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)”


Humanity is on ‘the highway to digital dictatorship’, says Yuval Noah Harari (but it’s not inevitable)

“Well, none of this is inevitable,” he says, suddenly eager to sound a note of optimism. “We can do things on the level of global co-operation, such as an agreement against producing autonomous weapons systems. We can do things on the level of individual government, for example laws to govern the ownership and use of … Continue reading “Humanity is on ‘the highway to digital dictatorship’, says Yuval Noah Harari (but it’s not inevitable)”


Editing the human genome: do the risks outweigh the rewards?

In November last year, the international scientific community was shocked by the announcement by He Jiankui, a CRISPR scientist, that he and his team at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen had created the first “gene-edited babies”. Read full Article



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.”

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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.


A Must-Read Future Report: 2019 Technology Trends by Amy Webb

Are you also feeling a bit disoriented when you hear any of the following terms: Ambient tracking, Bounty Programs, Solar Highways, 5D Printing, Digital Frailty, Nanobot Nurses, and Thinkables? Relax, these are just some of the more exotic examples out of the 315+ technology and science trends report by The Future Today Institute, aka Futurist Amy … Continue reading “A Must-Read Future Report: 2019 Technology Trends by Amy Webb”


Preparing For Tomorrow’s Workforce In A World Run By Machines

Gerd’s brand new post just went live on Forbes. As smart machines and algorithms begin to excel over and above human capacity, Gerd believes that we must consider what uniquely human qualities will be needed in the workforce, and how HR’s traditional performance metrics will need to shift to support this change – from measuring efficiency … Continue reading “Preparing For Tomorrow’s Workforce In A World Run By Machines”


Seeking Ground Rules for A.I.

In February of this year, the New York Times hosted the ‘New Work Summit’, gathering together some of the greatest minds globally to “…assess the opportunities and risks that are now emerging as artificial intelligence accelerates its transformation across industries.” Exciting stuff! As a follow-up, they published an excellent article, ‘Seeking Ground Rules for A.I.’ with some of … Continue reading “Seeking Ground Rules for A.I.”




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”