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What Is the Best Book You’ve Read This Year?

You don’t become the CIO of Boeing without reading a good book or two, so we asked Ted Colbert which was the best book he read this year. In this video, Ted discusses that book, the important principles he’s taken from it, and how he leverages those principles to do his job better. Ted Colbert […]

Peaceful Bots and Automated Overlords: AI on the Big Screen

According to the imaginations of movie directors, our future is sleek buildings, flying cars, and smartphones brought to life as companions… or spies. This often takes the form of robots with superior cognitive abilities and some level of consciousness that presumably stems from artificial intelligence. Regardless of physical manifestation, AI-enabled technology is a common theme […]

The Digital Battlefield

Cybersecurity once meant protecting against small-scale hackers trying to get a quick payday. However, recent hacks have halted airport operations, exposed classified government documents, and even affected the democratic process. In 2016 and 2017, an entire region of the Ukraine—homes, schools, and hospitals—was dangerously left without power in the dead of winter due to persistent […]

Autonomy in the Sky

Most people are familiar with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more commonly known as drones, for tasks like taking aerial pictures or delivering mail. However, these days UAVs are also used to save lives. When Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston and rising water shut down streets and highways, drones played an essential part in surveying flooded areas […]

Hypermodern Times: Data as the Artist’s Inspiration

Art and science have always enjoyed a long and robust conversation, and today is no exception. Consider scientist James Clerk Maxwell, who invented the first color photograph in 1855 while he was transforming the world with his theory of electromagnetism. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, a composer and mathematician who invented calculus, famously said, “Music is the […]

Who Has Been Your Biggest Influence?

Ted Colbert is the chief information officer (CIO) and senior vice president of Information Technology & Data Analytics at The Boeing Company. In this role, he oversees all aspects of information technology, information security, data and analytics for the world’s largest aerospace company. He also supports the growth of Boeing’s business through IT- and analytics-related […]

Product Management 2.0: Lessons from Google in Building AI Products in the Software 2.0 World

In November 2017, the Director of Artificial Intelligence (AI) at Tesla wrote a post on Medium stating that neural networks “represent the beginning of a fundamental shift in how we write software.” Rather than coding rules line by line for each module, neural networks are trained on labeled data which they use to discern their […]

5 Under-the-Radar Feats of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence has applications in a wide range of industries, but often the focus is on famous wins like AlphaGo or an exciting potential use still many years in the future. This leads many to say that AI is not delivering on its promises to revolutionize the human experience. We don’t yet have artificial general […]

Jobs, Morality and Getting a Seat: The Biggest AI Questions at SXSW

Since its inception in 1986 as a regional music festival, Austin’s South by Southwest — better known as SXSW — has ballooned into one of the country’s most celebrated events for technology, music and film. Just last year, its speakers included Christiane Amanpour, Elon Musk and Steven Spielberg. The buzz is already beginning for 2019. […]

Why Are Many Fears About AI Unfounded?

Secretary Robert O. Work is the Distinguished Senior Fellow for Defense and National Security at the Center for a New American Security and the owner of TeamWork, LLC, which specializes in national security affairs and the future of warfare. Secretary Work previously served as the Deputy Secretary of Defense, where he was responsible for overseeing […]