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Making Sense of AI

Peter Scott: Cutting through the hype, tech talk, and confusion about artificial intelligence

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Peter has been speaking about AI since 2012 and given keynotes to audiences from Britain to Bali. Online, during the pandemic, he spoke to hundreds of thousands of people via venues such as British Telecom’s AI Festival and Intel’s AI Global Impact Festival. He has delivered three TEDx talks since 2018, including an audience of 1,000 people at western Canada’s largest TEDx venue. His 2023 TEDx talk explores the cutting edge area of AI and human feelings. He has spoken to such a diverse set of audiences from entrepreneurs to children, and from auditors to transformational leaders, that he was invited to testify to Britain’s All-Party Parliamentary Group in the House of Lords on how to address lay people about AI. Whatever the audience, he can connect them to their present and future with AI in a presentation that will evoke wonder and movement. For more information on this offering click here.

Peter has written two books on our future with artificial intelligence: 2017’s “Crisis of Control: How Artificial Superintelligences May Destroy or Save the Human Race, and 2022’s “Artificial Intelligence and You: What AI Means for Your Life, Your Work, and Your World.” For more information, and to order, click here. Peter is also the lead author of a peer-reviewed paper on AI Safety.

Peter has been certified as a coach (through the International Coaching Federation) for over a decade, helping individuals realize their potential. As a founder of the Next Wave Institute, he helps businesses prepare their people to face and leverage the exponential disruption from AI. He was personally trained in NeuroLinguistic Programming by John Grinder.

Peter teaches Continuing Studies courses on the impact of AI. These have been presented at the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, and Royal Roads University. Contact us for details of which courses are currently open for enrollment, or to enquire about Peter teaching online at your institution. Courses range in length from 8 to 12 hours.

Peter grew up in Britain, gaining a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Cambridge University and then moved to California to work for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, first in spacecraft navigation and then enterprise computing architecture. He has blended “rocket scientist” with “soft” fields like coaching and human development. He holds a Distinguished Toastmaster designation and lives on Vancouver Island, Canada, with his wife and two daughters. Ensuring that they grow up in a world whose AI is safe was the original motivation for him to start his speaking career.

Peter hosts the weekly podcast, “AI and You”, interviewing internationally renowned authorities on all aspects of AI and its impact, from self-driving cars to anthropology and from ChatGPT to science fiction. Past guests include Stuart Russell, Anil Seth, and David Brin.

Corporate Coaching with
Peter Scott

Are your organization’s people prepared to deal with a future made increasingly uncertain by exponentially-evolving AI? Developing technology alone will not future-proof your business. Peter’s proprietary RIPPLE/CHANGE framework is specifically crafted to take both the business and its individuals from ignorance and paralysis through to mastery of continuous disruption.

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AI and You

What AI Means to You


Peter hosts the podcast “AI and You,” interviewing internationally renowned authorities on all aspects of AI and its impact, from self-driving cars to anthropology and from ChatGPT to science fiction. Past guests include Stuart Russell, Anil Seth, and David Brin. Famous for asking “really good questions,” Peter makes today’s new and thinking about AI accessible to all audiences, technical and nontechnical, business and personal alike. Over 3,000 listeners tune in every week to AI and You, available on all podcasting platforms.

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TedX - Royal Roads University 2023

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TedX - Bear Creek Park 2020

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TedX - Brighouse

What You Can Do to Make AI Safe for Humanity

AI Festival

Even when technologists see the future as rosy, not everyone shares that opinion. Peter Scott of the Next Wave Institute talks about our "blind date" with the future.

CPHR 2021 conference

ATI Association of Transformational Leaders - 2018

Human Cusp and AI threat/promise


Continuing Education

Currently, registration for courses at UVIC and Simon Fraser Universities are closed. But there will be more future classes. Click on the "Event" link for future dates.

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