The Future Construct podcast features guests from around the world working on technology solutions in the AEC industry and beyond. This 30 min podcast highlights technological innovations and advances to educate and inspire. Host, Amy Peck is the CEO of EndeavorXR, a leading global VR/AR (XR) strategy & consulting firm. She is a recognized thought-leader in the space and speaks globally on the future of XR and emerging technologies like AI, blockchain, robotics and autonomy. She works with Fortune 500 companies, digital media/production companies and tech startups on strategies to deploy XR, 5G, AI, Blockchain and other emerging tech to shape an impactful future. Amy holds multiple Advisory Board roles and is a Venture Partner at the Capital Region XR Accelerator. She is an active mentor to entrepreneurs and member of several Women in Tech, Venture-backed Accelerators & STEM Education organizations. Amy’s forte is distilling complex technologies into meaningful solutions with a goal to instill a positive vision of future technologies.Her own personal mission is to see technology accessible to all - fundamentally improving every aspect of our lives - elevating the way we work, learn, communicate and play.
Future Construct Ep. 14 - Hugh Seaton, CSI Crosswalk
On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (46 min interview), we spotlight Hugh Seaton (@hughseaton), Head of Product at CSI Crosswalk, as he joins host Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) to discuss:
- Aquinas Learning, Inc. and how founding that company influences his current career path
- The future of augmented reality and how it will affect the BIM space, as well as the industry drivers toward the adoption of new technology
- Smart contracts and how blockchain can be wired into processes of remotely using immersive technology to verify completion of work
- Technological solutions such as reality capture, virtual reality, and LiDAR that will serve as the catalysts for the next evolution of the industry
0:44 - Amy Peck introduces the Head of Product at CSI Crosswalk,
4:14 - So, can we talk a little bit about Aquinas, because I was always struck by your vision with immersive technology and the data and research you did? What were some of the outcomes and how does that inform your career?
11:22 - What do you think are some of the drivers towards adoption of new industry technology?
14:35 - Are you looking into smart contracts and how blockchain can be wired into this conversation where you're able to remotely use immersive technology to virtually verify work has been done?
26:29 - I'm always curious, what would you like to see happen to be a real catalyst of this next evolution? Are there some solutions that are here and about to take off?
44:31 - So, let's go even further into the future. Projecting yourself 20 to 25 years in the future, and you could bring with you any kind of gadget that would make your life better or make you happy, what would it be and what would it do?
Future Construct Ep. 13 - Allison Xu, BainCapital Ventures
On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (27 min interview), we spotlight Allison Xu (@AllisonCXu), Investor at BainCapital Ventures, as she joins host Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) to discuss:
Companies that excite her and how construction industry is currently booming with the development of technologyWhat the benchmarks are for investing, and how investors look for to determine value within potential investment opportunitiesCurrent trends and ways to streamline businesses and workflowsWhat some of the positive impacts of the emerging technologies are and why successful technologies get adopted across industrySHOW NOTES
0:36 Amy Peck introduces Investor at BainCapital Ventures, Allison Xu.
2:19 So, what are some of the companies that really excite you?
5:18 Do you like to watch the evolution of companies to see if they hit revenue benchmarks or evolution benchmarks to say, "Ok, it's time"?
10:03 Are you feeling that, even with all the new technology, that there is so much room for even one company to solve one problem along the workflow and make an impact industry-wide?
18:56 What are some the positive impacts of this future technology that you're seeing?
24:46 So if you could visualize yourself 15 to 20 years into the future, and you could have any experience or any gadget that would make your life better or make you happy, what would it be and what would it do?
Future Construct Ep. 12 - Curtis Rodgers, Brick & Mortar Ventures
On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (36 min interview), we spotlight Curtis Rodgers, Principal at Brick & Mortar Ventures, as he joins host Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) to discuss:
Integrating technology into the construction workspace and understanding the user's journeyInsights on opportunities to utilize data in a multitude of different ways for many use casesThe types of investments he's made and some of the partnerships he's developed with portfolio companiesThe dream gadget he would like to have 20 to 30 years in the future
Future Construct Ep. 11 - Startup Spotlight with Joe Michaels, HaptX and Tessa Lau, Dusty Robotics
On this special episode of the Future Construct Podcast (1 hour interview), we spotlight leaders of two startups, Joe Michaels (@joemich), Chief Revenue Officer at HaptX, Inc., and Tessa Lau (@tessalau), the Founder and CEO at Dusty Robotics, as they join host Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) to discuss:
- Current and practical use cases for haptics and robotics among other emerging technologies.
- Features of haptic gloves and other wearables that will continue to shape how we interact with technology and the convergence of that with robotics, AR/VR, and artificial intelligence.
- The value that robotics holds in the future of technology across multiple industries and what trends will influence the direction of that technological evolution.
- Their ideal gadgets of the future, 20-25 years from now, not based in reality, that would make their lives better and easier.
Future Construct Ep. 10 - Cathy Hackl, Futures Intelligence Group
On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (24 min interview), we spotlight Cathy Hackl (@CathyHackl), Global Futurist and Founder of the Futures Intelligence Group, as she joins Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) to discuss:
Current and emerging industry trends within virtual reality, augmented reality, and other reality technologies.What non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are, the value they hold in relation to traditional currency and how they might be utilized in the future of emerging technologyThe ways that augmented reality glasses will change the way that we think about augmented reality and how we move from mobile technology to wearablesThe involvement of volumetric video in digital experiences with avatars, and how we can utilize volumetric video in machine learningCathy is a leading tech futurist and globally recognized business leader specializing in augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), & spatial computing. She is one of LinkedIn's top technology voices and a champion for diversity.
Hackl has worked with some of the biggest names in tech including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Magic Leap, and HTC VIVE. She leads the Futures Intelligence Group, a futures research & consulting firm that works with clients in tech, fashion, media, government, and defense implementing innovation strategies, strategic foresight, and emerging technologies. She's also a top Forbes Contributor.
0:37 Amy Peck introduces global futurist and the Founder of the Futures Intelligence Group, Cathy Hackl.
4:51 So non-fungible tokens, can you explain what these are for those who don't know?
8:57 I'd love to hear more about the fearless nature of your work. Let's talk about some of the ways to seamlessly bring technology in and leverage curiosity to dispel some of the fear around becoming irrelevant alongside technology?
13:45 Do you see volumetric video being an extension of trends, enabling us those more personalized experiences, whether it be sporting figures or entertainment figures, or our favorite musicians or bands?
18:32 How will our everyday lives, for example advertising and marketing, happen in this 3D realm? Do you see a different construct emerging?
21:30 So if you could project yourself 25 years into the future, and you could create your favorite thing or gadget, and it doesn't have to be rooted in reality at all, what would it be and what would it do?
Future Construct Ep. 9 - Jessie Mooberry, Flight Safety Foundation
On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (30 min interview), we spotlight Jessie Mooberry (@mooberryj), Senior Technology & Innovation Advisor at Flight Safety Foundation (@FlightSafetyFoundation), as she joins Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) to discuss:
- Ways to seamlessly integrate technology into the current industry processes and how to dispel fear about technology replacing the human factor
- Switching gears from her work at NASA to opening and operating a coffee/wine bar
- The expansion of the digital nomad lifestyle and the differences between local and global cultures
- How close the future of personal air transportation could be and how that may impact the way people travel within cities
Prior to her time at the Flight Safety Foundation, Jessie worked as the Head of Development at Airbus for 3 years, the Vice Director at Uplift Aeronautics for almost 2 years, and an Entrepreneur in Residence & Technologist at the Peace Innovation Lab at Stanford University. In addition, Jessie also served as a member on the Board of Trustees for People's Light for 4 years and was a Board Member for the Global UTM Association (GUTMA) for a year.
0:44 - Amy Peck introduces the Senior Technology and Innovation Advisor at the Flight Safety Foundation, Jessie Mooberry.
1:58 - So let's start with the beginning. Can you tell us a little bit about the history of your career?
8:41 - I'd love to hear more about the fearless nature of your work. Let's talk about some of the ways to seamlessly bring technology in and leverage curiosity to dispel some of the fear around becoming irrelevant alongside technology?
11:48 - You know, so NASA in the morning and coffee bar in the afternoon. How do you switch gears?
15:47 - So, in thinking about moving forward, there's this digital nomad culture that's expanding. Let's talk about this local culture versus global culture. I'd like to hear, how did you land in this lifestyle?
23:25 - So if you could project your into the future, 20 or 25 years, and you could build any kind of gadget that would make your life better or make you happy, what would it be and what would it do?