Professor Harald Haas is Chair of Mobile Communications at the University of Edinburgh, and is the initiator, co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of pureLiFi Limited, as well as the Director of the LiFi Research and Development Center.
In his 2011 TED Global talk “Wireless Data from Every Light Bulb”, he first introduced and coined the term ‘Li-Fi’, a technology for wireless communication between devices using light. The talk has since been watched online more than two and a half million times.
Li-Fi was listed among the 50 best inventions in TIME Magazine and his work has since been covered in other international media such as the New York Times, BBC, MSNBC, CNN International, Wired UK, and many more.
In 2014, he was selected as one of ten RISE Leaders in the UK, in 2015 he gave a second TED Global talk, which has been viewed more than two million times, in 2016 he received the outstanding achievement award from the International Solid State Lighting Alliance, and in 2017 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
As well as countless other awards, he holds 31 patents and has more than 30 patent pending applications; he has published 400 conference and journal papers including a paper in Science, and he has published two textbooks with Cambridge University Press. His Google Scholar h-index is currently 69, and his work has been cited more than 23,000 times.
02.10 Reflecting on Professor Haas’ first TED talk
04.20 Professor Haas’ background and early life
05.10 The desire to move and travel
07.30 Professor Haas’ career aspirations
09.00 Professor Haas’ career path
10.30 Professor Haas’ earliest memory of LiFi
13.30 What is LiFi and how does it work?
16.30 What is this the equivalent of?
18.00 100 times faster than WiFi?
19.40 What are the main benefits of LiFi?
22.00 Dispelling limitations with LiFi
24.00 What impact could LiFi have on the world?
27.20 How challenging is it to roll this out globally, and how potentially disruptive could LiFi be?
31.00 The progress of LiFi so far
32.30 When does Professor Haas expect it will be fully available worldwide?
33.50 Biggest technological advances
35.00 Professor Haas’ views on artificial intelligence
37.00 Do we run the risk of making ourselves redundant?
41.00 Automation and universal basic income
43.30 Scotland as a technological ecosystem
44.40 What could we do better?
46.20 Views on investment in early stage companies?
47.40 How has Professor Haas evolved as a person throughout his life?
48.30 The biggest challenge Professor Haas faced
49.00 Professor Haas on purpose
50.30 Professor Haas on his own purpose
52.20 Professor Haas not being defined by LiFi
52.50 Professor Haas on his legacy
54.30 What drives Professor Haas?
56.20 Making the world a better place
57.50 Professor Haas on his worldview
59.40 Moving to Canada
1.00.20 Definition of success
1.02.40 Does Professor Haas feel successful?
1.03.30 Life goals
1.04.30 How much does Professor Haas work?
1.05.30 Best piece of advice
1.06.20 Whose advice was it to move away from Germany?
1.07.40 What would Professor Haas say to his 20 year old self?
1.08.50 Changing the world
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