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Emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the internet of things (IoT) promise to transform industries, making them more productive with much less cost and environmental impact. But these technologies will only be useful if organizations understand, trust, and adopt them. And right now, just understanding what these technologies are can be difficult, even for the brightest in their fields. Scott's talks help business and "non-technical" managers understand the impact that these technologies will have on business, society, and our collective future.

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Workshops and Talks

Accelerating Innovation for the Internet of Things

Audience: Anyone interested in IoT, Product Development and Innovation
Description: Open source hardware is rapidly lowering the barriers to entry into the sensor and automation market. Well known platforms include Arduino and Raspberry Pi. The "maker" community has created a robust set of tools and a huge library of projects that can be used a template for developing new products. In this session, we'll see how we can build new tools and rapidly prototype new products using open source hardware and shared code. Participants will build and program an IoT sensor for monitoring air quality and connect it to a cloud-based logging service.
Time: 2-3 hours, depending on discussion and number of students.

Blockchain and Your Profession

Audience: Accounting, Finance, and Supply Chain Professionals
Description: Blockchain technology can be a game-changer for accounting, supply chain, banking, contract law, and many other fields. But it will only be useful if lots of people trust and adopt it. And right now, just understanding what blockchain really is can be difficult, even for the brightest in their fields. Enter the Blockchain Game, a hands-on exercise that explains blockchain's core principles and serves as launching pad for discussion of blockchain's real-world applications. In this session, we'll play the Blockchain Game, explore current blockchain projects, and have an open discussion about what blockchain will mean for your profession.
Time: Approximately 2-3 hours, depending on discussion.

Note: If you want to use this game in your organization or business, I can conduct a "train the trainer" session to help your trainers deploy this tool.

AI and Machine Learning

Audience: Business Professionals
Description: Artificial Intelligence is poised to disrupt a wide range of industries and professions. The pace of innovation and application of machine learning (a specific type of AI) is much greater than anticipated (even by AI experts). Already, radiologists, pathologists, and chemists are using machine learning in their jobs and redefining the profession. In this session we'll develop a basic understanding of AI and machine learning. Participants will then train an AI for a basic image classification task so they can better understand which tasks are best suited for machine learning.
Time: Approximately 3 hours, depending on discussion.

Developing an Exponential Mindset

Audience: Open to All.
Description: ThisĀ  workshop starts out with a discussion of exponential technologies, including the drivers of exponential change and models for understanding technological disruption (the six Ds of exponential technologies, Gartner Hype Cycle, technology adoption cycle) and how startups can make sure they are able to reach mainstream markets.
Time: 1-2 hours

Recently published...

Local TV: Data Exhaust

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Local TV: AI in Face Recognition (8 min)

Local TV: AI in Medicine (8 min)

Reactions and Recommendations

"Scott is the rare combination of a dynamic instructor with a true entrepreneurial or innovation approach to solving problems. He regularly mentors student and tech entrepreneurs in everything from IoT to project management as they scale their ventures."
--Collin Bunch, Co-Founder at SB3 Global
"I have received a great deal of positive feedback about your blockchain discussion. The topic was very interesting, and you were very engaging. I very much appreciate it. "
--Central MO Institute of Internal Auditors
"The Blockchain Game was a great way to help our group understand the basics of how blockchain works."
--Missouri Society of Professional Engineers/ Society of Women Engineers