Team Human (Weekly Podcast with Douglas Rushkoff)

Author, media theorist, and professor Douglas Rushkoff is coming back on the air with a new audio show. It’s a weekly podcast called Team Human, looking to challenge the operating systems driving our society, reveal its embedded codes, and share strategies for sustainable living, economic justice, and preservation of the quirky nooks and crannies that make people so … Continue reading “Team Human (Weekly Podcast with Douglas Rushkoff)”



Futurist Gerd Leonhard Talk at Dutch Future Society: technology and humanity, the next 10 years (NEW VIDEO, AUDIO)

That was a great event!  Here is my slide-deck as promised:) Creative Commons license applies, as always. Be sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel. Technology humanity Dutch Future Society Amsterdam Gerd Leonhard Futurist Speaker  25MB PDF Check out my ‘new’ book Technology vs Humanity


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
https://www.cio.com/article/3212868/digital-transformation/human-ingenuity-and-iot-prosperity.html
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Explore the key messages in Gerd Leonhard’s book ‘Technology vs Humanity’

(Updated Feb 10, 2017) My new book ‘Technology vs Humanity’ has been available in print and electronic versions since September 2016.  I am now getting way too many interview requests and general questions so I figured it may be useful to provide some simple answers in this ,cheat sheet’, below. I have posted the key memes and bottom lines on the … Continue reading “Explore the key messages in Gerd Leonhard’s book ‘Technology vs Humanity’”


The most important bottom lines from Futurist Gerd Leonhard’s “Technology vs Humanity” book, in 5 minutes (video)

Here is a brand-new video my TFA Studio team and me recorded a few weeks ago, explaining the key memes set forth in my new book “Technology vs Humanity”, such as Androrithms, The Megashifts, Exponentiality, Artificial Intelligence and much more.  Watch this short film if you’re interested in my book, or read this summary or the … Continue reading “The most important bottom lines from Futurist Gerd Leonhard’s “Technology vs Humanity” book, in 5 minutes (video)”


Join us for The Great Debate on Technology and Humanity during MWC Barcelona February 28 2017

I am very excited to announce that me and my company, The Futures Agency, has teamed up with Tim Leberecht and his team to present a very unique event in Barcelona, during Mobile World Congress 2017, on Tuesday February 28, 6pm, at the House of Beautiful Business  (Casa de la Seda Sant Pere Més Alt 1 Barcelona Spain). You … Continue reading “Join us for The Great Debate on Technology and Humanity during MWC Barcelona February 28 2017”


New podcast: a conversation with Tim Leberecht (The Business Romantic) and Gerd Leonhard (Technology vs Humanity)

I just recently discovered Tim Leberecht’s work on Ted and on Youtube, and am currently reading his book ‘The Business Romantic.’ Similar to fellow futurist Richard Watson, and fellow ‘team human’ thinker Douglas Rushkoff, my work and Tim’s work have some pretty amazing overlaps, and many of our key messages (see some of mine, below) are very … Continue reading “New podcast: a conversation with Tim Leberecht (The Business Romantic) and Gerd Leonhard (Technology vs Humanity)”


Some key memes from ‘Technology vs Humanity’ (Gerd Leonhard)

1. There are two kinds of happiness – passing and profound. Technology is good at the first, but not at the second. 2. The second kind – deeper happiness that involves Creativity, Originality, Reciprocity and Empathy (CORE) – is what defines humanity.   3. Algorithms are starting to take the place of androrithms – those … Continue reading “Some key memes from ‘Technology vs Humanity’ (Gerd Leonhard)”


My new book “Technology vs Humanity” is now available for pre-reading and pre-ordering!

This is a big day – after 18 months of intense writing and crafting, my new book is finally ready to be published on September 8, 2016. I have teamed up with fellow futurist Rohit Talwar’s new publishing company Fast Future Publishing and today I am delighted to announce the availability of a pre-publication test-read on … Continue reading “My new book “Technology vs Humanity” is now available for pre-reading and pre-ordering!”


Technology vs Humanity: my new book is coming in late May 2016. For now, watch this short film on #techvshuman.

This film marks the beginning of a new period for me, with much of my future work focusing on the topic of how exponential technological changes are changing what and who we are, as humans, where this is going in the next 15 years, and what we need to do, TODAY, to make sure that these changes will indeed be beneficial to us.



New short-video series: Futurist Gerd Leonhard on-stage: best quotes and key messages

My art director Jf Cardella and his team are cooking up some really nice, short video examples culled from some recent keynotes, highlighting the key messages and memes in my work. Check out the first 3, here: Download all 3 videos via GerdCloud.net Subscribe to my Youtube Channel Check out our brand-new store – you … Continue reading “New short-video series: Futurist Gerd Leonhard on-stage: best quotes and key messages”


2017: Goodbye to the Age of Replication, welcome back to Originality: productivity… is for Robots.

By Gerd Leonhard, Future Thinker The current Age of VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity) might be seen altogether differently in the future. It is unlikely that the Romans of 476 AD saw themselves as vanishing or going under, although they knew something was changing with the disappearance of the last Western emperor. The morning … Continue reading “2017: Goodbye to the Age of Replication, welcome back to Originality: productivity… is for Robots.”


Stanford University One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence 2016 Report (AI100)

“As a society, we are underinvesting resources in research on the societal implications of AI technologies. Private and public dollars should be directed toward interdisciplinary teams capable of analyzing AI from multiple angles.” The One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence, launched in the fall of 2014, is a long-term investigation of the field of … Continue reading “Stanford University One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence 2016 Report (AI100)”


Of prediction and policy, via The Economist

“Machine-learning systems excel at prediction. A common approach is to train a system by showing it a vast quantity of data on, say, students and their achievements. The software chews through the examples and learns which characteristics are most helpful in predicting whether a student will drop out. Once trained, it can study a different group and accurately pick those at risk. By helping to allocate scarce public funds more accurately, machine learning could save governments significant sums. According to Stephen Goldsmith, a professor at Harvard and a former mayor of Indianapolis, it could also transform almost every sector of public policy.”

Of prediction and policy
https://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21705329-governments-have-much-gain-applying-algorithms-public-policy
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Social media echo chambers and democracy

In 2009, I spoke at a conference in Madrid with Jim Margolis, who served as a Senior Advisor to Barack Obama in both his 2008 and 2012 campaigns for the White House. In his talk Jim explained how the 2008 campaign was the first presidential campaign where social media was decisive to win the elections. That success was later … Continue reading “Social media echo chambers and democracy”


On artificial intelligence, jobs and growth: “Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us”. Good read and link to new BoAML report

Charles Arthur writes in The Guardian   “If you wanted relief from stories about tyre factories and steel plants closing, you could try relaxing with a new 300-page report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch (Gerd adds: link goes to a PDF — must read!!) which looks at the likely effects of a robot revolution. But you … Continue reading “On artificial intelligence, jobs and growth: “Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us”. Good read and link to new BoAML report”


Redefining the relationship of man and machine: narrated chapter from the ‘The Future of Business’ book (video, audio, pdf, German translation)

I am very fortunate to be part of a group of 62 leading futurists that compiled their ideas and visions in the amazing ‘The Future of Business’ book, edited by my good friend, colleague and publisher Rohit Talwar. The book is a fantastic read and the 500+ pages are worth every minute you spend on them.