“It’s going to be brutal,” he told the room in his keynote address.

John Chambers – the former Cisco CEO who grew the networking giant from $70 million to $48 billion before handing off the reins to his successor, Chuck Robbins – warned the audience he planned to be controversial, even as he was talking about a big topic: Artificial Intelligence.

If the North Carolina CEO Forum crowd assembled at the Raleigh Convention Center early Tuesday liked everything he had to say, he was doing something wrong, he said.

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