Scott Amyx

Scott Amyx is an internationally recognized thought leader, venture capitalist, speaker, and author on smart, sustainable cities, exponential technologies, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He has appeared or spoken on TV, New York Times, TIME, Forbes, TechCrunch, TEDx, CIO, Washington Post, WIRED, Forrester, G20, European Commission, United Nations, ITU, Pew Research Center, Environmental Defense Fund, and other major media and events.

Scott was voted the Most Influential Leader in Smart Cities and awarded the 50 Most Impactful Smart Cities Leaders by Inc. Magazine, Internet of Things Institute, HP Enterprise, World CSR Congress, and numerous institutions. Scott is enabling the realization of a global network of smart, sustainable cities through his partnerships with the United Nations, United Smart Cities, United for Smart Sustainable Cities, Smart Cities Council, and ASEAN Smart Cities Network, family offices, and institutional investors.

Scott received the Cloud & DevOps World Award for Most Innovative. He is an IBM IoT Futurist, Tribeca Disruptor Foundation Fellow, Singularity University/ Smart City Accelerator Mentor, and National Sloan Fellow/ Woodrow Wilson Fellow. In addition, he has been nominated to the World Economic Forum as a committee member for the Future of the Internet. The Republic of Korea nominated Scott to represent cutting-edge research and case studies on smart cities and the Internet of Things at the ITU Telecom World, United Nations. Sovereignties, governments, multinationals, and international consulting and investment firms look to Scott for unrivaled insights and pulse on the changing emerging technology landscape.

Scott is the author of Strive: How Doing the Things Most Uncomfortable Leads to Success, which has been endorsed by Tony Robbins, Forbes, Singularity University, Tribeca Film Festival, and other global influencers.  Scott shows anyone striving to succeed, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are, that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but doing the things uncomfortable he calls “strive”. Drawing on his own powerful story of an impoverished immigrant frequently told that he would mount to nothing, Amyx, now a celebrated venture capitalist and futurist, describes his meteoric rise from obscurity to prominence, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not intellect, opportunities or even network but pursuing personal change that’s uncomfortable. In this book, Scott takes readers into his defining life moments and stories from some of the most unlikely individuals who persevered through change to become outrageously successful. He also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in high performance. Finally, he shares what he’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers—from corporate CEOs, unicorn startup entrepreneurs to global policy leaders. 

Scott’s second feature book The Human Race: How Humans Can Survive in the Robotic Age is scheduled to come out in early 2019. Scott explores the imminent net job loss from artificial intelligence, robotics and the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its impact on income inequality and rise in populism and nationalism that are sweeping across the globe. What is the role of humans in the world of hyper-automation? AI-driven cyber-physical automation is expected to displace 50% to 80% of the human workforce by 2030. As the pace of convergence of exponential technologies reach near vertical slope, the trend of human displacement is unstoppable. What will be the role of humans? For the structurally unemployed and underemployed, it will be bleak future with limited options. Only those with highly specialized PhDs in fields that create, train and maintain AI, robotic and advanced scientific and technical systems may have a place in the world of hyper-automation. Contrary to popular belief that only predictable physical work is automatable, as narrow AI continues to master new niches, it will amass a superset of capabilities that will not only replace tasks but holistic job functions. There is no senior executive, policymaker or subject matter expert that will be safe. Scott explores the limitations of universal basic income and taxing robots. Instead, he proposes a vastly different, out-of-the-box solution called the Human Currency. It’s a global economy and a cryptocurrency based on human-to-human empathy services. Moreover, it has the resiliency and sustainability built into the system to ensure the viability of the human race for centuries to come. Scott emphasizes the need to pursue job training and labor force development in human-to-human services that leverage our ability to empathize with the human condition. The empathy business models and services will become the bedrock of post Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Scott has been featured on New York Times, TIME, Forbes, The Washington Post, WIRED, TechCrunch, Inc., Pew Research, Chicago Tribune, InformationWeek, Forrester, Gigaom, ReadWrite, Shots Magazine, Business News Daily, IBM Big Data & Analytics, Intel, Geektime, Examiner, TechBeacon, EE Times, IEEE, El País, Costco Magazine, and television and radio programs. He has spoken or scheduled to speak at TED, European Commission, World Economic Forum, ITU Telecom World (United Nations), International CES, Internet of Things World, IoT Asia, M2M Summit, Smart IoT London, Internet of Things Security, Wearable Technologies Conference, IBM Insight, IBM Amplify, IBM Watson IoT, IBM InterConnect, Cloud Expo Europe, Cloud & DevOps World, KAIST, Samsung SDS, ArabNet Dubai & Riyadh, Internet Summit, Global Big Data, JCK Las Vegas, Customer Service Experience, IN3 Medical Device 360 Summit, Razorfish Tech Summit, Location & Context World, Wearables TechCon, K-Global Startup, and more. Scott is the co-author of Internet of Things and Data Analytics Handbook, an academic publication by John Wiley and Sons and The Advances in Information Security, Privacy, & Ethics (AISPE) Book Series: Managing Security Issues and the Hidden Dangers of Wearable Technologies, an academic publication by IGI Global.

Scott has over 20 years of large-scale strategy and implementation experience, managing double digit million dollar projects across multiple verticals. In his last corporate position as VP of Product Management, Scott helped the company be acquired by a Fortune 500 publicly traded company. Scott has also started numerous startups and successfully sold a company.

Scott has a master’s degree in applied microeconomics/ public policy from the University of Chicago. Scott was a national Sloan Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University.


  • Smart, Sustainable Cities & Industries
  • Strive: How Doing the Things Most Uncomfortable Leads to Success
  • The Human Currency: How Humans Can Survive in the Robotic Age
  • Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Neural Networks, Deep Learning
  • Machine Learning Ethics
  • Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Initial Coin Offering
  • Internet of Things, Industrial Internet of Things
  • Data Analytics, Predictive Analytics, Prescriptive Analytics, Cognitive Intelligence
  • Robotics, Drones
  • Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Robotic Process Automation
  • Augmented Reality/ Virtual Reality/ Mixed Reality
  • Connected Homes
  • Human Computer Interface, Natural Language Processing/ Speech-Based, Gesture-Based Interface, Brain Computer Interface
  • Cloud Computing
  • Quantum Computing
  • Cybersecurity, AI Cybersecurity, Quantum Cybersecurity, Quantum Key Distribution
  • Nanotechnology, Graphene
  • Renewable Energy, Wireless Power Transfer, Next-Gen Batteries
  • Nuclear Fusion
  • Decentralized Networks & Computing, Wireless Sensor Networks, Peer-to-Peer
  • Cyborgs, Transhumanism, Mind-uploading, Immortality, Singularity
  • Intergalactic Space Travel


It was great working with Scott Amyx at this years’ IoT World and IoT Security shows where he provided some great insight into IoT technologies, the Wearables markets; and securing IoT networks through managed PKI Certificates! His presentations were engaging and comprehensive and we look forward to continuing to work with Scott moving forward
Dominie Roberts, Head of Production EMEA & UK at Internet of Business (Formerly Informa)

Scott Amyx was a delight to work with leading up to, during and after Wearables TechCon. He went above and beyond just speaking at his session “Affective Computing and Sentiment Analysis in Wearables,” which drew over 35 attendees early in the morning. He graciously volunteered to be a panelist on “Visions: The Future of Augmented Reality Devices” and even offered to help promote the show on Examiner. With all the little extras, combined with fantastic comments on his presentation from feedback collected at the show, I would be thrilled to work with him again on future shows.
Katie Flash, Conference Chair and Content Director of InterDrone at Emerald Expositions

As a conference organizer, we look for people who are on the forefront of industry. When we started out on a journey to put together the Wearables + Things conference, we immediately found Scott Amyx through his writings at Wired Magazine. Scott is not only willing to dig in and do his homework on an industry, he’s excellent at articulating the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. And he’s equally effective in writing and in person. We also asked Scott for recommendations about others who should be involved and he was more than willing to provide input and introductions.
Scott is not only smart on the Mobile, Wearables and IoT industries, he’s enjoyable to be around. I highly recommend getting Scott involved in your events or projects as a reliable resource to improve outcomes.
~ Pete Erickson, Founder, CEO of Modev. Producer of Spinnaker Summit, VOICE, Aspen Software Leadership Summit, Machinery.AI, EXOLeaders

Scott has his finger on the pulse of IoT and Wearables. He’s a definitive source of knowledge, who ties together all of the activity occurring in this nascent sector. Highly recommended.
Tony Rovello, Principal Product Manager, Alexa at Amazon

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