Video and slide-deck from my DOTS2017 Prague keynote: digital transformation, humanity and technology – the future (updated)

This was a really great event here in Prague: DOTS 2017. I enjoyed hearing Satya Nadella speak about his vision on the future of Microsoft – exciting stuff. He’s from the future, too:) DOTS 2017 Praque Digital Transformation Technology Humanity Futurist Gerd Leonhard Public  27 MB PDF Digital technology transforms day-to-day business. Yours too? ...

Smartphones are the New Cigarettes (via Mark Manson)

“I would say that our ability to focus and hone our attention on what we need is a core component of living a happy, healthy life. We’ve all had those days or weeks (or months or years) where we’ve felt scatterbrained — out of ...

Facebook’s plans to augment reality are as dystopian as they are smart (via TheVerge)

“Facebook didn’t shy away from the marketing opportunities AR provides. In fact, it embraced the idea that you could hover your viewfinder over a restaurant and be told its Yelp rating, or find messages your friends leave you in public locales by peering through ...

Artificial intelligence, thinking machines and the future of humanity – new video of my keynote at the Accenture CIO Forum in Hong Kong

This just arrived 🙂  Thanks to Accenture Hong Kong for inviting me, and for making this video available. More about the event here. Download the MP4 file here Download the deck from this talk: AI Thinking Machines and Humanity Futurist Gerd Leonhard low res   PDF 20MB

There’s a big problem with AI: even its creators can’t explain how it works (MIT technology Review – must read)

“This raises mind-boggling questions. As the technology advances, we might soon cross some threshold beyond which using AI requires a leap of faith. Sure, we humans can’t always truly explain our thought processes either—but we find ways to intuitively trust and gauge people. Will that also be possible with machines ...

No one is prepared to stop the robot onslaught. So what will we do when it arrives? (QZ.com)

Can we do nothing to stop or even slow what seems a mechanized approximation of an army of marching Huns? But wait. In much of the world, we negotiate climate and nuclear arms deals; we regulate the spread of disease and firearms; we take diplomatic or even military action against ...

…the coming robot onslaught. Great read via Quartz

“Advances in supercomputers and the understanding of neural networks are combining to create a revolution in robotics, and companies eager for more profitability and cheaper production are ruthlessly grabbing the new technology to automate rote jobs. Blue-collar workers—forget about it. The robots will kill off the positions of half a million ...

Shared keynote presentation: AI, thinking machines and the future of humanity (Futurist Gerd)

I am trying out a new feature of Apple Keynote – shared public presentations (download for Apple Keynote users only). All images and the file itself subject to creative commons attribution non-commercial license, as usual. Have fun! If all fails, here is the PDF download:  AI Thinking Machines and Humanity Futurist ...

What Google and Facebook must do about one of their biggest problems – Vivek Wadhwa

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Social media was developed with the promise of spreading democracy, community and freedom, not ignorance, bigotry and hatred. Connecting billions of people together and allowing them to share knowledge and ideas, it could have enabled them to achieve equality and justice; to expose ...

How Technology Has Failed to Improve Your Airline Experience – brilliant summary

“Everything about United Flight 3411 — overselling, underpaying for seats when they are oversold, a cultish refusal to offer immediate contrition, an overall attitude that brutish capitalism is the best that nonelite customers can expect from this fallen world — is baked into the ...

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