Category: Culture and Humanity

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 ...

Beyond business as usual: the Internet of Things, AI, Technology vs Humanity? Full-length video of my keynote at IoT World Forum in London

Thanks to the Internet Talent Consortium and Cisco for making this video available – I think it’s one of the best talks I have  ever given on the topic of Technology vs Humanity, the IoT and AI. Visit the event website for all of the other presentations held on that ...

‘Westworld,’ ‘Black Mirror’ and other tech-driven shows delve into what it means to be human

  “Sticky big-picture questions like that are meat and potatoes this season for such series as “Humans,” HBO’s “Westworld,” USA’s “Mr. Robot” and Netflix’s “Black Mirror.” At first glance, these shows may seem to be about subservient robots, murderous mechanical bees or modern-day computer hackers who aspire to change the world ...

…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 ...

Resist the Internet – read this nicely put heretic piece

  “Compulsions are rarely harmless. The internet is not the opioid crisis; it is not likely to kill you (unless you’re hit by a distracted driver) or leave you ravaged and destitute. But it requires you to focus intensely, furiously, and constantly on the ephemera that fills a tiny little screen, ...

Five new human rights for the Digital Age (excerpt from Gerd Leonhard’s book Technology vs Humanity)

This is a slightly modified and hyper-linked excerpt from my new book ‘Technology vs Humanity’. Find out more about  ‘Technology vs Humanity’, check out the reviews, read the cheat sheet, or buy the book on Amazon. (Page 140 in my book) Here are some core human rights that I humbly suggest might form part of what I ...

Are you ready to be microchipped? A short film presented by TFA Studio and FuturistGerd

Think about that. Download a high res MP4 version here (it’s OK to use this clip under creative commons attribution non-commercial license) Art Director and Producer: Jean Francois Cardella, TFA Studio Find out more about my new book ‘Technology vs Humanity’, read the TVH cheat sheet, buy it on Amazon 

2017: Goodbye to the Age of Replication, welcome back to Originality: productivity… is for Robots.

By Gerd Leonhard, Future Thinker The current Age of VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity) might be seen altogether differently in the future. It is unlikely that the Romans of 476 AD saw themselves as vanishing or going under, although they knew something was changing with the disappearance of the last ...

New podcast: SAP Coffee-talk with Game Changers, hosted by Bonnie D. Graham, with Frank Diana, Gerd Leonhard, Timo Elliott

The Innovation Explosion: Replicating a Special Century? November 30, 2016 Hosted by Bonnie D. Graham [Download MP3] [itunes] [Bookmark Episode] Guest Information Frank Diana [View Guest Page >] Gerd Leonhard [View Guest Page >] Timo Elliott [View Guest Page >] Episode Description The buzz: “Impossible is not a fact. It is an opinion” (Muhammad Ali).A unique clustering of inventions in the century ...

My best slides from December 2016: technology and/with/versus humanity?

New deck from flickr !  Read the book now:) Download the PDF: future-challenge-opportunities-futurist-speaker-gerd-leonhard-technology-humanity-collect-public-dec2-2016  24MB

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