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The Driverless Future of Racing

Since the beginning of auto racing, the stars of the sport have been the drivers, whose skill and fearlessness make them internationally famous and fabulously wealthy. But what happens as the world moves closer to self-driving cars? Will racing be the same without these daredevils behind the wheel? That’s what Roborace aims to find out. […]

Art or Artifact: Music in the AI Era

The history of music is in many ways the story of humankind learning to make and master new tools. Banging rocks on wood led to animal skin drums, which led to primitive wind instruments over the course of thousands of years. In modern times, we’ve seen finely crafted orchestral brass and string instruments joined by […]

Robert Work Envisions the Path Forward for AI

On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite, dubbed Sputnik, into Earth’s orbit as the world watched in awe. This metal sphere, only the size of a beach ball, ended up spurring a technological “space race” between two competing adversaries and created a tension that has lingered for decades. The Sputnik […]

Boeing Looks Beyond the Horizon in its Second Century

For the first time in U.S. industrial and financial markets, the top five companies by market cap are all technology companies: Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook. As internet pioneer Marc Andreessen remarked over six years ago, “software is eating the world.” And as SparkCognition’s Founder and CEO, Amir Husain, likes to add, “AI is […]

China and its Growing AI Advantage

Maintaining a leadership position in any endeavor requires significant investment and creativity. This is especially true for an industry changing as quickly as tech, when the race to market can make or break an entire ecosystem. The United States received a harsh reminder of this in the 1980s when facing fierce technological competition from Japan. […]

The 3 Phases of BP’s Cognitive Revolution

A few key decisions can affect the entire course of your future. For Fereidoun Abbassian, Vice President of Technology at BP, getting caught in the middle of a political protest as a teenager in Iran was the catalyst for a life-shaping decision which would take him to England to finish his education. For large companies, […]

Up, Up, and Away with Downtime

Making Nonproductive Time a Thing of the Past Weatherford International has come a long way since its founding in 1941. Now employing some 30,000 people in over 90 countries, the company has become one of the largest multinational oilfield service companies. They deliver innovative technologies and services to meet the world’s current and future energy […]

Assembling IoT Systems

How Technology Partnerships are Enabling the IoT Finding the connective tissue between otherwise unconnected ideas is where the seeds of creativity can lie — a value sewn into Dr. Tom Bradicich at a young age by his parents. Bradicich’s father, in particular, taught him to always strive for excellence in everything he does. As the […]

Transcended by the Machine: A Conversation with H.O. Maycotte of Umbel

Austin is quickly emerging as a hub of AI innovation. The city’s history as a collaborative space for startups companies — as well as the presence of the University of Texas and eager venture capitalists — have created a prime ecosystem for AI machine learning innovation and entrepreneurship. Artificial intelligence may seem like a foreign […]

General John R. Allen is Leading the AI Revolution

The Cognitive AI Movement Has a New Weapon In a 2015 speech delivered at the Willard Hotel, Deputy Secretary of Defense, Bob Work, explained how the U.S. military was embarking on a major program. The new program is focused on driving innovation, cutting down development cycles, and maintaining the country’s edge over current and future […]