💡 Key Messages
Here are my key takeaways from the podcast.
- Seek Shadowing opportunities - One of the pivotal points in Dario's career and development was shadowing someone in a position that he was looking to move into for a full year. Dario said that this allowed him to really see how the plane was flown, or the ship was steered, or ah, yeh
- Make your preferences known - Dario stated that once he realised he wanted to go down the managerial track that he let his manger know. It may sound simple but it is extremely important to make your aspirations and preferences known to those around you so that they can help foster your growth
- Take risks and move into different areas - By constantly taking risks and moving into new areas, Dario was able to transition from being known for being good in a specific area to being known just generally as a great scientist and a great leader. This was one of the key factors which led to him becoming the Director of IBM Research
- Worry less - I think we can all do this, pretty simple. Focus on doing a great job, building good relationships and enjoying the ride
- We live in an exciting time - The intersection of quantum, AI, biology will completely transform our lives. Quantum and AI will empower our ability to perform computational genomics and create new materials at a level we have never experienced. This will have huge implications on health, engineering and pretty much just anything imaginable. Our lives are going to be very exciting, which is always a plus
- Read everything - Dario obviously loves to read. I myself am going to look into the Richard Feynman material before attempting some of his spanish recommendations
About Dario Gill
Dr. Dario Gil is the Director of IBM Research, one of the world’s largest and most influential corporate research labs. The research division of IBM is a global organization with over 3,000 researchers across 12 laboratories and 21 locations devoted to advancing the frontiers of information technology. He is the 12th Director in its 74 year history. Prior to his current position, Dr. Gil was the Chief Operating Officer of IBM Research and the Vice President of AI and Quantum Computing, areas in which he continues to have broad responsibilities across IBM. Under his leadership, IBM was the first company in the world to build programmable quantum computers and make them universally available through the cloud. A passionate advocate of collaborative research models, he co-chairs the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, a pioneering industrial-academic laboratory with a portfolio of more than 50 projects focused on advancing fundamental AI research to the broad benefit of industry and society. Dr. Gil received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.