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The latest news and must-reads by Futurist Gerd Leonhard

Welcome to 2020! I know it has been a while that you heard from me - sorry about that:) Here are som

The latest updates and must-reads by Futurist Gerd Leonhard

January 8 · Issue #32 · View online
The latest news and updates from Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & Humanist, Keynote Speaker, Author of 'Technology vs Humanity', Film-Maker, CEO of The Futures Agency in Zürich / Switzerland. Humanity Futures, Technology & Humanity, Digital Ethics, the New Renaissance, Sustainable Capitalism and more. The future better than we think - we just need to govern it wisely!

Welcome to 2020! I know it has been a while that you heard from me - sorry about that:) Here are some of my latest updates. Enjoy!
Kind regards from Zurich
Gerd Leonhard, Futurist and Humanist
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How the Future Works - my new film!
I just released my new film ‘How the Future Works’, on the future of work, jobs, education and training. I am really excited about it, and this short film has already reached almost 15K views on Youtube . I’d love your feedback! You can download it via the link above, as well:)
Here are some of the key messages:
  • Anything that can be automated, digitized or virtualized will be
  • When artificial intelligence (AI) meets human intelligence (HI), it’s the end of routine work as we know it (but it’s not the end of human work)
  • Whatever is easy for a computer is hard for humans, and vice versa (Moravec) – and this will remain true for the foreseeable future
  • There is life beyond automation and robotization: a new age of human-only work is beginning - we just need to be ready
  • Our ultimate job is… to be human: The more we digitize our world, the more human we can and we must become
The film’s page is here. Go!
How The Future Works: Why your ultimate job is to be HUMAN. A film by Futurist/Author Gerd Leonhard
You can find my other films (and download them) here on my main website, including 2019’s ‘We need to talk about AI’ and my most popular film (1.2 Million views) 'Exponential Change’ (2018).
Related goodies:
» How will we remain USEFUL HUMANS? A longer - but worthy - post on the future of work, jobs and education
Goodbye to replication, hello to originality. Efficiency is for robots.
» ‘Business Rewired’ – a new report on the future of work (my collaboration with XERO)
Here is a nice short video interview with my key messages for 2020
2020 speaking topic: The New Renaissance
Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Vitruvian Man’ depicted the ideal proportions of the human body - maybe now we need a ‘neoluvian man’ depicting the future relationship of humans and technology?
Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Vitruvian Man’ depicted the ideal proportions of the human body - maybe now we need a ‘neoluvian man’ depicting the future relationship of humans and technology?
This is a hot new topic I will be offering as a keynote option this year. Read more about it on my latest post.
“Technology has replaced the once-mighty church and currently dominates our personal as well as professional lives. A few global behemoths - the churches of dataism - now control how we communicate and connect, search, buy and sell, entertain and learn. And what was once used to connect us (so-called social media) is now dividing and manipulating us, catapulting us towards an algorithmic society.
But we are also witnessing the rebirth of humanity just as it once reawakened in Italy, and we may already have reached ‘Peak Tech Worship’ in 2019…The debates about ‘digital pollution’, data sovereignty, abusive data-mining, social media’s manipulation of the democratic process, and algorithmic bias are growing louder… Today, technology has been enshrined and even deified, and data is indeed the new oil. Yet most technology will soon become an abundant commodity, and humanness will be a sought-after scarcity… Read more.
»More on the New Renaissance
Tacit knowledge, robots & AI – good read via AEON
Technology & Humanity
» Watch my keynote at SIBOS Innotribe 2019 (and my debate with Brad Templeton *Technologist vs Humanist)
» 2020 predictions about automation and the future of work (Forrester)
25 Ideas That Will Shape the 2020s: Economy, Markets, Tech, Health, A.I., Work, Society and More | Fortune
Snippet of the week
“In general, we’re least aware of what our minds do best” (Moravec paradox)
Meet me in...
» Rio de Janeiro Feb 14 2020: Ethics and the Future of Technology #digitalethics
Sofia Bulgaria Feb 20, Innovation Explorer
GESS Dubai Education Conference Feb 25
Arch Summit 2020, April 1 in Luxembourg
» Or check out my Public Calendar
And on the note of traveling-too-much, I recently announced the mandatory carbon-offsetting for all my flights to speakings (which is not new, but has become my official policy now). And I’m on the train a lot more now, too:)
And finally, for those of you that are wondering what I really do
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