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Technology versus Humanity

GERD LEONHARD's BESTSELLING BOOK

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Are you ready for the greatest changes in recent human history? Futurism meets humanism in Gerd Leonhard’s ground-breaking new work of critical observation, discussing the multiple Megashifts that will radically alter not just our society and economy but our values and our biology. Wherever you stand on the scale between technomania and nostalgia for a lost world, this is a book to challenge, provoke, warn and inspire. From two decades of traveling the world and speaking about future scenarios across many industries and cultures, Futurist Gerd Leonhard has acquired unique foresights and intuition into where the world is rapidly going.

Technology vs. Humanity is a last-minute wake up call to take part in the most important conversation humanity may ever have. Will we blindly outsource and abdicate big chunks of our lives to the global technology companies – or will we take back our autonomy and demand a sustainable balance between technology and humanity?

Now is the time to join the dots between big data and digital ethics, to start discussing the moral framework…

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A provocative manifesto about the coming convergence of humans and machines

by Futurist and Keynote Speaker Gerd Leonhard

Futurist Gerd Leonhard breaks new ground again by bringing together mankind’s urge to reinvent, upgrade and automate everything – down to human biology itself – with our timeless quest for freedom, self-realization and happiness. Now is a good time to stop and ask the big questions: How do we embrace technology without becoming it?

Artificial intelligence. Cognitive computing. The Singularity. Digital obesity. Printed food. The Internet of Things. The death of privacy. The end of work-as-we-know-it, radical longevity and ‘the end of dying’: the imminent convergence of technology and humanity is already very tangible. So which moral values are you prepared to stand up for – before being human alters its meaning forever?

GERD's 2019 TOPICS

TECHNOLOGY VS HUMANITY AND BEYOND

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DIGITAL ETHICS

Berthold Brecht once commented that humans tend to focus on 'dinner first, then morals'. But imho, we've had a vast number of amazing feasts already and now what I call Digital Ethics should be on the menu!

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10 THINGS ABOUT FUTURE

In this immersive, fast-paced and constantly updated talk, I cut to the chase. Only my most important future observations make it into this presentation. Get ready to futurize yourself!

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FUTURE-READY?

The future is already here - we just haven’t paid enough attention to it! We must start to OBSERVE again. Science fiction is increasingly becoming science fact - and the future is no longer an extension of the present!

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UNDERSTANDING THE MEGASHIFTS

If you believe 'digital transformation' is what it's all about, think again: I propose 9 other 'ations' that are the result of game-changing technological changes: Virtualisation, cognification, robotisation... Read on!

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE [AI]

Artificial Intelligence has become very confusing topic for many people, and one that has been greatly distorted in the media. I suggest to differ between IA (intelligent assistance), AI and AGI!

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TECHNOLOGY AND HUMANITY

Sometimes it seems that technology is the only thing that will matter in the future. I beg to differ. Sure, data is the new oil, and artificial intelligence (AI) is the new electricity - but 'machine thinking' will be detrimental to all of us, no doubt!

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Futurist | Keynote Speaker | Author

Gerd’s passion is the future of humanity, culture, society and business in the face of exponential scientific and technological progress.
Gerd is optimististic about the future and often comments that the future is better than we think –
provided that we can frame our rapid technological progress with human objectives and concerns.

In a world dominated by technology, data and algorithms, robots and intelligent machines, what will it mean to be human?
Should we really welcome a ‘convergence’ of humans and machines?
Who is ‘mission control for humanity’ when it’s about data protection and privacy, and artificial intelligence or human genome editing?
What do we need to do, today, to make sure that human happiness and collective flourishing remain the most important objectives of everything that we are inventing?
Is our current economic logic still suitable in a future were the power of technology will be virtually unlimited?

 

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