Forum on World Class IT - 295 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

Antoine Blondeau, CEO of Sentient Technologies

In this interview, Antoine Blondeau, CEO of Sentient Technologies, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Two, Infrastructure. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The state of the artificial intelligence industry and his work over the past fifteen years
  • How Sentient Technologies has applied there work to the retail and online shopping industry
  • How the technology maps out the process of interaction to create a better user experience
  • The large amount of capital currently held by Sentient Technologies and his plans for those funds
  • The war for talent in Silicon Valley
  • The balance between innovation and safety within the artificial intelligence industry
  • How he thinks about artificial intelligence in his daily life
  • The strategic planning process, and what he sees coming in the next five to ten years
  • Why he chose to pursue his career in the United States as opposed to Europe

Scott Phoenix, Co-Founder of Vicarious

In this interview, Scott Phoenix, Co-Founder of Vicarious discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Two, Infrastructure. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The Artificial General Intelligence differs from Artificial Narrow Intelligence
  • How Vicarious is applying cognitive science to build next generation general intelligence algorithms
  • How AI may replace more jobs than it creates, and new economic and social constructs that could ease the societal shift
  • Vicarious’s decision to prioritize social good over investor returns, and why more companies should do the same
  • How Vicarious assembled an all-star group of investors including Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and more
  • Education and if entrepreneurship can be taught in the classroom
  • The balance between the promise and peril of AI
  • World’s Fair style demonstrations of AI, including the recent AlphaGo win and Vicarious’s 2013 cracking of CAPTCHA
  • How Scott thinks about staffing, and how Vicarious’s bold mission acts as a magnet for top talent

Greg Brockman, Co-Founder and CTO of OpenAI

In this interview, Greg Brockman, Co-Founder and CTO of OpenAI discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Two, Infrastructure. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The great potential for artificial intelligence to positively impact humanity
  • Greg’s experience as CTO of stripe, and the transition from high-growth startup to mission driven non-profit
  • How Greg thinks about staffing, and how OpenAI’s bold mission and unique structure acts as a magnet for top talent
  • How AI may replace more jobs than it creates, the economic disruption it could cause, and the role of government in easing the societal shift
  • The risks of AI, and the pressures of AI development versus AI safety
  • The role investor-founders Elon Musk and Sam Altman play in OpenA, and where Greg draws inspiration from
  • The trend of open sourcing AI development

Oren Etzioni, CEO of The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence

In this interview, Oren Etzioni, CEO of The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Two, Infrastructure. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • High impact Artificial Intelligence research and engineering at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
  • Some promising future outcomes of developments within the artificial intelligence field
  • Why equating intelligence with autonomy is inaccurate
  • His perspectives on the dangers of artificial intelligence that have been expressed by major technology leaders
  • Job displacement and the role of government in ensuring an easier transition
  • Methods he uses to stay current on upcoming technology trends
  • The role Paul Allen plays in the day to day operations
  • Partner organizations and the benefits of those partnerships
  • The people who most influenced him to become a serial entrepreneur
  • The significance of Alpha Go defeating the human international champion of Go
  • Advice on the use of artificial intelligence for enterprises considering the use of AI

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

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

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