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Walter O’Brien gives an autographed photo to student Christopher Svitek.On October 16, Walter O’Brien, IQ genius and computer expert, spoke at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School to 5th through 8th graders, including students of the Starbase 2.0 program.

Walter O’Brien is the CEO of Scorpion Computer Services and also co-producer of the CBS dramatic series “Scorpion,” based on his life story. Born in Ireland, O’Brien was 13 years old when he hacked into NASA computers. He later hacked into the Bank of England’s computers.

O’Brien attended high school and college and put his high intelligence and computer knowledge to productive use by founding Scorpion Computer Services, which is a think tank and consulting business. Scorpion provides intelligence to business and governmental organizations. The company applies computer science and artificial intelligence to solving problems that client organizations have, such as preventing computer hacking.

O’Brien gave some examples of the work his company does. In Baghdad, Iraq, Scorpion Computer Services was able to detect someone planting an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) by using photography and GPS to find and retrieve the device.

O’Brien also gave examples of how Scorpion Computer Services is developing artificial intelligence robots. He showed an example of “Big Dog” or an animal-like robot that can carry a soldier’s heavy supplies over rough terrain and not get knocked over.

O’Brien spoke to the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton students and also some of their family members, as it was “Generations Day” when grandparents and other relatives visit the school. O’Brien’s talk was followed by a question and answer session.

Walter O’Brien’s visit and talk was sponsored by Stryke Industries and Starbase Indiana which promotes programs in schools that teach STEM concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) to students. The day before, O’Brien was the keynote speaker at the Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association conference. After the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School talk, O’Brien was planning to visit Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne.

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