Demistifying the future

 

No matter where you live in the world the majority of people agree that the pace of change today is faster than it was a decade ago, and that in another decade it’ll be faster still. All of which is in no small part thanks to the fact that today we have not a handful, but hundreds of powerful, and increasingly democratised, emerging technologies materialising that when combined together, by a resurgent global culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, are spurring cultural, industrial and societal disruption on a scale, and pace, the world has never seen before.

 

Through my articles and talks around the world I help demystify the hundreds of emerging technologies that are helping visionaries and entrepreneurs build the future and disrupt the status quo, and I provide audiences with the tools and critical thinking that help them envision and navigate tomorrow’s threats and opportunities.

The Future of Disruption, Oxford University Lecture Series

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