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From Tomorrow to Today: Futurist Gerd Leonhard's latest news and links - Issue #15

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Greetings and happy new year!  Despite all the troubling and unexpected things that happened in 2016,
 

Futurist/Humanist Gerd Leonhard: the latest news, links and assorted nuggets

January 5 · Issue #15 · View online
Futurist and Humanist. Global Keynote Speaker. Author. Film-Maker. CEO of The Futures Agency. Zürich / Switzerland. My focus is on the future of humanity, and my new book on "Technology versus humanity" is available now: http://t.co/99XuSFoZvD

Greetings and happy new year!  Despite all the troubling and unexpected things that happened in 2016, I believe that the future is better than we think. But the future is also no longer just what may happen tomorrow - it’s also what has already happened, today, that we just didn’t pay attention to.
In that spirit, here are my latest reads and discoveries (btw: follow the GerdFeed to tap into my live-reading stream if you need a constant feed, or follow me on Twitter)
Kind regards from Zürich where we are finally getting some snow:)

In 2017, let's think less about being efficient, and more about being essential!
The future of work, robots and automation
Our Automated Future - The New Yorker
The cows that queue up to milk themselves - BBC
Everything is getting smarter, everywhere - except for us ?
Great conversations and videos
Death Is Optional | Edge.org
An audio conversation with Tim Leberecht (The Business Romantic) and Gerd Leonhard
Conversations with Gerd #2 – the global brain is near!
Dystopia or Realopia ?
Our World Is Going Full ‘Black Mirror'?
My comments on "What Black Mirror, Her and the near-future genre tell us about tomorrow" (TheGuardian)
The transport systems of Science Fiction will be here sooner than you think - Vivek Wadhwa
As fake news perverts people’s opinions, and political systems fall apart, should we let computers decide how to rule the world? — Quartz
The CRISPR Revolution: 2016 In Genetics | Co.Exist | ideas + impact
Machine Intelligence / AI / IA
Introduction to Deep Learning 2016 - Algorithmia
World’s largest hedge fund to replace managers with artificial intelligence | The Guardian
Hilton and IBM built a Watson-powered concierge robot - The Verge
How AI Could End Stupid Thanksgiving Arguments | TechNewsWorld
Skype Co-Founder Says Our Biggest Existential Threat Is Artificial Intelligence – Medium
Digital Heretics and critical voices
Digital Obesity or Analogue Anorexia? Welcome to the Future
Automation can leave us complacent, and that can have dangerous consequences
Why time management is ruining our lives | Oliver Burkeman | The Guardian
Stop Stealing Dreams – Medium
The scientists who make apps addictive | 1843
Digital Ethics
3 near-term bots that will force us to ask moral questions | VentureBeat / Jeff Catlin
Insight From the Dalai Lama Applied to AI Ethics - Future of Life Institute
Do no harm, don't discriminate: official guidance issued on robot ethics | Technology | The Guardian
Best of Gerd
More thoughts on technology versus-and-with humanity: this is the #1 topic for the next decade!
My best slides from December 2016 #techvshuman (Flickr show)
Video: my recent Keynote at the Mercedes Benz Vans Innovation Campus
Complete video and presentation: Gerd Leonhard at the Smart Port Rotterdam Conference: the future in a nutshell
Interview en français: Gerd Leonhard, analyste vedette: «Nous transférons notre pouvoir aux machines» (via Le Temps)
My keynote at Microsoft DPK16 in Bremen: challenges and opportunities in digital transformation (in German language)
SAP Coffee-talk with Game Changers, hosted by Bonnie D. Graham, with Frank Diana, Gerd Leonhard, Timo Elliott
Audio-only version of my keynote: eUnited dinner in Brussels, exponential technological change; digital manufacturing revolution
To get ready for 2017’s challenges, please consider my new book ‘Technology vs Humanity’ as a bit of a guide: read the book’s cheat sheet, preview the book on Amazon (now at 27x 5* reviews - this link automatically takes you to your local amazon site), or order it directly from my publisher (all formats; bulk orders at a discount). 

If you already have the book please feel free to leave a glowing review on Amazon:))  Thanks!
Finally,  just in case you are tempted, watch this short video to find out why you should not date robots.
Happy new year, and I hope to see you somewhere down the road!

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