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Digital transformation: are you ready for exponential change? Futurist Keynote Speaker Gerd Leonhard

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Business as usual is dead. Increasingly, science fiction is becoming science fact. Exponential technologies are rapidly changing our lives and societies, every day, everywhere. We will need different skills, and we will need to get much better at driving change – or we will be driven by it. Most importantly, we should embrace technology but not become it. Anything that can be digitized or automated, will be – and anything that cannot be digitized or automated will become extremely valuable. Lastly, we must go beyond technology to define real human values in this new digital ecosystem.

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Executive Producer and narrator: Gerd Leonhard
Producer and Art Director: Jean-Francois Cardella
Script: James McCabe
After Effect: Sylvain Collet
Sound mixing: Jeremy Joly

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40 thoughts on “Digital transformation: are you ready for exponential change? Futurist Keynote Speaker Gerd Leonhard”

  1. Thanks for A stupendous presentation, Futurist Speaker Gerd Leonhard. Absolutey marvellous in every way. A kaleidoscopic view f the shape of things to come and how we need to work as employees, employers, entrepreneurs, activists, administrators, scientists, doctors, engineers, management professionals, political leaders and others. The only thing which I keep thinking is the impact of the rapid pace of Digital innovations and transformations shall have on third world nations – India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan . They have a huge populace of over 160 crore people and how many of these can be employed and jobs created for the youth and the jobs getting replaced and joblessness becoming a societal challenge. – ,

  2. I am Ramesh Vemuganti, an International Trainer, Technology Management Faculty, Management Professional, Teacher, IT Hardware Marketing Professional, Author, Mentor, Inspirational Speaker, Hyderabad, India. on FB, Linkedin, by same name. Thank you. Like minded pros can connect for an enriching & engaging discussions and content sharing.

  3. einfach großartig. Ich bekomme jedes Mal Gänsehaut, wenn ich es anschaue, weil es die Dinge so fantastisch auf den Punkt bringt, was uns in die Zukunft bringt. Und wie wichtig sogenannte überzeitliche Werte wie Intuition, Kreativität, Emotionen, Vorstellungskraft sind und weiterhin sein werden, um einen guten Weg in die Digitale Transformation und Zukunft zu gehen.

  4. bring out one by leonsoft .. explain why you arte a ahrd luck story and that is soft touch puddle of melting rewarded over and over and thenbuild models like you.. 15 sept 2021 .. virginity is now reparable and can be restored. is like that your evolution.. to fall back easy and start again.. ask me how many jobs i have done some day – i fu are nto machine and i ma alive. to talk to YOU ???????seriously

  5. Came here because our professor required us to watch this and based from what I've understand, as human beings, we should be able to identify ourselves as one of the creators of this digital transformation and not be the one who's influenced by it. What are the things that we can do and can't do from the inventions that we kept on doing. Together, let's become the people who will control the technology and not be the one being controlled by technology.

  6. Everything about this video screams "professionalism" without any meaningful content behind it. The major takeaway beyond all the buzzwords is that you, Gerd, don't want to merge with technology because it seems scary. This is the same kind of baseless fear that holds back people from using CRISPR on unborn children to produce humans that would have objectively better lives with less disadvantages. Honestly though, it might be better to let machines overtake us than have machine-amplified humans going around when humans are so capricious and incapable of handling large scale problems effectively.

    At some point, you have to make peace with the fact that machines will overtake us in every area that is meaningful to us because there's nothing magical in human beings. The real issue here is the AI alignment problem, which people are already working so that by the time we are obsoleted we won't have to worry about our creations getting rid of us like trash. I'm honestly more worried that AI, better suited for making more objective judgements on how to govern once it gets powerful enough, will be relegated to lesser roles while idiotic and arrogant humans will remain in charge of the important things.

    I wish this utopian talk wasn't tainted by this "buy things" bullshit. Buying and selling is a shitty heuristic we use for our needs that easily gets exploited by anyone who wants to profit off of it. If the future is changing exponentially, why envision only a slightly better (arguable if even better considering all the blockchain nonsense and poorly executed VR/AR integration) future where we can buy "better stuff" instead of a future where things are just provided? Is it too bold to assume we're closer to post-scarcity than we think and we just have shitty distribution? Maybe that gets a bit too close to the dreaded "you'll own nothing and love what we decide for you," but there's a qualitative difference between "owning nothing" and "being provided for".

  7. You realize that our brains are quantum computers within themselves so what exactly do you think it’s going to happen 15 to 20 years when we make robots to do our bidding for us to improve do you think they will take kindly to that don’t you think that they will learn don’t you think that they will adapt regardless of what they are they aren’t human just a different species that we create so what exactly do you think that will bring genocide I think

  8. This was 6 years ago. I haven’t seen much of a difference! People haven’t necessarily gotten smarter. The only thing that’s impressed me lately is DALL-E 2, but I’m not seeing anything like anti-gravity or my dreams coming true.

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