Purpose-Driven AI: Responsibly Addressing Our Big Problems

Brendan McCord, US Department of Defense; EVP, Tulco, LLC

Brendan McCord shares his views on why AI researchers should reconsider protesting involvement in military projects.

Brendan McCord, Senior Advisor for AI, US Department of Defense; EVP, Tulco, LLC

Brendan McCord is Executive Vice President of Tulco, LLC; President of Tulco Labs; and Senior Advisor for AI to the US Department of Defense (DoD). Brendan drove AI transformation within DoD as founding Chief Architect of the DoD Joint AI Center (JAIC) and primary author of the first DoD AI Strategy. Previously, he led a team of deep learning researchers and engineers at a startup backed by Bill Gates, was an early stage venture investor at Lux Capital, and served in the US Navy as a submarine officer, spending 600+ days underwater. Brendan is an Advisory Board member of the Harvard Data Science Review, an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a Technology Advisor to US Special Operations Forces, and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds an SB from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


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