About Thomas Frey - Renowned Futurist & Innovation Speaker:
Over the past decade, Futurist Thomas Frey has built an enormous following around the world based on his ability to develop accurate visions of the future - and describe the opportunities ahead. Having started seventeen businesses himself and assisting on the development of hundreds more - the understanding he brings to his audiences is a rare blend of reality-based thinking coupled with a clear-headed visualization of the world ahead. Predicting the future has little value without understanding the driving forces behind the trends, subtle nuances that can be leveraged - and implications for both the people directly affected in the industry as well as others farther down the technological food chain.
Before launching the DaVinci Institute, Tom spent 15 years at IBM as an engineer and designer - where he received over 270 awards, more than any other IBM engineer. He is also a past member of the Triple Nine Society (High I.Q. society over 99.9 percentile). As part of the celebrity speaking circuit, Thomas continually pushes the envelope of understanding - creating fascinating images of the world to come. His keynote talks on futurist topics have captivated people ranging from high level government officials to executives in Fortune 500 companies - including NASA, Disney, IBM, Federal Reserve Bank, TED, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Visa, Frito-Lay, Toshiba, Dow Chemical, KPMG, Siemens, Rockwell, Wired Magazine, Caterpillar, PepsiCo, Deloitte & Touche, Hunter Douglas, Amgen, Capital One, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, Korean Broadcast System, Bell Canada, American Chemical Society, Times of India, Leaders in Dubai, and many more.
Thomas has been featured in thousands of articles for both national and international publications including New York Times, Huffington Post, Fast Company, World Economic Forum - and many more.
Thomas pushes far beyond the limits of conventional wisdom, often talking about extreme futures - and building intriguing “what if” scenarios as a tool for discussing far reaching implications. His presentations not only stretch the imagination but also challenge current thinking.
Tom’s thought-provoking dialog and intense delivery enables audience members to grasp new possibilities and concepts - while comprehending the salient touch points he presents. New ideas have a way of infusing audiences with energy - and Thomas has the uncanny ability of touching on the most poignant trends, invigorating everyone who attends.
His long anticipated book, Epiphany Z: 8 Radical Visions for Transforming Your Future is captivating the attention of a whole new generation of forward thinking business leaders. Epiphany Z is a dynamic approach to envisioning, comprehending - and ultimately thriving in the radically different futures emerging around us at the speed of light. Frey’s unparalleled ability to detect emerging trends from the smallest of clues gives him an edge on other futurists.
What Thomas Frey Talks About:
Future of AI – Rethinking the Human Experience
It’s important to understand the symbiotic relationship, if the human economy collapses, so will the AI economy. While we’re not going to let the bots take over just yet, it’s clear that bots are going to be meeting many of our needs, offering proactive advice, and serving us in favorable ways. Since the best possible interfaces come from the inside out, working with AI will be far less about us trying to understand the technology and far more about technology trying to understand us. In the AI era, technology will slide further behind the curtain into more of an assistive role, one that is not meant to be all about shiny new gadgets and operating system updates. Over time, the gadget craze will subside, as we shift our collective attention to rethinking the human experience.
Future of Healthcare – Is Death our Only Option?
We all know that polluted water is bad for us, and that if we distill water and remove all of the so-called impurities, that it’s less than optimal. Somewhere in this entire water spectrum is “perfect water” meaning it’s perfect for you as an individual, at that particular moment in time. With over 7 billion people in the world, this would mean there are over 7 billion formulations of perfect water. Complicating it even further, each of these formulations will change every second of every day as the metabolism of the human body changes. Somewhere in this line of thinking is the level of precision that will be needed for tomorrow’s hyper-individualized healthcare.
Future Industries – 100,000 New Micro Industries to be Created Over the Next Two Decades
Every major industry today was started as a micro industry. Everything from steel, to photography, oil, airlines, electricity, automobiles, pharmaceuticals, and search engines all worked their way into existence from a tiny starting point. Over the coming two decades we will be witnessing an unprecedented wave of innovation and creativity driven by new tools of production. During this time we will see an explosion of over 100,000 new micro industries that will employ hundreds of millions of people.
Future of Banking – Rethinking the Banking and Finance Industry One Transaction at a Time
According to a recent survey by Fiserv of 3,000 bank users, over the past 30 days, more than 80% said they logged into their bank’s website an average of 11 times. But 61% said they had also visited their bank during the same timeframe. Normally we would think that they made the trip to do something they couldn’t online, but that would be wrong. According to their research 53% of customers prefer online banking, but 44% still like to go there in person. As an industry, banks have studied their customers from thousands of different angles to determine if there are any cracks in their thinking. They all intuitively know that banking industry is in the second half of the bell curve, but so far haven’t spotted the fault lines they all know are coming.