Summary of the talk 
What do you get when you give a design tool a digital nervous system? Computers that improve our ability to think and imagine, and robotic systems that come up with (and build) radical new designs for bridges, cars, drones and much more — all by themselves. Take a tour of the Augmented Age with futurist Maurice Conti and preview a time when robots and humans will work side-by-side to accomplish things neither could do alone.

Full biography of the speaker
Maurice is a designer, futurist and innovator. He's worked with startups, government agencies, artists and corporations to explore the things that will matter to us in the future, and to design solutions to get them there.

Conti is currently Director of Applied Research & Innovation at Autodesk. He also leads Autodesk's Applied Research Lab, which he built from the ground up. Conti and his team are responsible for exploring the trends and technologies that will shape our future and to begin building the solutions that can help make our world a better place.

His team's research focuses on advanced robotics, applied machine learning, the Internet of Things and climate change/sea level rise.

Conti is also an explorer of geographies and cultures. He has circumnavigated the globe once and been half-way around twice. In 2009 he was awarded the Medal for Exceptional Bravery at Sea by the United Nations, the New Zealand Bravery Medal and a U.S. Coast Guard Citation for Bravery for saving the lives of three shipwrecked sailors.

Conti lives in Muir Beach, CA, where he serves his local community as a volunteer firefighter.



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