We already live in a sci-fi world, but new technologies and new ways of working are soon going to help humanity reach new highs, accomplish new things, and unleash our potential like never before.


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Firstly, thank you to Neil for asking me to take his lecture at Michigan State University, and asking me to present on the Future of Blockchain and the 100X Human where we not only discussed the future of one of the world’s most impactful general purpose technologies, but also discussed how new emerging technologies, like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Creative Machines, and Digital Humans will help the students 100X their potential and productivity in new ways.


Futurist Keynote, UK: Education in the Exponential Era, GEMS


The lecture was broken into three sections: The future of exponential technologies and disruption, the future of Blockchain, and the future of human potential. And all three were a trip into the wormhole where science fact is increasingly as strange, if not stranger, than science fiction.


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As the rate of global disruption and transformation continues to accelerate, in part thanks to the emergence of increasingly affordable, accessible, and powerful exponential technologies like AI and Blockchain, and in part to an increasingly digital and connected world, the world has now reached a point when we can disrupt global industries in a day, as well as create autonomous companies that operate and scale themselves.


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But, as fast and as potentially challenging this new world sounds, many of these same technologies are helping unlock human potential in ways that would have been unimaginable even just a decade ago, and that opens up a whole new world of possibility.

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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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