Interview Of The Week

Interview Of The Week: Omar Hatamleh, NASA

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Article Summary:

Who: Omar Hatamleh is a global innovation and transformation expert and the co-author of Between Brains, a book that explores the impact of artificial intelligence and technology on the future of jobs, society, technologies and economies.  He is currently the head of technology integration for in situ resource utilization at NASA, the U.S. space agency.

Topic: His book Between Brains, moonshots, and how innovators can learn from the notion of exaptation, the process by which features or objects acquire functions for which they were not originally adapted, selected or created.
Quote: “Moonshots have revolutionary impact because you are trying to do something that has not been done before or to do something that is 10x or 100x better than what currently exists. It means going to the drawing board and starting from scratch. You need to have the culture, the tenacity, the budget, the environment, and luck as well. It is a combination of these things.  When the stars align, that is when you start getting results.”

About the author

Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker, an award-winning journalist, has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator, an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as one of the 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France. She has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 20 years. She lives in Paris and has dual U.S. and French citizenship.