Byron Reese, CEO of Gigaom and author of The Fourth Age, talks about innovation technology, its future, and how humanity fits within the picture. He poses great questions that tug at our current conditions such as identifying whether you are a machine or an animal. Believing greatly in humanity and technology, he defines what technology is and gives us a view of the changes that will happen sooner. Byron then shares his insights about artificial general intelligence and emotional intelligence in robots while predicting how technology can end hunger and poverty.
Tying innovation to an open heart, Chris Hoffmann – author, innovator, and TEDx speaker – talks about the emotional aspects that need to be present with technology. He finds that it is by having that sense of self that we will tap into curiosity and creativity. He is also about helping people get over that fear of being more innovative, leading us to identify the things that make us emotionally satisfied. Reflecting on the current relationship between people and technology, Chris then shares his thoughts about people aligning to different jobs as they become more curious and creative than ever.
Taking risks doesn’t always lead you to success, but it will surely help you grow as a leader. One of the risks to take to achieve effective leadership is not just to empathize with your employees but also to tap into your emotions in appropriate ways at the workplace. Peter Bregman, bestselling author of Leading with Emotional Courage: How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability, and Inspire Action on Your Most Important Work, defines what emotional courage is and why it should be a skill leaders must learn alongside confidence, connection, and being committed.
Being an effective leader is about tapping into the potentials of the workforce. To grow is to learn continuously or else the business will hit the plateau. Caitlin MacGregor, CEO and Co-Founder of Plum, knows precisely the importance of revolutionizing the workplace through continuous learning. She dives into the concept of talent mobility powered by the scalability of artificial intelligence and the deep insight of industrial/organizational psychology. On top of that, she shares about the quality metrics they use to center in on who’s going to be successful long-term without bias.
There are so many organizations that want to be innovative now, but they are worried about jobs being replaced by artificial intelligence or other factors. They worry about where to put people, but then how are they going to be relevant without implementing AI and software or the next big thing? Jürgen Schmidhuber, the Father of Artificial Intelligence, breaks down artificial intelligence and talks about its impact to the workplace as he addresses the issue of should we really worry about humans being replaced by machines?
People may have many whys about certain goals that they cannot achieve. Why is their business is stagnant? Why can’t they climb the ladder? Why don’t they seem to be moving at all despite their hard work? You have to ask yourself though, do you have the right mindset? Mindset expert Chris Salem shares how you can embrace a process to get out of the problem and get into the solution. Discover the kind of mindset that will free you from what’s shutting you down so you can finally flourish on the peak of success.
As the world evolves, people continue to discover things through technology. It’s fascinating how these great minds with all their brilliance and intelligence as they build faster computers are now heading to artificial intelligence. Chief storyteller and best-selling author Mike Adams discusses artificial intelligence and how the mind works.
In an age of distraction, with market volatility, and constant uncertainty, organizations face challenges to their ability to maintain a resilient workforce. Issues that impact sustainability in innovation include the environment, society, and economics. In constantly changing times, taking the ground most traveled and embracing the status quo is no longer a viable option. Truly resilient organizations must embrace robust transformation. Lengnick-Hall described organizational resilience as, “the capacity to act robustly in the face of environmental turbulence and to adapt to the ongoing environmental changes.” Organizations must look to ideas never considered when developing innovation that is resilient and sustainable. That is where curiosity can play an important role.
Stretching servant leadership far back into the historical roots, founder and CEO of Serve to Lead Group, James Strock, speaks about some presidential leaders who have shown how they mastered technologies of their time in order to become effective. James takes us into the updated version of his book, Serve to Lead: 21st Century Leaders Manual, and gives great insights about how looking at history provides a bigger look at our current situation. Learn about mastering communication technologies as James takes you into the political side of being a leader.
Dr. Cindy Gordon, CEO of SalesChoice, Inc. and Predictive Analytics expert, takes us into the world of artificial intelligence as she identifies the various gaps within the related industries. Starting with gender, she talks about why there are less women working in AI and what are the possible solutions to encourage them. She also talks about the talent gap in innovation that has been sought after these days, and proceeds to lay some insights about the future as AI progresses.
Writer and columnist Bethany McLean shares some of the fascinating stories in our history. She takes us into what happened at Enron through her book, The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron, exposing some of the fascinating details that she has found from her years of research. Her other book, Saudi America: The Truth About Fracking and How It’s Changing the World, discusses about the oil crisis and the fracking that has happened as well as their implications to the world. Bethany gives some great insights into the entire writing process especially on tough topics, and reflects on how the worst crimes in history are often the obvious things that people just keep on missing.
Shelly Murphy, CEO for Woz U Foundation and the co-founder of DesTechAZ, advocates for bringing technology to education. She talks about what went on at the DesTech event and how their mission on technology is going to change the way we receive education, the opportunities that come with it, and more. Shelly shares the need to spread technology-based education throughout the world, especially to kids who have no access to these resources. Ultimately, the drive is about the importance of educating the young generation in order to propel the entire country forward.
There’s no denying that Artificial Intelligence will take the lead in the future economic landscape, and the race among companies to harness its immense potential is just getting started. For enterprises to dramatically improve the quality, performance and security of their applications, while transforming their efficiency and output, they need the world’s first AI-driven, unified test automation system: Appvance.ai. Kevin Surace, the CEO of Appvance, reveals how his company is revolutionizing software testing with their premier product, Appvance IQ. Mr. Surace discusses AI, robotics, automation and the future of jobs – all from the perspective of an innovator and technology pioneer.
We are often told to follow our passion. Even if we determine our passion, some things hold us back from pursuing our natural sense of curiosity. Curiosity has been called a sort of mental itch. There are surprisingly few studies about curiosity because it is difficult to study. Some people are more naturally curious than others. It can be important to have curiosity hardwired into us because it helps us grow and develop. There are factors like stress, aging, drugs, genetics, etc. that could impact our level of curiosity. Outside of medical issues or lack of financial capabilities, I have found four major things that hold people’s curiosity hostage including fear, the way things have always been done, parental/family/peer influence, and technology.
Intelligence has been defined by many, yet completely understood by few. In Jeff Hawkin’s book On Intelligence, he explained that the way computers process information is not the same way a brain may process information. This led to his life-long desire to better understand what he referred to as real intelligence. He explained that human intelligence is far different from artificial intelligence.
The transfer of data from machine to man is not as easy as movies have led the public to believe. In the Matrix, megabytes of data were simply uploaded into the human brain. This data then allowed for increased knowledge and abilities. In the past, this was just fun science fiction.
Researchers are gaining new insight as to how the brain processes language through the use of a new technology that translates brain activity into words. The Guardian reported that “devices could transform the lives of thousands of people who lose the ability to speak as a result of a stroke or other medical conditions.”
While science may not be at the Matrix level yet, there have been strides made in research. Hawkins predicted in his 2004 book, that this decade could be the time that truly intelligent devices/machines are created that may make an important difference for mankind.