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Amir Husain is a serial entrepreneur, inventor, technologist, and author based in Austin, Texas. He has been named Austin’s Top Technology Entrepreneur of the Year, listed as an Onalytica Top 100 Artificial Intelligence Influencer, and received the Austin Under 40 Technology and Science Award, among several other accolades recognizing his work in artificial intelligence. Amir serves on the Board of Advisors for The University of Texas at Austin Department of Computer Science and on the NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Innovation Advisory Board, and is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2013, Amir incorporated SparkCognition, an artificial intelligence company, where he has served as the Founder and CEO since its inception. SparkCognition has scaled rapidly, gaining a client roster that now features dozens of the largest companies in the world. Since its founding, SparkCognition has received widespread recognition, including being ninth on the Wall Street Journal’s Top Tech Companies to Watch in 2018, listed on the 2017 CNBC Disruptor 50, being named the fastest-growing company in Central Texas by Austin Business Journal in 2017, and ranking on the CB Insights AI 100 list in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. In November 2018, Amir became founding CEO of SkyGrid, a Boeing and SparkCognition joint venture that is building the aerial operating system to power the next century of aviation. In 2020, Amir joined the inaugural Board of SparkCognition Government Systems (SGS), the world’s first full-spectrum AI company devoted entirely to government and national defense, chaired by former Deputy Secretary of Defense, Robert O. Work. Amir has been awarded over 30 patents and has several pending applications. His work has been featured in world-leading outlets such as Foreign Policy, Fox Business News, and Proceedings from the U.S. Naval Institute. He is the author of the best-selling book “The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence” and a co-author of the compilation “Hyperwar: Conflict and Competition in the AI Century.”


We catalyze sustainable growth for our clients and throughout the world with proven artificial intelligence systems, award-winning machine learning technology, and a multinational team of artificial intelligence (AI) thought-leaders. Our clients are trusted with advancing lives, infrastructure, sustainability, and financial systems across the globe. They partner with SparkCognition to understand their industry’s most pressing challenges, analyze complex data, empower decision-making, and transform human and industrial productivity. With our leading-edge artificial intelligence products—Darwin®, DeepArmor ®, SparkPredict ®, and DeepNLP™—our clients can adapt to a rapidly changing digital landscape and accelerate their business strategies.

SparkCognition Government Systems (SGS), a wholly owned subsidiary of SparkCognition, is the first full-spectrum artificial intelligence (AI) company devoted entirely to government and national defense. By developing and operationalizing next-generation AI-powered systems, SGS enables government organizations to meet the needs of their most pressing national security missions. Using technologies built in the United States, SGS advances government operations by analyzing complex data to inform and accelerate intelligent decisions, applying predictive and prescriptive analytics to improve logistics, deploying autonomy technology for power projection systems, using natural language processing for large scale processing of unstructured data, and more.

SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company, is powering the next generation of aviation. As the only airspace management system built on AI and blockchain, SkyGrid is solving the industry’s biggest challenges integrating drones in the global airspace and executing autonomous operations. SkyGrid’s AerialOS™ monitors, predicts, and adapts to changes in airspace traffic, environment conditions, and vehicle health to intelligently route, synchronize, and manage unmanned aircraft. Based in Austin, Texas, SkyGrid is enabling a wide variety of commercial drone operations from package delivery to emergency assistance.

Center for a New American Security: Amir served on the CNAS Task Force on Artificial Intelligence and National Security, which was launched in 2013 and chaired by former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work and Dr. Andrew Moore, Dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.
Council on Foreign Relations: Amir is a current member of CFR and served on its Task Force on U.S. Innovation Strategy and National Security, which was chaired by Admiral William McRaven. In 2019, the task published the report Keeping Our Edge which offers new ways for the U.S. to address innovation in national security.
University of Texas at Austin, Department of Computer Science: Since 2015, Amir has served on the Board of Advisors for the Department of Computer Science at UT Austin. He is a graduate of UT Austin Computer Science and the Department honored him at their 50th anniversary by selecting him as one of five speakers representing an “alumni showcase”.
NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Innovation Advisory Board: Amir is a current member of the NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Innovation and Coordination Cell’s (MUSIC^2) MUS Innovation Advisory Board (IAB). Inspired by Amir’s talks on Exponential Technologies, the IAB was formed in 2020 and aims to amplify the MUS mission of accelerating the pace of development and integration of unmanned systems in Allied and Partner navies.


AI is not a product; it’s a way of thinking. And it’s already empowering innovators to tackle the world’s most pressing problems today! Created to inspire a vision for the future and to help the world’s top decision-makers navigate the potential of AI, the Time Machine conference, presented by SparkCognition, has become the world’s premier AI & future tech summit.

Amir Husain serves as the Editor in Chief at Cognitive Times, an AI thought leadership magazine published by SparkCognition. Cognitive Times demonstrates AI’s transformative impact across multiple industries including consumer technology, national security, aerospace, oil and gas, and other technology-related fields.