Entrepreneur William Sato is a Japanese-American who has become a globally recognized expert when it comes to cybersecurity and other technological subjects. He taught himself how to program when he was just 10 years old and started his first company in the tech industry when he was still in college. This business, I/O Software, became a critical component of the Japanese software industry and worked with Sony to build authentication tools like fingerprint recognition. He sold this business to Microsoft when he was 34 years old.
William Sato grew up in Walnut, California, which is pretty close to Silicon Valley. He grew up when personal computing was first becoming popular and he became very enthusiastic about it. A number of years ago he moved to Japan and has worked as a consultant for that nation’s government since that time. He ended up writing a book about his experiences which is called, “An Unprogrammed Life: Adventures of an Incurable Entrepreneur”.
It was while drinking with some Sony engineers at a bar that he came up with the idea of fingerprint recognition. He brought up that they had a high-resolution camera that could easily identify individual fingerprints. William Sato said that all they had to do was modify the lens, write the code of some pattern-matching software, and the result would be a portable way to read fingerprints.
In town for Interpol World 2017, William Saito, special adviser to Japan’s cabinet, talks about the Japan-EU trade deal and the third arrow in Abenomics.
He has also been a consultant to the Russian government. He says that country has been trying to break into the global technology sector. For the past several years the only Russian software anyone was using was the security program Kaspersky. Most people and businesses are no longer using that program, though, ever since the Department of Homeland Security sounded the alarm on it.
William Sato says that the Russian government knows they are far too reliant on providing energy to other nations and so wants to develop other industries, such as technology. As a consultant, he advised that they start to fund tech startups and modernized their national architecture so that they could further advance this industry. He was a big part of one Russian tech firm being established which is Slovolko.
Robert Ivy is the EVP and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), which is an institute that as founded in 1857 to enhance and improve the field of architecture for architects and the country that they serve. In an unprecedented event, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) decided to honor him with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, which is an award that is usually given to artists and art patrons. This is the first time that an architect has been granted the award, and the reason for this is that Ivy has achieved plenty in his lifetime.
The President of the MIAL, Nancy LaForge, commented that Robert Ivy is a Mississippi native who deserved the award due to his work with making architecture more available to the public. The President of the AIA, Carl Elefante, stated that Ivy, as CEO of the AIA and an author, is a great choice to represent the AIA and all of its endeavors. Before coming aboard with the AIA, Ivy was the Editor-in-Chief of the Architectural Record, which is put out by McGraw-Hill. That publication rose to become the most widely read journal on architecture under the careful guidance of Ivy and earned a spread of awards. He has also been recognized for his work as an author who published the biography about Fay Jones.
Robert Ivy is now expanding the AIA, which is currently enjoying an unprecedented number of members. In fact, because of the work of the AIA, architects from the United States are practicing their craft all over the globe. In the past, Alpha Rho Chi, the fraternity of architects, has honored him for his gift of communicating the worth of architecture to the public, and he was made a Master Architect, which is a distinction that the rare few enjoy.
Robert Ivy studied at Sewanee: The University of the South where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, and he continued his studies at Tulane University where he finished up his work to obtain his Master of Architecture degree. He is working, today, to move the profession of architecture into the limelight where it can help build a more sustainable and sturdy infrastructure for the United States as well as the world at large. He is happy to see that his work is paying off and hopes for a future where architects take a greater part in designing and building the world around us.
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