The Peggy Smedley Show

The Peggy Smedley Show

As the voice of IoT and connected devices in our connected world, The Peggy Smedley Show, is a weekly show created to inform, entertain, and educate listeners looking to understand this quickly evolving technology. Host and industry expert Peggy Smedley, uses this show as a sounding board to talk about topics important to the industry.... Show More

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September 23, 2020 13 min

Peggy answers some key questions surrounding AI (artificial intelligence) including: what is happening with research and development; what is happening in Washington; who is for AI; and who is trying to save the U.S. from the dark side of AI.

She also discusses:

  • The history of the federal government playing a big role in driving innovation.
  • Reports that dig into AI research and development needs.
  • The biggest considerations when it co...
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    September 23, 2020 27 min

    Peggy and Bin Li, assistant professor of electrical, computer and biomedical engineering, University of Rhode Island’s College of Engineering, distinguish between AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality) and explain how we get good mixed-reality applications for firefighters.

    They also talk about:

  • The real benefits of mixed reality for training firefighters.
  • Limitations of mixed reality including: latency and users adapting t...
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    September 23, 2020 14 min

    Peggy and Michael Badnarik, software engineer, political figure, and former radio talk show host, talk about why he ran for the presidency many years ago and that almost no people understand the constitution today.

    They also discuss:

  • What libertarians believe and what makes them different from democrats and republicans.
  • That nobody knows the constitution and we aren’t following it right now.
  • That the constitution documents the rights...
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    September 16, 2020 13 min

    Peggy covers some of the latest big announcements in the world of technology, then digs into the newest happenings in Washington with AVs (automated vehicles).

    She also discusses:

  • Opportunities for autonomous driving and the biggest concerns that need to be overcome.
  • What is being done with the Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing Initiative.
  • Why it is important to think outside the box and identify new ways...
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    September 16, 2020 25 min

    Peggy and Conor McGinn, CEO, Akara Robotics, address challenges in healthcare and how robots can help kill germs. He says, there is a need to kill germs and ultraviolet rays can help.

    They also discuss:

  • How it is hard to know how many germs there are in a room, and how taking a “CIS approach” can help.
  • How key partnerships, such as the one with Intel, help bring technology to market.
  • How it has built its system from the beginning to ...
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    September 16, 2020 15 min

    Peggy and Jennifer Kahnweiler, author, "Introvert-Friendly Workplaces: How to Unleash Everyone’s Talent and Performance", talk about how work cultures can support introverts.

    They also:

  • Define introvert and the difference with extroverts.
  • Talk about introverts in the era of COVID-19 and remote work.
  • Identify the importance of leaders knowing themselves and understanding this dimension of personality.
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    September 9, 2020 12 min

    Peggy explains how we can equip our first responders with technology to be safer, but only if they are connected. Too often first responders are in rural locations without connectivity. She digs into how to keep industries connected and covers some of the latest trends in connectivity.

    She also discusses:

  • The amount of rural Americans who have access to broadband service, and how we have progressed in this area.
  • The steps the govern...
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    September 9, 2020 26 min

    Peggy and James Lester, professor of computer science and director of the Center for Educational Informatics, North Carolina State University, shares the goal of the IntelliVisor project, saying it looks at the best way to train first responders, specifically firefighters, and imagines 10 years into the future.

    They also discuss:

  • How communication channels have change in the last 50 years and how they will continue to change in the...
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    September 9, 2020 15 min

    Peggy and Dan Bruder, author, The Blendification System: Activating Potential by Connecting Culture, Strategy, and Execution & CEO of Fusion Dynamics Group, talk about what the word blendification means and why it is more prevalent today.

    They also discuss:

  • How to blend together culture, strategy, and execution.
  • How work and life have been blending together for several years and the ongoing impact of COVID-19 in this area. 
  • Why i...
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    September 2, 2020 13 min

    In order to enable first responders to do their jobs well, we need a solid infrastructure. Peggy follows the money on this episode, giving real facts on where we are spending our infrastructure dollars.

    She also discusses:

  • This history of how we have under-invested in our infrastructure and where we are at today.
  • What is currently being invested into our infrastructure by the current Administration.
  • The impact the Internet of Things ...
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    September 2, 2020 28 min

    Peggy and David Ebert, associate vice president for research and partnerships, the Gallogly Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering & director of the data institute for societal challenges, University of Oklahoma, talk about tech advances for first responders.

    They also discuss:

  • The importance of good privacy and security in order to get community-driven input and agreement on what can be shared.
  • How the advances in tec...
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    September 2, 2020 14 min

    Peggy and Mike Lahiff, co-founder and CEO, Zeroeyes, discuss his background in the military and technology, and how he used to kick around business ideas with people he knew in the military.

    They also discuss:

  • How cameras can detect weapons and get information to first responders faster.
  • How AI can be used in K-12, property management groups, and corporate campuses to know a threat is there before a fire is shot.
  • How innovative techn...
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    August 26, 2020 12 min

    Peggy explains how tech has collided with the education world in a way we couldn’t have seen what was coming. She says when she planned to tackle the topic of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) when she developed the editorial calendar last year, she had no idea it would be a political topic.

    She also discusses:

  • Grant funding to help rethink education.
  • Government programs that are going to make a difference in educati...
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    August 26, 2020 29 min

    Peggy and Dale Calder, founder and CEO, RevTwo, talk about how the first generation of AI (artificial intelligence) was quite difficult, but has evolved as AI has been operationalized.

    They also discuss:

  • Why he started the company now and how it can solve problems as they occur.
  • How to pull knowledge out of people’s heads and formalize it.
  • The profound impact AI will have on manufacturing and society as a whole.
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    Peggy and Nathan Stratton, founder and CTO, Vocinity, talk about natural-language processing and how it uses technology that focuses on unique use cases, like supporting videos and video avatars.

    They also discuss:

  • Why it is important that a conversational agent is able to interact with legacy systems.
  • Why customers are starting to demand access to personal information and that it will be secure.
  • How technology can be used in differe...
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    August 19, 2020 13 min

    Peggy shares one impact of COVID-19 that might not be as obvious as others. She also says McKinsey theorizes that because of the pandemic, society vaulted five years forward in terms of business digital adoption in just eight weeks.

    She also discusses:

  • How much the demand for digital products and services has risen in organizations as the result of the pandemic.
  • How COVID-19 impacts AI adoption in verticals like healthcare, manufact...
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    August 19, 2020 28 min

    Peggy and Deb Degillio, chief customer officer, American Water, talk about the need for investment in water infrastructure. She says we need to make sure our systems are resilient against floods and even cybersecurity.

    They also discuss:

  • The number of water main breaks annually—and how much lost water and money that incurs.
  • How technology can make the best use of capital investments, giving an example out of New Jersey.
  • The importanc...
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    August 19, 2020 14 min

    Peggy and Martin Koehring, head of the Economist Group’s World Ocean Initiative, defines sustainability in the seas, saying it is a concept that has been around for a while and continues to evolve.

    They also discuss:

  • Sustainability having three dimensions: economic, social, and environmental.
  • Why we need to stop thinking as the economy as linear to use it and throw it away.
  • Why sustainability is a business issue—and if the future is ...
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    August 12, 2020 14 min

    Peggy talks about how STEM education directly impacts the technology sector. She says expect regions with more STEM jobs to recover from this recession faster than others.

    She also discusses:

  • How STEM occupations have lower rates of unemployment and offer higher wages.
  • How process automation, 3D printing, AI, and drones are all going to contribute to global revenues of automation.
  • Why it is important to think of STEM as relevant to t...
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    August 12, 2020 27 min

    Peggy and Monica Miller Brown, sustainable design manager, Thyssenkrupp Elevator, talk about sustainability in buildings and cities. She says we need to identify how to grow taller instead of wider in cities and that in the building industry there has been a push toward material health.

    They also discuss:

  • What is an environmental product declaration?
  • What manufacturers can do to become carbon neutral and where to start?
  • The two main ...
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