Jason Roias, Hope High School 2014 graduate, recent candidate for the Providence City Council and co-Founder of “Hungry Fridays” –
a community service organization feeding the homeless of the city, was the guest of the Hope Life Skills class.
a community service organization feeding the homeless of the city, was the guest of the Hope Life Skills class.
1. Please tell me if something you did during FUTURE FORUM 3 surprised you. In other words, tell me if you did something at FUTURE FORUM 3 you previously had doubts you could do as successfully as you did. You essentially pushed yourself out of your comfort zone and you felt good about what you did. Please send this statement with perfect spelling, good grammar and punctuation and SHORT SENTENCES to my email address by Monday, December 10th. Thank you.
2. YES or NO – Have you sent a follow up email to at least one of the people you met during FUTURE FORUM 3? Please send your answer to my email address by Monday, December 10th. Thank you.
3. Constructive Criticism – what can I do to make FUTURE FORUM 4 next year better than this year’s event? Please send your suggestion with perfect spelling, good grammar and punctuation and SHORT SENTENCES to my email address by Monday, December 10th. Thank you.
A conversation about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and it’s impact on the world? Yes, it was. An exercise to develop creative thinking and collaboration skills? What better way than students from 3 different high schools – Hope High, LaSalle Academy and Rocky Hill School – uninhibitedly sharing their creative ideas in a supportive, collaborative environment facilitated by successful, empowering professionals. A networking activity to meet new people and build networks of diverse, successful, people to create lifetime opportunities for personal development and success? The Forum proved to be a perfect venue for people to introduce themselves to each other, ask questions, exchange business cards, enjoy one an other’s company and display positive, personal brands over a delicious lunch. Fun, you ask? Where else could so many enjoy each other’s company, fly drones, don virtual reality goggles, and be amazed at the magic of one of our visiting futurists, Roey Tzezana!?! And, we won’t forget the insight from one, Lisbet Gomez, from Hope High School. “It will always be about the data!, Mr Cronin”. I concur.
After reading “Lisbet’s Future Shopping Scenario” found below, please answer these 2 questions:
“Hello, Lisbet! Welcome to Mr Cronin’s Superstore.” Sensors at the entrance of the store welcome Lisbet in her favorite ‘Lionel Messi’ voice as she proceeds into the store to get a shopping cart. Lisbet still enjoys going to the market and the food shopping experience rather than simply ordering her food from her WeChat app for later, same day delivery.
As the cart handlebar completes a scan of her face and fingerprints, it immediately matches the results with the Artificial Intelligence (‘AI’) profile of Lisbet and then quickly displays a list of the groceries she needs. Lisbet’s AI profile has been scanning her food shopping habits for several years and, based on the data collected from the last time she shopped PLUS what’s been used and now missing in her ambient (IOT – Internet of Things) refrigerator and pantry, produces a list of items for her to buy.
Then, from her carriage handlebar, comes this message – “Let me know, Lisbet, if you’d like to add or subtract anything for this list. And, based on what’s on your list and in your refrigerator, it looks like your diet will be needing some fiber and calcium. Shall I add some milk and some almonds for a delicious spinach salad with salmon, strawberries, and asparagus I know you like?” Lisbet smiles and responds “sure!”. Lisbet then proceeds to make a few adjustments to the list based on the fact she’ll be hosting a dinner for three former classmates from her college, Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she majored in “ AI Marketing” and “Business”. One of her classmates is from Florence, Italy and the other from the North End of Boston, so Lisbet will be making a few pasta dishes. “I always make my own sauce, so let’s add tomatoes, garlic, cheese, lean beef and, of course, pasta for a few recipes I have in mind” she speaks to her shopping cart handlebar. Instantly, the items appear on her revised list as well as the isle in the store where each item can be found. “Will do, Lisbet” her cart responds to her additions.
Her autonomous shopping cart proceeds a few feet ahead of Lisbet and pauses as she checks out some ripe eggplants she considers adding to the dinner she’ll prepare for her visiting Loyola classmates. As Lisbet places each item into her cart, cameras on the carts side bars recognize each item and sensors weigh the vegetables and fruits at the bottom of the cart before producing an item cost and the accruing total cost.
As Lisbet rounds the corner onto another isle, a well-dressed man raises his eyes from his mobile device to greet her. From her AI Marketing classes, Lisbet realizes the important sales and marketing role the store concierge plays in a store, the access the concierges has to her data profile, and how well the concierge is paid. “Hello Lisbet” the concierge says as Lisbet approaches. “We’ve just received some deliciously, elegant Napa wines. I understand your sister’s birthday will soon be here and I wanted to offer you a 15% discount on your first purchase of any one of our Napa Valley vineyard selections. I know you and your sister like Christian Brothers wines. Would you like a tasting of one of the most popular varieties?” Lisbet just smiles and says “yes”. The concierge knows her passion for Christian Brothers wines from her data profile. Lisbet accepts the tasting from a delicate wine glass. “It’s wonderful” Lisbet tells the concierge. “I know she’ll love it. Thank you so much. I’ll take two bottles.” The concierge responds “that’s great, Lisbet. You can continue shopping while I gift wrap the bottles and bring them to you in a few minutes.” The concierge then places each bottle on a table for a nearby android to place in a box and then gift wrap in beautifully designed wrapping paper with the Mr Cronin Superstore logo prominently yet elegantly displayed.
When the bottles are delivered, seemingly within one minute, Lisbet notices the colorful instructions on the wrapping paper encouraging her to scan her smart phone over the Mr Cronin Superstore logo for a video about a popular pasta recipe from the famous Italian chef, Giada Pamela De Laurentiis. Ms De Laurentiis is an Italian-born American chef, writer, television personality, and the host of the current Food Network television program “Giada at Home”. Lisbet has watched her guest appearances on NBC‘s Today show and has used some of her recipes in the past.
Lisbet finishes her shopping and glances at her smart phone to review the itemized list of her purchases and total cost. She then says “ok” for her smart phone to instantly approve the purchase. No need for cash or credit card. In fact, there’s no store cashier or check out area in the store. Lisbet’s phone utilizes her WeChat Wallet app which links to her bank and withdraws the money from Lisbet’s account to pay the bill. If Lisbet forgets to use the app, the store would then withdraw the money from her account by the end of the day. Lisbet has 3o days to dispute any charge. The app works everywhere, from stores like Mr Cronin’s Superstore to restaurants and concert venues. Stores like the app because there is no processing charge like the credit card companies charge them which the stores end up adding to their customers’ bill. Customers like the app because of its ease and better security than credit cards.
Once Lisbet removes ALL her purchases from the cart and places them in her UBER autonomous, electric car, the cart guides itself back to the rack at the front of the store to await the next customer to interact with. In Lisbet’s future, it will be illegal for anyone to drive cars. Too dangerous; data has proven autonomous vehicles to be MUCH safer AND less expensive to own and use. Research has shown only a few people miss owning a car because autonomous vehicles are easier and offer a more relaxing and productive ride; you can do other ‘stuff’ while riding an autonomous vehicle. Most people and businesses will prefer autonomous services like UBER, GOOGLE, TESLA, LIFT, and Chinese autonomous competitors DIDI and BAIDU as well as hyper fast public transportation. Finally, Lisbet’s home will feature ambient devices and features which connect to the Internet of Things (IOT). The Artificial Intelligence in LIsbet’s home will turn on her air conditioning or heating system to the temperature she likes as well as the lights on the first floor 10 minutes before her autonomous UBER ride turns into her driveway after work. Her coffee maker will have a warm coffee prepared to her liking minutes before she wakes up in the morning. All of these things will happen in Lisbet’s future because of the significant amount of data collected about Lisbet and her habits. Similar data will be collected on all people because everything people use and do will be collected by sensors which are connected to the Internet of Things (IOT). Personal data will be continually collected, analyzed and used by companies and governments to make peoples’ lives easier and safer.
Today’s homework: #1. What’s your reaction to Lisbet’s future lifestyle? #2. Why do you think Mr Cronin is giving you Lisbet’s Future Scenario to read?
Next Future Scenario – High School Education.
a private, co-ed, college preparatory, Catholic High School of approximately 1,400 students off Smith Street. The Hope Life Skills mission was multi-fold:
1. This goal of this homework assignment is for you to use your IMAGINATION. After listening to Catalina Martinez and Nikolai Pawlenko’s career stories at NOAA exploring the world’s oceans today, please imagine yourself accompanying them on a deep dive of one of the world’s deepest ocean floors. Please share with me something ‘amazing’ or ‘surprising’ you encountered during your ocean exploration with Catalina and Nikolai. Then, describe what you saw; use adjectives to describe the color, size and shape of whatever amazed you at the deepest part of your dive to the ocean floor. Send the story of your amazing discovery at the bottom of one of the earth’s oceans to my email address by Sunday evening, November 25th. Please identify what ocean you were exploring when you encountered this amazing site. Your story must be well written with perfect spelling, good grammar and punctuation, and short sentences. Here are some interesting photos and a video from other explorations of the world’s ocean floors to help you liberate the imagination you have within you.
Today’s guests were Catalina Martinez, Regional Program Manager,
and Nikolai Pawlenko, a commissioned officer at the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, University of Rhode Island School of Oceanography. Today’s hosts were Kevin Torres and Robert Desilets who welcomed Catalina and Nikolai to the Hope Life Skills class.
Today’s guests were 4 friendly, conscientious LaSalle Academy juniors who
Future Forum 3
11:15am – Announcements – one student from each group will present their
2025 career vision.
11:50am – Closing comments – Stephen Cronin
Noon – Networking over a delicious Lunch at Hope High School: follow up student networking opportunity with our guests.
1pm – Dismissal