Peggy says safety has to be a priority when creating AVs (automated vehicles) and partnerships are focused on shortening the time between now and the age of autonomy. She shares examples of partnerships and projects that are going to help put more AVs on the road. She adds that we need to talk about new ways to test the technology and work together as a community to bring it to fruition safely.
Peggy gives some examples of how smart-city competitions can open the doors for greater ideas. She shares how the IoT (Internet of Things) can go a long way in helping cities address pain points and enable better decisionmaking. She also identifies how partnerships are key in furthering the reach in smart cities.
Peggy talks about urbanization and how technology is going to support population growth, pointing to examples such as monitoring water quality, air quality, and pollution level. She digs into a movement called Cittaslow, which is the idea that slowing down is better when it comes to quality of life in a city. She explains that we need to deploy purposeful solutions that keep the end goal in mind and that for smart cities, the end goal is creating livable places where people can thrive.
Peggy shares that the percentage of people clustered around urban centers is globally going to grow from 55% to 68% by 2050—which is going to bring new and exacerbated transportation challenges. She explains how one DOT (Dept. of Transportation) is developing relief plans to address congestion issues with the IoT (Internet of Things). She says technology is opening the door for new types of traffic-management solutions.
Is 5G connectivity necessary for an autonomous future? Peggy explains that 5G is going to be something to watch, as solutions are developed leveraging its power and speed. Still, she asks: Is 5G here? It depends on your definition of here. If you’re saying 5G is here is that the hardware is here, then yes. She says we can potentially do a lot of things quickly, but we have to think about what we are doing and how we want to do it.
Peggy begins the show by highlighting the changing relationship between humans and machines. She talks about the increase in autonomous and intelligent systems in the workplace. She encourages a public discussion, which confronts ethical questions. She brings up the IEEE, which recommends a set of principles when implementing AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning into a worksite. Tech giants show support for ethical conversations, but Peggy asks: how much is their concern for show, and how much of their support sincere?
Peggy Smedley starts the show by presenting the preparations the U.S. DOT (U.S. Dept. of Transportation) is making to inform the nation on AV (autonomous vehicles). She points out the evolution of technology, marking the transformation of transportation. She acknowledges the significance in talking about the autonomous future, and the collaborative effort it will take to arrive at an autonomous future soon. She asks business owners to consider their company’s position in an autonomous environment.
Peggy kicks off Distracted Driving Awareness Month by sharing daunting statistics in vehicle accidents due to distracted drivers. Despite the numbers, many people still give into distracted driving. Peggy describes two major problems in the area of distracted driving. She says the message is not reaching teenagers, and that many people are not taking responsibilities for replicating the problem. She explains how autonomous vehicles factor into the equation. In the end, she states that all drivers can commit to being responsible on the road.
Technology is changing the way work is done. How can industries keep up with the demand of innovation? Peggy Smedley takes a stance, and holds leaders responsible for the task of skilling, reskilling, and upskilling employees for the future of work. She talks about the labor shortage—which is due to the retiring baby boomers—younger generations’ lack of interest for trade jobs, and even the result of connected devices on the jobsite being pertinent to the increasing skills gap. In the end, she explains the significance of restructuring from the top, beginning with a leadership revolution of change in order to fix the problem with labor shortages, the skills gap, and workers’ new roles in the face of automation
Robots are changing the market, and these changes are benefitting companies. Peggy Smedley explains how cobots, collaborative robots, are enhancing human productivity. Company leaders continue to bring automation to the jobsite. She explains that not every job can be 100% automated, so attention to retraining and reskilling workers is required. Human skills that will remain valuable in the face of automation include analytical, creative, and complex thinking, and even emotional intelligence. Cobots compliment human capabilities by being available in physical work environments. In the end, Peggy advises companies to invest in reskilling human workers for new opportunities in different roles.