Video and slides from my keynote at The Economist Innovation Forum 2017 in Berlin: Technology, Business, Digital Ethics (updated)

Here is the deck, below (PDF 20MB), More about the event here.  Business Technology and Digital Ethics Gerd Leonhard @Economist Innovation Forum Berlin 2017 Public Deck Update August 18th 2017: here is the entire video (presentation and interview with Tom Standage).    Note: you can download audio-only, MP3 versions of most of my talks via … Continue reading "Video and slides from my keynote at The Economist Innovation Forum 2017 in Berlin: Technology, Business, Digital Ethics (updated)"

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Why the Singularity is certain to happen in my own lifetime, and how it matters (Futurist/Humanist Gerd Leonhard)

I recently came to an important realisation: I will most likely see the so-called Singularity happen in my own lifetime. I’m 56, and I believe that this inflection point at which computers, ‘thinking machines’ and AI become infinitely and recursively powerful is no more than 20-25 years away, at most – and it might be … Continue reading "Why the Singularity is certain to happen in my own lifetime, and how it matters (Futurist/Humanist Gerd Leonhard)"

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Video and slide-deck of my keynote at SHIFT 2017, Turku Finland: technology vs humanity.

It’s always great to speak in Finland, and being at the SHIFT 2017 event was a great pleasure, as well. Below is my deck from my talk; we will have a video available soon, as well. Btw: if you sign up for shift 2017 right now you can win a free copy of my book:) We should … Continue reading "Video and slide-deck of my keynote at SHIFT 2017, Turku Finland: technology vs humanity."

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Martin Seligman: We Aren’t Built to Live in the Moment (why we are all futurists) via NYT

“What best distinguishes our species is an ability that scientists are just beginning to appreciate: We contemplate the future. Our singular foresight created civilization and sustains society. It usually lifts our spirits, but it’s also the source of most depression and anxiety, whether we’re evaluating our own lives or worrying about the nation. Other animals have springtime rituals for educating the young, but only we subject them to “commencement” speeches grandly informing them that today is the first day of the rest of their lives.

A more apt name for our species would be Homo prospectus, because we thrive by considering our prospects. The power of prospection is what makes us wise. Looking into the future, consciously and unconsciously, is a central function of our large brain, as psychologists and neuroscientists have discovered — rather belatedly, because for the past century most researchers have assumed that we’re prisoners of the past and the present.”

Opinion | We Aren’t Built to Live in the Moment
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/19/opinion/sunday/why-the-future-is-always-on-your-mind.html
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Human ingenuity will be the genesis for IoT prosperity: thoughtful piece by Jeanne Beliveau-Dunne (Cisco)

“As business leaders, we must think beyond the fiscal bottom line and technological advances in products and services and ask ourselves, how will IoT affect the communities we operate in and whatwill our role be in readying society and the workforce for this digital phenomenon that is rapidly proliferating? Technology itself has no ethics. It is only when people apply purpose and innovative thinking beyond revenue and profit that we will be able to reap collective benefits and security of the digital world.

We explored this topic in depth at the recent IoT World Forum in London, where renowned futurist Gerd Leonhard provided us a stunning window into the ethics of IoT and the critical role of human ingenuity in designing and shepherding its outcomes. (Watch the replay of Gerd’s keynote, moderated by Cisco’s CMO, Karen Walker: “Beyond Business: A Holistic View of the Societal and Human Impact of IoT.”)

As the IoT World Forum team put its agenda together for an influential community of C-suite executives in London, there was a realization that we needed to address this topic, as provocative (and sobering) as it might be. We recognized that we had to acknowledge the “elephant in the room”: that we are in unchartered territory, as we enter into this new era of exponential change together. When we think about what the implications are of a rapid surge in IoT innovation, we must all collectively consider the potential effects on the geopolitical and global economic landscape (in both advanced and developing nations); on global challenges such as wealth inequality, aging populations, healthcare, and the environment; and on the global workforce. Of course, no one has all the answers, but we must be bold in exploring these issues as a global business community. I will explore this in more depth in my next blog, but I will say that we know we need a global unified approach to succeed. No one can go it alone, and a “head in the sand” mentality is not an option.”

Human ingenuity will be the genesis for IoT prosperity
http://www.cio.com/article/3212868/digital-transformation/human-ingenuity-and-iot-prosperity.html
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