#SpeakerSpotlight: Amanda Lang, Broadcaster and Author

One of Canada’s pre-eminent business broadcasters, Amanda Lang is anchor with Bloomberg TV Canada and best-selling author of “The Power of Why.” She has been covering business in North America for 20 years and is known for her no-holds-barred approach to the people, companies and stories making the news.

As emcee of the Wavefront 2017 IoT Summit, Amanda will share her tremendous knowledge and experience. Find out more about this brilliant business broadcaster below.

Which smart technology has changed your life or work the most?

Like most people, it’s my handheld device. And I confess that I migrated from Blackberry to an iPhone. Much of my work prep involves email and research; with my smart phone, I can do both of those on the fly.

What are the key technology in business trends you’re seeing in Canada?

I’m seeing a huge emphasis from businesses on ways to use AI to improve their processes or services. There is also a massive preoccupation with cyber security.

In your book, you urge us to stop obsessing over working “smarter” and instead focus on the instinctive urge to question. In what ways does that apply to technology?

I think the most important way is to exploit the ways technology can help you, but don’t let it control you. Just because my smartphone has liberated me from my desk, and let me be productive anywhere, that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be in charge of my schedule. So when it comes to the technology we love, the questions we should ask are around our interaction with it. Could we be using it better or smarter? And what are the downsides of it?

What is on your reading list for 2017?

Clay Christensen’s latest book, “Competing Against Luck” and also Michael Lewis’ “The Undoing Project.”

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