SNS Subscriber Edition • Volume 24, Issue 28 • Week of September 2, 2019


Pivot Points
in Technology
and the Global Economy



SNS: Pivot Points in Technology
and the Global Economy

In This Issue
Week of 9/2/2019 Vol. 24 Issue 28


On Our Agenda


FiRe 2019 is all about helping you anticipate pivots, trends, and tipping points in an increasingly volatile and unexpected world.

How will the future of genetics and the climate crisis impact the global economy and the future of your business? How and when will general AI evolve? And what's the real story about the future of 5G? You'll find all of this - and more - at FiRe 2019, including:

The Era of International Cyber Aggression 

o   Dmitri Alperovitch, Co-Founder & CTO, CrowdStrike 

 The Future of Human-AI Interaction 

o   Caitlin Cameron, Chair and CEO, OtoNexus Medical Technologies 

o   Shalev Lifshitz, 16-year-old AI Researcher and Entrepreneur, University of Waterloo, SickKids Hospital, and St. Joseph's Health Centre 

o   John Mattison, Emeritus Asst. Medical Director and Chief Medical Information Officer, Kaiser Permanente 

 Teaching Cars to See: Sensor Tech in the Autonomous Industry 

o   J. Augusto de Oliveira, Executive Vice President and CTO, Cypress Semiconductor 

o   James Barrese, Strategic Advisor & Investor, Altos Group 

 & A Tour of Calit2 Qualcomm Institute and San Diego Supercomputing Center, UCSD 

Learn more about FiRe 2019 and see the latest agenda here.

Interested in having a presence for your company at FiRe? Remaining
partnership opportunities for FiRe 2019 Contact
SNS Director of Programs Berit Anderson at to learn more.

FiRe 2019 Speaker Spotlight:
Anand Rao
on the Limitations and Opportunities of AI

To say that Anand Rao, PhD, understands the business of Artificial Intelligence would be a vast understatement. Anand is the Global Artificial Intelligence Lead at PwC, a position buoyed by over 33 years of experience helping senior executives structure, solve, and manage the critical issues their teams are facing. His experience has spanned a dizzying array of industries (financial services, healthcare, telecommunications, aerospace & defense), geographies (the US, Europe, Asia, Australia), and business verticals (behavioral economics, simulation modeling, global growth strategies, marketing, sales, distribution strategies, online, mobile, social media strategies, customer experience, multi-channel integration, risk management and compliance, large-scale program mobilization).

Somehow, in the midst of all of this, Anand snuck in a stint as Chief Research Scientist at the Australian Artificial Intelligence Institute and found time to co-edit four books on Intelligent Agents and publish more than 50 papers in computer science and artificial intelligence. And, as if acting as Global AI Lead at PwC weren't enough, he simultaneously serves as PwC's Innovation Lead for US Analytics and Partner in their Advisory Services, where he manages a team that advises C-level executives on global growth strategies, marketing, sales, distribution and digital strategies, behavioral economics and customer experience, risk management, and statistical and computational analytics.

We're delighted to welcome Anand to the stage at Future in Review 2019 for a conversation about the limitations and opportunities of AI.

Learn more about FiRe 2019, see Participant bios, and register here.

Register by September 12 to receive
3 complimentary nights at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

(Does not apply to discounted tickets)



Pivot Points in
and the
Global Economy

At a time when the world appears to be increasingly unstable - if not chaotic - it becomes more difficult to separate these appearances and outcomes from their causes. Why do we care? Because if the causes are relatively simple, they can be addressed, and the chaos suddenly, and remarkably, diminishes.

At the same time, things are changing so rapidly around us - in technology, geopolitics, and the economy - that we also need to bring order to this level of our understanding. Not surprisingly, there are various "pivot points" around which much of this chaotic instability revolves. Seeing these clearly should help planners understand, and properly revise, their own assessments of risk.

In this week's discussion, we'll look at the sources of this systemic deterioration and the pivot points that are likely to be the center of the most dramatic changes in the three areas noted above. It won't be fun, and it is an exercise absolutely guaranteed to be politically incorrect (more on this later), but I have no doubt that SNS members will find it both interesting and useful.

Let's start with the sources, and then move to the pivot points.


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