Future Strategist and CEO @ The Futures Agency
A musician by origin, Gerd Leonhard connects left and right sides of the brains for a 360-degree coverage of the multiple futures that present themselves at any one time. Delivering the “Realopia” that one can work on immediately, Gerd Leonhard coaches, consults and influences around the world.
Turning futurism into a pragmatic science designed to reinforce strategic thinking, Gerd represent an additional mind for mastering the complex nodal points of change that dictate evolution or extinction in the Digital Age. “Technology vs. Humanity” his newest work, reminds every one of us what is at stake as we enter a Faustian pact with the computing entities now serving us.
Towards Exponential Growth
Understanding the future in a world where Technology is exponential and Humans are linear
Exponential technological change is all around us; science fiction is increasingly becoming science fact: self-driving cars, machines that can think, smart-everything (cities, logistics, farming, energy), computers that understand language and gestures, and rapid advances in nanotechnology, genetic engineering and material sciences.
We are truly at the take-off point on the exponential growth curve and the next 20 years will bring more changes than the previous 300 years.
What are the opportunities and the challenges arising from this?
What do we need to do to make sure technology remains a positive force, and that the downsides can be controlled?
What skills will be needed in a future where machines can do a lot more of our work?
How can we better understand what’s coming, and shape our preferred futures towards exponential growth?