• Key Takeaways From This Week’s Insights Series Event

    This week CTA hosted our quarterly Insights Series event focused on the 2019 Emerging Technologies to Watch. Joining us was an all star panel that included Jerri Levison, Director of Engineering, IoT Global Solutions at Arrow Electronics, Shelley Peterson, Emerging Technologies Lead/ Prin Investigator for Augmented Reality at Lockheed Martin and Mike Biselli, Founder of Catalyst HTI, which is where we hosted our event. 

    We know the next 20 years are likely to bring more changes to humanity than the past 300. Yesterday’s dialogue was centered around emerging technologies, such as AR/VR, AI, Robotics and more that are shaping our lives and businesses. 

    We are seeing real implementations of these emerging technologies that provide incredible value today. Sensors are being used in almond tree farms to identify the insects that land on the trees and set off pheromones to attract or repel insects, eliminating the need for harmful pesticides. Augmented reality is allowing us to step outside of our 2-D world and improve hands-on training programs for engineers. And robots are being used in healthcare to allow for remote care. 

    It was a fascinating discussion on the specifics of technology and how these innovations are ultimately impacting humanity.

    Some other key takeaways included: 

    • Just because you can do something doesn't mean it is necessarily useful or you should. 

    • Sometimes technology innovation is getting back to the basics, such as the success of using texting in healthcare. 

    • Today’s students’ need for experience and context is greater than the need for content, and educator and industry members alike should be rallying behind this approach. 

    • Curiosity is key to innovation and success in a tech occupation. 

    • Colorado is the epicenter for some amazing technology, and our collaborative community is part of our secret sauce. 

    We leave you with this quote from Bill Gates, “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next 10. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.”

    Were you at the event? If so, what else stood out to you?