Is AI a danger for Humanity? Well… it’s complicated!

In an interesting display of “Yes, No, It’s complicated”, three Indian researchers reflect whether AI is a danger for humanity. In the YES-camp, the key argument evolves around the almost exclusive focus of AI on one particular aspect of human beings: the calculative capacity. The result are (artificial) intelligences at the service of corporations with … Continue reading "Is AI a danger for Humanity? Well… it’s complicated!"

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The very first edition of my Digital Ethics newsletter is now available!

This is a new collaboration with TFA’s new curator PeterVan. Subscribe here. Read the first issue here.

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New video excerpt from my keynote at Netapp Insight 2018: with great power comes great responsibility #digitalethics

  Download these videos via gerd.cloud Watch the complete keynote on my Youtube channel Netapp 2018-Gerd-Leonhard-Futurist-Gerd-on-Stage-Power-And-Responsibility. 50MB MP4 download

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New podcast with Matt Ward: Megashifts, AI and Why the Future is More Unknowable than Ever

read more here You can listen right here on iTunes In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including: The evolution of AI and dangers of AGI Why Europe has to lead the way on privacy, data and consumer rights Why Gerd believes we need a moratorium on the future of artificial general intelligence The … Continue reading "New podcast with Matt Ward: Megashifts, AI and Why the Future is More Unknowable than Ever"

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The currency of humanity (Joi Ito’s Practice of Change)

In late 2018, Joi Ito, Director MIT Media Lab presented his draft Phd. dissertation on the “Practice of Change“. Organised in 6 chapters, he articulates how to intervene in complex systems. It’s a fascinating, long and deep read on how to keep our humanity at heart in this fast changing world. What is refreshing in … Continue reading "The currency of humanity (Joi Ito’s Practice of Change)"

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Futurist Gerd Leonhard announces updated mission statement, new 2019 speaking topics: focus on digital ethics and the future of humanity

January 5, 2019 Greetings everyone, and Happy New Year! It’s been almost 17 years that I started giving talks and presentations on the future, and it’s been an amazing adventure – one that I plan to turn into a new book in 2019 (stay tuned via Twitter) I’ve done more than 1700 engagements (keynotes, talks, … Continue reading "Futurist Gerd Leonhard announces updated mission statement, new 2019 speaking topics: focus on digital ethics and the future of humanity"

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The Anti-Human Religion of Silicon Valley – Douglas Rushkoff – Medium must-read!!

“The anti-human agenda of technologists might not be so bad — or might never be fully realized — if it didn’t dovetail so neatly with the anti-human agenda of corporate capitalism. Each enables the other, reinforcing an abstract, growth-based sc...

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A Conversation about AI, with Rudy Rucker (Voices of AI podcast)

“one of Wolfram's points has been that any natural process can embody universal computation. Once you have universal computation, it seems like in principle, you might be able to get intelligent behavior emerging even if it's not programmed. So ...

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How Much of the Internet Is Fake (via NY Mag)

“What’s gone from the internet, after all, isn’t “truth,” but trust: the sense that the people and things we encounter are what they represent themselves to be. Years of metrics-driven growth, lucrative manipulative systems, and unregulated plat...

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Tim Renner & Gerd Leonhard Beitrag in „Die Welt”. Wacht auf! Mensch, Technologie und die Zukunft der Politik (MIT VIDEO) German / French

Erschienen am 11.8.2018 in DIE WELT (Achtung: Paywall).  Post auf RennerLeonhard.com ansehen. FRENCH translation by Goethe Institut Kanada Update: jetzt mit Video; Science Fiction wird zu Science Fact Von Tim Renner und Gerd Leonhard Wacht auf, Verdammte dieser Erde! Die Zukunft kommt. Sie kommt sogar sehr schnell. Zwar sehen wir noch keine Roboter auf der … Continue reading "Tim Renner & Gerd Leonhard Beitrag in „Die Welt”. Wacht auf! Mensch, Technologie und die Zukunft der Politik (MIT VIDEO) German / French"

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Neue Video-Serie: Tim Renner und Gerd Leonhard – Lasst uns über die Zukunft reden (6 Videos)

Tim Renner und Gerd Leonhard im Gespräch –  6 wöchentliche Episoden Was müssen Politiker über die Zukunft wissen? Wie könnte die Politik wieder bessere Zukunftsvisionen entwicklen und das Thema Zukunft nicht weiterhin den globalem Technologieunternehmen überlassen? Wie wird sich Politik, Demokratie und Gesellschaft in den nächsten 10 Jahren verändern, und was müssen wir tun um … Continue reading "Neue Video-Serie: Tim Renner und Gerd Leonhard – Lasst uns über die Zukunft reden (6 Videos)"

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New video: my keynote at Netapp Insight 2018 in Barcelona: the future is driven by data but defined by humanity (amazing stage & screen!)

  Download the slides used in this presentation: Gerd Leonhard driven by data defined by humanity netapp Barcelona insights PUBLIC-print Download the MP4  Thanks to Netapp for making this video available. Find out more about this event here. In a world where technological progress is exceedingly exponential and combinatorial, how will we define what is human, … Continue reading "New video: my keynote at Netapp Insight 2018 in Barcelona: the future is driven by data but defined by humanity (amazing stage & screen!)"

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Video compilation: the best moments from Futurist Gerd Leonhard’s 2018 keynotes – must watch!

  2018 was an amazing year, with some really great gigs – over 100x in 30 countries. Now, my producer and art director Jean Francois Cardella and the TFA Studio team has compiled the best moments in this fast-moving video. If you want to know what I do, and what my key messages are… just … Continue reading "Video compilation: the best moments from Futurist Gerd Leonhard’s 2018 keynotes – must watch!"

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Kölner Stadtanzeiger Interview mit Gerd Leonhard: Die Zukunft ist besser als wir denken (in German)

Gestern erschienen – hier zum Lesen (kostenlose Registrierung erforderlich;) Unser Wirtschaftssystem sei künftig nicht mehr haltbar, sagt Futurist Gerd Leonhard. Immer mehr Arbeit werde automatisiert, Jobs fielen weg. Im Interview spricht Leonhard über Chancen und Risiken der Technologisierung und seinen ungebrochenen Optimismus. Welche Entwicklungen sehen Sie? In ungefähr zehn Jahren sind Computer unendlich leistungsfähig. Alle … Continue reading "Kölner Stadtanzeiger Interview mit Gerd Leonhard: Die Zukunft ist besser als wir denken (in German)"

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Digital Ethics: some bottom lines

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Yoshua Bengia, one of the fathers of AI is worried about its future – we need more democracy in A.I. research !

“another reason why we need to have more democracy in AI research. It’s that AI research by itself will tend to lead to concentrations of power, money, and researchers. The best students want to go to the best companies. They have much more mone...

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Futurist Gerd Leonhard’s keynote at the Foro de la Cultura 2018 in Burgos Spain: Technology, Humanity and The Future

Read more about this event and my talk, here (in Spanish)… “Los efectos de la tecnología, la digitalización y el desarrollo de la inteligencia artificial han protagonizado la conversación entre el escritor y futurista alemánGerd Leonhard y el poeta y periodista Antonio Lucas. «Nuestro mundo va a cambiar más en los próximos 20 años que en los pasados … Continue reading "Futurist Gerd Leonhard’s keynote at the Foro de la Cultura 2018 in Burgos Spain: Technology, Humanity and The Future"

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6 exciting new videos with short excerpts from a recent keynote on Technology & Humanity, Big Data, Digital Ethics, Singularity, Skills of the Future and more!

Thanks to Netapp for inviting me to speak and for making the video footage available!  Download all videos as MP4 files via the GerdCloud. Subscribe to my Youtube channel. Check out my book Technology vs Humanity. Machines that can THINK, LEARN? AI? With an IQ of 100.000? Digital Ethics is the #1 topic in technology … Continue reading "6 exciting new videos with short excerpts from a recent keynote on Technology & Humanity, Big Data, Digital Ethics, Singularity, Skills of the Future and more!"

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The unintended consequences and negative externalities of exponential technological progress must urgently be considered in every single business model, from the start (new gif)

Just like in energy, oil and gas – we can no longer leave the externalities for others to clean up. Note: this is a pretty large gif — may need some time to load:)))  

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Futurist Keynote Speaker Gerd Leonhard on-stage: short videos with best quotes on humanity and technology (#4 and 5)

These 2 short videos just went live, featuring some nice nuggets from a recent talk. On the shift toward creative jobs, EQ over IQ #4 Download the MP4 via GerdCloud How computable are we? What makes us human? #5  Download the MP4 file

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