Behold! CEO Tech Forum Points Way Forward (Pt. 1)
By: Rob McManamy and John Gregerson
For those of us lucky enough to be in attendance last week atBuiltWorlds’ first national CEO Tech Forum, the inspiration is is still echoing in our ears, dazzling our eyes, and firing our imaginations. (For everyone else, stay tuned for video details.)
“When you change the way that you see the world, you can change the world that you see,” said conference keynote Peter Diamandis, speaking last Thursday at the Chicago Athletic Association. Backed by floor-to-ceiling windows that shone Lake Michigan, Millennium Park, and the futuristic Frank Gehry-designed (and SOM-engineered)Pritzker Music Pavilion, the X-Prize Foundation founder challenged the construction CEOs and AEC technologists on hand to prepare themselves for unprecedented disruption.
“Exponential technologies are going to change everything – every aspect of our life in the next decade,” he predicted. “New technologies already are doubling in power every 12 to 36 months. You can look at it as disruptive stress or disruptive opportunity.”
Some companies are smart and nimble enough to adapt before it’s too late, while others have their own “Kodak moment“, where they lose sight of what their business is really about. The personal camera giant fought and lost the digital revolution because “it thought it was a paper and chemicals company,” said Diamandis. “But their business was about capturing memories.”
As founder of Singularity University, Planetary Resources, and Human Longevity Inc., the M.I.T.-educated engineer and Harvard-educated M.D. is as accomplished as he is ambitious. And his informed optimism last week was nothing if not inspiring. “We’re building faster computers to build faster computers to build faster computers,” he noted. “So we’re talking about ‘Moonshot thinking’ now. That term comes from my friends at Google. It means thinking about how do we get 10 times bigger rather than just 10% bigger. So, I ask you, ‘What’s your Moonshot?'”…
Of course, with so much information available now to so many people in so many ways, cyber-security also was a hot topic at CTF. In fact, keynote James Benham, CEO of JBKnowledge, purposely tried to put the fear of God into his fellow CEOs over lunch. “We’re not just talking about hackers or malicious outsiders. We’re talking about malicious insiders,” he stressed. Like the famous Target cyber-security breach not long ago, “You are just as vulnerable to your service providers and vendors. We have one customer who recently had their outside data center go bankrupt on them! They had to recruit hackers and break into the place in the middle of the night to get their own servers back!”
Benham also cautioned attendees to watch out for fake hotspots set up in airports, hotels and convention centers, places where traveling executives might naturally be looking for free WiFi. He offered more tips, but for starters, JBK referred all to CloudSecurityAlliance.org for a checkup. “And if you invest in a cyber liability policy, the insurance company will even send out trainers to your business to help teach your employees and vendors proper practices,” added Benham….click here to continue reading.