On March 20 the Center for Revolutionary Scientific Thought (CReST) hosted a Bold Ideas Seminar featuring the Honorable Zachary J. Lemnios.  Potomac Institute CEO and Chairman, Michael Swetnam, introduced and gave a brief overview of the 2014 thrust areas for CReST. In the Hon. Lemnios' presentation he discussed how his career in government, especially at DARPA and as Director of Defense Research and Engineering, shaped his current career in the private sector.  Specifically, he addressed the future of Information Technology and the different areas of computing that IBM is placing bets on.      

Industries are moving to a new data economy that will be characterized by predictive analytics, all-source understanding, seamless global connectivity, speed, and agility.  As head of IBM's network of global research laboratories the Hon. Lemnios mentioned launching major initiatives to develop systems of insight, cognitive computing, secure micro cloud, and managed data services. He highlighted recent investments with the New York Genome Center and in the Watson program. Lastly, he proffered a challenge to the audience to come up with Watson's next demonstration of intelligence.

CReST hosts seminars and conferences designed to find and foster big, bold science and technology ideas that address the most trying challenges facing our society. Notable scientists and technology thought leaders discuss their concepts in the Bold Ideas forum series to an invited audience of science and technology decision-makers in agencies and departments across the US Government, industry, and academia.




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