Amir Haleem, CEO of Helium, Part 2: Creating Tech, Then Driving Adoption

Is it more difficult to create the tech or to get it adopted? We continue discussing with Amir his hopes for the internet of things and developing a sensing overlay on the world. We discuss what sparked him to want to create a web of connected devices in the first place and why building the technology is only part of the battle. It takes more than great tech to succeed – you also need people to accept and ultimately adopt your innovation. Acceptance and adoption begin with educating people about what the tech enables – how it can make people’s lives better – so that it can be unleashed in practice. Lee and Troy share some post-conversation thoughts.

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Prof. Sylvester Johnson, Part 2: What does it mean to be human? “Big Humanities” to Match “Big Technologies.”

With the help of Professor Johnson of Virginia Tech, we discuss what it means to be human in an age of accelerating technology, where computers and robots can think and maybe even feel. Professor Johnson explains several of the amazing technologies that exist today, both “outside” people and those being incorporated directly into people’s bodies, and how industry and government is pushing this forward. He really expanded our views on how to think about humanity and technology.

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Prof. Sylvester Johnson, Part 1: What does it mean to be human? From Aristotle to AI.

With the help of Professor Johnson of Virginia Tech, we discuss what it means to be human in an age of accelerating technology, where computers and robots can think and maybe even feel. Professor Johnson explains several of the amazing technologies that exist today, both “outside” people and those being incorporated directly into people’s bodies, and how industry and government is pushing this forward. He really expanded our views on how to think about humanity and technology.

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