Forum on World Class IT - 285 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

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

Brad Stone, Author of The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley are Changing the World

In this interview, Brad Stone, author of The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley are Changing the World, discusses:

  • The similarities and differences between the cultures of Airbnb and Uber
  • The influence of Jeff Bezos and Amazon on Airbnb and Uber
  • The successful balance of idealism and aggression as an indicator of a startup’s success
  • The importance of startups having a strong executive team around a CEO
  • Travis Kalanick’s and Brian Chesney’s leadership styles
  • The role of tech companies in managing the cultural anxiety caused by technological advance
  • Growing pains experienced by startups as they attempt to transition to public companies

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

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