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Building a bridge from where we are to where technology needs to go should start with the end in mind. According to IBM Master Inventor and AI subject matter expert Neil Sahota, that’s how it is with every technological advance they’re undertaking. He says you should always ask yourself where do you want to be, where do you want to go, and then have the right attitude on how to get there.

Building A Bridge For Technology with Neil Sahota

I’m at ChainXChange speaking to Neil Sahota of IBM. I got burning question for you, Neil. You said that we were going to have all this free time because we won’t be doing all these menial tasks that are underneath it all. You were talking about lawyers not having to do the grunt work staff that they have to do. The question is because I come from old school art where they made us draw and paint before we could use the computer. Are we going to lose touch with how things work if the AI is doing that for us?

I’m sorry to say that probably yes. We look back to non-AI stuff, how many phone numbers do you remember any more? I hate to say it, but I know people that don’t know how to get back to their own home without GPS. While we will lose some of those basic skills we’re used to, we’ll be developing a whole new type of skills.

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There was something that Gary Vee was talking about on stage. It’s building a bridge from where we are to where the technology needs to go. IBM does that well because you’ve got customers to service. What does that bridge look like?

It starts with the end in mind. Where do you want to be and where do you want to go and then having the right attitude on how we get there. Many people throw an idea out to the naysayers and that’s never going to work. They start throwing out reasons. I think we have a more entrepreneurial mindset going like, “How would I make that work?” No matter how crazy that might be. We have things that we might be able to do, but maybe we can figure something out. Maybe it’s not possible, but I bet there would come a time that we can think of something very clever, innovative to make it a reality.

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Technology: While we will lose some of the basic skills we’re used to, we’ll be developing a whole new type of skills.


This is where I was thinking when you were talking about creativity and everything like, “Will he lose that necessity is the mother of invention kind of thing and have to move to deep philosophical creative thought because we don’t have as much of the necessity going on?” What are the kinds of things you’re working on that you think are going to help build understanding, build mainstream like, “Let’s try this thing?”

I do a lot of work with the United Nations.

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About Neil Sahota

Neil Sahota (萨冠军) is an IBM Master Inventor, United Nations (UN) Artificial Intelligence (AI) subject matter expert, and Faculty at UC Irvine. With 20+ years of business experience, he works with clients and business partners to create next-generation products/solutions powered by emerging technology. His work experience spans multiple industries including legal services, healthcare, life sciences, retail, travel and transportation, energy and utilities, automotive, telecommunications, media/communication, and government. Moreover, Neil is one of the few people selected for IBM’s Corporate Service Corps leadership program that pairs leaders with NGOs to perform community-driven economic development projects. For his assignment, Neil lived and worked in Ningbo, China where he partnered with Chinese corporate CEOs to create a leadership development program.

In addition, Neil partners with entrepreneurs to define their products, establish their target markets, and structure their companies. He is a member of several investor groups like the Tech Coast Angels and assists startups with investor funding. Neil also serves as a judge in various startup competitions and mentor in several incubator/accelerator programs.

He actively volunteers with nonprofits for event management, fundraising, grant reviews, and site visits. Neil is an active member of the UCI Alumni Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Marathon, supporting their work with the OC Kids program in fighting childhood obesity.

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