SOCom leader wanted to toss Google exec from car. Because he was right.

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He had just assumed command of U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base and Schmidt was in town for a meeting of the Defense Innovation Board.

SOCom leader wanted to toss Google exec from car. Because he was right.

TAMPA ‘ Standing in front of an audience of several thousand scientists, data wonks, geospatial intelligence analysts and other big thinkers, Army Gen. Tony Thomas drew some laughs when he talked about the time he felt the urge to toss Google CEO Eric Schmidt out of a car.

It was about two years ago, Thomas told the audience this week at the GEOINT 18 Symposium, held at the Tampa Convention Center. He had just assumed command of U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base and Schmidt was in town for a meeting of the Defense Innovation Board.

Thomas said Schmidt issued SOCom a report card saying the command is failing to utilize deep learning to help solve the problems it faces.

“It was a bold move on his part,” Thomas said. “He said, ‘You are terrible at deep learning. He said, ‘You live in a world of wicked problems. I bet if I spent a moment, a bit of time under your tent, I could solve every one of your wicked problems … using advanced algorithms and mathematics.’

“He was totally certain he was right, and I was totally certain I was about to bounce him out of the car on Bayshore Avenue.”

  • Date: 2018-04-26T05:00:00Z-04
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