Speaking

Everything is accelerating 

I believe technology has outsized effect on industry and society. Understanding the principles of technological change is rapidly becoming a fundamental management (and life) skill. I enjoy thinking and talking about these issues and have presented my thoughts in corporate and public environments.

These engagements help people think more clearly about the future.

Talks cover the nature of technology, principles of accelerating change, future-shocking thoughts and plausible scenarios for what's next.

 

Content

Overview

Technological transformation can often seem chaotic, generating unpredictable change in unexpected places. By looking at the underlying forces behind technology it is possible to develop a better understanding of how change might unfold. From a historical and economic perspective, technological development can be downright predictable, obeying patterns over decades.

The presentation explores historical and future technology from the perspective of its underlying patterns. Fundamental principles such as exponential change indicate how information technology has become the dominant economic force of our age. Inseparable from exponential change are unintended consequences, the unpredictable yet guaranteed side-effects caused by accelerating change.

All technological development is built on previously existing technologies, a principle referred to as combinatorial evolution. Every innovation process is constrained to working with existing developments, and understanding this pattern can yield a deeper understanding of future possibilities. The presentation further examines the relationship between science fiction and science fact, indicating how imagination instructs innovation.

In an age of rapid technological development, the role of humanity needs fundamental consideration. Centaurs are the combination of humans with machine intelligence, representing a framework for successful future augmentation.

Topics

  • Accelerating change and unintended consequences
  • How technology evolves through combination
  • How imagination instructs innovation
  • Why there is no 'technology industry'
  • Strategies for combining human and machine intelligence

 

Themes

  • Digital Transformation
  • Technology and humanity
  • Artificial intelligence and robotics
  • Technological disintermediation
 

Experience

Includes keynotes, seminars and workshops.

  • 🇦🇹 Salzburg Global Seminar (2018)
  • 🇦🇪 World Government Summit (Dubai)
  • 🇺🇸 Havas (Chicago, 2017)
  • 🇨🇭 G2 Ocean (Zurich)
  • 🇦🇪 Dubai Future Academy (Dubai)
  • 🇨🇭 Global Humanitarian Lab (CERN)
  • 🇦🇹 Swarovski Professional (Wattens)
  • 🇵🇹 THNK (Lisbon)
  • 🇳🇱 ABN AMRO (Amsterdam)
  • 🇳🇱 Royal HaskoningDHV (Amersfoort, Delft)
  • 🇳🇱 KPN Digital (Amsterdam)
  • 🇵🇹 Lisbon Oceanarium (Lisbon)
  • 🇳🇱 Naspers (Amsterdam, 2016)
  • 🇬🇧 Trendwatching Live (London)
  • 🇳🇱 Trendwatching Live (Amsterdam) 
  • 🇨🇭 Armasuisse S+T (Thun)
  • 🇳🇱 Janssen Pharmaceutical (Amsterdam)
  • 🇧🇷 Amani Institute (São Paulo)
  • 🇧🇷 Espaço Aberto (São Paulo)
  • 🇳🇱 NN-Group (Amsterdam)
  • 🇸🇪 Scandic Hotels (Stockholm)
  • 🇨🇭 Sibos (Geneva)
  • 🇧🇷 Graded School (São Paulo)
  • 🇸🇦 Saudi Creative Initiative (Jeddah, Riyadh)
  • 🇸🇪 Scandic Hotels (Stockholm)
  • 🇧🇷 Google (São Paulo, 2015)
  • 🇨🇭 Armasuisse S+T (Thun)
  • 🇨🇦 THNK (Vancouver)
  • 🇧🇷 Amani Institute (São Paulo)
  • 🇺🇸 Hamilton County School Board (Cincinnati)
  • 🇧🇷 TV Globo (São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro)
  • 🇧🇷 Editora Abril (São Paulo)
  • 🇺🇸 Trendwatching Live (NYC)
  • 🇧🇷 Business Transformation Summit (SP)
  • 🇳🇱 Amsterdam Economic Board (Amsterdam)
  • 🇧🇷 Afferolab Future Technologies (SP) 
  • 🇪🇸 Caterpillar (Malaga)
  • 🇩🇪 Kempinski Hotels (Munich)
  • 🇰🇷 Chungdahm Learning (Seoul)
  • 🇺🇸 Vision Monday Global Summit (NYC, 2014)
  • 🇺🇸 Coca-Cola (Atlanta)
  • 🇳🇱 Amsterdam Mayor's Office (Amsterdam)
  • 🇧🇷 Perestróika (Porto Alegre)
  • 🇩🇰 LEGO Education (Billund)
  • 🇳🇱 Royal Netherlands Air Force (Breda)
  • 🇳🇱 THNK (Amsterdam)
  • 🇳🇱 iAmsterdam CEO Summit (2013) 
  • 🇭🇰 21st Century Learning (Hong Kong)
  • 🇧🇷 World Trade Center (SP)
  • 🇧🇷 Fundação Getúlio Vargas (SP)
  • 🇨🇴 Schneider-Electric (Bogotá)
  • 🇩🇰 LEGO Education (Billund, 2012)
  • 🇧🇪 Swift (La Hulpe)
  • 🇯🇵 Sibos (Osaka)
  • 🇳🇱 Picnic (Amsterdam)
  • 🇳🇱 The Next Web (Amsterdam)
  • 🇩🇪 Campus Party (Berlin)
  • 🇸🇬 Naspers (Singapore)
  • 🇮🇹 Global Futures Forum (Rome)
  • 🇺🇸 Global Futures Forum (Washington, DC.)
  • 🇺🇸 World Technology Network (NYC)
  • 🇬🇧 Jaguar Land Rover (Gaydon)
  • 🇬🇧 London Futurists (London, 2011)

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Teaching

🇳🇱 THNK Amsterdam (2013 – 2018)
🇦🇪 Dubai Future Academy (2017 – 2018)

 

Sample slide decks

 
 

Contact

 
 
 

Video

Sibos 2016 (90 min)


Photos

 Scandic Leadership Workshop

Scandic Leadership Workshop

 THNK Executive Leadership Program (Photo: Mark Vernooij)

THNK Executive Leadership Program (Photo: Mark Vernooij)

 Innotribe @ SIBOS 2016

Innotribe @ SIBOS 2016

 
 Salzburg Global Seminar (Photo: Herman Seidl)

Salzburg Global Seminar (Photo: Herman Seidl)

 
 THNK Executive Leadership Program

THNK Executive Leadership Program

 Royal Netherlands Air Force Workshop

Royal Netherlands Air Force Workshop

 Global Humanitarian Lab at CERN (Photo: Daniel Dobos)

Global Humanitarian Lab at CERN (Photo: Daniel Dobos)

 KPN Digital Amsterdam (Photo: Agavni Jessaijan)

KPN Digital Amsterdam (Photo: Agavni Jessaijan)