There is no better or more entertaining way to understand the Internet of Things than to listen to this conversation between Jeff Julian and Steve Carter, VP of Matching at eHarmony. From romantic relationships, to work relationships, and the relationship you have with your phone, everything is covered in a funny anecdote of Jeff’s children and Steve’s “big baby” moment.
So what is this Internet of Things, and what is being done with all the data collected on us all the time. eHarmony’s goal (as well as several others mentioned) is to create a product that will intrinsically improve human life. How can they do this? With data. Jeff and Steve dive into the type of data that is being collected, how it’s being used in their everyday lives, and how this internet of things has changed the way we view the world, and our expectation of it.
The two also discuss how eHarmony has started to become the eHarmony of job searching, thanks to their new site Elevated Careers. As well as how Amazon and artificial intelligence has changed and shaped our relationships in the personal and professional spaces of our lives. This seemingly impossible thing to understand and grab a hold of is made tangible with personal examples and applications thanks to Jeff and Steve.
Dr. Steve Carter was part of the original team that developed eHarmony from research question to enterprise, joining Dr. Warren in 1998 as a truant graduate student. Dr. Carter now leads the world-class team of data scientists, psychologists and engineers responsible for the development, implementation, validation and ongoing improvement of the algorithms and technology which power the eHarmony and Elevated Careers products.
Prior to joining eHarmony, Dr. Carter received a joint-fellowship from the National Institute of Aging and the National Institute of Mental Health to study life-span human cognitive development and complex problem solving at the University of Southern California, where he received his Ph.D. in psychology. Dr. Carter grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, and received his BA in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He currently resides in Pasadena with his lovely wife, twin boys, two dogs and two cats.