“The AI guy”
Change has never been this fast before. It will never be this slow again.
We are not in the fourth industrial revolution. That phrase greatly understates the importance of what is happening.
Instead, we are in the information revolution, which is the fourth great transition our species has gone through. (The previous ones were the cognitive, the agricultural, and the industrial revolutions.)
Today is the best time to be a human. Ever. If we are smart, and perhaps a bit lucky, it will get far, far better this century. But we must prepare for the changes ahead – for fully automated luxury capitalism, and later, for superintelligence.
In the last few years, I have given over 120 talks on the future of artificial intelligence, in 18 countries on five continents. Most were keynotes at corporate events and conferences, but I’ve also given talks at universities, clubs, and elite military training establishments. In April 2020, ReadWrite described me as one of the world’s top futurist speakers.
I have been writing about AI since 1980, and have published five books on the subject, including two best-sellers.
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Descriptions of my talks here
A talk in London
A 30-second introductory video
A 30-second animation introducing what I talk and write about.
A talk in Istanbul
A talk in Barcelona
A one-minute introductory video
A five-minute introductory video
A five-minute video made with a Spanish agency called Thinking Heads.
And here’s another short video, this time made with PwC, explaining the power of exponential change.
Two talks at CogX
A talk at an annual investors meeting
A talk at a meeting of chartered accountants
A talk at a ThinkNation event
A talk at the IMAX
CIPA, the Chartered Institute of Patent Lawyers, organised a debate on the motion “This House believes that within 25 years, a patent will be filed and approved without human intervention.” Together with Chrissie Lightfoot, author of The Naked Lawyer *, I spoke in favour of the motion. Although the audience was mostly patent lawyers, the motion passed, 80 votes to 60.
The event was ably chaired by Tom Clarke, Channel 4’s Science Editor, and our valiant but trounced opponents were Nigel Hanley and Ilya Kazi.
* Essential reading for lawyers!
The launch of “Surviving AI”
Compered by Kenn Cukier of The Economist and chaired by David Wood of London Futurists, September 2015.