Does your organisation pride itself on its people (talent) and its culture? If you are an executive and a leader, are you investing enough in the skills and the MINDSETs of your people in order to steer through this storm of exponential technological progress and disruption?
All too often, scientific breakthroughs, the latest technological achievements or the old-fashioned obsession with GDP-growth dominate discussions about our future. Yet as the world is rapidly going digital and virtual, I believe it actually is our humanity that needs the most attention, and that it will be our humanness which will make all the difference.
Computers will inevitably outpace humans in mere processing power, logic and efficiency, and the resulting ‘End of Routine’ is a certainty. Therefore I believe that the ticket to our future is to become more human, not less. Not to compete with the machines but to use their increasing competence to get tedious commodity tasks done better and faster – as a tool but not as a purpose. Imho, machines, computers and algorithms should have competence not consciousness.
When we think about the future, we must consider the 10 Game-Changers that result in new realities: Data is the new oil (as well as the new plutonium), Artificial Intelligence is the new electricity, the Cloud is the new living room, and the Internet of Things is becoming the new nervous system. Digital giants and social media platforms have replaced banks and fossil fuel conglomerates as the most powerful entities in the world. Algorithms, AI and bots are gearing up to run the show in every industry. Very efficient, fast and convenient, yes – but what will happen to humans when machines become truly ‘intelligent’? What about privacy, secrets, mystery, serendipity? And what of emotions, intuition, imagination, consciousness, or free will (what I call the androrithms)? But don’t fear the future – there is a way forward.
If you believe that awesome humans – and not merely amazing machines – should be at the core of our collective future, this may just be the right keynote for your event. Wow and to inspire your audience!
The biggest danger today is not that machines will eliminate us, but that we may become too much like them! (more memes like that, here)
If you are looking to deeply engage with your workforce and build a truly special organisation, if you believe individuals are the heart of any enterprise, and if you want to see humanity thrive now and into the future, this keynote is for you. In this talk, I break down the the most pressing topics such as:
Consider how quickly the world is changing: data is the new oil, artificial intelligence the new electricity, and the Internet of Things could well be the world’s new nervous system. Digital giants and social media platforms have replaced banks and energy conglomerates as the most powerful companies (possibly, entities) in the world. Algorithms, AI and bots are gearing up to run the show in every industry.
But what will happen to humans when machines become truly intelligent? What about privacy, secrets, mystery, serendipity? And what of emotions, intuition, imagination, consciousness, and…free will?
If you believe awesome humans, and not merely machines, are at the center of our collective future, this is the keynote for you to wow and inspire audiences of just what could be when man and machine meet.
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