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Futurist Gerd #52: What to expect in 2021, inequality and covid, GPT3 wonders and more

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Futurist Gerd Leonhard's latest findings, links and thoughts

March 3 · Issue #52 · View online

These are the best links and must-reads aggregated by Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & Humanist, Keynote Speaker, Author of 'Technology vs Humanity', Film-Maker (The Good Future) and CEO of The Futures Agency in Zürich / Switzerland.


Greetings!
I hope you are well, safe and healthy - things here in Switzerland stores, museums, and zoos open their doors once again to a shopping-and-enjoyment starved population. On my end, I am itching to get out and in-front of a real audience again (and quite a few have been booked already:) - but then again, I also really enjoy my ‘Keynote Television’ shows as well, and I think this will continue to be very much in-demand as we are heading into a hybrid digital/physical world. As I like to say ‘Zoom is great but hugs are greater’.
There is much discussion here on how things will play out as vaccine distribution lags projections, the weather warms, and many, such as the gastro-industry, clamour for a more rapid reopening.
Either way, things are changing rapidly as we rush forward into the future - hopefully with a bit more foresight. If Covid-19 has taught us anything, it is that ‘business as usual’ is no more, and that we must get used to a constant ebb and flow of ‘new normals’- which is why I will continue to roll-out my What to Expect for 2021 series on Youtube and Vimeo. Remember, as always, I love to hear your thoughts.
Below are some of the best things I’ve found and been reading over the past week. Enjoy, stay safe, and feel free to ping me anytime if you need something.
Greetings from a surprisingly busy Zurich

What to Expect in 2021
Beyond Covid: What to Expect for 2021 and Beyond" (new video series)
What to expect for 2021: New Podcasts / Playlist
Will Governments Continue to Enforce Emergency Regulations, Tracking and Surveillance #postcorona
The Never-Ending Impacts of Covid-19
Examining the connection between Covid-19 and Inequality
...more on this via my blog
... and now, welcome to the K-Shaped Recovery
... and now, welcome to the K-Shaped Recovery
8 challenges for business leaders that will shape year 2 of COVID-19
Artificial Intelligence and Other Breakthrough Tech
» Cool gifs showing the incredible power of GPT3: pretty amazing AI-generated images
10 Breakthrough Technologies 2021 | MIT Technology Review
Artificial Intelligence And The End Of Work
The A.I. behind DeepMind's Go breakthrough is finding it way to the factory floor | Fortune
Regulating Big Tech
Regulating big tech: the EU's Digital Markets Act
RELATED: Join me for this online event on March 10: European Perceptions about Covid-19: Lessons from the Infodemic: Future of Media/Technology
The sovereign state of Facebook vs. the world - Axios
If Big Tech has the will, here are ways research shows self-regulation can work
Tech competition - The rules of the tech game are changing | Leaders | The Economist
Other News and Must Reads
Research Reveals The #1 Life Skill That Schools Surprisingly Don’t Teach | by Michael Simmons
Fast-food drive-thrus are getting smarter. Here's how - CNN
Join me
I'll Be Presenting at CiCan's Changing Narratives Virtual Conference April 26-28 - Register Today!
PS. Are you struggling with loneliness and isolation during these incredibly difficult times? If you are, here’s one thing I’ve learned:
You won’t find happiness on a screen, via an app, or in the cloud
A final morsel for my Spanish speaking readers
Gerd Leonhard
New (and free:) podcast version with a few free chapters of my book Technology vs Humanity, in Spanish, just went live on @spotify Tecnología versus Humanidad: El futuro choque entre hombre y máquina https://t.co/OjhKiLRWUd #techvshuman ENG and PT to follow!
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