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IQT Labs Identifies AI Hierarchy Of Modeling That Accelerates Edge Intelligence

This post is the second blog in an ongoing series by IQT Labs on the AI Sonobuoy project. Please visit the first blog in the series here. As part of our exploration into AI in the maritime domain through this project, we arrived at several mental models that can be broadly applied to AI at the Edge. In true IQT Labs fashion, we are looking to stress test and improve these models, so do come join the conversation and let us know what you think. If you’d like to learn more about current or future Labs projects, or are looking for ways to collaborate, please contact us at

IQT Labs releases audit report of SkyScan, an automated system that labels images of aircraft

IQT Labs AI Sonobuoy – A Deeper Look at AI at the Edge

IQT Quarterly Recap – Winter 2023

Is your AI a “Clever Hans”?


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March 22, 2023

IQT Explains: The Art of Investing for National Security

In 1999, a global technology revolution was underway and the U.S. government saw an opportunity to harness the power of startup technology to enhance national security. The outcome? IQT was founded to identify and match emerging technology developed by startups to address gaps in national security technological capabilities. Almost 25 years later, IQT continues to serve the national interest, connecting a diverse ecosystem comprising national security, venture capital, and startup communities.

How does IQT accomplish this? Listen in as host Vishal Sandesara is joined by IQT’s A.J. Bertone and Matt Kemph to provide insight into how IQT makes investments and the impact they have on national security.

Key Takeaways:

• Why IQT is a not-for-profit dedicated to mission impact

• How IQT sources and makes investments

• How IQT adapts startup tech for national security


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February 28, 2023

The Intersection: Exploring a Path Forward for America’s Technological Future

The United States is facing a significant challenge in competing with China on technological innovation, cybersecurity, and national security issues. With China’s rapid rise as a global technological superpower, the U.S. must take steps to ensure its own competitiveness and security. This includes addressing concerns such as intellectual property theft, cyber attacks, and the development of emerging technologies. The U.S. government must prioritize these issues in order to protect its economic and national interests.

In this episode of The Intersection on the IQT Podcast, Steve Bowsher is joined by Will Hurd, author of “American Reboot” and managing director at Allen & Company. Will has a lot of experience with national security issues, having worked as a CIA officer, member of Congress, and cybersecurity executive. Tune in to learn about the challenges and solutions that can help shape America’s technological future.

Key Takeaways:

– The problems and difficulties that must be tackled in relation to competing with China

– US government’s approach and collaboration with the private sectors on innovation and competitiveness

– Explaining pragmatic idealism and the inspiration behind it