SNS: AI in the Cloud
SNS Subscriber Edition • Volume 24, Issue 23 • Week of July 15, 2019


AI in the Cloud
A Panel Discussion with
David Binger, Murray Cantor,
Steve Coy, and Elena Eneva



SNS: AI in the Cloud

A Panel Discussion with
David Binger, Murray Cantor, Steve Coy, and Elena Eneva

Moderated by Ed Butler


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FiRe 2019 Speaker Spotlight Hursti is among the world's leading security authorities in elections, critical infrastructure, and network systems.

After founding his first company at 13, he went on to co-found EUnet-Finland, the first commercial, public email, and online forum in Scandinavia. By the '90s, EUnet had become Europe's leading ISP. Eventually, it was acquired by Qwest Communications, where Harri went on to serve in several senior-level positions. He was also a co-founder of ROMmon (later acquired by F-Secure Corp.), a network monitoring appliance vendor. There he developed the first ultra-high bandwidth realtime network traffic analyzer.

Despite his frighteningly impressive entrepreneurial track record, Harri is best-known for his elections research and ethical hacking, through which he has uncovered critical problems in electronic voting systems worldwide at the request of officials, legislators, and policymakers in five countries, including the US.

Harri worked with elections officials in Leon County, Florida, and Emery County, Utah, to successfully hack the voting machines of Diebold Election Systems, ultimately altering final voting results without any passwords, cryptographic keys, or access to any part of the voting system other than the memory card. The hacks, which became widely known as the Hursti Hacks, prompted California's secretary of state to commission a special report by UC Berkeley scientists confirming the validity of his work, which was turned into an Emmy-nominated HBO documentary, Hacking Democracy. We're delighted to welcome Harri to the stage at Future in Review 2019 for a conversation about global elections security.

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Publisher's Note: Everyone knows that AI in the Cloud is perhaps the hottest subject in enterprise computing today - certainly it represents the differentiation feature leverage against the largest spend in the IT world. But what is it, how large is it, how fast is it growing, and what will it become as it matures?

Whether one is looking at the energy and heat restrictions on cloud-compute density and speed, or IoT and edge in local computing as the fast-growth part of the AI story, or how new megasystems will themselves learn, evolve, and learn to evolve, or the math that guides the future of AI - well, you would ask global experts in all of these areas. 

So, at FiRe last year, this is exactly what we did. And to make sure the conversation was smart, fast, and to the point, we asked BBC senior reporter Ed Butler to moderate. The result is one of the best condensed discussions of all of the above related subjects. If your team or company depends upon cloud, you'll want to read this week's discussion. - mra


AI in the Cloud

Amazon, Microsoft, and others are rushing to distinguish their cloud offerings by integrating
 the latest advances in AI, unlocking new possibilities and efficiencies for small- and medium-sized businesses the world over. Hear how the democratization of AI over the cloud will affectdata use, analysis, business operations, and the economy.

Elena Eneva, Research Scientist in Artificial Intelligence, Accenture;
David Binger, CTO, Forced Physics; Steve Coy, CEO, TimeLike Systems;
and Murray Cantor, IBM Fellow and CTO, Aptage

Moderated by Ed Butler, Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC

 FiRe 2018 Conference

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - Stein Eriksen Deer Valley Park City, Utah

Photos 2018 Future in Review

L-R: Ed Butler, Elena Eneva, David Binger, Steve Coy, and Murray Cantor

Ed Butler: AI in the Cloud - this is our theme today. We've had a long conversation about this beforehand, and all of us have slightly different views on what we think it's going to lead us towards talking about. But I think it's coherent; I hope you'll agree.

Broadly speaking, of course, both are huge areas of investment right now. I've checked out a few numbers online. I don't know how trustworthy they are, but the global AI market [will be] worth about $60 billion by 2020, with one projection. It's almost there now; we're getting very close. Public cloud industry: worth about $200 billion right now. Both ... will be growing by multiples in the next 5 to 10 years.

So it's a huge, gigantic area, and the extent to which the cloud, of course, is where AI is and should be is, I think, going to be part of our conversation.