CTO Forum


RETHINK GENERATIVE AI / Emergent Technologies

August 2 and 3, 2023*

Rethink Digital Six Series 2


This module will explore mechanisms that are helping to accelerate the Digital Transformation Flywheel through the latest breakthroughs within the series of emerging technologies investigating a series of related emerging technologies and issues for accelerated Generative Al.

Generative AI has rapidly emerged as an area of tremendous possibility and is poised to massively accelerate digital transformation. While Generative AI models attempt to build data from scratch, capturing the underlying structure of a data set without learning directly from existing data, Discriminative AI models focus more on understanding and predicting the relationship between existing data points.

Predominant algorithmic models such as Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs), Variational Autoencoders (VAEs), and Generative Autoregressive Networks (GARs) each generate new data from existing data and do so with increasing degrees of accuracy. Today, these new tools enable businesses to save time and money by automating tasks, uncovering trends and patterns, predicting customer needs, and increasing process and system optimization. In addition to creating competitive advantage by helping to identify new products and services, the models can create a more personalized and engaging customer experience. With the goal of discovering innovative solutions to complex problems, Transformative AI now leverages these advances to form co-creative partnerships between humans and machines, resulting in new possibilities in areas such as healthcare, education, and business.

Generative AI carries the potential threat of increased competition from AI-generated products as well as higher security risks if AI is used for malicious purposes. Ethically, ensuring that these models are used in a responsible manner while protecting privacy and protecting bias and discrimination are crucial issues. Also important to consider is the impact Generative AI will have on jobs and society as a whole. Through informed and thoughtful policy, legislation, and regulation, the goal is that these regulatory measures can provide clear guidelines for responsible AI development and usage.

Overall, the ability of Generative AI to automate and generate data faster, reduce costs, and improve customer experience is expected to drive the development of systems to assist in delivering reasonable checks and balances.

21. Generative versus Discriminative AI Modeling
22. Generative AI Tools including ChatGPT, DALL-E, MidJourney, etc.
23. Transformative AI and Human-Machine Co-Creativity
24. Regulating AI Development

Dr. Erik Brynjolfsson
Stanford University

Dr. Stuart J. Russell
University of California, Berkeley

Prof. Jonathan Zittrain
Harvard University

Dr. Karim Lakhani
Harvard Business School

Dr. Andrew McAfee
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mark Papermaster
Advanced Micro Devices

Adam Smith
FedEx Services

Fidelma Russo
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Fahim Siddiqui
The Home Depot

Dr. Jeffrey Welser
IBM Research

Rashmi Kumar

Ron Kim

Jeremy King
Pinterest, Inc.

State Farm Ashley Pettit

Ashley Pettit
State Farm

Amir Kazmi
WestRock Company

10:55 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
11:00 AM – 12:20 PM EDT
LECTURE: The AI Awakening: Implications for Business and the Economy
AI Surpasses Human Capabilities in Many Tasks, What This Means For Productivity & The Future of Work
Dr. Erik Brynjolfsson, Ph.D.
Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Professor and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI (HAI); Director of the Stanford Digital Economy Lab;Ralph Landau Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR); Professor by Courtesy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business & Stanford Department of Economics, Stanford University
12:40 – 2:00 PM EDT
LECTURE: Artificial Intelligence: A Perspective Off the Beaten Paths
Opportunities and Challenges with Recent Developments in Generative AI
Dr. Stuart J. Russell, Ph.D.
Professor of Computer Science and Smith-Zadeh Professor in Engineering, University of California – Berkeley
2:20 – 3:40 PM EDT
LECTURE: From Internet Governance to AI Governance
Again, a New Technology with Seemingly Boundless Promise Alongside a Sense of Chaos and Even Danger. Is There Anything From the Past 25 years of Struggles Around Internet Governance that We Could Apply to AI Governance?
Professor Jonathan L. Zittrain, JD, MPA
George Bemis Professor of International Law; Vice Dean for Library & Information Resources; Faculty Director, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society; Professor of Computer Science, Harvard School of Engineering & Applied Sciences; Professor of Public Policy, Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
3:40 PM EDT
11:00 AM – 12:20 PM EDT
LECTURE: Competing in the Age of AI The Strategy and Economics of Leading and Transforming Companies with AI and Digital Platforms
Dr. Karim R. Lakhani, Ph.D.
Dorothy & Michael Hintze Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
12:40 – 2:00 PM EDT
LECTURE: Generative AI – The Geek Way Four Secrets of Successful Companies that Excel in New Technologies Adoption
Dr. Andrew McAfee, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy; Principal Research Scientist, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2:20 – 3:40 PM EDT
Featuring remarks by
Mark Papermaster
EVP & Chief Technology Officer of Technology & Engineering, Advanced Micro Devices
Adam Smith
Chief Technology Officer, FedEx Services
Fidelma Russo
Chief Technology Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Fahim Siddiqui
EVP & Chief Information Officer, The Home Depot
Dr. Jeffrey Welser, Ph.D.
COO, IBM Research; VP, Exploratory Science & University Collaborations, IBM
Rashmi Kumar
SVP & Global Chief Information Officer, Medtronic
Ron Kim
SVP & Chief Technology Officer, Merck
Jeremy King
Chief Technology Officer & SVP of Engineering & IT, Pinterest, Inc.
Ashley Pettit
SVP & Chief Information Officer Enterprise Technology, State Farm
Amir Kazmi
Chief Information & Digital Officer, WestRock Company
3:40 PM EDT