Are You Ready for a Digital Doomsday?

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“…it is impossible to know where the threat will come from and it’s impossible to know how that threat manifests itself,” says cybersecurity CEO Ray Rothrock of RedSeal.

“How do you recover from an attack and not go down?”

His answer: apply a resilience mindset from the physical world to deal with digital danger.  

What’s a Smart City, Really?

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The phrase “smart city” could make you think of autonomous cars cruising past holographic billboards - a tantalizing techno-topia that’s just over the urban horizon. 

But you know what’s really smart? Solving problems with technologies that are already within our grasp.

Gaby Rowe, CEO of Station Houston, is helping her city take an intelligent approach to getting smart.

Forget Fingerprints. Bring On Butt Biometrics.

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“If you give me your butt a few seconds, I’ll turn it into a useful piece of information.” If that quote doesn’t entice you to listen to this episode, nothing will.

Martin Zizi is the CEO and founder of the biometrics company Aerendir. The big idea: measure the micro-vibrations from a person’s body to authenticate the person’s brain.

Killing Jobs Softly | Catalytic CEO Sean Chou

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If you work in an office, life can dramatically improve when automation takes on tedious tasks.

But what if your job is nothing but tedious tasks? And what if the tool replacing your job called itself ‘people friendly’?

“What is our obligation as automation companies?” asks Catalytic CEO Sean Chou. “What’s our moral obligation to the jobs that we are replacing?”

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AI For Seeing The World - And Ourselves | Neurala CEO Max Versace

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His company powers practical forms of computer vision. But Neurala CEO Max Versace has a deeper vision for AI.

“For many years, I thought building AI is actually sort of building a mirror - a way in which we can look at ourselves,” he says. 

“…if I can build a copy of myself but it doesn’t do exactly what I do, then the residual is actually what defines me as a human.”

“It’s Either an AI or It’s Magic” | Dynatrace’s Dave Anderson

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How do you sell an unbelievable AI product when people literally don’t believe it? James and Dynatrace’s Dave Anderson have a marketer-to-marketer mind meld about artificial intelligence.

“We’re selling to technology people that are quite skeptical. And often our customers will kind of go ‘that’s not AI.’ And then after awhile . . . they kind of go, ‘well, it’s either an AI or it’s magic.’”

Crowdsourcing Levels Up | Bugcrowd CEO Ashish Gupta

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There will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021, says Bugcrowd CEO Ashish Gupta. “The reason these jobs are being unfilled . . . is that you can’t figure out how to get the right person to the right job.”

His solution? A purpose-driven platform to crowdsource skilled researchers and turn vulnerability assessment into a game.

Hollywood’s High-Tech Harassment | SAG-AFTRA’s Duncan Crabtree-Ireland

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The technology to make realistic-looking videos imitating real people was once limited to big-budget professionals, says Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, the COO and general counsel of the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). 

“But what we’re seeing is with the ability for virtually anyone to have the technology to do this, there’s an increasing tendency to do this without consent, and to do it in some cases for nefarious reasons.”  

Hollywood actors - and even you  - could unknowingly, unwillingly star in deepfake porn.

Deepfakes, Phishing, and the Endless Arms Race | KnowBe4 CEO Stu Sjouwerman

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With a billion-dollar valuation, the security training company KnowBe4 is a newly-minted unicorn helping fight phishing attacks. It’s a moment of celebration for CEO Stu Sjouwerman amid the “never-ending arms race” against the bad guys. One emerging challenge: disturbingly realistic deepfake videos like a recent video of “Mark Zuckerberg.”

“It looks pretty good, meaning it looks pretty real, meaning it looks pretty scary because people just might get the right idea. Training people that they cannot trust what they actually see, hear on a seemingly live person saying things . . . it gets harder and harder.”

An AI Sous Chef in the Kitchen of Business | Stratifyd CEO Derek Wang

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“As a computer scientist, I firmly believe at some point, AI is going to help automate most of the tasks,” says Stratifyd CEO Derek Wang. But Wang's not predicting human-free companies. For him, AI is like a sous chef helping humans cook up complex decisions.

“Business is all about people. I don’t see people going anywhere without inserting themselves in every single step of the business.”