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Futurist Gerd Leonhard's Newsletter: Special edition featuring my latest videos - Issue #60

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Futurist Gerd Leonhard's latest findings, links and thoughts

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


Greetings everyone!
These past few weeks have been very busy here at ‘Team Gerd’, putting together a new portfolio of videos and showcases, for both my live keynotes and my YouTube channel which has been growing very quickly to over 36K subscribers. We have also launched a series of new showcases on my Vimeo channel (where you can also download most of them). Have a look and if you like my videos please share them widely and be sure to hit that notify-bell on Youtube:) Thanks so much for you support and your interest in my work.
I just returned from beautiful Lanzarote / Canary Islands (see below) where we shot some pretty amazing footage for my new short film ‘The Good Future’. Stay tuned for some news on that (but I promise you’ll love it:)
Be well and stay human!
Zurich Switzerland

My 'Keynote Television' setup; behind the scenes (sorry for the mess)
My 'Keynote Television' setup; behind the scenes (sorry for the mess)
On the set of 'The Good Future' in beautiful Lanzarote
On the set of 'The Good Future' in beautiful Lanzarote
Virtual Keynotes
A compilation of some of my best Virtual Keynotes.
Gerd.Live #3: Jennifer Morgan, CEO #greenpeace, in conversation with me
Gerd.Live: A Futurist Conversation Series
10 Essential Future Foresights for a Post Corona World: A Covid-19 Virtual Keynote by Gerd Leonhard
The great transformation: Our future. A virtual keynote for LinkedIn Latam
The Future of Europe: Technology, Society & Policy: A hard-hitting keynote on tech regulation, social media and democracy
The word "NORMAL" has become meaningless
Interview Formats
Developing a Future-Ready Mindset: Leadership in uncertain times.
The Impact of Covid19 on Business, Technology & Society
This is very much on-topic these days as the EU is taking the lead on technology regulation. Watch the full “What to Expect for 2021” video series
Is privacy dead? #Democracy threatened by algorithms? Future of Tech Regulation
This is a very special video shot at my home in Zurich / Switzerland, in a very personal and more intimate setting. In a conversation with my producer I reflect on the themes of my next film; THE GOOD FUTURE.
You can always count on people to do the right thing...
A conversation: what is The Good Future and how to design it?
How did I become a Futurist - what does that actually mean?
Live Keynotes
Those were the good old days when we could meet ‘in meat-space’ and share a coffee between meetings :) But you can see how “Science fiction is becoming a science fact”. And here are some good examples of it that don’t seem so far away, nowadays.
A good example on the difference between humans and machines
Xerocon London Keynote on Technology and Humanity: the next 10 years (the HUGE stage:)
“This is our external brain… A second brain. And for some of our kids, it’s their first brain” - by now you guessed what that is. :)
"In this world, there's also a side effect of what technology does"
My short films
Technology is rebooting the very idea of work.
How The Future Works: Why your ultimate job is to be HUMAN. A film by Futurist/Author Gerd Leonhard
Digital transformation: are you ready for exponential change? Futurist Keynote Speaker Gerd Leonhard
Are you already over-connected or digitally obese? Has big tech made you a happier person, or just a busier one?
Maybe we're the last generation of un-edited humans to inhabit this planet
When I could shoot some films “inside of a machine”… This is a really exciting film I made for Telia Finland a few years ago - powerful visuals and super-nice production.
At the Heart of Intelligence: Futurist Gerd Leonhard and Telia Finland film collaboration
Meet me at...
Join me for my keynote at the H.ECO Forum, June 10 in Seoul / Korea
Join me June 4: International scientific futurological forum named after academician Sakharov
Other goodies
Futurist Gerd Leonhard: some cool gifs made by Team Gerd - Google Photos
TheGoodFuture Blog & Newsletter
Too much of a good thing can be a very bad thing: Technology’s Future; Futurist Gerd: Humanity, Technology, Business, and Digital Ethics in the 21st Century | May, 2021 | Medium
! MUST-READ on AI and Hacking
By Bruce Schneier. Vastly comprehensive and powerful long read. “Artificial intelligence—AI—is an information technology. It consists of software. It runs on computers. And it is already deeply embedded into our social fabric, both in ways we understand and in ways we don’t. It will hack our society to a degree and effect unlike anything that’s come before. I mean this in two very different ways. One, AI systems will be used to hack us. And two, AI systems will themselves become hackers: finding vulnerabilities in all sorts of social, economic, and political systems, and then exploiting them at an unprecedented speed, scale, and scope. It’s not just a difference in degree; it’s a difference in kind…”
My next short film #thegoodfuture in beautiful Lanzarote -  release in late June
My next short film #thegoodfuture in beautiful Lanzarote - release in late June
We did have some issues with our AirBnB place in Lanzarote:) Just kidding.
We did have some issues with our AirBnB place in Lanzarote:) Just kidding.
Thanks for reading and ping me anytime of you need something. Stay well. Gerd
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