Category: Observations

In our focus on the digital, have we lost our sense of what being human means? Nice post by Genevieve Bell

  “We will need new practitioners to tame and manage the emerging data-driven digital world, as well as those to regulate and govern them. Rather than just tweaking existing disciplines, we need to develop a new set of critical questions and perspectives. Working out how to navigate our humanity in the ...

New podcast: a conversation with Tim Leberecht (The Business Romantic) and Gerd Leonhard (Technology vs Humanity)

I just recently discovered Tim Leberecht’s work on Ted and on Youtube, and am currently reading his book ‘The Business Romantic.’ Similar to fellow futurist Richard Watson, and fellow ‘team human’ thinker Douglas Rushkoff, my work and Tim’s work have some pretty amazing overlaps, and many of our key messages (see some ...

My open letter to the ‘Partnership on AI to benefit people and society’ (Amazon, Google, Facebook, IBM, MSFT) just went online at Wired UK

Read it here and please spread the word ! Dear Francesca, Eric, Mustafa, Yann, Ralf, Demis and others at IBM, Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Amazon. The Partnership on AI to benefit people and society is a welcome change from the usual celebration of disruption and magic technological progress. I hope it will also usher in ...

Here are my best-of-2015 slides featuring the most important memes from my 80+ talks – all in one huge slideshare deck!

The end of the year is always a good time to review and reflect upon what worked well, and what did not, so here are those slides, memes and topics that repeatedly struck a chord with my audiences in 2015, covering topics such as artificial intelligence, automation and the future of human work, ...

The Choice Ahead Regarding Digital Technology (crucial piece by John Hagel) #manmachine – and 4 short videos from me

I’m a huge John Hagel fan. He nails it again in this new Druckerforum piece that you absolutely must read, today, on the topic of technology versus humanity.  Here are the best snippets (emphasis by me): “Here’s another paradox: the rise and spread of industrial society was at one level a product ...

Mary Meeker's 2015 Internet Trends: great food for thought and a goldmine of intel

Every year, Mary Meeker delivers her masterpieces – the latest one is here. 2015 Internet Trends Report from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers   Here are some key moments and my comments: So true – we are going beyond software as means-to-an-end; now great software has to be an experience and egg-on ...

The future of work and jobs: a short overview of the key issues, illustrations, stats and videos

The future of work and jobs has become a major topic for me. It is abundantly clear that the exponential digitisation, optimization, automation, virtualisation and robotisation (phew!) of society will result in a huge number of job losses around the globe, first in blue-collar jobs and then in white-collar jobs ...

Short video from MoJoCon Dublin: Futurist Speaker Gerd Leonhard on the future of journalism, mobile, privacy

Read more about my gig at MoJoCon Dublin. Thanks to RTE und MojoCon for making this video available.

Videos and the PDF with my slides from my keynote at MojoCon Dublin: the future of (mobile) media.

More about this event   Go here to get view the videos and presentations shared by Glen Mulcahy RTÉ MojoCon Ireland is the first international conference focusing on mobile journalism, mobile filmmaking and mobile photography all in one event. The future is mobile, the future is now… Mojocon Dublin Future of Media Gerd Leonhard Futurist ...

The future of music: streaming to 2 Billion 'paying' users – if only the industry would allow it!

Update: cartoon via TheOatmeal (hat tip to Harriett Brand). Good read on QZ.com. Lately, it seems like I just can’t escape the increasing coverage on much certain misguided artists, labels, music managers or other music industry people dislike streaming / on-demand music platforms such as  Spotify, Deezer or Simfy etc.  Even thought I have vowed ...

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