In 2021, with a newly empowered and decidedly more coherent political leadership, America will make an astonishing turnaround.
Originally posted August 10, 2020 at futuristgerd.com
Winston Churchill is often quoted as saying “ You can always count on the United States to do the right thing — after they have tried everything else “.
It’s safe to say that in the past 4 years the United States under the ‘leadership’ of President Trump have indeed tried pretty much any and all wrong options, with disastrous consequences nationally, regionally and globally — many of which have recently been brought into sharp…
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Futurists from the 20th century predicted that labor saving devices would make leisure abundant. According to the great economist John Maynard Keynes, the big challenge would be that…
“For the first time since his creation man will be faced with his real, his permanent problem — how to use his freedom from pressing economic cares, how to occupy the leisure, which science and compound interest will have won for him, to live wisely and agreeably and well.”
- John Maynard Keynes (1930)
Fast forward almost a century later. Things didn’t quite go as expected. …
Gerd Leonhard is one of the leading futurists worldwide, having presented at hundreds of leading conferences and events over the past 20 years and worked with the likes of Microsoft, NBC, Visa, Google, the European Commission, Audi and IBM among others.
As an early voice on the dangers of unregulated ‘big tech’ and exponential growth and the bestselling author of Technology vs Humanity: The Coming Clash Between Man, Gerd’s built a storied reputation as a go-to keynote speaker and thought leader when it comes to digital ethics, human-centric technology, and the need for a new form…
After 7 months of riding the pandemic rollercoaster, I recently experienced some penny-drop moments that I wanted to share with you. First, I realised that I need to embrace the fact that there will be no such thing as a ‘going back to normal’. This is a reset not a mere bump in the road, it’s a pivot point not a mere interruption. There will only be many parallel ‘new normals’ — and they will differ widely depending on where we are located (Switzerland, in my case), what economic situation we’re in and whether our political leadership is capable or…
I believe that the pandemic has presented such an existential crisis — such a stark reminder of our fragility — that it has driven us to confront the global threat of climate change more forcefully and to consider how, like the pandemic, it will alter our lives. Larry FINK, CEO Blackrock
A Tectonic Shift Accelerates
In January of last year, I wrote that climate risk is investment risk. I said then that as markets started to price climate risk into the value of securities, it would spark a fundamental reallocation of capital. Then the pandemic took hold — and in…
MUST WATCH… and please share. This is the complete 1080p / HD recording of my keynote at LinkedIn Latam’s Blue Room event on June 22, 2020, featuring my new, fully immersive virtual background presentation style.
Data was the new oil — but now data can also be the new plutonium (i.e. it can be used as a weapon). Artificial intelligence would be better named as Intelligent Assistance (IA). Digital Ethics remains a top priority for marketers and brands. Social media is facing a global trust crisis. If you have nothing to hide… you are probably not human. Remote everything…
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This is a slightly modified and hyper-linked excerpt from my new book ‘Technology vs Humanity’. Originally posted on my blog in 2017.
(Page 140 in my book)
Here are some core human rights that I humbly suggest might form part of a what I like to call a Digital Ethics Manifesto:
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Originally posted on futuristgerd.com in 2017.
More VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity) is ahead but this might be seen altogether differently in the future. It is unlikely that the Romans of 476 AD saw themselves as vanishing or going under; the morning after that happened, Rome hadn’t fallen, just moved. In the same way the era we are now entering, i.e. Planet Earth 2017 AD, is altogether the same world we inhabited before Brexit or Trump, just shaken.
Some people like to see 2016 as the end of the post-war consensus, the moment when raw nationalism reared its unashamed…
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Originally posted at FuturistGerd.com in 2016.
Note: this post has been excerpted, expanded and adapted from my new book “Technology vs Humanity” (read more here, buy it onAmazon, buy singles or bulk orders from the publisher — use discount code GL1)
The amount of information, data and media information available to us is growing at warp speed. A massive wave of digital flab is rushing at us. Some 40% of Americans struggle with physical obesity, yet this new challenge of consuming too much information and media might be even more crippling and much harder to control.
Increasingly, we are drinking…
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