The world was already changing rapidly before COVID-19, and post COVID the rate of change is set to accelerate.


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Firstly, I’d like to thank Catherine, Greg, and the team at Condé Nast and WIRED for inviting me to be their keynote speaker which, because of the current Coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, ended up being moved online and conducted via the now infamous Zoom video conferencing app.

During the presentation, which was appropriately entitled Full Speed Ahead as we look forwards to life after COVID, I did a fast take on how Coronavirus has changed the way people and companies think about the future, and the long tail implications it will have for companies, their industries, their workforces, and their strategic visions from here on in.


Futurist keynote, London: The Future of Asset Management, Euromoney Asset Management 2.0 Summit


One of the most top of mind topics for most executives and leaders around the world at the moment is Work From Home, or WFH for short, especially as it relates to how companies keep their workforces engaged and productive, manage and monitor their mental health and wellbeing, and formulate policy as more employees are offered the opportunity to work from home.


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To address some of these challenges during the presentation I demonstrated and discussed a host of new ways that exponential technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Vision, as well as other technologies and tools, can be used to help alert companies to problems and allow them make helpful employee interventions, as and when needed.


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Then, after delving into COVID’s legacy I then shone a light on a number of other topic areas including the accelerating rate of innovation, and ergo disruption, as well as the future of jobs and skills – all of which were being changed increasingly rapidly by the emergence of new exponential technologies pre COVID but that now, post COVID, are likely to be supercharged as companies re-design their workforces, accelerate their digital transformation initiatives, and continue to embrace automation in all its various forms.

I hope you enjoy the short video, and if you have any questions or concerns about any of these topics then please feel free to reach out, after all, we’re all in this together.

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Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin, described as “The Adviser behind the Advisers” and a “Young Kurzweil,” is the founder and CEO of the World Futures Forum and the 311 Institute, a global Futures and Deep Futures consultancy working between the dates of 2020 to 2070, and is an award winning futurist, and author of “Codex of the Future” series. Regularly featured in the global media, including AP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Discovery, RT, Viacom, and WIRED, Matthew’s 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 six 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, sustainable future. A rare talent Matthew’s recent work includes mentoring Lunar XPrize teams, re-envisioning global education and training with the G20, and helping the world’s largest organisations envision and ideate the future of their products and services, industries, and countries. Matthew's clients include three Prime Ministers and several governments, including the G7, Accenture, Aon, Bain & Co, BCG, Credit Suisse, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, E&Y, GEMS, Huawei, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Lego, McKinsey, PWC, Qualcomm, SAP, Samsung, Sopra Steria, T-Mobile, and many more.

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