“How on earth did I end up running an AI company?” Robert Bassett Cross asks himself as he sits down over coffee.
For the former army officer and special operations expert, it’s been an unlikely journey. He spent years fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan before launching what could be the UK’s next bet in big data and artificial intelligence.
Unsurprisingly, Bassett Cross does not come across as your typical tech chief executive. The Silicon Valley uniform of sandals and T-shirts won’t do for the ex-military man, who later worked as an investment banker at JP Morgan. He cuts a disciplined, hard-nosed figure.
His new venture – Adarga – uses AI to change the way intelligence agencies and defence companies…