Looking back at the Gerd Leonhard event

January 26, 2018 16:07

Want to look back some more? Watch Gerd’s keynote! There are also pictures and Gerd was so kind to share his slides!

Wednesday the 10th of January was the day that Gerd Leonhard gave his keynote at the beautiful location of FreedomLab in Amsterdam. The title of his book “Technology vs Humanity – The coming clash between man and machine” says it all.


Freija van Duijne, president of the Dutch Future Society, and Roland van der Vorst, Managing Director of FreedomLab, opent the event by introducing their societies and announced futurist Gerd Leonhard.


Then Gerd Leonhard took us on a inspiring and mind-boggling journey trough his book. He started of with: “We are at the pivot point of exponential changes”, and how we already act like machines, but being a machine is something different and a game changer. “We will change more in the next 20 years than the previous 300 years” and by adapting technology in our lives menkind will change because our needs changes. For example: by having cars, we don’t need to have highly developed walking skills, which in turn causes cities and countries to develop in different ways. The telephone extends the voice, but also amputates the art of penmanship gained through regular correspondence. He also showed us how Artificial Intelligence is developing in stages, from assistance to super-intelligence. He reminded us on the benefits of technology and how it can help us, but showed us also some treats. But his big question, before it’s too late, is: How do we embrace technology without becoming it? And what moral values are you prepared to stand up for before being human alters its meaning forever!

Watch the keynote here!


After Gerds keynote Haroon Sheikh leaded us into the discussion and questioning. It was good to see that a lot of you felt free to ask questions, which gave even more insights!

We hope you enjoyed Gerd’s keynote as much as we did and we hope his book will give you a heads up for a future with technology!

We will keep you posted on our next events, where we would love to meet you again and explore the future further!


Want to look back some more? Watch Gerd’s keynote! There are also pictures and Gerd was so kind to share his slides!

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