Every industry is being disrupted, and for the state of California they see it as a huge opportunity to re-invent themselves and their industries.


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Firstly, thank you to Vicki and the California Governor’s office for inviting me to be the keynote at their annual community address where we discussed the future of the state of California, and the future of the industries, from agriculture to space, to communications, energy, and healthcare, that it and its citizens rely on for their livelihoods and prosperity.


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During my keynote we took the opportunity to explore the disruptive exponential technologies and megatrends that are already making themselves felt – from the sophisticated robots harvesting farmers’ fields, and the impact democratising space will have on the state’s bourgeoning space industry, to the impact of telehealth and telemedicine technologies on the state’s hospitals and healthcare systems, the impact of renewables and emerging energy breakthroughs on the state’s energy infrastructure, and far beyond.


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Then, afterwards, during an energetic panel session,, we discussed the impact of all these new trends on the state’s businesses and investments, and discussed in depth how the state can capitalise on them all.

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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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