WEDNESDAY June 05, 8:45am - 9:15am | Keynote Booth 1145
EVENT TYPE: KEYNOTE
Prioritizing Play in an Automated Age
John Cohn - Massachusetts Institute of Technology & IBM Watson AI Lab, Cambridge, MA
Explore the critical role experimentation, failure, challenge, adventure and fun have played in the life and work of John Cohn, IBM Fellow at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab. Follow his path from EDA developer, to board room to eating rats on reality TV! Find out how prioritizing play unlocks the gateway to creativity, innovation, invention and human potential, and how to avoid a homogenized existence in an automated age.
Biography: John Cohn is an IBM Fellow in the MIT-IBM Watson AI Research Group based in Cambridge, MA. John earned a BSEE MIT, and a Ph.D in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He has authored more than 30 technical papers, contributed to four books and has more than 100 worldwide patents. In 2005 John was elected a Fellow of the IEEE.
John is active in education issues at a local, state and national level. He is so passionate about promoting STEM careers that he spent 59 days living and inventing in an abandoned steel mill as part of Discovery Channel's technical survival show "The Colony". John lives with his family in a restored 19th century schoolhouse in Jonesville Vermont and is eager to share his love of science and technology with anyone who will listen.