The Morning Download: SAS Institute CEO, Analytics Pioneer, Embraces Deep Learning

Go Fans watch a live broadcast of the Google DeepMind Challenge Match in Seoul, South Korea, March 9, 2016. Google’s artificial intelligence program AlphaGo beat top-class South Korean Go player Lee Se-dol in the ancient board game Go Wednesday, taking the lead in a five-match man-versus-computer tournament. Seung Il Ryu/Zuma Press Good morning. It’s been 40 years since Dr. Jim Goodnight co-founded SAS Institute Inc., a company that emerged from an agricultural statistics project in North Carolina and went on to pioneer the development of business analytics. Today, the company also is well regarded for its employee-friendly culture. Dr. Goodnight tends to view today’s technology with a bit of skepticism, as CIO Journal’s Angus Loten reports. He has in fact seen much of it before. He saw first-hand how the mainframes of…


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