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AI in Daily Life | Mike Walsh

By Dori Pominville | Jan 16, 2019 | Comments Off

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itlsI2YFM3g

Learn more about Mike Walsh and our other speakers on Future Technologies.

Why leaders need digital ethics - Mike Walsh

By Dori Pominville | Oct 30, 2018 | Comments Off

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kD4JtE_Ntzg

Learn more about Mike Walsh!

It’s HOT October - Juggling Calendars, Clients and Our Speakers

By Karen Harris | Oct 18, 2018 | Comments Off

When you’re in the business of putting the right speakers with the right clients in the right places with ALL the right components, there are certain times of the year where the calendar looks so packed that you begin to wonder if a few hours’ sleep a night or even a bathroom break are more suggestions than necessities. There’s a lot to keep together, and our crackerjack event coordinators really lean into the juggling act during this busiest month of all.

Here are a few thoughts to help you keep a cool head when the pressure is on:

  1. Practice self-care. I know, I know – “But there’s too much to do!” I believe in the philosophy that you can’t pour from an empty cup. Like great athletes during peak seasons, hydrate, make time for sleep, fuel up with healthy food, take your vitamins, and talk things out! What I love about our team is that they ARE a team. If someone is careening towards overwhelm, they have always got each other’s back, both in terms of workload and support. Ultimately, it’s that connection to people combined with the right tools of the trade that keeps burnout at bay.
  2. Keep AMAZING notes. The truth is you can’t remember everything, especially when you are playing beat-the-clock. So, whether you are arranging transportation, managing client expectations, pulling resources together or working with a speaker – or more likely, all of the above – don’t rely on your memory to serve you consistently. When possible, use a conference call line with the ability to record, take copious notes and organize your notes in a way that makes it the most easily understood and accessible for YOU.
  3. Systems rock. At cmi, we don’t leave a lot to chance. With some of the best speakers in the world relying on us to help them successfully bring their message to the masses (and show up at the right place at the right time) – we know what works and what doesn’t. That’s important because it’s really easy for things to fall through the cracks if you don’t have a streamlined, well-tested system in place for getting every event from start to finish.
  4. Technology tools are vital. Our business involves communication all over the globe; we couldn’t do that effectively if it weren’t for the tech tools that keep us ahead of the curve in terms ofschedules, reminders, dates, client information, transportation, and logistical hurdles. Find the tools that work best for your team and make them part of the system you can rely on.
  5. Ducks in a row. What keeps team members from hitting a wall during the busiest of times is all the action they take during the slower months. Savvy coordinators use off-months to prepare well and have their ducks in a row so that when the calendar gets crazy, they don’t feel the stress nearly as much. This includes REALLY getting to their systems, their co-workers and their clients. The more you know, the easier it is to make decisions on the fly and put the pieces of the event puzzle together faster.

It’s all hands-on deck around here during this busy time of year, and I just want to note that I am incredibly proud of the team we have. They make this juggling act of events look easy and keep their wits (and wittiness) about them while they are at it. Great job team!

If there is something we can do to help YOU juggle the events for your organization, let us know. It’s something we are very passionate about!

 

Learn more about Karen and the cmi team here!

How will AI change your job - Mike Walsh

By Dori Pominville | Aug 28, 2018 | Comments Off

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH8rXyHBQ2E&feature=youtu.be

Learn more about Mike Walsh here!

Augmenting Human Beings - Mike Walsh

By Mike Walsh | May 29, 2018 | Comments Off

The real threat of AI is not killer robots or rogue star destroyers, but rather systems that lack accountability, or consideration of their economic impact on job replacement. Listen to Mike's newest podcast episode here.

Learn more about Mike Walsh here.

Welcome to the Age of the Algorithm - Mike Walsh

By Mike Walsh | May 22, 2018 | Comments Off

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRrdzWME9dQ

Building smart cities in India - Mike Walsh

By Mike Walsh | Mar 27, 2018 | Comments Off

If by 2050, 70% of the world’s population will be living in cities - how do we reimagine our infrastructure, resources and services to cope? Bala Mahavaden is one of the thought leaders involved in planning the next generation of super cities in India, the Middle East and Europe. We spoke about the role of data in tomorrow’s cities, digital identity and citizen information, and how predictive analytics might help civic leaders mitigate day-to-day problems and response to crisis.

Automating Human Advisors - Mike Walsh

By Dori Pominville | Mar 20, 2018 | Comments Off

Futurist Mike Walsh discusses the relationship between automation and employment, and why, if the previous Industrial Revolution is any guide - we should be cautious in assuming that robots will be the end of jobs as we know it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyExCgi0P0s

Why humans should stop making making so many decisions - Mike Walsh

By Dori Pominville | Mar 06, 2018 | Comments Off

One of the hardest things for any algorithmic leader is knowing when do nothing at all. This is not an entirely new dilemma. Test pilots in the early days of the space program, struggled with the idea of not having manual controls - even when their own interventions led to deadly mistakes. So just when do humans make good decisions? To get to the bottom of that, I chatted with Jason Collins, a behavioral economist, who has written extensively on these ideas at the Behavioral Scientist, and currently runs the data science team at a major financial regulator. He previously co-led PwC Australia's behavioral economics practice.

AI, smart homes, and the new battle for the living room - Mike Walsh

By Dori Pominville | Oct 31, 2017 | Comments Off

The war for the living room used to be simple: influence whoever was in charge of the family TV’s remote control. With the rise of the Internet of Things, smart speakers, and AI-enabled home automation systems - the home itself has become the next computing platform. To get a handle on what the future of smart homes might look like, I caught up with Alex Capecelatro in LA. Alex started his career as a research scientist for NASA, the Naval Research Lab, and Sandia National Lab. He later joined Fisker Automotive, ran his own startup, At The Pool, before creating Josh.ai, an AI agent for the home.