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Futurist Keynote, UAE: The Second Half of the Chessboard with FAB


In this virtual keynote Futurist Matthew Griffin explores what happens to global business, culture, and society when our exponential technologies reach into the second half of the chessboard – a place where each technological leap is mind bending.


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Firstly, thank you to the Chairman of First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), the Middle East’s largest bank with over $300 Billion in assets, for inviting me to again participate in their annual leadership summit that saw FAB leaders and leadership teams from all across the world coming together virtually to discuss and explore the future and its implications and impacts.


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Having worked with FAB for many years now, from helping them launch the Middle East’s first ETF’s and Thematic Funds to taking part in their COP28 sessions, it was great to see so many familiar faces from across the wealth management and consumer banking sides of the business, and to hear them reaffirm their commitments to their customers, responsible investing, and our planet.


The Second Half of the Chessboard, by Keynote Matthew Griffin


Titled The Second Half of the Chessboard during my presentation I encouraged them to think more deeply about the world we’re creating and the world we’re leaving behind as we move to, for example, the post car world, the post cow world, the post farm world, the post fossil fuel world, the post hacker world, the post software developer world, and so forth. And then I dove into the power of moving from systems that analyse the past to newer systems that predict the future of all manner of new domains – with increasing levels of accuracy.


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Then, bringing it back, I articulated the challenge of the second half of the chessboard – the metaphorical point in time, that we’re seeing emerge right under our very noses today, where the capability and performance leap between new generations of technology are so vast that increasingly we, as humans, are having problems understanding what they all mean for global business, culture, and society, and ergo what the future could look like.


Then, as if all of that wasn’t enough, I went deeper to show them how many of these same technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) are reshaping how we build businesses, as well as who or what build them, how we think about market competition and differentiation, and much more. So, join me as we skitter our way across the chessboard and explore the crazy and sci-fi-like future.


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