Thomas Frey (@thomasfrey) is Google’s top rated futurist, a celebrity/accomplished keynote speaker and the co-founder and executive director of the DaVinci Institute, a Colorado based tech startup incubator ecosystem, before which he spent 15 years at IBM.
At the Institute, Thomas works to develop original research studies in areas not normally addressed by futurists and has predicted the end of traditional colleges and printed books, but not of libraries.
As a highly accomplished/sought after speaker, Thomas has shared the stage with the likes of Rudy Giuliani, Tom Peters and Jack Welch, though most of his work is speaking to audiences of high-level government or Fortune 500 leaders like NASA, IBM, AT&T, First Data, Boeing, Capital One, Visa, Ford and more.
Thomas has been interviewed in numerous publications including the New York Times, Huffington Post, Times of India, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, The Futurist Magazine and a dozen or more smaller publications.
In addition to his accomplishments as a speaker and forecast, Thomas is also the author of: Communicating with the Future: How Re-engineering Intentions Will Alter the Master Code of Our Future and Epiphany Z: Eight Radical Visions for Transforming Your Future.
In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:
- How the education system is undergoing enormous change
- Why college will soon be irrelevant
- Why Thomas believes we will have too many jobs for everyone
- Which careers have the most promise for the future
- How to use the future to think about the present
- Why driverless cars will be the most impactful invention ever
- The reason automation is additive rather than destructive to jobs
- What happens after peak oil
- How to avoid killing creativity by being productive
- The reason the healthcare system is so screwed up
- What are the real biggest problems Thomas sees
- Why fixing toilets is a surefire skill for the future
- Why micro-colleges are the future of eduction
- The future of the gig/freelance economy
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