Futurist Speakers: 2020 and Beyond

A new year is a time for reflection, and with 2020 less than a month away, many of us are wondering what the next decade will bring. In the past ten years, we’ve seen the rise of social media, the sharing economy ‘disruptors’ and ever more complex uses of AI. Enormous technological change has influenced how we work, travel, communicate and enjoy entertainment. But with new opportunities come new challenges – and threats like climate change, cyber attack, and misuses of personal data are an international concern. Thankfully, as we adjust to our brave new world, the expert keynote speakers we work with at JLA are on hand to offer us a glimpse into the future.

Leo Johnson

Despite having a near miss with a lorry in a driverless car, Leo is enthusiastic about technological breakthroughs. As the co-presenter of BBC Radio 4’s FutureProofing and Disruption Lead at PWC, he’s an expert on the big ideas and revolutions in medicine, transport, energy and finance that are turning traditional business models, and society, inside out. With an optimistic outlook, Leo wisely takes his philosophy from Marilyn Monroe, “Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”

Thimon De Jong

If you like the sound of a digital butler, then Thimon has some good news for you – smart algorithms, designed to give intimately customised service, are on the way. In a digitally saturated world, Thimon is interested in how tech affects our behaviour, and why this matters from a business perspective. He’s also an expert on tech trends that could repair the ‘trust deficit’ in society, and how ‘emotional AI’ might change the HR department of the future.

 

Georgie Barrat

If you’ve ever wondered if your Alexa is spying on you, or why we still have a shortfall of women in STEM, Georgie Barrat has the answer. As a member of ITVS’s The Gadget Show, Georgie has hung out with humanoid robots and once spent twenty-five and half hours in virtual reality. Georgie is interested in harnessing the power of technology to unleash human potential, and reminds us that tech is shaped by people for people. She also has a lot of belief in ‘digital natives’ Gen Z, which is reassuring, as children are the future after all.

Nick Bostrum

Nick counts Elon Musk among fans of his seminal book Superintelligence, and as the founding Director of Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute and the director of Oxford’s Strategic Artificial Intelligence Research Centre, he’s one of the world’s leading authorities on AI. Explaining the latest advances in machine learning, Nick reframes the way we think about ‘intelligence’, and can make science fact sound even more thrilling than science fiction.

These are just a few of the amazing keynote speakers we work with here at JLA so if you want to hear about others, or know more about the speakers featured, get in touch with us here.

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