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Alison McCauley

Artificial Intelligence Top Voice & Founder of Unblocked Future

Artificial Intelligence Top Voice & Founder of Unblocked Future

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Alison McCauley Biography

Alison focuses on helping humans to harness the potential of AI. She is the founder and CEO of Unblocked Future, a consultancy that drives adoption at the forefront of emerging tech, and has been working with pioneers in artificial intelligence since 2010. Working at the nexus of the enterprise and disruptive innovation at the birth of new technology markets over nearly 30 years, McCauley's expertise lies in unlocking business value from disruptive technologies by focusing on the human dimensions of change. She guides executives and business leaders through tech-driven change, inspiring them to navigate and embrace the vast potential of AI. She not only demystifies what is happening, and why, but helps audiences understand what is ahead and gives tangible guidance on what to do about it.

McCauley's mission is to help humanity leverage the boundless opportunities presented by artificial intelligence while ensuring its ethical and responsible development. She is the author of Unblocked (published by O’Reilly Media, 2019), a keynote speaker at conferences around the world, her articles have appeared in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Venture Beat, and over 90,000 students have taken the course she created for LinkedIn. She has also spoken on the social and ethical implications of emerging technology at Aspen Institute’s Ideas Festival, Columbia University’s Global Freedom of Expression, McCourt Institute’s Future of Digital Governance, and the Social Impact Summit at SXSW.

Alison McCauley Speaking Topics

  • Being Human at the AI Crossroads

    AI is rewriting the rules of what's possible, and like it or not, every business and its leaders faces a critical inflection point. Harnessing AI could secure your future, but if you fail to adapt, you could fall irreversibly behind. But making AI work for you is easier said than done. An unprecedented pace of innovation means the landscape constantly shifts under your feet. And AI introduces new complexities that many organizations struggle to navigate.

    With two decades guiding business leaders through the maze of emerging tech, Alison will give you grounding in the shifts we’re facing from a human perspective, and what to do about them. She’ll unravel the complexities of AI’s rapid progression, and provide a holistic view of its transformative impact on business and society. She’ll share insights on the long-term consequences and shifts in the competitive landscape, along with practical advice on how to foster an organization that’s ready for this next digital age.

  • AI & Us: Strategies for Families in an AI-driven World

    In this interactive talk, Alison shares her insights as a mom with a 30-year career at the front edge of tech to prepare yourself and your family for an AI-driven world. Artificial Intelligence is already reshaping our cultural landscape, unlocking a new “possible” and altering what drives success. But it’s also bringing us new problems we need to navigate, from deepfakes and disinformation to ethical concerns in education, shifting job landscapes, and even questioning our understanding of what it means to be human.

    How do we guide our families? What do we tell our kids about how to succeed in a future where AI is ubiquitous? How do we stay safe in an era of deepfakes everywhere? Where should AI be used—and not used—for schoolwork?

    With stories and frameworks, Alison helps you to understand the nuances of AI's integration into our lives. You’ll come away with practical knowledge to personally engage with AI, and ready to engage in meaningful discussions with those around you.

  • AI and the Future of Society: Ethical Dilemmas & Transformative Promises

    AI is rapidly reshaping our world, promising to revolutionize sectors from healthcare to education, making what was once deemed impossible within our grasp. Its capabilities could accelerate breakthroughs to solve some of humanity's most pressing challenges. Yet, as we stand on the brink of this new era, we also face unprecedented complexities. The advent of AI brings forth questions about the essence of humanity, bias and ethics, the future of employment, and the integrity of our information landscape. Never has it been more urgent to critically engage with and consciously shape the trajectory of our digital future.

    The conversation around AI oscillates between optimistic visions of a new renaissance and dire warnings of existential risk and catastrophic outcomes for humanity. The path forward requires us to thoughtfully navigate betweenthese polarities. This talk explores the contours of this landscape, examining both the promises AI holds and the caution it warrants.

Alison McCauley Videos

  • Excerpts: Being Human @ the AI Crossroads
    Artificial Intelligence keynote speaker Alison McCauley
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    Artificial intelligence is already changing "possible". A key driver of competitive success will soon be how effectively you harness its power. What...
  • How storytelling is a powerful tool in artificial intelligence work
    Artificial intelligence keynote speaker Alison McCauley on the power of storytelling in supporting AI transformation and AI change initiatives.

Alison McCauley Books

  • Unblocked: How Blockchains Will Change Your Business (and What to Do About It)
    Unblocked: How Blockchains Will Change Your Business (and What to Do About It)

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Alison McCauley is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Being Human at the AI Crossroads, AI & Us: Strategies for Families in an AI-driven World and AI and the Future of Society: Ethical Dilemmas & Transformative Promises. The estimated speaking fee range to book Alison McCauley for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Alison McCauley generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Sharon Gai, Ian Beacraft, Jack Shaw, Clara Durodié and Ayesha Khanna. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Alison McCauley for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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