State governments have unique challenges when it comes to budgets, workforce readiness, and technology adoption. Increasingly state and local governments have also been innovative, pushing forward AI technology to help with many operational and constituent facing operations.  Carlos Rivero, Chief Data Officer for the Commonwealth of Virginia, was recently a guest on the AI Today podcast as well as a panelist during the recent Data for AI Week Virtual Conference to discuss how states, and in particular the Commonwealth of Virginia, is leveraging data, automation, and cognitive technologies. 

In an interview for this article, Carlos shares how automation, advanced data analytics, and AI play an increasing role in state government, some unique challenges around data at the state level, some interesting or surprising insights you can share about how Virginia is using ML and AI and more.

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You can’t make this stuff up. The saga of fugitive Carlos Ghosn has just taken another turn. On the same day as the former Nissan CEO was appearing in public in Beirut for the first time since his January press conference to unveil a new business initiative for crisis-hit Lebanon, a Nissan employee was testifying in Tokyo that he helped former Nissan executive and defendant Greg Kelly find ways to pay Ghosn without fully disclosing his compensation. A close aide of Ghosn, Kelly was arrested at the same time as his boss in late 2018.

Now at face value, these two events do not appear to be connected. But when speaking of Ghosn, the man who found a way to beat Japan’s security measures and flee the country in a private jet, nothing is ever certain.

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Carlos Ghosn, ex-CEO Nissan, at a press conference on the second press day of the Paris International Motor Show.

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SINGAPORE — Carlos Ghosn, the scandal-hit former CEO and chairman of Nissan who fled trial in Japan, is launching a business training program to help spark economic recovery in his native, crisis-hit Lebanon.

The French-Lebanese auto executive revealed on Tuesday plans to coach business leaders, provide tech training and create start-up jobs as part of a new tie-up with the Universite Saint-Esprit de Kaslik (USEK), a private university north of Beirut. 

The announcement comes less than two months after a devastating blast rocked the capital and compounded the economic woes of a country hampered by decades of corruption and political mismanagement. 

Ghosn, himself facing allegations of financial wrongdoing after dramatically escaping Tokyo for Beirut in December 2019, said the initiative was not politically

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Carlos Brito

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Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch InBev has began a process to replace Chief Executive Carlos Brito, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

The world’s biggest brewer is considering external candidates to replace Brito, who has been its CEO for 16 years and has overseen a string of mergers that transformed two Brazilian and Belgium drink-makers into a global giant, the FT reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

AB InBev declined to comment on the FT report, which also said that the company is currently considering only one internal candidate, Michel Doukeris, who heads its North America-based Anheuser-Busch business.

Brito is involved with the board in the process and plans to step down at some point next year, the FT said, citing one person. It is also possible that Brito remains in charge for longer if a replacement is not found, it said, added that

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