Swamy Kotagiri, CTO, Magna International

Listen to Swamy Kotagiri, Chief Technology Officer and also the President of the Power & Vision Division of $40 billion Tier 1 auto supplier Magna International, discuss the future of transportation and the influence of autonomy, connectivity, electrification and sharing.   Hear his insights on a large organization like Magna stays at the cutting edge.  What are Magna’s different styles of partnership with innovators such as Lyft, and why?

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Everybody Hates Tesla, Part 2

Electric vehicle adoption will threaten automotive profit distribution sooner than expected and much sooner than unit volumes would imply.  Tesla has brought about this and many other large but less-noticed changes & threats.  The Company has been afforded unprecedented (and sometimes counterproductive) latitude by customers, investors & the media.

This 2-part episode is a companion to our publication, Everybody Hates Tesla .

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Everybody Hates Tesla, Part 1

Electric vehicle adoption will threaten automotive profit distribution sooner than expected and much sooner than unit volumes would imply.  Tesla has brought about this and many other large but less-noticed changes & threats.  The Company has been afforded unprecedented (and sometimes counterproductive) latitude by customers, investors & the media.

This 2-part segment is a companion to our publication, Everybody Hates Tesla .

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Alysia Green, CIO exploration business, Chevron (energy, oil & gas)

Listen to Alysia Green, Chief Information Officer of Chevron’s upstream energy exploration business, describe the interaction of Information Technology and Operational Technology.  She discusses what’s shared and what’s different, from an IT perspective, between “conventional” exploration and “unconventionals” (such as fracking in the Permian Basin).  Learn about the practical solutions derived from today’s Big Data and artificial intelligence, and machine learning technologies.  Alysia describes the influence of human factors and safety on IT decisions.

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Behrooz Abdi, CEO, TDK InvenSense (MEMS / automotive sensors)

Listen to Behrooz Abdi, Chief Executive Officer of TDK InvenSense, describe the genesis of the microelectromechanical or MEMS sensor.   Behrooz explains why he thinks many years of growth and innovation is ahead for the industry, how sensor fusion can provide smart answers at the network edge without needing to access the cloud, and why smartphone sensors are encroaching on industrial applications.  Behrooz describes why the acquisition of public company InvenSense by TDK was the right decision from a technology and manufacturing perspective.

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Bill Ruh, CEO, GE Digital

Listen to Bill Ruh, Chief Executive Officer of GE Digital, describe the genesis of GE Digital in 2011 when he joined GE from Cisco.   Bill explains the lessons learned in establishing the leading industrial internet of things player and why GE Digital’s offerings are what they are today.  Listen to Bill describe how to innovate within a large company.

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Eddie Amos, CTO, GE Digital

Listen to Eddie Amos, Chief Technical Officer of GE explain how, since joining GE Digital via its acquisition of Meridium, he has focused on digital products ranging from manufacturing solutions to Asset Performance Management (APM) applications and other technologies that allow customers to digitize their operations and unlock the productivity of industrial equipment.

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Mark Farrell, the 44th Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco

Listen to Mark Farrell, the Mayor of San Francisco, explain why he wrote an open letter to Autonomous Vehicle companies requesting enhanced cooperation with municipal authorities.   Hear the Mayor describe the outcomes from the resulting Safety Briefing, with presentations from Zoox and GM Cruise.   Whay sensitized the Mayor to autonomous vehicles, well before the recently publicized and highly unfortunate fatal accidents.

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Y Combinator: Beanstalk indoor farming

Listen to Y Combinator 2018 Winter Event graduates Mike and Jack Ross, co-founders of Beanstalk, describe their objectives, challenges, and solutions for indoor farming.

Understand how Beanstalk uses spin-offs of technologies outside of agriculture to make its approach successful.

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Y Combinator: Bear Flag Robotics autonomous tractors

Listen to Y Combinator 2018 Winter Event graduates Igino Cafiero and Aubrey Donnellan, co-founders of Bear Flag Robotics, describe their objectives, challenges, and solutions automating tractors that services orchards.

Understand how Bear Flag focuses on the near-term-possible in autonomy to target near-term commercial deployments.

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William Santana Li, CEO & Founder, Knightscope security robots

Listen to William Santana Li, Founder and CEO of Knightscope, and a Ford Motor Company veteran, describe how he’s raised $40MM without venture capital to build the leading security robot company.

Understand how Knightscope focuses on the near-term-possible in autonomy to achieve commercial deployments today.

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Chuhee Lee, Volkswagen Group of America’s Electronic Research Laboratory

Listen to Chuhee Lee, Vice President of Technology and Strategy, a veteran of Volkswagen of America’s Electronic Research Lab, describe how his group’s activities improve the user experience for the 11 million vehicles a year that the VW Group manufactures.

We’ll explore vehicle infotainment, autonomy, customization, and the evolving concept of “luxury”.

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Josh Switkes, CEO & Founder, Peloton Technologies

Listen to Josh Switkes, CEO and co-founder of Peloton Technology, describe how his company enables safe tailgating between trucks, helping the industry save fuel and improve safety.   Understand why the company has raised $80MM from the likes of Intel, UPS and Volvo.

What’s unique about trucking? Why is Peloton’s implementation of limited autonomy, a proprietary truck communication technology, and a network operating center proving to be the right approach?  How does regulation influence Peloton?

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3/3 Self-driving cars: the Real News

In Part 3, we discuss recent progress and prospects for widely available, substantially autonomous vehicles.  We’ll look at advances and leaders.

In this 3-part segment, we ask and answer: What’s real and what’s not in “self-driving?”  Which advances have near-term applications, and which vehicles are driving themselves already?  In Part 1, we quantified the enormous size of the transportation industry, and how that size means there’s no reason to exaggerate autonomy claims: partial autonomy and unrelated technology advances are making a big difference in everything from energy sources, to safety, to infotainment, and to utilization rates. In Part 2, we reviewed the history, challenges, and over promises in the field of vehicle autonomy.

This 3-part segment is a companion to our publication, Driverless Cars are Mostly Fake News, but the real parts are Big News to which you can subscribe here.

2/3 Self-driving cars: the Fake News

In Part 2, we review the history, challenges, and over promises in the field of vehicle autonomy.

In this 3-part segment, we ask and answer: What’s real and what’s not in “self-driving?”  Which advances have near-term applications, and which vehicles are driving themselves already?  In Part 1, we quantified the enormous size of the transportation industry, and how that size means there’s no reason to exaggerate autonomy claims: partial autonomy and unrelated technology advances are making a big difference in everything from energy sources, to safety, to infotainment, and to utilization rates. In Part 3, we will discuss recent progress and prospects for widely available, substantially autonomous vehicles.  We’ll look at advances and leaders.

This 3-part segment is a companion to our publication, Driverless Cars are Mostly Fake News, but the real parts are Big News to which you can subscribe here.

1/3 Tech & Cars: the Big News

What’s real and what’s not in “self-driving?”  Which advances have near-term applications, and which vehicles are driving themselves already?  In Part 1, we quantify the enormous size of the transportation industry, and how that size means there’s no reason to exaggerate autonomy claims: partial autonomy and unrelated technology advances are making a big difference in everything from energy sources, to safety, to infotainment, and to utilization rates.

In Part 2, we’ll review the history, challenges, and over promises in vehicle autonomy.  In Part 3, we’ll discuss recent progress and prospects for widely available, substantially autonomous vehicles.  We’ll look at advances and leaders.

This 3-part segment is a companion to our publication, Driverless Cars are Mostly Fake News, but the real parts are Big News to which you can subscribe here.

Introduction.

Ali Tabibian of GTK Partners will roadmap this series, describing how we’ll help Dear Listeners understand the world of artificial intelligence, data science, connectivity and sensors through their applications in cars and machines.  He’ll answer your burning questions:

  • What is this series about anyway?
  • Why is tech in cars and machines so closely related?
  • Who are these GTK guys anyway, and why should I listen to them?

We’ll make it fun to digest our nutrient-packed, thoughtful content for those of you who like to learn.

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