Rohit Bhargava

Rohit Bhargava (@rohitbhargava) is an innovation and marketing expert and the Wall Street Journal best-selling author of five books on topics as wide-ranging as the future of business and building a brand with personality. His signature book Non-Obvious is updated annually with 15 new trend predictions and has been read by more than 1 million readers.

He has delivered sold-out keynote presentations and workshops to business leaders in 32 countries.  Rohit has been invited to share his insights at some of the most forward-looking organizations in the world including Intel, NASA, Disney, JP Morgan Chase, LinkedIn, Microsoft, American Express, BP, the World Bank, Coca-Cola and hundreds of others.

Outside of his consulting work, Rohit also teaches a popular course on storytelling and marketing at Georgetown. For the past 14 years, Rohit has written his personal “Influential Marketing Blog” and he has been featured in publications including Harvard Business Review, The Guardian, and NPR.

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Mark Stevenson (@optimistontour) is a reluctant futurist, bestselling author, frequent speaker and occasional comedian. He’s one of the world’s most respected thinkers on the connection between technology and society, helping governments, NGOs and corporates adapt…

Gerd Leonard - futurist, keynote speaker

Gerd Leonhard (@gleonhard) is a futurist, keynote speaker and author and listed by Wired Magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in Europe (2015). Gerd’s work focuses on the future of humanity, technology and digital transformation; including big disruptors like artificial intelligence, robotics, the future of content and media and much more.

Gerd addresses topics such as what it means to be human in a world of machines and algorithms, the coming redefinition of human-machine relationships, the future of work and jobs and much more. He is a much sought-after speaker, having presented at more than 1700 events in 60+ countries since 2004. His clients include Google, Sony, UBS, Mastercard, Unilever, Lloyds Bank, WWF, Nokia, The Guardian, Siemens, BBC, France Telecom, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, MTN, The Financial Times, , The EU Commission, VISA, and many others.

Gerd is a member of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA, London), an advisory board member of the Indian and Canadian research institutes and the author of Technology vs. Humanity: The Coming Clash Between Man and Machine. Continue reading

Thomas Frey - FuturistThomas 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.

 

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Steve Burgess - Nanotechnology and the Foresight InstituteSteve Burgess (@steveburgess01) is the president of Foresight Institute, a nonprofit think tank that researches technologies of important to the future of humanity, focusing on nanotechnology, cybersecurity, and AI and rewards grants to lead scientists and safety initia tives.

Steve is a nanotechnology activist, tech writer & speaker, startup mentor, and an internationally recognized computer forensics consultant. Steve helped found the data recovery industry in the 80s, is a pioneer in today’s growing computer forensics and electronic  industry and is active as a digital forensic specialist who oftens testifies as an expert witness in the field.

Steve has reported on Japan’s space programs, contributed various Nanotech Glossaries, is the author of “The (Needed) New Economics of Abundance,” contributor to the text, “Scientific Evidence in Civil and Criminal Cases,” and regularly writes on topics surrounding his passions and expertise at burgessforensics.com

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In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:

  • The science of nanotechnology and progress to date
  • How the boom and bust cycle in nanotech play out
  • Why Steve is passionate about exponential hope
  • How AI will impact the future of jobs and economy, beyond the obvious answers
  • The problem with existential risk and inspiring action
  • Why Foresight Institute focuses on converging exponential technologies
  • The implications of biotech and self enhancement
  • What manufacturing will mean in an era of abundance
  • The wealth divide and what happens next
  • How technological innovation will impact our evolution
  • The reason capitalist incentive structures drive many of our most pressing problems
  • Why changing policy and law is challenging and grass roots movements matter

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Mike and Euvie from Future Thinkers PodcastEuvie Ivanova (@euvieivanova) and Mike Gilliland (@mikegilliland) are the hosts of the Future Thinkers Podcast, a show about the evolution of technology, society, and consciousness. They also run CryptoRadio.io, a podcast on bitcoin, blockchain and decentralization.

A self-described “consciousness explorer”, “artist” and “digital nomad”, Euvie is on a mission to investigate technology, society and consciousness in ways that promote successful adaption to the future.

“We want to be active participants in building the kind of future where all of us get to work less, learn more, play more, explore more, express ourselves more…in a way that is sustainable for the rest of humanity and our planet” – Euvie Ivanova

 

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