Video and slides from my keynote at The Economist Innovation Forum 2017 in Berlin: Technology, Business, Digital Ethics (updated)

Here is the deck, below (PDF 20MB), More about the event here.  Business Technology and Digital Ethics Gerd Leonhard @Economist Innovation Forum Berlin 2017 Public Deck Update August 18th 2017: here is the entire video (presentation and interview with Tom Standage).    Note: you can download audio-only, MP3 versions of most of ...

Do More! What Amazon Teaches Us About Robots and the “Jobless Future”

“This is the master design pattern for applying technology: Do more. Do things that were previously unimaginable.”Do More! What Amazon Teaches Us About Robots and the “Jobless Future”https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/do-more-what-amazon-teaches-us-robots-jobless-future-tim-o-reillyvia Instapaper ...

Automation may take our jobs—but it’ll restore our humanity (says x.ai CEO)

“Our very human futureOne implication of all this is that for humans to succeed in the AI-powered future, we need to double down on our humanity. Technical skills will no doubt remain important in the future of work, but as AI allows us to ...

How Technology Might Get Out of Control (about the Nash equilibrium’s demise?)

“People use laws, social norms and international agreements to reap the benefits of technology while minimizing undesirable things like environmental damage. In aiming to find such rules of behavior, we often take inspiration from what game theorists call a Nash equilibrium, named after the ...

Things to Hang on Your Mental Mug Tree | Edge.org – some great morsels from Rory Sutherland

  “There’s a rather lovely company in the UK that pays people who are housebound—whether for medical reasons, or are caregivers—to handwrite envelopes and letters. You could regard this as a very silly thing to do, but in costly signaling theory terms, it makes perfect sense. The open rate of these ...

The key to jobs in the future is not college but compassion – good read

  “the truth is, only a tiny percentage of people in the post-industrial world will ever end up working in software engineering, biotechnology or advanced manufacturing. Just as the behemoth machines of the industrial revolution made physical strength less necessary for humans, the information revolution frees us to complement, rather than ...

Why the Singularity is certain to happen in my own lifetime, and how it matters (Futurist/Humanist Gerd Leonhard)

I recently came to an important realisation: I will most likely see the so-called Singularity happen in my own lifetime. I’m 56, and I believe that this inflection point at which computers, ‘thinking machines’ and AI become infinitely and recursively powerful is no more than 20-25 years away, at most ...

Join me for the Euroforum Future Tech & Trends Seminar GDI Zürich Nov 24 2017 (German)

FUTURE TECH & TRENDS Mit Futurist Gerd Leonhard JETZT ANMELDEN BROSCHÜRE ANFORDERN  FUTURIZE YOUR BUSINESS NOW! Sie möchten verstehen… … warum der exponentielle technische Wandel Unternehmen, Arbeitswelt und Wertschöpfungsketten auf den Kopf stellt? … wie die digitale Transformation Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft schon in wenigen Jahren komplett verändert haben wird? … welche zehn technologischen Megashifts den aktuell viel diskutierten Clash ...

This is how Big Oil will die – NewCo Shift (must read)

  “It’s 2025, and 800,000 tons of used high strength steel is coming up for auction. The steel made up the Keystone XL pipeline, finally completed in 2019, two years after the project launched with great fanfare after approval by the Trump administration. The pipeline was built at a cost of about ...

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? Some serious food for thought via The Atlantic

“A generation shaped by the smartphone and by the concomitant rise of social media. I call them iGen. Born between 1995 and 2012, members of this generation are growing up with smartphones, have an Instagram account before they start high school, and do not remember a time before the internet. ...

Human ingenuity will be the genesis for IoT prosperity: thoughtful piece by Jeanne Beliveau-Dunne (Cisco)

Really nice piece by Cisco’s Jeanne Beliveau-Dunne, referring to my keynote at the IoT World Forum in London. We need to think big, beyond business bottom lines, to a common purpose “As business leaders, we must think beyond the fiscal bottom line and technological advances in products and services and ask ourselves, ...

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