In terms of tech adoption, what does it mean when yesterday’s dreams become today’s nightmares? From murderous autonomous vehicles to spying smart speakers, IoT-enabled products seem to be getting their share of bad publicity lately. If our fascination with a certain technology has turned into contempt, does it mean this technology has finally arrived?
Yesterday I traveled to Milwaukee, WI for the IoTTC 2019 Annual Meeting. The 2-day event, jointly hosted by University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and Rockwell Automation brought together a group of thought leaders to share insights, research, and best practices around the human side of digital transformation. Attendees represented a cross section of the very best from academia, industry, and government, all with unique experiences and viewpoints on the changing competitive landscape being shaped by the Forth Industrial Revolution. At the conclusion of day 1 we have already been given a lot to think about.
Day 2-Annual Internet Of Things Talent Consortium Members Meeting
LOCATION: Rockwell Automation, 1201 S Second Street, Milwaukee WI 53204, Customer Experience Center. Enter at main entrance. Visitors Parking south off Second St.
8:00-8:25 AM Registration at Rockwell Automation visitors entrance - 1201 S Second street
8:30-9:15 AM Rockwell Automation, Digital Manufacturing Talent
09:15-09:30 AM 15 Minute Break
09:30-10:15 AM Pivot Factory – Managing Through Exponential Change
Day 1 - Annual Internet Of Things Talent Consortium Members Meeting
LOCATION: Lubar Entrepreneurship Center, UW-Milwaukee campus - Located at 2100 E. Kenwood Blvd. Milwaukee, WI 53211
Parking- on campus- suggested parking at the UWM Student Union garage- 2200 E Kenwood Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53211, Lot #22
1:30-2:00 PM Opening remarks - UWM, Rockwell Automation, IoT Talent Consortium Executive Director
2:00-2:45 PM MIT - Winning the Fire Drill: How Not to Lose the IoT Game
2:45-3:00 PM 15 Minute break
Recently, I gave a keynote speech at a conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil—from MIT campus via a live telepresence robot. The mode of delivery was fitting, as the topic of my talk was the Internet of Things, or, more specifically, what I call the Human Face of the Internet of Things.
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