Category: Future of Humanity

Technology will not save the world — we will (very thoughtful read via the FT)

  “Technology is marvellous, but it has had little or nothing to do with the best things about the world. And it will play a minor role in casting out humanity’s worst demons: poverty, ignorance and madness. What do I mean by the best things? The outlawing of racism; rights for ...

A Country of Fear and Courage: Learnings from Two Years in America – Good SPIEGEL ONLINE story

  “Fear, of course, is nothing new in America. It’s a country that has always believed that the apocalypse is somehow just around the corner. But the level of fear that has developed in the United States — both on a smaller and larger scale — my God! You don’t have ...

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 ...

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, ...

Martin Seligman: We Aren’t Built to Live in the Moment (why we are all futurists) via NYT

  “What best distinguishes our species is an ability that scientists are just beginning to appreciate: We contemplate the future. Our singular foresight created civilization and sustains society. It usually lifts our spirits, but it’s also the source of most depression and anxiety, whether we’re evaluating our own lives or worrying ...

What are ‘Androrithms’ – a key meme from Gerd Leonhard’s new book Technology vs Humanity’

We just made a new gif for this meme – see below (re-use is ok – subject to creative commons license). Read more at www.androrithms.com  or here       SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSaveSaveSave SaveSave

Here is my presentation from the TIETO Leadership event in Helsinki, today: transforming for the future

Here is the deck!  Thanks to Tieto for inviting me. Check out the tweets here and here. Tieto Leadership transforming for the future Helsinki gerd leonhard 4DIS low res Some best-of-images:

‘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 ...

New film by Futurist Gerd Leonhard: Technology vs Humanity – the future is already here!

I am delighted to present this exciting new film on the key topics of my recent Technology vs Humanity book. We shot this in Barcelona, earlier this year, and some of the footage is really special I think. The light and the land/city-scape is just amazing! If I may say so myself, the core ...

…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 ...

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