Interview with Greg Kinsey, VP Industrial Solutions & Innovation, Hitachi

Interviewer: George Lawton, Tech Target.

Questions discussed:
• Give me an overview of your work at Hitachi
• How did you begin your work in AI in industrial automation - which came first?
• What motivates you to keep working in this space?
• How will the fourth industrial revolution transform job roles in the space?
• You mentioned in your presentation that AI can be used to predict and avoid bottlenecks - can you explain this in more detail.
• What other challenges are you currently facing in your work, and how is AI helping you solve them?
• What are some of the ways AI could foster practices around innovation through co-creation?
• Is this notion of innovation through co-creation just a business thing, or is there a way that it relates to the kinds of relationships businesses might cultivate with consumers too?
• How might GDPR and the mandates around consent to use data drive the adoption of co-creation as a business paradigm?
• How are you using AI for Good?
• Should all companies in the space be trying to implement AI, and what measures should be taken to ensure it’s done effectively?
• AI is becoming applied in countless other industries - what areas are you most excited to see transformed, and where do you think we’ll see the biggest impact?

Greg Kinsey, Vice President, Industrial Solutions & Innovation at Hitachi

Greg Kinsey is a global leader in digital transformation of manufacturing. At Hitachi, he heads the incubation and commercialization of Smart Manufacturing solution. Greg has 30 years of experience in industry, technology, and consulting. He started his career as a factory automation engineer at Goodyear. He subsequently led the manufacturing platform business at Digital Equipment Corporation, creating the forerunner of today’s IoT platforms. During the 1990s he was a pioneer in the Six Sigma and Operational Excellence movement. He then led business transformation in senior executive roles at Siemens, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Celerant Consulting. Greg earned his MBA at Georgetown University, and BSc in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

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