Sessions from Past
Time Machines

2017 Sessions


We hosted entrepreneurs, business executives, military leaders, academics and researchers, artists, and technologists in their respective fields. Here are sessions from Time Machine 2017.

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Hyperwar

Gen John Allen · USMC (Ret.)

Emphasizing that “AI is no longer theoretical, AI is no longer in the laboratories, AI is being implemented today,” General Allen theorized how access to data and AI capabilities could change the look of warfare.

AI in Finance

Moiz Kohari · State Street

After stating, “Data is the most important commodity we have,” Kohari addressed how siloed data can lead to inefficiencies and time and money spent reconciling. He spoke of the idea of having a single book of record, and using predictive analytics to look at future performance.

AI is Eating the World

Amir Husain · SparkCognition

SparkCognition’s CEO Amir Husain provided an overview of his philosophy on AI. He delved into the need to revise the social contract with regards to employment, why bans on AI technology won’t work, and the importance of safe and explainable AI.

AI & Robotics

Dr. Peter Stone · Professor of Computer Science, UT Austin

Coach of a champion robot soccer team, Dr. Stone shared his search to build a complete agent that can improve with experience and interact with other agents, and how that translates to reinforcement learning.

AI in Energy Panel

(Panel) - ShaChelle Manning (Pioneer Natural Resources), Ben Wilson (Google Cloud), Ali Raza (Dover Energy Automation), Eric van Gemeren (Flowserve), Sumant Kawale (SparkCognition).

This panel covered the logistics of AI in energy and utilities, such as the buy vs. build dilemma, the challenges of getting access to clean and meaningful data, applying technologies to the right use case, and how AI will affect business models.

AI in Policy Panel

(Panel) - Michael Horowitz (University of Pennsylvania), Paul Scharre (Center for New American Security), Will Weissert (Associated Press).

This panel discussed the need to redefine the relationship between the public and private sectors to be more competitive in technological innovation on the world stage. The group also covered the efficiency and savings in government made possible by AI, and the public perception of AI in the military.

AI in Military

(Panel) - Wendy R. Anderson (SparkCognition), Gen. John R. Allen, USMC (Ret.), Amir Husain (SparkCognition)

This panel covered the ways AI will transform warfare, elaborating on the nature of hyperwar and how to be ready “to fight the battles of 2030 and beyond.”

AI in Healthcare

Dick Foster · McKinsey & Company

By going through figures from the field, Foster emphasized the need for innovation and AI technologies in healthcare, coming to the conclusion that it’s time to rethink the industry’s structure.

Investing in AI

Thought Leader Panel - Steve Nordlund (Boeing HorizonX), Vijay Doradla (Verizon), and Joshua Baer (Capital Factory)

While AI is one of the hottest terms in investment pitches, this panel looked at how to sort the signal from the noise and tell what technology is capable of delivering change.

AI in IIOT

Panel - Andy Timm (PTC), John Mansfield (GE Aviation), Mobeen Khan (AT&T), Usman Shuja (SparkCognition)

This panel covered the ways that AI creates immense opportunity as long as it is adopted thoughtfully, and the challenges of the field, like how to process massive amounts of data.

The Future of Finance

Rumi Morales · Chamber of Digital Commerce

Morales noted that while most people in the finance industry think that AI will disrupt their business, few are investing in it. She explored the ways AI will be integrated into decision-making to revolutionize trading.

AI in Aviation

Dr. Greg Hyslop · Boeing Engeineering, Test & Technology

Dr. Hyslop provided evidence that “we need to free ourselves from terrestrial transportation" and the economic inefficiency that is the automobile. He also set forth how the increasing level of air traffic necessitates AI in the cockpit to maintain safety in air travel.

AI in Policy Panel

(Panel) - Michael Horowitz (University of Pennsylvania), Paul Scharre (Center for New American Security), Will Weissert (Associated Press)

This panel discussed the need to redefine the relationship between the public and private sectors to be more competitive in technological innovation on the world stage. The group also covered the efficiency and savings in government made possible by AI, and the public perception of AI in the military.

AI History and Future

Professor Bruce Porter

Prof. Porter provided an overview of AI history, from the first researchers with a basis in psychology to today’s “idiot savant” systems. He also imagined the promise of AI that can learn continuously.

AI in Music

Paul Miller

Paul Miller's (a.k.a. DJ Spooky) presentation focused on AI, music, and how, in his words, "The collision of code and culture is driving the new digital economy."

AI in Robotics

Zaib Husain

Zaib Husain confronted concerns that AI will take away jobs, contending that while some jobs will eventually be automated, there is still time to reshape policy to be prepared for this eventuality. She demonstrated that what good automation will do for society outweighs the difficulties.

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