Preparing for the Cognitive Era: Education, Occupation and You

SJSU welcomes Vishal Kapoor to share his perspective on the dynamics of the Cognitive Era. As we move into the Cognitive Era, what are the major shifts in education, occupation and understanding of the practical dynamics that you need to be aware of? This age is already affecting you. Are you prepared for it?

What does it mean when the physical, biological and digital intersect in the Fourth Industrial Revolution? From your thermostat knowing when you are home or not, to your car self-parking, to a cushion that can measure how sedentary the aging population is, to sound-based sensors, it is here. Beyond tracking your shopping and listening to what you say with Amazon and Google smart speakers, what changes will we see? Will medicine move from reactive to proactive. Will we really send out kids in autonomous cars to school? Will we be able to harvest the energy from our bodies to infinitely power the measurement of our physiology? Is the next unicorn startup going to be founded by a philanthropist or a nurse using AI? With unprecedented changes to society, education and our daily lives, this era has already started to impact us.

Come see how you can take your left- or right-brain skills and develop the complementary set to be ready to work and participate in this era.

October 18

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About the Speaker

Vishal KapoorVishal Kapoor is a founding principal at three legged stool, a boutique consulting firm that focuses on product/market fit, channel strategies and product launch. He works with a broad range of clients—from large corporations to startups. three legged stool works with organizations to drive all aspects of new business/product creation, including business and marketing plans, target customer segmentation, product definition, pricing and packaging, brand, market gap analyses and product market fit.

Earlier in his career, Kapoor worked in engineering, sales and product management at Alcatel, Silicon Access Networks, Verisity and Cadence. He started his career engaged in the discovery of the Higgs Boson, developing big data and tiered data acquisition systems at the Superconducting Super Collider for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Kapoor earned a BS in engineering from the University of Bombay and an MS in computer science from the University of Texas specializing in advanced computer architecture and artificial intelligence. He was the co-founder of the higher education startup Vocareum, and currently serves on the boards of Class Central and ThoughtBase, the Design Council of The Tinkering Labs and the Advisory Boards of Satalia and Etairos.

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