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Scientific Mavericks is HIVERY's official podcast channel showcasing thoughts and discussions on AI, technology, culture, innovation, and the future. It features our team of experts, academics, business leaders, and other maverick thinkers. At HIVERY, we are passionate about bringing to life new thinking, ideas and the technology behind them. We believe this can help change attitudes, lives, and ultimately the world.

HIVERY is pioneering hyper-local retailing by combining artificial intelligence, operations research and human-centered design models to help CPGs and retailers generate a return on physical retail space investment. From a societal perspective, HIVERY’s AI-driven recommendations are ultimately about allocating our planet's resources more optimally. We do this by simultaneously optimising and localising product, price, space, and promotions. Our applications use technology which originated in the laboratories of the CSIRO and its data innovation affiliate, Data61.

This podcast is hosted, produced, and edited by Milena Salmon; created and directed by Franki Chamaki, HIVERY’s Co-founder and Head of Marketing & Design. Academia-focused episodes feature co-host Dr Alvaro Flores, Mathematician and Data Scientist at HIVERY.

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Scientific Mavericks is HIVERY's official podcast channel showcasing thoughts and discussions on AI, technology, culture, innovation, and the future. It features our team of experts, academics, business leaders, and other maverick thinkers. At HIVERY, we are passionate about bringing to life new thinking, ideas and the technology behind them. We believe this can help change attitudes, lives, and ultimately the world.

HIVERY is pioneering hyper-local retailing by combining artificial intelligence, operations research and human-centered design models to help CPGs and retailers generate a return on physical retail space investment. From a societal perspective, HIVERY’s AI-driven recommendations are ultimately about allocating our planet's resources more optimally. We do this by simultaneously optimising and localising product, price, space, and promotions. Our applications use technology which originated in the laboratories of the CSIRO and its data innovation affiliate, Data61.

This podcast is hosted, produced, and edited by Milena Salmon; created and directed by Franki Chamaki, HIVERY’s Co-founder and Head of Marketing & Design. Academia-focused episodes feature co-host Dr Alvaro Flores, Mathematician and Data Scientist at HIVERY.

    Dr Toby Walsh on how we can prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    Dr Toby Walsh on how we can prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    In this special edition of Scientific Mavericks, we speak with world-renowned artificial intelligence (AI) expert Toby Walsh about all that is AI. We cover a lot of interesting areas from killer robots to ethics to the 4 Ds of AI/robotization and the year 2062.

    In this exciting jam-packed section we will explore:
    • How AI is currently being used in everyday tasks: from voice assistance and recommendations for movies and books to routing and logistics.

    • How can businesses, especially retailers and CPGs, find the balance between using AI to maximise sales and giving consumers what they desire vs ethical considerations? For example, if an AI model learns you like sugary drinks from your purchase history, what are the ethical (and health) implications for implementing such recommendations?  Should we intervene? How transparent should AI recommendations be? How can we build more desirable feedback loops for both retailers and consumers?

    • Learn about The 4 Ds of AI/robotization - Dull, Dirty, Dangerous, and Difficult - and what they mean.  

    • With the onset of The 4 Ds, we explore what skills employers (and even parents) need to start helping and encouraging their people (kids) to develop in the future?  You can learn more about the 10 skills you need to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Toby shares a simple triangle framework starting with:
    1. Data skills and data literacy (i.e. Presentation Skills, Data Visualization, Python–Statistical Programming);
    2. Emotional intelligence (the key ingredient for working with people); and
    3. Creativity. 

    • We also look at what the education system needs to do to help shape this new thinking and facilitate new skills creation for our younger citizens. Discover what Finland is already doing to educate its citizens, with 10% of their population already educated in AI. Finland's goal is to educate at least 1% of European citizens by 2021. Join over 410,000 other people learning about the basics of AI: https://www.elementsofai.com

    • Toby highlights that the more we understand AI, the less we will see it as "black magic", and the better decisions we will make.

    • Finally, we share a few insights on how a business should start with thinking about leveraging AI, including whether to buy or build and the importance of investing in your people.

    This episode is a part of academia-focused series featuring your usual host Milena Salmon and guest co-host Dr Alvaro Flores, Mathematician and Data Scientist at HIVERY. You can listen to Alvaro's podcast on his PhD and HIVERY transforming promotional calendars here: https://soundcloud.com/scientific-mavericks/alvaro-flores

    Resources:
    https://education.nsw.gov.au/teaching-and-learning/education-for-a-changing-world/resource-library/toby-walsh
    https://www.elementsofai.com

    Toby's TED Talks:
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=c277ynyRPgs&=
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7LMJFhtqyo
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSsQApXQGs

    Toby's Books:
    2062: The World that AI Made (https://www.blackincbooks.com.au/books/2062)
    Android Dreams: The Past, Present and Future of Artificial Intelligence (https://www.booktopia.com.au/android-dreams-toby-walsh/book/9781849048712.html)

    • 26 min
    Dr Toby Walsh on AI, its future, ethics and how we must adapt

    Dr Toby Walsh on AI, its future, ethics and how we must adapt

    In this special edition of Scientific Mavericks, we speak with world-renowned artificial intelligence expert Toby Walsh about all that is AI. We cover a lot of interesting areas from killer robots to ethics to the 4 Ds of AI/robotization and the year 2062.

    In episode 1 of 2, we cover:

    • What do killer robots and autonomous cars have in common?
    • What problems can AI be used to solve?
    • Ethical engineering: understanding the ethical dimensions of AI, what are they? Why should we care about them? Think about this: there will be a time in the future when AI will make decisions that we humans just cannot understand, so having Transparency & Explainability (one of 8 Core Principles of AI) built into algorithms is going to be important, right? Maybe.
    • Challenges we face in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Do we need to add another "A" to AI? Why autonomous is the basis of AI's future.
    • What is the future and relationship between AI and humanity? Are things such as universal basic income and taxing robots the way to go.

    This episode is a part of academia-focused series featuring your usual host Milena Salmon and guest co-host Dr Alvaro Flores, Mathematician and Data Scientist at HIVERY. You can listen to Alvaro's podcast on his PhD and HIVERY transforming promotional calendars here: https://soundcloud.com/scientific-mavericks/alvaro-flores

    In 2015, Professor Walsh helped launch an open letter calling for a ban on autonomous weapons or ‘killer robots’ that was signed by more than 20,000 AI researchers and high profile scientists, entrepreneurs and intellectuals, including Stephen Hawking, Noam Chomsky, Steve Wozniak, and Elon Musk. He has since been invited by Human Rights Watch to talk at the United Nations in both New York and Geneva. You can sign the petition to ban lethal autonomous weapons here:
    https://futureoflife.org/open-letter-autonomous-weapons/?cn-reloaded=1
    https://futureoflife.org/lethal-autonomous-weapons-pledge/?cn-reloaded=1

    Resources:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/30/science/autonomous-weapons-artificial-intelligence.html
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-82YeUPQh0
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gV0_raKR2UQ

    Toby's TED Talks:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c277ynyRPgs&amp=
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7LMJFhtqyo
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSsQApXQGsI

    • 34 min
    Roy Cooke on scaling a business and KPI hierarchy

    Roy Cooke on scaling a business and KPI hierarchy

    In this episode you can learn about:

    • Common mistakes when scaling a business from a team of 25 to 30 or more. Roy talks about what to expect and what to look out for, including setting up the right management, right metrics and right sales team.

    • As a business leader, find out what you need to do to engage and redirect the company's attention; big hint: Data has a better idea.

    • Determine which KPI matter. The often forgotten significance of "unit economics'' - the direct revenues and costs associated with a specific product or business model. This is a basic measure but often missed as companies, new or established, scale getting lost in vanity metrics. Measuring unit economics allows business leaders to make better decisions, from agreeing to "proof of concept" to winning a new customer and comparing it to the opportunity cost of developing your product roadmap.

    • Why is it important to get different perspectives, including speaking to other founders, investors, and advisers before making a strategic decision?

    • What does it mean to be "decisive"? How the effective management of natural biases and irrational thinking makes better business decisions. First, determine a wide range of options, then asses the validity of the assumptions behind them.

    • Lastly, Roy covers the use of "strategic partnerships" and why the earlier you establish them, the better. HIVERY, for instance, had a natural strategic partnership with The Coca-Cola Company and Data61/CSIRO (as investors). Leading to the scaling and expansion of both the number of locations (USA and Japan) as well as a wider range of new products.

    • 23 min
    Andrew Purchas on the simple key to successful product commercialisation

    Andrew Purchas on the simple key to successful product commercialisation

    In this podcast episode, you can learn about:

    • With the onset of new technology, Andrew highlights the need to determine how to best leverage AI within your business; whether you should consider "buy or build" strategy, and how to embrace an agile mindset while managing intellectual property across internal and external teams.

    • Andrew discusses how major companies need to adopt new approaches, including having a "new breed" of staff or upskill them to get the most of what AI has to offer.

    • What it takes to make a successful commercial deal, especially when it's a totally new product where the product-market fit is still being validated. Here Andrew shares his expertise in understanding the importance of customer-centricity, co-designing together, being transparent around the process and avoid jargon! Andrew highlights there is more to deal with than just the financials, and sometimes strategic fit needs to be considered.

    • What is the secret ingredient in finding the right customer for a fruitful partnership, especially when you are co-designing a lot of features together? Andrew shares his thoughts on this interesting topic as well as the sales process we follow to co-design together.

    • Is customer feedback worth it? It's important to consider customer feedback but you also need to validate it. It can be a mistake to take all feedback as equal. By really defining the problem with your customer, embracing strong customer empathy; you soon realise that not all feedback is indeed equal.

    • 25 min
    Shantanu Pasari on how vending industry can adapt and respond to coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Shantanu Pasari on how vending industry can adapt and respond to coronavirus (COVID-19)

    In this podcast episode, you can learn about:

    • How can vending and vending machines help with our lives in a virus pandemic? Shantanu, HIVERY Enhance Director, provides insight into the benefits of vending machines in these totally unprecedented times and why having the right product assortment and stocks is more critical than ever before
    • HIVERY holds data from some of the world's greatest vending machine fleets across the globe from Australia, Japan, and the USA. Shantanu shares some interesting industry trends: which segments are seeing unexpected sales changes (at work vending machines, colleges and university campuses, amusement parks, nursing homes, and hospitals).
    • So what can vending operators do? Shantanu highlights some practical strategies to help their business, including re-thinking space-to-sales, routing, and assortment. For HIVERY Enhance customers the good news is that the solution is just a matter of a few clicks.
    • What other counties are doing different with vending machines? There is one product category specifically that could really reduce panic buying.

    If you like to demo of HIVERY Enhance? Visit
    https://rebrand.ly/hiveryenhancedemo

    OR

    Check our other podcast and subscribe:
    https://soundcloud.com/scientific-mavericks

    • 14 min
    Hideaki Yoshimura on challenges and strategies to enter the Japanese market

    Hideaki Yoshimura on challenges and strategies to enter the Japanese market

    In this podcast episode, you can learn about:

    • What does it take to enter the Japanese market? There are many aspects of doing business in Japan that matter. Getting to product-market fit, finding good bilingual/bicultural talent and the need for patience. Entering Japan is about "learning" how to do business in Japan as well as filtering through what product customization is important and what is not.

    • What is it like working in Japan and working with Japanese clients? Is it possible to pushback on clients' demands while remaining customer-focused?

    • How Japanese customers make key business decisions to partner with Western companies and startups? Often times, we are told it takes a long time to secure a Japanese customer. However, in reality, it's all about building credibility and trust. Once this is established, Japanese customers tend to move very fast and are very loyal to their business partners.

    • How the strategy to create a beachhead in Japan is critical to success. It's all about finding product-market-fit first, focusing on one product, one core customer and building credibility and trust.

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    • 23 min

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