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A League of Their Own

Let’s say it’s the year 2048. Nairobi is hosting the summer Olympics. The feel-good story of the games is about a paraplegic runner who regained function thanks to a surgically implanted brain-computer interface—and dogged perseverance, of course. She goes on to win the gold. Then the story takes a turn: Competitors allege that the neuroprosthetics […]

Digitizing Yoga

Yoga has been around for thousands of years, but it’s only in recent times that the ancient discipline has become popular among the masses. To put that in perspective, the number of Americans doing yoga grew by 50 percent between 2012 and 2016. To many the appeal of yoga is in the unplugging from it […]

Turing Talk: An Interview with Mitsuku

We have a few questions for the world’s chatbots. Specifically, we have the questionnaire created by French TV host Bernard Pivot and popularized by James Lipton on Inside the Actor’s Studio. This issue’s guest is Mitsuku, who claims to be an 18-year-old female chatbot from Leeds, England. Mitsuku is a four-time winner of the Loebner […]

You Need to Know: Lars Atle Andersen

Not many executives in the oil and gas industry visit Silicon Valley darlings like Google and Spotify for inspiration—but Aker BP is a company that wants to do things differently. Lars Atle Andersen is the vice president responsible for making sure the company stays true to those tech aspirations. Created only in 2016 after a […]

Powering the Future with Paul Browning of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems

Paul Browning fell in love with gas turbines early in his career. Joining General Electric fresh out of  Carnegie Mellon University, he was soon assigned to “one of the sexiest things that a materials engineer can work on.” After turbines got him interested in the power business, he rose through the ranks to become president […]

Global HITSS and La Revolución Digital

Midway up an office tower in Plaza Carso—the sprawling retail, office, and residential space in Mexico City—Oscar Márquez is planning how to usher the Slim family empire (and, if possible, much of Latin America) safely through the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Márquez is chief technology officer for Global HITSS, a unit of América Móvil, the biggest […]

New Adventures in AI: A Time Machine Recap

Questions both as grandly philosophical as the nature of self, and as nuts-and-bolts pragmatic as how automation will transform the energy industry, were considered by leading minds from across a host of industries gathered in Austin for two days last November. There, they discussed the myriad ways artificial intelligence is transforming business, culture, and the […]

Action Plan: March and April

Here’s a techie to-do list of events for the next few months.       Go South by Southwest March 8-17 Highlights this year at the annual film, interactive media and music festival in the burgeoning tech hub of Austin, Texas, include “Who Will Lead in the Race for AI in Defense” and “How AI […]

The Future of Protein: Crickets and Microlivestock

The first time Mohammed Ashour ate a cricket was on live TV. He was on air that morning in 2013 to represent his company, Aspire Food Group, whose model for farming bugs — or euphemistically, “microlivestock” — had landed in the finals for a million dollar social entrepreneurship prize. But Ashour had never actually eaten […]

Meet the Leader: Boeing CIO and SVP Ted Colbert

Education Georgia Institute of Technology (BS), Morehouse College (BS) Previous Gigs Ford Motor Company, Citi   His Leadership Philosophy Everything that we do starts with the culture of the company, the organization we’re trying to transform. You know, a colleague of mine in the industry and others have said many times, “Culture eats strategy for […]