Drones, robots, and automation aren't just the stuff of manufacturers and militaries. The likes of FedEx, UPS, Amazon, and Google are testing drones for package deliveries. Union Pacific wants to use drones to inspect its railroad ties; BP to inspect its oil fields. Royal Caribbean is experimenting with robot bartenders on its cruise ships; Aloft Hotel with robotic butlers. The near-term prospect of autonomous cars, planes, and boats is all the rage. The applications are endless. Meantime, the lines between this kind of operational technology and traditional IT are blurring. Says one transportation industry CIO: "Everything you think you're doing without IT ends up coupling into some IT system somewhere anyway." Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and author of "The Long Tail" and "Makers: The New Industrial Revolution," will offer his unique insights into how drones, robotics, and other automated technologies are impacting our businesses and lives like never before, as well as how they integrate with enterprise IT.