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Think in the Future Tense

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

Workshop: Understanding Emerging and Exponential Technologies

This half- or day-long 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. Modules can then be customized for the audience and one or more of the following modules. All of these are aimed at developing an understanding of the applications for these technologies and don't require any specific technical knowledge or skill.
Intro Time: ~1 hour

Title: 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.

Title: 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 various fields.
Time: Approximately 2 hours, depending on discussion.

Title: Train the Trainer: The Blockchain Game
Audience: Educators
Description: In this session, participants will learn how to use the Blockchain Game in their own classes and workshops. We'll play the game, and then participants will have an opportunity to try their hand at leading the exercise. The group will discuss modifications and customizations that would be helpful for blockchain education.
Time: Approximately 3 hours, depending on discussion.

Title: 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.

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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