronto, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Two, Infrastructure. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His day to day work as a professor at the University of Toronto and as a distinguished researcher at Google
  • His thoughts on the current progress of the development of true artificial intelligence
  • What inspired him to pursue his PhD in Artificial Intelligence when the topic was less prominent than it is today
  • The founding of the Neural Computation and Adaptive Perception Program (NCAP) and how he brought these world class thinkers together
  • The outcomes of his work at the NCAP
  • His perspectives on non-profit work being a major player within the Artificial Intelligence space
  • How much crossover there is between his work at the University of Toronto and his work at Google
  • DeepMind, the importance of it, and how contests like the recent AlphaGo are important in the field of Artificial Intelligence
  • His perspectives on the risk vs. opportunity within AI
  • Whether the government has a role to play in pending job losses due to artificial intelligence
  • His thoughts on the recent trend of skipping university to move straight into entrepreneurship

Andrew Moore, Dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University

In this interview, Andrew Moore, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People; World Class Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The genesis of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science
  • The history of artificial intelligence
  • Aspects of human intelligence that have been automated to date
  • The impact of automation on jobs
  • Automated personal assistants as the predictor for the future eminent AI company
  • CMU’s strategies for retaining faculty talent
  • The two distinct safety concerns of AI
  • The supportive relationship between Pittsburgh’s government, universities, and tech and manufacturing companies

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

Paula Tolliver, Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Intel Corporation,

In this interview, Paula Tolliver, discusses World Class IT Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships, and World Class Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Paula’s decision to move to Intel after 20 years at Dow Chemical
  • IT’s role in the transformation and growth of Intel’s portfolio of products and services
  • How IT’s partnerships with businesses within Intel help shape the products and solutions Intel brings to the market
  • The Intel IT Annual Performance Report
  • Implementing predictive analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to drive efficiency, effectiveness, and value
  • Paula’s career path and the diverse roles that she has held

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

Fletcher Previn, Chief Information Officer of IBM

In this interview, Fletcher Previn discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, World Class IT Principle Two, Infrastructure, World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and World Class IT Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Fletcher’s accent to the CIO position, and how he prepared for the role
  • IBM’s cultural transformation, and the role of IT in driving this on the digital front
  • How IBM views cognitive business solutions and the ways in which IT supports and enables these efforts both internally and externally
  • How Fletcher approaches delivering IT value to a highly technical company
  • The philosophy and practice of “embedding security into everyone’s job”
  • How Fletcher engages with CIOs that are both his peers and his clients
  • Fletcher’s perspective, as a young CIO, on making IBM more attractive to millennials

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