TalkFEST Keynote: Innovate or Die Trying | 02.16.2021

Date: February 16, 2021

Time: 11:00AM - 12:30PM

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How many taxi companies could have made their own iPhone apps but didn’t? Everyone knows we need to innovate or perish, but what does that really mean? How do you know if Silicon Valley is going to come after your industry? Can we learn to innovate faster than our competitors? If computers can do the job of a truck driver, what about a factory worker, or a chef, or a doctor, or you? Pablos Holman is one of the rare technologists who can both understand and explain these new technologies and their potential. Working with them every day at his lab, his team has taken on problems ranging from hurricane suppression to brain surgery & disease eradication to nuclear energy.

A futurist, inventor, and notorious hacker with a unique view into breaking and building new technologies, Pablos works on invention projects that assimilate new technologies—making wild ideas a bit more practical and vice versa. He helped create the world’s smallest PC; 3D printers at Makerbot; spaceships with Jeff Bezos; mosquito-zapping lasers with Bill Gates; artificial intelligence agent systems; and the Hackerbot, a Wi-Fi-seeking robot. He is also an advisor to the biggest crowdfunding campaign in history, raising US$27 million in 30 days for 3D printer Glowforge.

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MPI TalkFEST Keynote: Innovate or Die Trying