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Pablos Holman

Pablos Holman

World Renown Hacker, Inventor & Global Problem Solver
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Innovate or Die Trying (or other similar title) – From the Mind of World Renown Hacker, Pablos Holman
How many taxi companies could have made their own iPhone app but didn’t? Everyone knows they had better innovate or die, but what does that really mean? How do you know if Silicon Valley is going to come after your industry? Can we learn to innovate faster than our competitors? If computers can do the job of a truck driver, what about a factory worker, or a chef, or a doctor, or you?

Pablos is one of the rare technologists who can both understand and explain these new technologies and their potential. Working with them every day at his lab, his team has taken on problems ranging from hurricane suppression to brain surgery & disease eradication to nuclear energy.

A futurist, inventor, and notorious hacker with a unique view into breaking and building new technologies, Pablos works on invention projects that assimilate new technologies – making wild ideas a bit more practical and vice versa. He helped create the world’s smallest PC; 3D printers at Makerbot; spaceships with Jeff Bezos; Mosquito zapping lasers with Bill Gates; artificial intelligence agent systems; and the Hackerbot, a Wi-Fi seeking robot. He is also an advisor to the biggest crowdfunding campaign in history, raising $27 Million in 30 days, for the 3D printer – Glowforge.

Take Aways:

  • Get into the mindset of the words most innovative people.
  • Glimpse into the next generation technologies nobody has seen yet.
  • Understand how to have a practical relationship with innovation.

    The Future of Technology and Innovation in Health Care
    Health care is one of the most important frontiers for innovation, but the industry often struggles to keep up with technologies driving the change. Armed with deep experience in creating new technologies, Pablos is one of the extraordinary few who can demystify them and the process of innovation needed to bring them into the world.

    Pablos answers only to Nathan Myhrvold, the creator of Windows at Microsoft, at an innovative Lab in Seattle, where all kinds of futuristic invention projects are underway. Collaborating with Bill Gates to develop technologies for humanitarian impact, the Lab has invented a reactor powered by nuclear waste; an AI powered microscope to automate malaria diagnostics; a super thermos that can keep vaccines cold with no power for months & a laser that can shoot mosquitoes out of the sky.

    Having worked on a brain surgery tool; a cure for cancer; health care data architecture; low cost medical devices for the developing world & 3D food printers, Pablos has a unique point of view on the future of health care. Whether inspiring institutional audiences at Humana & Kaiser Permanente or groups like the American Association of Anti-Aging Medicine & the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Pablos offers a relevant mix of education, entertainment, vision & inspiration.

    Implementing Science Fiction
    Pablos and his team became the most prolific inventors in America – by creating a process of “team sport invention.” There is a lot to learn about innovation from people working at one extreme end of the spectrum and Pablos will be talking about how they get ahead of the rest of the world and invent for the near future.
  • Why book Pablos Holman?

  • Pablos is a futurist who is working with some of the finest minds of our time to solve the biggest issues we’re facing on a global scale.

  • He is on faculty at Singularity University and also works for Nathan Myhrvold and Bill Gates at the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory where a wide variety of projects are underway including a fission reactor powered by nuclear waste; a machine to suppress hurricanes; a system to reverse global warming; and a device that can shoot mosquitoes out of the sky with lasers to help eradicate malaria.

  • In addition to these contributions to humanity, Pablos also helped create the world’s smallest PC; 3D printers at Makerbot; spaceships with Jeff Bezos; artificial intelligence agent systems; and the Hackerbot, a Wi-Fi seeking robot.
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    Biography Read more

    Pablos focuses on invention and design projects that assimilate new technologies - making wild ideas a bit more practical and vice versa. More than a decade ago, he helped create the world’s smallest personal computer – a precursor to modern smartphones and tablets. Pablos has a passion for 3D printing and has been an advisor to Makerbot. He has also worked spaceships with Jeff Bezos; artificial intelligence agent systems; and the Hackerbot, a Wi-Fi seeking robot.

    Pablos joined IV in 2006, and puts his innovation acumen to good use in invention sessions and on projects including the photonic fence and several other projects at IV Lab. He focuses on inventing for what will be possible in five to 10 years – what he describes as the sweet spot for impactful invention.

    Here are some of his reflections:

    On the Difficulty of Invention:
    The most challenging aspect of invention is simply the lack of time. I always dream of applying all of my time to the right ideas or inventions. But mystically I have no way of knowing whether an idea or invention is the right thing. Since I am always working on the five-to-ten-year horizon, some of my futuristic ideas can be off the mark – I can be wrong about what will happen in the next decade. All of this means that I can waste far too much time inventing one thing. And that can be nerve-wracking!

    On the Role of Collaboration in Invention:
    Inventing as a group can be extraordinarily productive. My ideas get cross-pollinated with the knowledge and ideas of other inventors, and vice-versa. Sometimes it can take a dozen people to take an initial idea and morph it into a patentable invention. That is always a fascinating process – someone has an outside-the-box idea and we all harshly critique it and then offer constructive suggestions and suddenly it all clicks. I love this form of invention because I always have crazy-sounding initial ideas that sometimes end up having quite a bit of utility.

    On Advice He Would Give to Young Inventors:
    Any young person with a knack for learning can be an inventor. School and education are important because they teach you to learn. If young people can find a way to get interested in learning and then spend a lot of time doing it efficiently, they can go a very long way. They won’t have to worry about much else because they will be adaptable and always able to learn new things. My best advice is this: find anything that leads to learning and the rest will happen naturally. That is what makes learning and inventing so exciting – it never ends. It’s like getting new superpowers every single day.

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    “Please accept my sincerest appreciation for speaking at Humana’s 8th Annual Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW). It was truly my pleasure to meet you and attend your session. Through your presentation, we were able to spread the importance of cyber security and reinforce the mission of our department, Enterprise Information Protection, to Humana associates across the company. We have received numerous compliments from associates about how much they enjoyed your presentation. In fact, this year was the most attended CSAW to date with over 21,000 associates attending events throughout the week. This reflects a 40% increase in attendance over last year, and we appreciate the role you played in making that happen!”
    --Humana

    “It seems that Pablos was one of the most popular or, even, the most popular, speaker we have had since I started here in 2011. People are raving about him, which makes me look incredibly good, as well!”
    --UCSB

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