Twenty years ago, most of us have never heard of the Internet nor could we have imagined how it would change our lives. We started hearing about Facebook just ten years ago, but it, along with the various other social media platforms, has impacted the way we communicate, work, and do business. Clients are constantly asking us for Speakers who can talk about the technological forces that are coming down the pipeline. Below 5 of our best Futurists identify the key technological advances they believe will dramatically change how we work and live:
Daniel Burrus – Bestselling Author, Global Futurist & Innovation Expert: Over the next five years, exponential advances in technology will transform (not a change) every business process including how we sell, market, communicate, collaborate, innovate, and educate. Rapid advancements in both Cognitive and Deep Learning supercomputers and our ability to access them using intelligent agents from our smart mobile devices will allow anyone to have focused access to the actionable knowledge and insights they require at the moment of need. This is one example of how work will change in the next five years.
Richard Worzel – Futurist & Business Visionary: AI—Artificial Intelligence—is finally coming on very quickly after decades of hype and false starts; and, it’s going to be a game-changer in a lot of ways, both personally and in business. It will change transportation, as we’ve seen with all the headlines about self-driving cars, but also self-driving transport trucks. It will change the practice of medicine by providing insights from massive amounts of medical data to assist doctors, radiologists, and other practitioners in identifying health threats, making better, more specific diagnoses, and in planning treatments. And, it will change business by helping us identify trends, make use of Big Data in better, more insightful ways, and perform strategic planning and marketing campaigns that are far more complex, are far more granular (i.e. more customized to each customer’s needs), and take into account a much greater range of factors. It will be like having a second, more analytical brain providing insight and advice.
Mike Walsh – Futurist and Authority on Digital Trends: Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have been talked about since the 1950s, but only now—with the exponential increase in data being generated about the world, and the exponential decrease in computing costs—are we starting to see applications that will transform the future of work. Many repetitive, routine tasks, will be replaced by AI—but the robots are not coming for all of our jobs. The real question is not whether we should fear machine intelligence, but rather, what might be the true potential of human intelligence in the 21st Century?
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Scott Klososky – Technology Futurist & Internet of Things Expert I think what will change the way we work the most will be massive increases in the flow of data that we do not have today. Today we are virtually blind to things going on around us, at our office, at our home, with our kids, with our employees. In 5 years we will have ten times the flow of information coming to us about these things. We will simply be less blind—in real time. That will have a huge impact on how we work, when we work, and where we work.
Michael Rogers – Author and Speaker on Technology & Future Trends: In five years, we will be connected to the Internet all of the time. Smart glasses, for example—far better than the failed Google Glass—are on the way. The next generation of smart watches will be curved OLED bracelets—one continuous screen. If we’re not wearing our screens, we will be surrounded by them: video displays will become large, inexpensive and ubiquitous. Our broadband connection will be seamless, never dropping as we go from house to car to office. In short, we will have to teach our kids what “off line” means, because online will be the normal state of life. And thus the line between work and home will become even more blurred. Whether that means more personal freedom, or just non-stop work, will be up to us.