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Scott Amyx, speaker

Scott Amyx

    • Managing Partner at Amyx Ventures
    • Voted the Most Influential Leader in Smart Cities and IoT and awarded the 50 Most Impactful Smart Cities Leaders by World CSR Congress
    • Tribeca Disruptor Foundation Fellow, presented in collaboration by the Tribeca Film Festival and Harvard Business School
    • Singularity University/ Smart City Accelerator Mentor
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TEDxRutgers-Strive: How Doing the Things Most Uncomfortable Leads to Success

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2019 Demo

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Scott Amyx Speaker Biography

Scott Amyx is an internationally recognized thought leader, venture capitalist, speaker, and author on smart, sustainable cities, exponential technologies, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He has appeared or spoken on TV, New York Times, TIME, Forbes, TechCrunch, TEDx, CIO, Washington Post, WIRED, Forrester, G20, European Commission, United Nations, ITU, Pew Research Center, Environmental Defense Fund, and a host of other prominent global publications, institutions, and events.

Scott was voted the Most Influential Leader in Smart Cities and awarded the 50 Most Impactful Smart Cities Leaders by Inc. Magazine, Internet of Things Institute, HP Enterprise, World CSR Congress, and numerous institutions. Scott is enabling the realization of a global network of smart, sustainable cities through his partnerships with the United Nations, United Smart Cities, United for Smart Sustainable Cities, Smart Cities Council, and ASEAN Smart Cities Network, family offices, and institutional investors.

Scott is the author of Strive: How Doing the Things Most Uncomfortable Leads to Success, and the upcoming The Human Race: How Humans Can Survive in the Robotic Age. Strive has been endorsed by Tony Robbins, Forbes, Singularity University, Tribeca Film Festival, and other global influencers.

Scott has over 20 years of large-scale strategy and implementation experience, managing double-digit million dollar projects across multiple verticals. In his last corporate position as VP of Product Management, Scott helped the company be acquired by a Fortune 500 publicly traded company. Scott has also started numerous startups and successfully sold a company.

Scott has a master’s degree in applied microeconomics/ public policy from the University of Chicago. Scott was a national Sloan Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University.

Strive: How Doing the Things Most Uncomfortable Leads to Success

Find out how doing the things most uncomfortable leads to success. Pioneering thought leader Scott Amyx shows anyone striving to succeed, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are, that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but doing the things uncomfortable he calls “strive”.

Drawing on his own powerful story of an impoverished immigrant frequently told that he would amount to nothing, Amyx, now a celebrated venture capitalist and futurist, describes his meteoric rise from obscurity to prominence, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not intellect, opportunities or even network but pursuing personal change that’s uncomfortable. In this book, Scott takes readers into his defining life moments and stories from some of the most unlikely individuals who persevered through change to become outrageously successful. He also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in high performance.

Finally, he shares what he’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers—from corporate CEOs, unicorn startup entrepreneurs to global policy leaders. Strive shows how you can shape your life and your career, a life of fulfillment and joy, constantly creative and productive, one that always holds the possibility of delightful surprise.


The Human Race: How Humans Can Survive in the Robotic Age

Scott’s second feature book The Human Race: How Humans Can Survive in the Robotic Age is scheduled to come out next year. Scott explores the imminent net job loss from artificial intelligence, robotics, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its impact on income inequality and rise in populism and nationalism that are sweeping across the globe.

AI-driven cyber-physical automation is expected to displace 50% to 80% of the human workforce by 2030. As the pace of convergence of exponential technologies reach near vertical slope, the trend of human displacement is unstoppable. What will be the role of humans?

For the structurally unemployed and underemployed, it will be bleak future with limited options. Only those with highly specialized PhDs in fields that create, train and maintain AI, robotic and advanced scientific and technical systems may have a place in the world of hyper-automation. Contrary to popular belief that only predictable physical work is automatable, as narrow AI continues to master new niches, it will amass a superset of capabilities that will not only replace tasks but holistic job functions. There is no senior executive, policymaker or subject matter expert that will be safe.

Scott explores the limitations of universal basic income and taxing robots. Instead, he proposes a vastly different, out-of-the-box solution called the Human Currency. It’s a global economy and a cryptocurrency based on human-to-human empathy services. Moreover, it has the resiliency and sustainability built into the system to ensure the viability of the human race for centuries to come.

Scott emphasizes the need to pursue job training and labor force development in human-to-human services that leverage our ability to empathize with the human condition. The empathy business models and services will become the bedrock of the post-Fourth Industrial Revolution.


The Impact of Climate Change & Innovation to Combat It

According to the United Nations’ recent report on climate change, the Earth is only a decade away from the tipping point of 1.5 Celsius increase global temperature, increasing the occurrences of devastating drought, hurricanes, floods, extreme heat, and widespread poverty. Hundreds of millions of people’s lives are at stake. Some believe that it’s too late. Electric cars and clean energy aren’t enough to prevent rising oceans and massive global devastation. Investors and businesses are betting on life-saving innovations such as seawalls, indoor vertical farming, and emergency housing to deal with the expected rise in unprecedented crises. Scott explores how to navigate the future of climate change, strategic investments, and innovation to survive.


Disruption from Exponential Technologies

Disruption is a great term, as long as it’s being applied to your competitors and not your firm. When blockchain began to show tremendous promise, from trustless transactions to making data more secure, startups jumped at the opportunity to use the technology to potentially displace core banking and capital market functions. Blockchain contains the seeds of the destruction for many established players in the financial services industry since it does everything from allowing parties to draw up secure contracts and storing sensitive information to transferring money safely—all without the aid of an intermediary. There is (understandably) less excitement in the financial industry with businesses like public blockchain-based bitcoins and peer-to-peer lending, which allows users to send money to each other….for free or nearly free. FinTech and the Internet of Things (IoT) are creating disruption in other areas, as well: FinTech is expected to eliminate 2 million bank jobs and the Internet of Things is expected to disrupt almost everything. Current trends in FinTech are being driven by tech startups that aim to disrupt fundraising, mobile payments, money transfers, loans, and resource management. The Internet of Things and artificial intelligence (AI) are forcing leaders to take a hard look at business models and core competencies. FinTech and IoT are threatening to displace “cash cows” and prominent brands. Have you positioned your company to take advantage of the $22.3 billion opportunities that beckon? Or is your business at risk from the advances in technology? If your company is not planning on embracing technological change, it may be in danger of becoming obsolete.


La Belle Époque of AI

Just as the Belle Époque or “Beautiful Era” (1871 – 1914) brought a prosperous period of technological, scientific, and cultural innovations, AI may be one of the greatest innovations to health. From use of AI to make CRISPR more accurate, The Permanente Medical Group’s work on predictive analytics for ICU transfer to highly accurate computer vision applications to mammograms, CT scans, and MRIs, the convergence of exponential technologies such as AI, blockchain, and nanomaterials has the potential fundamentally transform wellness and well-being.


How AI is Transforming Retail & Financial Services

Scott Amyx walks the audience through the lens of a customer journey as s/he interacts with retail or financial services powered by AI. From chatbots to human-like digital assistants (AVA), Outernets’ computer vision technology that turns any windows and surfaces into interactive experiences, Endor’s social physics platform that applies AI predictive data analytics to human behavior, fraud prevention powered by AI to Digits that converts credit cards and debit cards into cryptocurrency cards for purchases, the AI evolution is just beginning.


How Your Country Can Lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The World Economic Forum predicts that the Internet of Things will usher in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Analysts forecasts between 34 – 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020. In economic terms, nearly $6 trillion will be spent on IoT solutions over the next five years. There are many reasons for adopting IoT, including 1) lowering operating costs, 2) increasing productivity, and 3) expanding to new markets or developing new product offerings.

In his presentation, Scott Amyx provides an overview of the Fourth Industrial Revolution opportunity, quantifiable benefits for businesses and governments, and the role of the public-private-startup ecosystem to help stimulate broad-based adoption of Industry 4.0.


How to Transform a Nation

How to build a Fourth Industrial Revolution-driven nation to spur sustainable economic growth, to build new industries, to create jobs, and to raise the human capital of local citizens.

The World Economic Forum’s survey gives us hints on when the future will have arrived. When we have robotic pharmacists when our clothes are Internet connected to when AI is seating on the Board of Directors. These disruptions cannot be stopped. It represents a rapid and unstoppable evolution in the human innovation curve. With this massive automation and intelligence, many will lose their jobs — a net 7% of U.S. jobs by 2025.

So how can a nation instead of being disrupted become the disruptor?

Scott Amyx shares a is a framework for transforming a nation. In his presentation, Scott shares the role of futurism, R&D, experimentation, investment, implementation, and knowledge transfer in the transformation of a nation.


Are You Ready for Disruption?

How do you turn disruption Into innovation? In PwC’s Annual Global CEO Survey, 62% expressed concern about the impact of disruption in their industry. Disruption is coming from all direction — from the Internet of Things, blockchain cryptography, AI/ machine learning, data analytics, decentralized computing to changes in consumer behavior.

According to an Accenture study of 1,000 large enterprises, big companies struggle with innovation. The biggest barrier is not a lack of vision but because, by definition, big companies are mature. Organizational structures and processes are in place to guide the company towards efficiency. Seasoned managers steer their employees from pursuing the art of discovery and towards engaging in the science of delivery. Employees are taught to seek efficiencies, leverage existing assets, and listen to their best customers. Such practices and policies ensure that executives can consistently deliver positive earnings to Wall Street, but they also minimize the types and scale of innovation that can be pursued successfully within an organization. No company ever created transformational growth by doing what they do a tiny bit better and a tiny bit cheaper.

The biggest barrier is not a lack of vision but because, by definition, big companies are mature. Organizational structures and processes are in place to guide the company towards efficiency. Seasoned managers steer their employees from pursuing the art of discovery and towards engaging in the science of delivery. Employees are taught to seek efficiencies, leverage existing assets, and listen to their best customers. Such practices and policies ensure that executives can consistently deliver positive earnings to Wall Street, but they also minimize the types and scale of innovation that can be pursued successfully within an organization. No company ever created transformational growth by doing what they do a tiny bit better and a tiny bit cheaper.


Realize the Promise of Digital Transformation Through Robotic Process Automation, the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence

“Organizations today are under incredible pressure to innovate, reduce costs, and increase revenue and market share. And that pressure is coming from all direction. CEO turnover has reached a record high. In 2015, 17% of the globe’s largest public companies saw their CEO leave, which is more than in any of the previous 15 years. Enterprises are confronted with significant pressures to embrace and optimize digital transformation; otherwise, they risk becoming commoditized and losing market share. Matter of fact there is even a metric called the digital quotient that scores the digital maturity of a company. Digitization gives organizations a major leg up. It enables you to use and manage your assets, processes, and labor more efficiently to increase productivity and output.


The Power of 3: Robotic Process Automation, the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence

Rather than thinking of AI, the Internet of Things and robotic process automation as separate, distinct technologies, we need to recognize that they work together. The Internet of Things quantifies your value chain and provides real-time data. This data is then used by AI to generate predictive insights. Supporting your business processes, including IoT and AI activities, is the robotic process automation that automates your business tasks and activities to accelerate your digital transformation. “


Exponential Disruption: Is Your Organization Ready for the Era of Human-Machine Innovation?

Scott Amyx explores exponential technologies that have the potential to transform human society in ways we can’t imagine. From cloud computing to quantum computing, speech interface to brain-computer interface, conventional materials to graphene, oil & gas to nuclear fusion, robots to transhumanoids, we are embarking in an uncharted era of human-machine innovation. How can companies ready themselves? Or is your business at risk from advances in technology? If your company is not embracing technological change, it may be in danger of becoming obsolete.

The Future of Collaborative, Decentralized & Intelligent Robotics
The next generation of robotics is no longer caged programmed mobile arms performing repeatable or dangerous tasks. They are evolving to become collaborative, self-monitoring, and agile. They will operate in swarms with autonomy, decentralized control and collective emergent behavior as robotics, IoT, AI, data analytics, and blockchain converge.


The Future of Human Intelligence

Singularity University founder Ray Kurzweil predicts that AI will exceed human intelligence by 2029. That’s much sooner than his prior prediction of 2045. So the question is what do we do, so we’re not left behind?

So how can we ensure that we are not left behind by machines? Brain-computer interface may help. Traditionally, this type of technology has been used to help people with dementia, strokes, and brain injuries.

But now startups such as Neuralink and Kernel are developing ultra-high bandwidth brain-machine interface to measure the activity of neurons. They envision a network of tiny electrodes linked to your brain that can communicate wirelessly with the world. The Internet of Humans. The technology could enhance memory and cognitive powers and make it possible to translate your thoughts into text, images or commands.


How Quantum Computing Will Reshape Society

Scott Amyx explores strategic opportunities in quantum computing and how it can give human innovation a leap like never seen before. Scott expounds on the possibilities, current limitations, and breakthroughs needed to reach a state practical for the industry at large. He also presents implications of quantum computing to business models, cybersecurity, privacy, computation, communication, networking, AI, decentralization, and the speed of innovation.


The Mind Bending Future

You will have the power to control things around you, just by thinking it. This is the potential of brain-machine interface. BCI provides a view into the future when everything from autonomous vehicles, robots to heavy machinery can be controlled with ease and finesse through thought alone.

According to analysts, the Internet of Things will grow to some 50 billion smart devices by 2020. That means there will be more smart connected things on Earth than humans. Like your home, car, work and public spaces become smarter and smarter, would you really want to control thousands of these things through separate apps? New forms of the human-computer interface in particularly voice, gesture-based, and brain-controlled devices will become dominant as the sheer number of smart things and apps grow in the billions.

Electrodermal potential (EDP) can be used to detect human brain cognition without the need to wear an EEG cap. Through signals received through the body, EDP can identify cognitive states of relaxation and attention. Comparing EDP to EEG, they showed that EDP obtained 84% classification accuracy to discriminate attention and relaxation states compared to 84% – 89% accuracy of a single channel EEG signal without the need to wear anything on the head.


The Future of Innovation & Jobs

The new marketplace for industries like manufacturing, energy, gas and oil, and construction is a far cry from that in decades past. The perfect storm of problems has been brewing, as novel challenges cut into revenue and force corporations to scramble to find fresh opportunities. Obstacles to growth come in many forms. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that there has been a gradual slide in worker productivity, not over just the last few quarters, but over the last decade. However, just as some industries are struggling, there is little doubt that the tech sector is going strong—and that it is shaking up other verticals to create value and opportunities for expansion and growth. While it is not likely that a single solution can bring about significant change in the industrial sector, the appropriate application of advanced technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), data analytics, machine learning, and robotics can result in a greater optimization of business workflows and processes, enhanced safety, improved research and development, and the creation of new revenue streams. The silver lining is that innovation also ushers in new types of jobs that didn’t exist before. Innovation coupled with continuous lifetime learning and retraining creates a flexible and adaptable labor force.


Superhumans: Technologies Moving Us Towards Transhumanism

We often highlight our frailties when we fail — we are, after all, only human. However, technology is quickly redefining what it means to be human. There is no denying that we are considerably different from the people who came before us, not only in that we successfully wield technology to overcome a range of challenges, but we also utilize it to enhance our current condition.

From artificial skin, limbs and organs to touchable holograms and gesture-controlled devices, the trend is quite clear: Transhumanism will very likely be the next stage of human development. Every element of human physiology — the senses, organs (including the brain), skeleton and muscles — will be enhanced. These improvements will be primarily driven by advances in wearables and the Internet of Things.

Transhumanism is the theory and intellectual movement that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations by means of science and technology. Its origins may be shrouded in the midst of sci-fi, but just as computers have become a part of everyday life, the ideas put forward by transhumanism will soon be commonplace. We already accept some of its tenets, such as the incredible rise in elective plastic surgery and the race to quantify and connect our world with the Internet of Things (IoT).

Wearables and the Internet of Things are pushing the boundaries to enhance human intellectual, physical and psychological capacities. While it cannot be denied that technology can make our lives better, we also need to address the serious ethical issues raised by modifying the human body. Is transhumanism what Francis Fukuyama called “the world’s most dangerous idea,” or are we scaling the heights of a new Golden Age?

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