Celia: The Next Generation of IBM’s Watson (must-watch video)


The AI, Deep Learning, Machine Learning and Cognitive Computing turf is really heating up – this will be the hottest areas to invest-in, in 2016, no doubt. This video shows what is already possible – imho, a true #hellven challenge!

Find more about man vs machine and artificial intelligence on the TFA Youtubechanel.

Read more related posts on The Futures Agency blog

Artificial Emotional Intelligence

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

The Consequences of Machine Intelligence

These Technologies Will Shift the Global Balance of Power in the Next 20 Years

Some related images by Gerd Leonhard

New video: Futurist Glen Hiemstra, future trends, leadership for shaping the future, and health care and medicine

Glen Hiemstra, Founder of Futurist.com, keynotes the annual Global Commerce Conference for Lundbeck, Copenhagen, 2015.

Glen discusses future trends, leadership for shaping the future, and health care and medicine. With 10 minutes of Q&A at the end of the show.

A writer as well as a speaker and consultant, Glen is the author of  Millennial City: How a New Generation Can Save the Future,Turning the Future into Revenue: What Businesses and Individuals Need to Know to Shape Their Future (Wiley & Sons 2006). Previously he co-authored Strategic Leadership: Achieving Your Preferred Future.

Find more videos and keynotes on his youtube channel.

Consumer retail trends 2015 – Keynote Laurent Haug

Video of Laurent Haug’s (Entrepreneur, Observer, Investor, Strategist) NEXT Festival​ talk on the consumer retail trends.

You can find the slides on https://www.slideshare.net/laurenthaug… and below is a text recap of the main points.

Online = offline
The difference between online and offline is disapearing, turning “ecommerce” into simply “commerce”. The online players are opening physical stores, and the physical stores are pushing shoppers into more and more digital interactions. In the future, commerce seamlessly integrates the online and offline worlds into a unique, consistent and homogeneous experience.

Just like we are measuring almost everything in the digital world, we start to have the tools to analyze what shoppers are doing in the physical world. Understanding these data points will be the key of tomorrow’s retail, and the future is much much more tracking (what else could it be…).

Content integration
Commerce is getting integrated into content a little bit more everyday. Social networks are launching buy buttons right into their news feeds, and now TV shows, magazines and movies are directly coming with companion stores.

Vertically integrated retail
How to fight Amazon? By creating vertical integration, where one controls everything from production to distribution to retail. Works with high margin, high volume items, and some very interesting brands are emerging (Dollar Shaving Club, Warby Parker, etc). Ironically the destiny of most of these brands is probably to be bought by… Amazon, just as it happened with diapers.com.

New entry points
Perhaps one of this talk’s most important point. We started entering the web almost exclusively via search engines (1990 – 2005). Then came social networks, which became a second way to start journeys on the web. We are entering the third phase, that of the personal assistant. A lot of shopping will happen with people just asking Siri/Google Now/Cortana/Messenger M “I need some shoes”. Being the one shoe pair recommended by these services is the new fight that brands will have to undertake, after having to exist in Google (SEO) and on social media (SMO).

A global trend impacting every part of society, artificial intelligence is also having an impact in retail, on things like distribution (delivery drones), marketing (automated pricing, predictive shopping) and sales (automated sales assistants, customer support).

Transparency on price, values and performance is forced down the throat of retailers by the most advanced users who have systems like ShopGenius and AvoidPlugin at their disposal.

Tracking, automation, digitization, all these things are making retail less human. Some brands are fighting back, and one can see how a human touch remains and will probably be more and more of a distinctive, positive factor in the future.

Points I didn’t have time to develop
– Asia is much more developed than the West on these topics. If you’re interested in retail look at China and Korea.
– Augmented reality is making a small push with systems like this and this (my gut feeling: funny and spectacular but will never go mainstream).
– On the other end, virtual reality retail (shopping via Oculus Rift) will be huge.


Find more videos on Laurent`s Youtube Channel.

The future of humanity and technology: Futurist Gerd Leonhard at Open Innovations Moscow 2015


The future of humanity and technology: Futurist Gerd Leonhard at Open Innovations Moscow 2015

This is Gerd Leonhard`s complete keynote presentation at the Open Innovations Forum 2015 in Moscow: the future of humanity in a world of exponential technologies, see https://forinnovations.ru/en/programe/ for more event details.

Thanks to the organizers for making this video available. Please note that this version has SUBTITLES IN RUSSIAN.

You can download the slides used in this talk via Gerd`s blog .

Interview with Futurist Glen Hiemstra: The Future of Atlanta

TFA member Glen Hiemstra is interviewed by Susan Hoffman for the Atlanta Regional Commission, as part of the ARC program launch of “50 Forward.”

He discusses the future of the Atlanta region and housing, aging and environment. Recorded in late 2007, the interview anticipates today’s issues. Used with the permission of the Atlanta Regional Commission.

Find more Videos on Glen`s Youtube Channel!

LHBS Uncomfortable Talk with Neil Perkin – Agile Planning

Neil is the founder of Only Dead Fish, a digital and media consultancy that specializes in applying strategic understanding of social and emerging media technologies to help businesses innovate, become more agile, and optimize their effectiveness within the new, networked communications environment. He is also an associate of The Futures Agency, a collaboration of some of the world’s leading media thinkers and futurists.

Neil Perkin is a columnist for New Media Age, a Regular contributor to BrandRepublic, FutureLab, Marketing Week, Mediatel and many more. Besides all of this Neil still finds time to curate the Google Firestarter events in London and holds keynotes all over Europe.

Find more Videos on Neil`s Youtube Channel!

Ross Dawson – Creating the Future of News – INMA World Congress NY, USA 2015

Ross Dawson – Creating the Future of News – INMA – International News Media Association

Five years after publishing the “Newspaper Extinction Timeline,” futurist Ross Dawson argues that while news-on-paper has a shelf life, there is an exceptional future for the news industry. In this opening keynote he will provide a compelling vision for the future of news and provide pragmatic insights into key elements of that future, including crowdsourcing in news, how professionals and amateurs can best be brought together, news source reputation, news personalisation, news crowdfunding, news discovery in social channels, and not least the emerging revenue models and industry leadership that can drive a flourishing future of news globally.

Find more on Youtube: Ross Dawson
Founding Chairman, Future Exploration Network

A new relationship of man and machine

Thanks to London Business School and the Global Leadership Summit for making this available. You can watch the entire session, including Rohit Talwar and Gray Scott, and the discussion at https://gerd.fm/1e4Nzhx (LBS site). My slides are on my blog at  https://gerd.fm/1HjlWg2

The topic: What if robots replaced the world’s workforce? Redefining the relationship between man and machine.

Cyborgs could be beginning of the end – BBC Click

Futurist Gerd Leonhard has issued a warning against an increasingly connected and online society. He says that the threat to security will only increase as devices become more connected through the ‘internet of things’. He also told BBC Click about the risks that could develop from an increased reliance on artificial intelligence.