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The Consequences of Machine Intelligence

If machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do? Another interesting visionary view by Moshe Y. Vardi (The Atlantic – October 2012) on the consequences of automation, robotisation, artificial intelligence, exponential technologies and digital transformation driven to the extreme: “The

How demographics rule the global economy

The developed world’s workforce will start to decline next year, threatening future global growth. Ever since the global financial crisis, economists have groped for reasons to explain why growth in the U.S. and abroad has repeatedly disappointed, citing everything from fiscal austerity to the euro

The Deep Learning Gold Rush of 2015

Terrific and to the point overview of the major technological innovations we have witnessed in Silicon Valley in the last few decades by Tomasz Malisiewicz: an Entrepreneur, Scientist, and Co-Founder of, previously a Postdoctoral Scholar at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and obtained a PhD

How to stop the money monoculture by Kickstarter CEO and cofounder Yancey Strickler

Technology has been disrupting many business sectors over the last years (think of Music, Telecom, Publishing) and will keep disrupting many other area’s (Energy, Transport, Health, Education, …). Technology and the Internet have made information more transparent with more information available than ever before, for people

Deep Shift: Technology Tipping Points and Societal Impact (WEF Report)

Link to download the complete report. You can read more about the report here and some of the highlights we mention below. The World Economic Forum‘s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software and Society conducted a survey of 800 executives to fully capture when would these

Shift 2020 Brain Food Newsletter (Rudy de Waele)

On request of our CEO, Gerd Leonhard, here’s an excerpt from (yours truly) Rudy de Waele‘s shift 2020 Brain Food newsletter, a must read regular newsletter on the digital transformation topics changing our world in business and society. Rudy’s website can be found at He

Ross: your super intelligent attorney

Built on top of Watson, IBM’s cognitive computer, ROSS is a digital legal expert that helps you power through your legal research. ROSS is an artificially intelligent attorney to help you power through legal research. ROSS improves upon existing alternatives by actually understanding your questions in natural sentences like

The case of WeChat and mobile in China

Must read article by by Connie Chan from Andreessen Horowitz on WeChat –  the largest standalone messaging app by monthly active users. While seemingly just a messaging app, WeChat is actually more of a portal, a platform, and even a mobile operating system depending on how you look at it.

Futurist Glen Hiemstra (video)

The Futures Agency speaker Glen Hiemstra is dedicated to disseminating information about the future to assist individuals, organisations, and industries in effective strategic planning. An internationally respected expert on future trends, long-range planning and creating the preferred future, Glen has advised professional, business, and governmental organizations

The Futures Agency YouTube Channel

Check out our new The Futures Agency Channel on Youtube. A selection of the best videos and interviews of our speakers, including Gerd Leonhard, Rohit Talwar, Glen Hiemstra, Ross Dawson, Yuri Van Geest, Rudy De Waele, Simon Torrance and many more. The channel is updated regularly