Learning to live (on the future of learning)

This is a guest post by Rudy de Waele & Humberto Schwab, originally posted on Medium. Learning to live As new technological innovation is eating the world, the need to improve the connection between the academic and business world becomes dramatically urgent in order to predict future jobs. Our students need to be better prepared … Read more

4 easy lessons to deep learning

Machine learning is one of the fastest-growing and most exciting fields out there, and deep learning represents its true bleeding edge. For developers, it’s key to get a clear understanding of the motivation for deep learning, and design intelligent systems that learn from complex and/or large-scale datasets. Derrick Harris recently posted 4 easy lessons to deep learning from Greg Corrado, Senior Researcher … Read more

The evilification of Facebook: Gerd Leonhard about to quit Facebook!

The Futures Agency’s CEO Gerd Leonhard is thinking about leaving Facebook – and he needs your help in deciding this. “Facebook now generates 35% of my traffic to this site and my Youtube channel, yet I am seriously thinking about ending my posts and contributions to Facebook, and may delete my profile and my pages altogether.” Gerd would really like to know what you think about his arguments (reposted … Read more

Cognitive technologies in the technology sector (report)

Deloitte University Press recently released an insightful report titled “Cognitive technologies in the technology sector – From science fiction vision to real-world value“. It’s an overview of how some tech companies are using cognitive technologies to create innovative new products and services, pursue new markets, and even reimagine their businesses. “Artificial intelligence is certainly no longer … Read more

AI will colonise the solar system, then the entire galaxy (DLD16 talk by Jürgen Schmidhuber)

Jürgen Schmidhuber, Scientific Director and President from the Swiss AI Lab IDSIA providing a comprehensive framework for thinking about artificial intelligence (AI). In his talk at DLD16, he reviews past developments in artificial intelligence, and discuss its current (and expected future) effect on the work life, various industries, and infrastructure and traffic design. “Technological evolution goes much faster than … Read more

Must-watch talk on machine learning and AI: Google DeepMind’s Demis Hassabis. Will Silicon Valley be ‘Mission Control for Humanity’?

This is a brilliant talk by the founder of Deepmind, Demis Hassabis, that affords a good glimpse behind the scenes of Silicon Valley AI / Machine / Deep Learning outfits, and what people like Demis are thinking. My key concern is somewhat reflected in this image (screen-shotted from the video, below, and slightly marked-up): “the dream is to make … Read more

The Future of Business: towards a new relationship of technology and humanity (6 key findings by Futurist Gerd Leonhard)

We are at a pivot point: humanity will change more in the next 20 years than in the previous 300 years. Below are the 6 key challenges and opportunities facing society, business and governments in the next 10 years as a result of the exponential speed of technological development. Note: this is a summarised version of my chapter from the book ‘The Future of Business’, see … Read more

Futurist Gerd Leonhard’s Best Of 2015 Slides: the key memes to understand

The Futures Agency’s CEO Gerd Leonhard’s most important memes from 80+ talks in 2015 – all in one slideshare deck! The end of the year is always a good time to review and reflect upon what worked well, and what did not, so here are those slides, memes and topics that repeatedly struck a chord with Gerd’s audiences … Read more

Technology Trends 2016

It’s this time of the year again for everyone in the business to release their yearly predictions. In order to save you some time, we collected all the most important and relevant trends – from the sources that matter, in one post. The trends have been collected by The Futures Agency partner, speaker and content curator, Rudy de … Read more

Baidu’s Self-Driving Car Takes On Beijing Traffic

Baidu, China’s leading search company announced it is developing a self-driving car with BMW, MIT Technology Review reported earlier this month. Baidu is working on an automated car designed to cope with the traffic chaos in Beijing. The Chinese company is one of only a few to have been given permission by the government to test automated … Read more