#15 – David Atkinson on Smart & Sustainable Living

In Algo Podcast Episode 15, David Atkinson and Amjad Hussain discuss Smart & Sustainable Living.

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0:00 Introduction
4:24 Z Sphere in Puerto Rico
6:33 Go-To-Market Plan in Puerto Rico
9:02 Shortage of housing & rentals in Puerto Rico
10:11 Kind people in Puerto Rico
10:27 Z Sphere team moving to Puerto Rico
11:00 Interviews & Investor Relations
12:45 Municipalities & next generation of investment opportunities
13:24 Puerto Rico lost 30,000 buildings from 2017-2020
14:46 Community acceptance of Z Sphere
16:24 Planning for natural disasters in US
20:40 Reinvigorating Commerce
23:26 Stable & Consistent Electricity
24:49 Hurricane Ida & New Orleans Power Grid
26:57 Z Sphere brings opportunity to build back with resilience
28:48 Challenges with above-ground power grids
32:22 Taking power grid into 21st century
36:24 Advantages of implementing smaller power grids
38:33 Municipalities with micro power grids
40:47 Z Sphere Wind Power Generation System
45:42 Z Sphere Simulations
48:44 Looking for University Partnerships
49:34 Crypto Investors
52:50 Environmental Responsibility & Changing Behaviors
56:37 Apps to track individual environmental responsibility
1:00:02 Data-rich Z Sphere customer experience
1:04:10 Z Sphere Micro Utilities
1:08:11 WeSolar CSP & Concentrated Solar Technologies
1:12:33 Where do concentrated solar technologies work best?
1:13:27 Photovoltaic Solar Panels
1:14:28 Fusion Farms
1:16:28 Hurricane Chaser Interest

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Why a podcast about human-centered AI?

People are either talking about artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, deep learning, etc. in a very technical way or not at all. Having studied Computer Science and Advanced Analytics and created an AI - advanced analytics supply chain company, I understand first-hand how valuable the field is, but not everyone does. I want to change that. We can all learn principles of AI and implement them in very practical ways. Whether you want to automate a part of your business or create a new business altogether, AI can help you. My goal through this podcast is to simplify AI.

Calling it a podcast gives you a broad understanding of how we'll communicate, but the format will be much more engaging than just audio. However, you can listen to AI Simplified like a traditional podcast too.

Amjad HussainFounder + Chief Executive Officer, Algo

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About the host

Amjad Hussain is an entrepreneur at heart. He founded Algo where he is the CEO during the day and AI lego blocks designer at night. He has built an intrinsically motivated global team of deep business domain experts, AI architects, computer scientists and software engineers. Algo is an always on full stack platform with deep learning, augmented reality and workflow automation woven at its core. The platform has a conversational virtual business analyst persona as its primary user interface. The company is enjoying sustainable growth creating tremendous net new value for its customers world-wide.

Amjad completed his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering with Honors from UET Lahore. He earned his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from UMIST, in the United Kingdom and an Advanced Analytics MBA from MIT. He has completed general management programs at Harvard and Stanford business schools. Amjad deeply cares about ethical issues surrounding AI and its societal impact.