Opening Keynote: Technology and Humanity – The Next 10 Years

Gerd Leonhard headshot
22 May 2018
10:15 am - 11:15 am
Rocky Mountain Ballroom

Opening Keynote: Technology and Humanity – The Next 10 Years

In a world where technological progress is exceedingly exponential and combinatorial, how will we define what is human, and what is not? What will humans do, in the future, and what will be done by technology? What should and what should not be automated? From genetic engineering to artificial intelligence and robotics, from cognitive computing to the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 – we are heading into a future where much of what used to be science fiction is becoming science fact. What consequences will this have on society, culture, economy, business, government, the environment … and ourselves? What do we need to do today to make sure the ultimate result will still be human flourishing?

In this groundbreaking new talk based on his new book, “Technology vs. Humanity”, Gerd addresses the “future shocks” that lie in wait for humanity as it tumbles into a world of Big Data / Tech / AI dominance. At the intersection of technology and ethics, we’ll go beyond our daily concerns, and challenge the very core of being human – our shared values, believes and desire for happiness. We’ll explore the coming clash of machine and mankind in detail – one that will make all other ‘industrial revolutions’ seem like kindergarten.