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Anne Cocquyt on her blueberry farm

Finding Your North Star, with Serial Entrepreneur Anne Cocquyt

Anne Cocquyt grew up in the heart of Germany’s peerless culture of order and engineering, in the automotive manufacturing hub of Baden-Württemberg, home to Mercedes and Porsche. Her family pushed Christian values, academic education, and community service – right down…

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Smarter Buildings Saving Energy … and the Planet, with Mark Chung

Mark Chung had checked off all the boxes in a successful career. Status, power, money: he had them all in his corporate engineering job. Until one day, he wanted more. Working for a single company wasn’t going to help solve…

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Flying On the Road, with Untitled Motorcycles Co-Founder Hugo Eccles

Hugo Eccles grew up with a “petrol-head” amateur race car driver dad who ignited his passion for cars and motorcycles. When Eccles wasn’t “running wild” in the bucolic English countryside, he sketched cars with his grandmother, the prelude to his…

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Putting the Human in Human-Computer Interaction, with Carlos Moreira

The promise of technical advancement brings new risks. For all the wonders of artificial intelligence, robotics, genetic engineering, quantum computing, and other leaps into the “fourth industrial revolution,” malicious actors abound. Facebook’s algorithms manipulate users. Uber’s code shortchanges drivers. Scammers…

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