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16 Sep 2021 Press Article

Stephen Brobst and September

Cloud & GAIA-X

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A digital deep dive with Stephen Brobst – Summary 

Stephen Brobst of teradata

Stephen Brobst is the Chief Technology Officer for Teradata Corporation. Stephen performed his graduate work in Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where his Masters and PhD research focused on high-performance parallel processing. He also completed an MBA with joint course and thesis work at the Harvard Business School and the MIT Sloan School of Management.  During Barack Obama's first term he was also appointed to the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) in the working group on Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) where he worked on development of the Big Data strategy for the US government. 


In the interview, Stephen elaborates that he's most excited for innovation in big data and artificial intelligence to finally deliver its potential in enterprises in the real world, not only in academics. However, this potential is followed up by a downside. When asked about his biggest concerns about AI, he refers to the built-in bias, which comes from the data-training sets and not the underlying mathematics. These biases, or prejudices, come from the humans that are building the AI, making it a very subjective and insidious tool as we can see in many recent studies.

For Stephen, AI should be seen less as artificial intelligence and more like augmented intelligence - sort of like a human extension instead of a human replacement. This is his wish for developments in AI in the next 10 years.


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Fancy some more news about artificial intelligence?

  1. Elon Musk reveals 5ft 8in AI-powered humanoid robot". Tesla Bot is designed to “navigate through a world built for humans” and carry out tasks that are dangerous, repetitive, or boring. One example task is for the robot to be told to go to the store and get specific groceries. Read more here.
  2. Purchase AI technologies from TikTok". Behind every successful TikTok video is a bunch of clever algorithms helping to make it a viral sensation. The company’s owner, ByteDance, launched a new division last month called BytePlus which sells TikTok’s AI technologies. Read on here.
  3. Engineers 3D-printed a soft robotic hand that can play Nintendo". A team of researchers from the University of Maryland has 3D printed a soft robotic hand that is agile enough to play Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. - and win! Learn more about this here.

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Swiss founder Mathis Büchi steps down as CEO of own startup TaxFix

Büchi of TaxFix

Mathis Büchi, CEO of his tax startup Taxfix, is stepping down. He has decided that he is no longer the best possible person for the CEO job at Taxfix. He believes the potential of the next five to ten years at Taxfix requires a change of leadership, and he thinks he can provide more value to the business as a Chairman to help on strategic topics going forward. Learn more about this here.


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