Time Machine 2018

TM18 Thought Leaders

Time Machine is the only summit of its kind that gathers the global executives, cultural innovators, and industry trailblazers who are advancing lives by applying tomorrow’s technology today.


Time Machine 2018 is a platform for critical dialogue on an AI-enabled future. SparkCognition’s annual summit brings together world-leading creative minds in technology, government, industry, and academia to debate the most pressing issue and opportunity of our time: artificial intelligence.

TM18 Sessions

Time Machine promotes the discussion of the future of AI and helps to develop a vision for the field of AI through talks with executives, professors, and industry leaders. This year, our topics will address the impact and importance AI will have in the future.

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Day 1

  • Speaker: Dr. Heather Berlin · Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

    How will AI become entwined with our most basic physical and mental processes? Dr. Heather Berlin, a recognized cognitive neuroscientist and TV host, will share how her work on the brain and consciousness extends to a world where the veil between human and machine is getting thinner.
  • Speaker: Kimberly Jackson Ryan · Draper

    How do we create autonomous systems that we can work with collaboratively? Human Systems Engineer Kimberly Ryan will lead us as we explore how we’ll establish working relationships with AI.
  • Speaker: Bryon Jacob · data.world

    Bryon Jacob, CTO and Co-Founder of data.world, shares how the Semantic Web will link data to enable people and machines to use knowledge to its full potential.
  • Speaker: Darryl Willis · Google Cloud

    Which industrial datasets should be housed in the cloud vs on-premises? Darryl Willis, VP of Oil, Gas, and Energy at Google Cloud, discusses how storage can make datasets more accessible and protected.
  • Speaker: Paul Browning · MHPS

    As the power industry moves into the digital age, AI technology is making operations safer and more efficient. Paul Browning, the President and CEO of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems America, discusses how this is being implemented in the vision for the digital solutions platform MHPS-TOMONI.
  • Speaker: Tom Jackson · Locus Insights

    Although humans crave the personalized customer experience AI can provide, they are often hesitant to provide the personal data that enables this. Tom Jackson, Co-Founder and CEO of vision tracking technology company Locus Insights, discusses how these two factors will play into shaping the future for consumers.
  • Speaker: João Beira · Datagrama

    As art and data collide, new mediums for creation emerge, like projection mapping. Art director João Beira will explore the intersection of light and interactive media.
  • Speaker: Charlie Burgoyne · Valkyrie AI

    Charlie Burgoyne, Founder and CEO of Valkyrie Intelligence, will share how the way we think about sentience will influence AI progress, and how Knowledge Graphs and semantic engineering will become powerful tools for this new technology.
  • Speaker: Scott Niekum · UT Austin Computer Science

    What will it take to have mass-deployed robots in our everyday lives? Dr. Scott Niekum, director of the Personal Autonomous Robotics Lab at the University of Texas at Austin, describes what this new reality will look like and how we’ll get there.
  • Panel: Amir Husain · SparkCognition
    Gen. John R. Allen · USMC (Ret.)
    Wendy Anderson · SparkCognition
    August Cole · SparkCognition

    Bringing the speed of machine learning to battle decisions will completely revolutionize war. General John Allen, August Cole, and Amir Husain discuss how these changes could minimize casualties and collateral damage.
  • Speaker: Whurley

    Quantum computing is still in its infancy, but research indicates that it might allow us to solve problems at a size and scale never before possible. Learn more from one of the foremost minds in computer science research and enterprise.
  • Speaker: Colonel Jennifer Sovada · USAF

    As the U.S. Department of Defense develops relationships with agile tech companies, it’s having to change its ways. This talk will elaborate on how the DoD is incorporating innovation and making strides to become tech-friendly.
  • Speaker: Admiral Bobby Inman · USN (Ret.)

    America’s former top spy, Admiral Bobby Inman, who once led the CIA and the NSA, will cover a history of using AI in the intelligence community.
  • Panel: Admiral Bobby Inman · USN (Ret.)
    Gen. John R. Allen · USMC (Ret.)
    Amir Husain · SparkCognition
    Moderator: David Ignatius · Foreign Affairs, Washington Post

    What does AI innovation look like around the globe? This panel will explore promising and worrisome developments, and their implications for the world’s shifting political balance.

Day 2

  • Speaker: Tasneem Husain · Theoretical physicist

    As our understanding of physics and scientific principles expand, so too does our knowledge of the universe, and of the scope of the possible. Theoretical physicist Tasneem Husain explains how our view of science—and the world around us—is constantly evolving.
  • Speaker: Aric Zurek · Flowserve

    Aric Zurek of Flowserve takes us behind the scenes of the AI transformation at the oldest industrial company and largest pump manufacturer in America.
  • Speaker: Jordan Hefferan · GE Aviation

    No one likes waiting for hours at an airport because of unexpected maintenance issues—and airlines don’t like it either. Jordan Hefferan of GE Aviation explains how progress in AI could help eliminate these unwanted delays.
  • Speaker: Anna Chaney · Watson Beat

    Is it creative if an algorithm makes it? Anna Chaney, data scientist at IBM Watson, will dive into the creative process of AI as a composer, and explore the surrounding issues of AI-created music, like copyright and model training.
  • Speaker: Todd Young · Ballogy

    Data is everywhere—even in athletics. Todd Young will explain how athletes can refine their training and performance with cutting-edge technology.
  • Speaker: Richard Garriott de Cayeux · Portalarium
    Moderator: Hugh Forrest · SXSW

    AI isn’t just a tool for industry. Richard Garriott de Cayeaux discusses how game designers are working to unleash AI’s full creative potential (and potentially reach general intelligence) by using it to design new kinds of games beyond what humans can imagine.
  • Speaker: Tim Mueller-Sim · Bloomfield Robotics

    AI is paving the path for farmers to increase production and efficiency in agriculture. Tim Mueller-Sim explores how robots and humans can work together to produce better crops.
  • Speaker: Vishal Lall · HPE

    As technology evolves and cybersecurity becomes a critical part of operations, edge computing is becoming an attractive option for operations. Find out how HPE is using edge computing to revitalize their technological and business strategies.
  • Speaker: Ali Raza · Apergy

    AI isn’t just a fad; it’s changing the entire business model for companies in the field of energy. Learn from Ali Raza, Senior VP and Chief Digital Officer at Apergy, how major oil and gas companies are restructuring their operations with AI.
  • Speaker: Ted Colbert · Boeing

    It won’t be long before AI is piloting commercial aircraft, monitoring plane components, and streamlining logistics at major airlines. Ted Colbert explains the technology we already have and how it will change, and secure, the face of transportation.
  • Speaker: Kristopher Gasteratos · CAS

    Given the massive impacts the meat industry has on society and the environment, what if we could have meat without the negative side effects? Discover how cellular agriculture technology could transform the meat industry.
  • Speaker: Elsa Kania · CNAS

    China has committed tens of billions of dollars to becoming a global AI superpower. Elsa Kania from the Center for a New American Security delves into this investment and what it means for the world.
  • Panel: Elsa Kania · CNAS
    Amir Husain · SparkCognition
    Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux · Global Space Ventures
    Moderator: Kaveh Weddell · Axios

    The age of AI is upon us, and being ready for it will take more than just technological innovation. In this panel, find out what policymakers need to do to ensure their countries are prepared, who is successfully doing so, and who isn’t.
  • Speaker: Amir Husain · SparkCognition

    Having heard from so many experts in their individual fields, how do we bring this all together? What will the future look like? How do we prepare? And what is the evolving role of humans in a world that will increasingly be managed by AI?

Testimonials from TM17

Fair Market · Austin, TX

The Time Machine 2018 summit will be held at the Fair Market in Austin. Fair Market is a one-of-a-kind Eastside indoor-outdoor event space located steps from downtown Austin.

1100 E 5th Street
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 956-5576

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Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown – University

810 Red River St


The Westin Austin Downtown

310 East 5th St


Omni Austin Hotel

700 San Jacinto Blvd


Aloft Austin Downtown

109 East 7th St

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