Always Seek To Innovate And Be Clear About Your Career’s Destination with Sam Lightstone
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Sam Lightstone is IBM’s Chief Technology Officer for AI Strategy, an IBM Fellow and a Master Inventor in the IBM Data and AI group. He is also chair of the Data and AI Technical Team, the working group of IBM’s technical executives in the division. As well as being the founder and co-founder of several large-scale initiatives including AI databases, he co-founded the IEEE Data Engineering Workgroup on Self-Managing Database Systems. He has also authored 4 books and more than 30 papers. And his books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish.
Sam joins Phil to discuss the power of innovation, and why we must always seek to first convince people that we have good ideas by allowing them to visualise, and innovate through creative thinking. Sam also talks about the importance of being clear when it comes to your career goals in IT, and why without a clear goal to aim for, we can never truly hope to arrive at our ideal destination.
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Worst Career Moment
After developing a new technology, Sam was approached by a large business with a long list of requirements. Months of effort were spent on trying to fit the tech to these new parameters, but it could not be achieved.
Building a technology from the beginning, to be a founder of something new, has happily happened to Sam more than once. Being at the vanguard of a new innovation, and to see one’s work come to fruition is powerful and enjoyable.
IT will always expand and accelerate, which on its own is exciting. Expansion over the next 20 years will be fueled by AI, a sector in which Sam is on the frontline, allowing him to see the exciting developments firsthand and up close.
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