How Russia Harvested American Rage to Reshape U.S. Politics (NYT)

This is cultural hacking, said  Jonathan Albright, research director at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism. They are using systems that were already set up by these platforms to increase engagement. They are feeding outrage  and it’s easy to do, because outrage and emotion is how people share How Russia ...

The Real Problem With Voice Assistants Like Siri Is Your Brain

  “The bad news is that dream of a virtual assistant that manages your digital life while you live your real one is probably a lie. The real problem with voice assistants isn’t that they’re underpowered, or that their neural nets aren’t sophisticated enough to intuit our requests. It’s that user ...

My presentation at London Law Expo 2017 (Netlaw Media): Technology, Humanity and the Future

Here is the deck from yesterday’s talk at London Law Expo Netlaw Media London Technologhy Humanity the future gerd leonhard Public  32MB PDF

‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

  “There is growing concern that as well as addicting users, technology is contributing toward so-called “continuous partial attentionâ€�, severely limiting people’s ability to focus, and possibly lowering IQ. One recent study showed that the mere presence of smartphones damages cognitive capacity – even when the device is turned off. “Everyone ...

Rise of the Robolawyers: made me think (via TheAtlantic)

  “DoNotPay is just the beginning. Until we see a major, society-changing breakthrough in artificial intelligence, robolawyers won’t dispute the finer points of copyright law or write elegant legal briefs. But chatbots could be very useful in certain types of law. Deportation, bankruptcy, and divorce disputes, for instance, typically require navigating ...

Inside IBM’s Vision For AI: Strategic Insights From CEO Ginni Rometty (the end of programming)

  Watson and “The End of Programming”: “Everything you know until today is programmable an entire era for decades has been programmable. Watson would be the beginning of a new era where you didn’t program. Machines would look at data, understand, reason over it, and they continue to learn: understand, reason ...

New video: the best moments from Gerd Leonhard’s 2017 keynotes and presentations, all in one clip (AI, TechvsHuman, Digital Transformation ++)

I am delighted to announce the publication of a new short film featuring the best moments from over 100 keynotes during the past 2 years (mostly from 2017), covering my key topics such as the global brain, exponential change, the megashifts, digital transformation, technology vs humanity (and of course, my new ...

Update: video and slide-deck from my keynote at Switch.ch: the next 10 years in technology and humanity

Here is the PDF as promised:) 16 MB PDF. More about Switch here.   Switch Gerd Leonhard Keynote next 10 years technology humanity public low res   Some highlights: SaveSave

My presentation at ATEA Focus in Helsinki, today: technology, humanity and the future (download the Pdf)

Here it is, as promised. 15 MB PDF. More details on the event here. No worries – it’s not in Finnish:) atea focus helsinki technology humanity Gerd Leonhard public deck low res Gerd Leonhard Futuristi, kirjailija Gerd Leonhard jakaa visioitaan ja käytännön viisauttaan ihmiskunnan tulevaisuudesta ja teknologiasta, digimuutoksesta, tekoälystä ja robotiikasta, mediasta, markkinoinnista ja ...

How biotechnology will soon give almost anyone the power to destroy humanity

  The results are sobering. If there is a one in 100 chance that somebody with the technology will release it, and there are a few hundred individuals like this, then our civilization is doomed on a timescale of 100 years or so. If there are 100,000 individuals with this technology, ...

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