Technology, innovation & ethics

Faster is Good, Smarter is Good, but >More Human is Great

Technology is not neutral

More than half of the world’s population is online. One million people are added daily. Digitization offers enormous economic and social benefits. But there are also major challenges and risks. Such as unequal access to the Internet and the lack of a global, ethical framework. Then there are issues around security and privacy. Technology has no ethics, but it is not neutral. It contains values and elements that can work for and against humanity. As technology advances, ethics gains importance. Especially as cyberspace becomes further fragmented and threatens the potential of the next generation of technologies. Technology infrastructure failure is seen as one of the most impactful risks in the coming years.[/kw_accordion_excerpt_with_gradient]

REVOLUTION or EVOLUTION?
Scientific breakthroughs, exponential technological progress, economic growth, and the jobs of the future dominate discussions as we think about the future.

As digitalization accelerates, it is our humanity that deserves the most attention. Because it will make all the difference in a world of algorithms and smart, self-learning machines. Our future is to become more human, not less human. The danger lies not in the possibility of robots making us obsolete, but in our becoming too much like them.

What does the technological revolution mean for our privacy, secrets, mysteries, serendipity, emotions, intuition, imagination, consciousness, and… our free will?

MORE OPPORTUNITIES THAN THREATS?

See how quickly and radically our world is changing and transforming into the digital age. Data is the new oil, artificial intelligence as a new form of electricity and the Internet of Things may well develop into the new nervous system of our world.

Digital giants and social media platforms have left the mighty corporations languishing. Algorithms, AI and robots are poised to steal the show.

What happens to us when machines become truly intelligent? In my work, I focus mainly on the opportunities that technology offers us. To create real progress, for as many people as possible. How does technology work for us instead of us working with technology?

Is your business and organization future-fit?

1. Technological revolution: digital transformation
The world is changing at lightning speed and radically. Exponential technologies are among the key drivers of transformation, disruption and, above all, fascinating progress.

What is the impact of these technologies on your business and how do you exploit the opportunities of, for example, AI, IoT, machine learning, blockchain, deep data and many other exciting, exponential technologies with mega impact on your business?

Is your company, institution or organization sufficiently agile and future-fit?

Fate of all and sundry?

2. Mastering AI en Robots

Living and working in radical dependence

3. Era of machine learning and IoT
How can we accelerate the business, social and societal benefits and opportunities of artificial intelligence. machine clearance and robotics while ensuring privacy, transparency and social impact and coexistence? Will it be a blessing or curse for humanity, our democracy and freedom of choice?

What is the sense and nonsense of AI and most importantly, how do we keep it human and ensure that it contributes to a better, inclusive world?

How can we optimally design, test and scale Internet of Things and everything connected so that it contributes to real progress for humanity? So that it becomes more socially useful and doesn’t just contribute to shareholder capitalism?

And above all: without major social and human risks. Everything and everyone connected is excellent, unless it erodes the foundations of our democracy, freedom and humanity.

The honest and full story

Once Upon A Future
A unique experience and exciting expedition into the imminent future. The comprehensive and honest story of a world in transformation to the next phase of our civilization. Sometimes confrontational, always crystal clear and based on facts and real trends and expectations. This fascinating inspirement creates clarity about our future and offers concrete hope for a more sustainable world and fair, inclusive economy and society.

 

Based on my best seller ‘Once Upon A Future’, former no.1 at Managementboek.nl and nominated Management Book of the Year 2021!

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Futurizing your business

4. Data as a pacesetter of progress?

Smarter is Good, more Human is Great

Cybersecurity & digital ethics
Data and data-driven organizations are key drivers of our progress. How do we design, govern, scale and share data responsibly, forward-looking, interoperably and reliably? How do we maximize data use while protecting society and individuals from the risks of the data economy and misuse by “evil companies”?

We are all witnessing revolutionary, technological advances. Science fiction is increasingly becoming science-fact. And the end of exponential developments is far from insight.

But who decides what is right and good? When does technology serve the general, societal interest, and what should we do when technology, for example, harms society or undermines democracy? Technology is morally neutral until we use it.

How do we guide the revolutionary evolution of technology?

Happiness is not a download, nor digitized

6. Happiness in the digital age
Technology seems to work well for what we want, but much less for what we really need. Happiness is not downloadable and machines do not create social cohesion. Sure, technology brings us pleasure and convenience, but how do we secure our happiness in the digital age? And how do we connect with each other in desire-entanglement and with our emergent Self?

From homo economicus to homo verus

7. Technology versus humanity

More opportunities than threats?

8. Expedition 2030: shift happens
Exponential, technological progress and economic growth often dominate our view of the future. But isn’t it our humanity that needs the most attention? After all, will our humanity make the real difference, in a world that seems to be dominated by algorithms, self-learning machines and robots?

On a technological expedition into the next decade. With a growing awareness that there are as many opportunities as threats and risks.

Does technology fulfill the promise of solving more problems than it creates? And how do exponential technologies contribute to real progress for all stakeholders: financial, environmental and social? In our work and in our lives.

Technology has no ethics and is only neutral until it is used.

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Six principles for my inspiriments

Six principles are central to my work and they articulate what I stand for and what I strive for. You’ll find them in all my keynotes, master classes, workshops, lectures, books and other publications

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