Matthew Griffin, award winning Futurist and Founder of the 311 Institute, a global futures think tank working between the dates of 2020 and 2070, is described as "The Adviser behind the Advisers." Regularly featured on AP, CNBC, Discovery and RT, his ability to identify, track, and explain the impacts of hundreds of revolutionary emerging technologies on global culture, industry and society, is unparalleled. Recognised for the past five years as one of the world's foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew is an international speaker who helps governments, investors, multi-nationals and regulators around the world envision, build and lead an inclusive future. A rare talent Matthew sits on the Technology and Innovation Committee (TIAC) for Centrica, Europe’s largest utility company, and his recent work includes mentoring XPrize teams, building the first generation of biocomputers and re-inventing global education, and helping the world’s largest manufacturers envision, design and build the next 20 years of devices, smartphones and intelligent machines. Matthew's clients are the who’s who of industry and include Accenture, Bain & Co, BCG, BOA, Blackrock, Bentley, Credit Suisse, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, Du Pont, E&Y, HPE, Huawei, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, McKinsey, PWC, Qualcomm, SAP, Samsung, Sopra Steria, UBS, the USAF and many others.
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF
There is a risk that humanity is under estimating the impact that AI will have on the world, particularly in the criminal underworld, but if I could give you a single take away it would be this – AI’s capabilities are evolving at a furious rate.
Firstly, I’d like to thank Lina and Stephen from LoopMe, the world’s largest mobile video advertising platform, for inviting me to be this year’s keynote to present the “Future of Artificial Intelligence” at the British Museum in London the other week.
All in all it was an eclectic day, after an interview which you can see below, I discussed, and showed, just how far Artificial Intelligence (AI) has come in just the past four years, lifting the kimono as they say on the latest generation of Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN’s) and so called “Creative Machines” that are being used to innovate new products, including aircraft, clothes, other AI’s, robots, software and shoes, as well as compose and compile best selling pop songs, and create scarily realistic high definition fake news clips, after which I moved onto the impact that the forthcoming so called “Quantum AI” revolution, and self-learning brain inspired Neuromorphic computers, that will pack the power of today’s biggest supercomputers into a fingernail, will have on the future pace and direction of AI development.
Watch the video (Edited and shortened)
As for the remainder of the day, and the line up, it was as interesting as it was diverse. There were luminaries such as Saqib Shaikh from Microsoft who despite being legally blind has risen to fame for using his immense drive and determination to develop AI powered solutions that help disabled people everywhere better understand and navigate the world around them, as well as Alan Kelly, Ireland’s “most awarded creative,” and the Creative Director of Rothco, whose recent work with the Times newspaper saw him and his team use AI and speech synthesis to help them “unsilence” JFK, and allow him to finally speak the state of the union address he was going to deliver on the day of his fatal shooting in his own voice.
There were also speakers and panellists like Roger Highfield, the director of the UK Science Museum who was discussing some of the latest breakthroughs he’s seen in robotics and AI, such as Nvidia’s recent “fake” celebrity stunt, and Chris Russell from the Alan Turning Institute who discussed his work in using AI to create better “healthcare outcomes,” as well as other executives from a range of organisations, from eConsultancy to News UK, who regaled the audience with insightful facts about the state of AI in the global advertising industry.
As I said, all in all it was an eclectic day and I’m already looking forward to next year’s event, and here’s a transcript of the interview I mentioned above:
We’re excited to have Matthew Griffin, award-winning futurist and founder of the 311 Institute as a keynote for AI: Advertising & Beyond. Last week we sat down with Matthew to ask some questions about him and his work.
1. How did you become a futurist?
Asides from a love of the future and the fact that one day we’ll all be living in it, one of my main motivations had to do with the fact that every company on the planet have three key levers in common – they all want to reduce costs, reduce risks, and grow.
While many organisations around the world are more than capable of helping organisations tackle the first two, often selling goods and services that help “consolidate” or “remove” people, I wanted to see if there was a way I could proactively and programmatically help organisations see what’s coming next so they could build new, prosperous businesses and industries that could “re- employ” if you will, many of those people the other companies “consolidated” or “removed.”
2. What does the 311 Institute do?
We are a global futures think tank working between the timeline of 2020 and 2070 that helps organisations, regulators and governments envision, build and lead the future. That said though we also believe in doing our best to make sure the future and its benefits are evenly distributed, and that no one, irrespective of ability, background or origin is left behind.
3. XPrize’s aim is to bring about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. As an advisor and mentor, can you explain more about the projects that you’ve worked on?
One of the main projects I’m involved with is helping put the world’s first private lunar rovers on the Moon and it’s not as easy as people think. A true ‘Moonshot’ in every sense of the word…
4.This year LoopMe’s conference has the title ‘AI: Advertising & Beyond’ What emerging technology to do you think will have the biggest impact on society?
There are a good number of powerful emerging technologies arriving that will have a big impact on society. The obvious one that comes to everyone’s mind is obviously Artificial Intelligence, followed by Blockchain and then often 3D Printing. The fact of the matter is that the greatest impacts will, come from how they’re combined together, along with other emerging technologies such as Molecular Assemblers, Nanotech, Robotics (both large and nano), and Synthetic Biology. The latter of which especially could help us cure many, many diseases and re-write the rule book on next-generation products and services, across all industries.
5. What role do you see AI playing in the future? Is there anything you’re particularly excited to see?
Personally, I’m excited to see how AI will help us improve global health and wellness, democratise healthcare and improve healthcare patient outcomes. There are already several examples of this, from smartphones that can diagnose diseases just by listening to your voice, to wearables that can predict you’re getting ill; and we’re just at the snowflake on the tip of the proverbial iceberg!