The Societal Impact of Machine Intelligence, Autonomy and Hyper-Connection
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  Adrian Bowles   Adrian Bowles
Industry Analyst
STORM Insights, Inc.
  Jeremiah Owyang   Jeremiah Owyang
Crowd Companies
  Bob Touchton   Bob Touchton
Chief Autonomy Scientist
Leidos Maritime Systems Division
  Yves Bergquist   Yves Bergquist
Program Director, Data & Analytics, Entertainment Technology Center
University of Southern California


Wednesday, February 1, 2017
03:45 PM - 04:45 PM


Predictions about the state of the world when machines have intelligence range from extreme optimism to dire catastrophe for humanity. In this panel we will try to contain ourselves to the short and medium term outlook in practical areas of modern society, including economic, legal, health, entertainment and education.

Adrian Bowles is an industry analyst and recovering academic, providing research and advisory services for buyers, sellers, and investors in emerging technology markets. His coverage areas include cognitive computing, big data/analytics, the Internet of things, and cloud computing. Adrian co-authored "Cognitive Computing and Big Data Analytics" (Wiley, 2015) and is currently writing a book on the business and societal impact of these emerging technologies. He has held executive positions at several consulting and analyst firms. Adrian also held academic appointments in computer science at Drexel University and SUNY-Binghamton, and adjunct faculty positions in the business schools at NYU and Boston College. He began his career with research and application development roles at IBM and GTE Laboratories. Adrian earned his BA in Psychology and MS in Computer Science from SUNY-Binghamton, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Northwestern University.

Jeremiah Owyang helped major companies navigate the first phase of sharing called social media. He’s committed to helping companies through the second phase of sharing, as people share and create the physical world around them. Over the course of his career, Jeremiah has identified big trends before they happen and helped major companies through the transition. Jeremiah was the founding partner and research director at Altimeter Group, where he is currently on the board of advisors. He was a Forrester Analyst covering social computing for the interactive marketer and in charge of Global Web Marketing at Hitachi Data Systems, where he launched the social media program. Jeremiah has been advising and influencing business leaders globally. He is a professional speaker with keynotes at business conferences around the globe. His online publications often receive over 100k views from his blog, Web Strategy, and he is frequently quoted in publications and media, such as WSJ, NYT, USA Today and more.

Dr. Bob Touchton is the Chief Autonomy Scientist for the Leidos Maritime Systems Division. Current responsibilities include technical lead on autonomy-related IRaD and autonomous systems Subject Matter Expert on numerous Leidos projects and initiatives with over 40 years of experience in technology innovation and leadership, engineering, software development, and project management, spanning autonomous robotics, artificial intelligence, decision support systems, and intelligent control. He has led and participated in numerous robotic, autonomous perception and control, and unmanned system projects and was a Finalist at all three DARPA Grand/Urban Challenge Events.

Past positions include: Department Head, Autonomy, Perception and Cognition, ARL Penn State; VP Business Innovation and Robotics, Prioria Robotics; and Managing Director, Autonomous Systems, Honeywell Business Innovation Center. In 1984, Dr. Touchton co-founded PathTech Software Solutions and served as CTO.

His degrees include a BS in Nuclear Engineering from UF (1974), an MS in Nuclear Engineering from CMU (1977), an MS in Computer Science from UNF (1995), and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from UF (2006).

Yves Bergquist is a data scientist and competitive strategist who loves to solve complex problems through the joint application of systems thinking and machine learning. He is currently focused on applying AI and machine learning to audience measurement and segmentation.

He is a quant and strategist looking at business, technology and societal problems through both quantitative and qualitative lenses. He was part of the founding team at Singularity University, a partnership between NASA and Google, which aims to "assemble, educate and inspire a cadre of leaders to understand the development of exponentially advancing technologies."

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