Category: Sustainability

This Cardiologist Is Betting That His Lab-Grown Meat Startup Can Solve the Global Food Crisis (made me think)

  “Meat without animals. It’s not a new notion. In a 1932 essay predicting sundry future trends, Winston Churchill wrote, “We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium.” The basic science to ...

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, ...

Digital Obesity or Analogue Anorexia? Welcome to the Future (expanded excerpt from “Technology vs Humanity”)

No escape from the data tsunami? Note: this post has been excerpted, expanded and adapted from my new book “Technology vs Humanity” (read more here, buy it on Amazon, buy singles or bulk orders from  the publisher – use discount code GL1)   The amount of information, data and media information available to us is growing ...

Thomas Piketty proposes flight tax to raise climate funds (and I’d be inclined to support it)

Read the piece at The Guardian   This proposal makes sense to me – even thought I’d be hit hard by it, myself, given how much I travel for my keynotes and talks. I have suggested something quite similar 5 years ago when I argued that we should pay 2x for each plane ...

The Internet of Things and its unintended consequences: why we should proceed with caution

Download the PDF version: The Internet of Things and its unintended consequences: why we should proceed with caution   Download all my other stuff via GerdCloud/Dropbox The Internet of Things (IoT) / Internet of Everything / Industrial Internet is sizzling hot. Everywhere I go people ask me about it. Almost every single event I ...

Digital Ethics: video and slides from my presentation at TedX Brussels

Digital Ethics Gerd Leonhard TedXBrussels Futurist Speaker-web  9mb PDF  High res version via Dropbox (30MB PDF) More details and lifestream here Great illustration of my talk by the TedxBrussels illustrator Zsofi Lang. Thanks!!   Digital Ethics and the future of humans in a digital world – Futurist Speaker Gerd Leonhard from Futurist Gerd Leonhard UPDATE: here ...

English-only as well as Turkish-overdup versions of my talk at Future Day Istanbul 3/1/2014: being human in a digital society

This is the ENGLISH language i.e. original version of my talk at the March 1 2014 Future Day in Istanbul. You can download the slides here. ‘Intelligent machines’ are increasingly interconnecting. The Internet of Things is imminent, with sensor networks and mobile devices connecting everyone and everything everywhere in the near future., Singularity’ – the ...

What if economic growth is no longer possible in the 21st century (good read via TheWeek.com)

This post is spot-on and brings up some key questions. Be sure to read the whole thing. What if economic growth is no longer possible in the 21st century? One possible scenario, with surprisingly good news for average Americans, is that constraints on growth will force political leaders to accept redistribution as ...

Meet me at FutureDay 2014 in Istanbul, March 1, 2014 at Yeditepe University

I am delighted to be the opening keynote speaker for FutureDay 2014 in Istanbul, organised by fellow futurists Ufuk Tahan,  Alphan Manas and Murat Sahin. This should be a great event – and very good timing for Turkey 🙂  So… if you are close by don’t miss it!  The overall ...

New video: sustainability trends and future scenarios; discussion with fellow futurist Ross Dawson (meeting of the minds #8)

This is a nice and imho quite concise 10-minute video clip in which fellow futurist Ross Dawson and me discuss the future of sustainability, the global shift from Ego to Eco, sustainable capitalism and the triple bottom line concept (John Elkington).  You can watch the other MeetingOfTheMinds videos here.   Some related ...

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