Q&A WITH MORGAN GREGORY GOOGLE CLOUD OFFICE OF THE CTO: STRATEGY & PROGRAMS AT GOOGLE

DECK 7 | April 30, 2020

Morgan Gregory, Google Cloud Office of the CTO: Strategy & Programs at Google runs strategy and programs for Google Cloud's CTO Office, working closely with their senior leaders and technical CXOs of strategic customers on co-innovation and thought leadership initiatives. Morgan has a passion for paradigm-shifting technology and has side hustle in AI. She's particularly interested in AI for Good and Responsible AI - topics that marry her technical background and desire to make a difference.

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IN WAYS BOTH SIMPLE AND COMPLEX, OUR LIVES REVOLVE AROUND INFRASTRUCTURE. Turn on the lights or a faucet, and a complex network of systems kicks in. Use your smartphone to text or email a friend and your message gets delivered via cell towers and underground cables in real time. Your commute to work or school depends on roads, subways, and bike lanes that form the backbone of a dense transportation infrastructure, much of which has evolved over the past century.

Spotlight

IN WAYS BOTH SIMPLE AND COMPLEX, OUR LIVES REVOLVE AROUND INFRASTRUCTURE. Turn on the lights or a faucet, and a complex network of systems kicks in. Use your smartphone to text or email a friend and your message gets delivered via cell towers and underground cables in real time. Your commute to work or school depends on roads, subways, and bike lanes that form the backbone of a dense transportation infrastructure, much of which has evolved over the past century.

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