John served AT&T for more than a decade with the mission: Harness the power of the AT&T network, its people and its communities to enrich lives through meaningful connection. He drove AT&T’s global leadership in 5G and the overall industry in the transition to software-defined networking. He also expanded AT&T’s innovation program to position the company as an industry leader in working with application developers and others to make AT&T’s network open to collaboration and innovation.
John previously was executive vice president of product, sales, marketing and operations at VeriSign Inc., an internet infrastructure company. He also was chairman and CEO of inCode Telecom Group Inc., where he helped shape strategy for wireless carriers worldwide. He also was a partner with Deloitte Consulting, where he was the Americas telecom practice director.
Sebastian was the founder of X (previously Google X), where he led the development of the self-driving car, Google Glass, and other projects. He spent several years as a professor at Stanford University where he led the Stanford Racing Team, whose “Stanley” won the DARPA Grand Challenge. Stanley is now on display at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.
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This year high-speed 5G wireless networks will be deployed in a number of U.S. cities, promising downloads 20 times faster than current networks. Deemed critical to national security, 5G is considered key to unlocking AI’s full potential. From driverless cars and smart cities to telemedicine, will 5G and AI help each other live up to their promise? What kind of ethical guardrails might be needed?
John Donovan, C.E.O., AT&T Communications
Sebastian Thrun, C.E.O., Kitty Hawk
Kent Walker, S.V.P., Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer, Google
In conversation with Cade Metz, Technology Correspondent, The New York Times
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