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Coffee with Mr. IoT: A Connected Technologies Series

Exploring the universe of connected technology

Are you curious about the world of connected technology and how it’s transforming the way we live and work? Tune in to this weekly IoT podcast series to hear lively, authentic, and informal conversations with some of the builders, dreamers, founders, and luminaries of the Internet of Things (IoT) universe.

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Deloitte Consulting Chief Futurist Robert Schmid, AKA “Mr. IoT,” interviews guest specialists across the burgeoning IoT space. They’re taking deep dives into the world of connected technologies and in particular the human impact these technologies have on how we live and work.  

Guests include current and former luminaries of the digital world, including Deloitte leaders and practitioners who have worked on IoT projects, clients who have implemented IoT, and collaborators from our alliance network. Topics have covered Industry 4.0, smart buildings, smart cities, connected home and medical devices, digital supply networks, industrial IoT, AR, AI and machine learning, virtual assistants, standards, and more.

Check back each week for new episodes. You can also view episodes of Coffee with Mr. IoT as a video series on YouTube.

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Coffee with Mr. IoT: Dan Helfrich–“Scaling relatability” and being an authentic leader

Leading a team of more than 56,000 people can be challenging in the best of times. During crisis and uncertainty, openness and authenticity are even more critical. In this episode, Dan Helfrich, Deloitte Consulting Chairman and CEO, shares his take on being a relatable leader, what it means to rely on the “internet of leadership,” and why he advocates for “detonating” the status quo. Leading a team of more than 56,000 people can be challenging in the best of times. During crisis and uncertainty, openness and authenticity are even more critical. In this episode, Dan Helfrich, Deloitte Consulting Chairman and CEO, shares his take on being a relatable leader, what it means to rely on the “internet of leadership,” and why he advocates for “detonating” the status quo.

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Marjolein Schipper: What’s in a name? Industry 4.0 vs Smart Factory vs Society 5.0

What’s the difference between “Industry 4.0” and “Smart Factory”? And what about the emergence of “Society 5.0”? In this episode recorded at IoT Solutions World Congress in October, Robert chats with Marjolein Schipper a manager in Deloitte Netherlands focusing on emerging tech in manufacturing and chemicals. They also discuss how technologies such as IoT are not only improving operational efficiencies but also enabling new business models and revenue streams. They also offer advice for organizations struggling with the paradox of recognizing the need to go digital but not knowing how to get started.

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Jean-Louis Rassineaux: IoT and airplanes vs. submarines

On this episode Robert chats with Jean-Louis Rassineaux, Deloitte France’s Aerospace & Defense sector leader, on the complexities and scale of manufacturing aircrafts, which may only be rivaled by the manufacturing of submarines. They discuss how connective technologies like IoT are helping collect and analyze data to better track parts, anticipate and schedule maintenance, and source materials. They also explore how technologies are changing the airport experience and when we might really expect to see flying taxis.

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Sam Riemer: Serving the public through connected solutions

Making a positive impact on others has always been a priority for Sam Riemer. As a manager in Deloitte Consulting’s Government & Public Services practice she’s collaborated on projects that marry technology with humanitarian-oriented efforts such as helping developing nations use data to better identify investment needs and develop infrastructure for supplying energy and clean water and even creating emergency response communications on Zika. She and Mr. IoT discuss some of the challenges working in low-connectivity environments and finding creative workarounds using drones and satellite technology.

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Dave Kuder: AI may be omnipresent, but is it omniscient?

HAL9000 is not quite a reality but what does “artificial intelligence” mean today? Dave Kuder, Deloitte’s leader for Cognitive Insights & Engagement, joins Mr. IoT to discuss what capabilities are possible with today’s computing power, how ready are businesses to adopt, and what roles humans must still play. They also explore AI’s impact on the data dependent insurance industry and how it’s transforming ways to evaluate riskiness and set pricing.

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Mark Cotteleer: Measuring technology “positivity”

Many companies are embracing new technologies like IoT, robotics, and AI as good for business. But how do workers who have to adopt these technologies feel? A recent Deloitte's global survey examined individuals’ feelings about the effects specific technologies have on their lives and careers – do they expect help or hindrance? Survey author Mark Cotteleer, Managing Director for Supply Chain & Network Operations, breaks down the study’s findings with Mr. IoT, sharing which technologies had the highest positive rating, what factors drive positivity, geographic differences in perception, and how to best manage technology anxiety.

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Scott Buchholz: Disrupting with digital twins

Which emerging technologies are most likely to disrupt businesses in the next 18-24 month? Mr. IoT chats with Scott Buchholz, Research Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and lead for Deloitte’s annual Tech Trends report, on the latest findings. They discuss how technologies like IoT, cloud, and AI are augmenting digital twin capabilities with enhanced data connectivity, computing and storage. They also explore the “what ifs” in the next evolution of AI—emotional intelligence—and how “human experience platforms” could, for better or worse, revolutionize human connections at scale.

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Stephen Statler: Postage-sized, self-powered connected retail

Imagine a computerized sensor on clothes that can track, calculate and broadcast wear and care or consumer demand. Now imagine the sensor can power itself off radio waves in the atmosphere and is only the size of a postage stamp. It may sound like science fiction, but semiconductor company Wiliot is making it a reality. Hear more from Stephen Statler, SVP of marketing & business development, aka “Mr. Beacon” as he shares with Mr. IoT how this new technology can help brands better track retail activity, manufacture more sustainable products, and shift from a supply chain to a “demand chain” strategy.

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Pierre Harter: Taking flight with the factory of the future

Manufacturing large aircraft structures such as a 737 fuselage can require tracking and installing tens of thousands of parts. That’s why Spirit Aerosystems, the world’s largest first-tier aerostructures manufacturer, has piloted (no pun intended) new technologies like IoT to improve factory operations. Pierre Harter, Director of Advanced Manufacturing Strategy, chats with Mr. IoT about the impact and how they measure success, lessons learned, and the importance of focusing on change management to ensure successful adoption by the “real customers”—the factory floor workers.

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Subrata Roy: How smart factory solutions take the guesswork out of manufacturing

A common manufacturing challenge is getting the right materials to the right location at the right time.

In this episode, Subrata Roy, managing director, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and AWS IoT leader, shares how cloud-based IoT solutions like Smart Factory Fabric are helping businesses better track assets, monitor machines, and gain insights from all the data being collected. Just as important as the technology is an emphasis on user-centered design and change management to facilitate adoption.

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Shelley Zalis: The business imperative of diversity

According to the World Economic Forum, it will take 202 years to close the global gender pay gap. Shelley Zalis, CEO of The Female Quotient, has made it a mission to speed up that timeline.

While at AWS ReInvent, she and Mr. IoT discuss her approach with “equality hacks,” tackling unconscious bias in the workplace, bringing emotion to the boardroom, and what inspired her to start the #SeeHer movement.

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Joanna Pena-Bickley: Alexa, what makes a good IoT experience?

At AWS ReInvent 2019, Joanna Pena-Bickley, Head of Research & Design for Alexa devices at Amazon, joins us to discuss harnessing the “magic” in technology and the role of design in making technology more accessible and relatable for all humans.

They chat about inspiring work in the “sexy” industrial IoT space, the increasing adoption of machine learning and AI, as well as aspirations to democratize and demystify technology through inclusive design.

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Prukalpa Sankar: How to stop being bad at data and learn to trust it

Many large enterprises struggle with harnessing the full value that’s hidden in the massive amounts of data they collect, according to Prukalpa Sankar. She’s the cofounder of Atlan, a company that aims to “democratize data inside organizations by creating a home for data teams.”

In her chat with Mr. IoT, Prukalpa discusses the need for diversified collaborative data teams to help extract, transform, validate, and load data into detailed reports and recommendations. Prukalpa and Robert discuss how to allow more democratic access to data and build trust between data teams and decision makers, such as IT managers, OT managers, researchers, C-suite executives, designers, and others, to ultimately gather usable, timely insights from vast data lakes.

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Gary Bolles: Navigating the future of work and learning

In this interview with Mr. IoT, which took place at the fourth annual Singularity University global summit, Gary defines work as problem-solving. He also uses “PACE” as an acronym to describe the four key transferable traits in life and career:

  • Problem-solving
  • Adaptivity (what might be called a growth mindset)
  • Creativity
  • Empathy

Hear from Gary on how to create a personal “user manual” for accessing meaningful work and learning opportunities in a digital work economy.

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Erica Volini: Optimizing your workforce’s hot, warm, and cold bodies

Mr. IoT attended the fourth annual Singularity University global summit in San Francisco, where he spoke with Erica Volini, global leader for Human Capital, Deloitte LLP, about the “Workforce of the Future.”

Erica redefines the workforce as a mix of full-time employees (hot bodies), gig workers (warm bodies), and automation (cold bodies), and she talks about how companies can prepare for the shifts that technology is creating. Robert and Erica discuss the challenge of optimizing work to get maximum human output, productivity, and ROI by ensuring humans are doing what we do best—creating, innovating, connecting, and establishing relationships.

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Sean Hinton: Accessing the power of AI to create the workforce of the future

By 2023, 50 percent of the world’s workforce will need to either be reskilled or upskilled. How can connected technology help solve this challenge?

Sean Hinton, CEO and founder of SkyHive, discusses the world’s first deep learning technology that focuses purely on the reskilling of companies and the workforce. Hear how SkyHive’s technology assesses every job in the labor market and its evolving skill sets in real time to find efficiencies and correlations in the movement of human capital.

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Contact us at coffeechat@deloitte.com for information on this podcast or to be a guest on our show.

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