READING THE FUTURE TO REWRITE THE PRESENT

Gerd’s Story

Born in Bonn / Germany, resident in Zurich as well as a frequent visitor in Silicon Valley, Gerd is a global citizen of the future who spends his life travelling through worldwide meetings, workshops and conferences on transformational change. A star speaker on topics of major strategic importance – from digital disruption to business remodeling to specific vertical scenarios across public and private sectors, Gerd is a rare hybrid of artist and scientist, with a pioneering background in digital music ecosystems and a head start in the disruption game. For the last fifteen years he has been the first choice in business leaders’ minds for inspirational and paradigm-shifting advice.

Interested in Gerd’s background as musician and producer? Watch this:)

ON BEING A FUTURIST

“I’ve been a Futurist for more than 15 years, with more than 1500 engagements for over 800 clients in 50+ countries, and an estimated global audience of 1.5 Million people.  I focus on 5- to 10-year future scenarios, yet my work is becoming increasingly ‘nowist’ i.e. about the here-and-now, because “the future is already here – it’s just unevenly distributed” (as one of my favourite science fiction writers, William Gibson, likes to say).

My main theme is the future of technology and humanity. In a world where technological progress is exceedingly exponential and combinatorial, how will we define what is human, and what is not? What will humans do, in the future, and what will be done by technology? What should and what should not be automated? From genetic engineering to artificial intelligence and robotics, from cognitive computing to the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 – we are heading into a future where much of what used to be science fiction is becoming science fact. What consequences will this have on society, culture, economy, business, government, the environment … and ourselves? What do we need to do today to make sure the ultimate result will still be human flourishing?

My role is to serve as a compass, translator, remixer, catalyst or coach for my audiences and my clients, helping them to discover and create their preferred futures. In this coming convergence of technology and biology, of man and machine, of algorithms and what I call humarithms, I aim to contribute independent leadership and global-minded stewardship. In this context, I am very fortunate to have the support of my fellow futurists, dear friends and colleagues at The Futures Agency (where I serve as Founder and CEO).”

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