Forum on World Class IT - 350 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

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

Andrew Ng, Co-Founder & Co-Chairman of Coursera

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

  • Andrew’s unique, evolving, and passion-driven career path
  • The impact of AI on existing industries
  • Recommendations for CIOs and CEOs starting their AI journey
  • Advantages of implementing a centralized AI org structure
  • Opportunities for smaller organizations to leverage AI
  • How lifelong learning can minimize jobs displaced through AI
  • The importance of building strong teams and cultures
  • Key cultural components for success: work ethic and lifelong leaning
  • Chinese verses US business culture

Barry Eggers, Founder and Managing Partner of Lightspeed Venture Partners

In this interview, Barry discussed industry 4.0, how Lightspeed approaches investments, among other topics including:

  • Industry 4.0 as the digitization of the manufacturing sector
  • The core technology trends that are enabling Industry 4.0, such as connectivity and computational power, intelligence, human/machine interactions, and digital/physical conversions
  • Barry’s timescale for the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies amongst large enterprises
  • The degree to which established manufacturing companies understand and are responding to the threats and opportunities presented by Industry 4.0
  • How Lightspeed, as a theme-oriented venture firm, approaches investing in the Industry 4.0 space
  • How Lightspeed investigates technology themes and their applicability across sectors and industries
  • How Barry thinks about the security implications of new technologies such as IoT
  • The differentiating factors Barry looks for when making an investment, such as the management team and core technologies
  • The genesis of Lightspeed Ventures, which Barry founded in 1999
  • How the partners divide up themes and determine where each will focus

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

Chris Corrado, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Information Officer at London Stock Exchange Group

In this interview, Chris Corrado, Chief Information Officer & Chief Operating Officer at London Stock Exchange Group, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The importance and evolution of the role of information for CIOs
  • The CIO as strategist
  • The significance of a technologist being able to understand and respond to the culture of an organization
  • The state of technology in the U.K. compared to the U.S.
  • Mitigating risk
  • Implications of Brexit for financial information companies
  • Eye on the trends: augmented intelligence

Stephen Gillett, Co-Founder and CEO of Chronicle

In this interview, Peter High and Stephen Gillett discuss World Class IT Principle One, People, Principle Two, Infrastructure, and Principle Four, IT and Business Partnership. Among the other topics they discuss include:

  • Stephen’s transition from Symantec to Google/Alphabet, including how his original role as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at GV led to his work with their moonshot factory, X
  • X’s process for identifying which moonshots to pursue, which include (1) addressing a huge problem, (2) employing a radical solution, and (3) using relatively feasible technology
  • Stephen’s ambition to work on an ambitious enterprise security project, and how that led to a cybersecurity project within X that resulted in Chronicle
  • A high level overview of Chronicle, which will offer an intelligence and analytics platform to help enterprises manage their own security-related data, and a malware intelligence service
  • The benefits of being an Alphabet company, including the ability to leverage Google’s infrastructure and machine learning expertise, their ability to attract talent, and the credibility they have with potential customers
  • Stephen’s diverse career and how that prepared him to be a CEO, such as honing the ability to see things from a holistic perspective, which is one of the advantages IT has over many other functions within an organization
  • Stephen’s perspective on digital, having been one of the first executive to carry the digital title, such as how digital can be applied to internal operations as well as to the customer experience

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

Jeff Pashalides, Head of Corporate at Sequoia Capital

In this interview, Jeff Pashalides, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People and World Class Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The symbiotic relationship between practitioners, the venture community, and the founding community
  • Sequoia’s CIO activities and events
  • Jeff’s insights into the importance of security, artificial intelligence, and the public cloud to CIOs
  • How Sequoia helps clients cut through the noise to see what is real
  • Strategies for the successful development and implementation of new technology
  • Two things enterprise technology can learn from consumer technology
  • Eye on the trends: cloud security, focus on talent

Dan Olley, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Product Development at Elsevier

In this interview, Peter High speaks with Dan Olley, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Product Development at Elsevier. Among the topics they discuss include:

  • An overview of Elsevier’s business, including its focus on the legal field, the academic and health research fields, the business risk and financial fields, and their exhibitions business
  • Dan’s responsibilities as CTO, which include customer-facing responsibilities such as overseeing product development, as well as more traditional responsibilities such as applying technology to internal efficiency as well as revenue generation
  • Dan’s perspective on our rapidly accelerating digital world and the emerging symbiotic era, where intelligent conversational interfaces, mixed reality, and other technologies essentially eliminate the boundary between man and machine
  • The implications of machine learning at Elsevier, such as how it has enabled the creation of a new generation of products that move beyond providing static information and in to real-time recommendation and decision support
  • Dan’s perspective on the human element of AI, such as the idea that the human-machine system becomes greater than the sum of its parts, how digital intelligence can augment human decision making, and how Elsevier creates cross-functional teams with the necessary skills
  • How Dan’s background in agile development prepared him for his current customer-facing responsibilities, and his belief that customers must be embedded in the development process
  • How Dan aligns the fast moving R&D function with the broader, more traditional organizational strategy

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