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WiC Radio: Flex Takes On the World's Problems

First there was steam power; then came electricity; then computers. Now, we are entering into a fourth industrial revolution, being driven by disruptive technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence and 5G.

This fourth industrial revolution promises to bring exciting, even life-changing transformations ahead, but also trepidation about what it means for consumers, enterprises and the world at large. (See US Giants Carve Out Role in the Industrial IoT and Industrie 4.0: Rebooting Germany.)

Connectivity has already changed how we communicate, operate on a day-to-day basis and essentially exist, but the growth in IoT and connectivity promises to have an even more transformative effect. Flex (Nasdaq: FLEX), a leading global "sketch-to-scale" vendor, is also banking on this fourth revolution having a positive effect on the world's most pressing problems -- everything from climate change to poverty to disease. (See IoT: Opening Up Vertical Opportunities.)

The company, formerly known as Flextronics Corp., designs and builds intelligent products for a connected world. And, Caroline Dowling, president Communications Infrastructure Enterprise Computing at Flex, is the driving force behind a lot of its innovation. She has dedicated her career to improving lives and creating a smarter world through technology.

At the same time she tests the limits of technology, she also helps her company walk the fine line between using connectivity to improve lives and maintaining a civic and social responsibility to protecting users' data and respecting their right to privacy. She thinks about these issues as they effect the world today, but also ten years from now when technology has advanced even further and IoT is ubiquitous. (See New Privacy Rules Are a Waste of Time.)


Dowling will also be speaking at the upcoming Women in Comms one-day conference in Austin, Texas, on May 23. Register here to join for free, and stay for the job fair!


Dowling will be joining Women in Comms this Tuesday, May 10, at 12:00 p.m. ET (9:00 a.m. PT) to talk through as many of the world's most pressing problems that we can get to within the hour, offering insight into how technology will shape, improve and challenge the future, as well as how to ensure these technologies are used for good with the utmost respect for data and privacy.

She will also be taking your questions via the live chat function with the radio show. We hope you'll join us for what's sure to be an interesting and thought-provoking discussion! Register for the radio show here and tune in on Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. ET. (9:00 a.m. PT).

— Sarah Thomas, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profile, Director, Women in Comms

[email protected] 5/6/2016 | 7:09:01 PM
Big Comm & WiC Being active in comms today is pretty exciting - the idea we are influencing the 4th Industrial Revolution is superb but of course that opportunity in itself brings challenge. How do we adapt new technology responsibly in the interest of civic and social needs? I'm looking forward to our discussion with Sarah and at the at Big Comms and WiC !
Sarah Thomas 5/5/2016 | 9:46:26 AM
Questions for Caroline? If you can't make the show live on Tuesday, it will be archived on the site, and you can get your questions in to Caroline in advance. Just register for the radio show and post them over on the message boards there. We'll be sure to get to them either live on the air or after on the message boards. Looking forward to it!

Register and comment here: http://www.lightreading.com/radio.asp?webinar_id=695
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