NO ONE CAN PREDICT THE FUTURE - BUT SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO!
In many businesses you need to know which technology will prevail and which will die. Where is your base technology on the learning curve? When should you start building products on an untested platform?
What tools are available for performing this analysis? How well do they work? What have been some notable hits and notable misses. How is your record in making good predictions? In the course of the lecture we will cover some apparently exciting present-day technologies As a group we will discuss on the basis of some defined criteria which we think will prevail in the future
Also you have all heard the statement: with the Internet and with cell phones and big data, things are changing faster now then they ever have been before. Is this true? Let's discuss by taking an historical perspective and ask, in what historical period did people's lives in the US change the most through technology.
Because of the varied technological experiences of LMAG participants, we can expect some spirited discussion- with some personal experiences.
Ken Pickar has been Visiting Professor at Caltech since 1998 and teaches at the junction of science, engineering and business by applying his background in mechanical and electrical engineering technology management and in physics. He is particularly interested in the start-up and continuous growth of technology-based companies, and the modification of normative product development processes to address developing world challenges. He is Faculty Advisor to the Caltech student Entrepreneur's Club and Engineers for a Sustainable World. He was formally at AlliedSignal (now Honeywell) as Senior Vice President of Engineering and Technology. At GE he was Corporate R&D Manager of The Electronics Laboratories, and at Bell Laboratories. a Member of the Technical Staff. He has been a board member of public, private and nonprofit entities and has a PhD in Low temperature Physics from the University of Pennsylvania.