Future Trends Speakers Shed Light On Our “Smart Future”

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Looking for a top keynote speaker on the hottest technology, game-changing companies, and trends to watch? We've seen demand for speakers on these topics skyrocket over the past few months as smart technology is driving (and has already driven) serious change.

Watch the video below to hear Leading Authorities' future trends keynote speakers, including Dr. Kate Darling, Paul Zikopoulos, Mitch Joel, Mike Steep, Neil Jacobstein, Dr. Poppy Crum, and Dex Torricke-Barton, talk about what's next for the fields of robotics, engineering, artificial intelligence (AI), and business development:

The following individuals are among the world's most respected minds when it comes to forecasting trends in the fields of technology and science—from former and current C-suite executives at large, innovative companies to educators, best-selling authors, and researchers who study and cover the latest technological advancements and their anticipated impact.

FUTURE TRENDS SPEAKERS ON THE “SMART FUTURE”

  • Mike SteepExecutive Director, Stanford Engineering Center for Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities, & Former SVP of Global Business Operations at PARC Xerox 
  • Vivek WadhwaFuturist, Emerging Technologies Expert, Author, & Carnegie Mellon University Distinguished Fellow and Professor
  • Thomas KoulopoulosExpert on AI, Innovation, The Cloud, Future Trends, & Technology and Author of Revealing the Invisible, The Gen Z Effect, Cloud Surfing, & The Innovation Zone 
  • Daniel KraftPhysician, Scientist, Entrepreneur, & Repeat TED Speaker
  • Neil JacobsteinChairman of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity University 
  • Mitch JoelTechnology and Innovation Expert & Best-Selling Author
  • Salim IsmailFormer VP of Yahoo!, Executive Director of Singularity University, & Best-Selling Author of Exponential Organizations
  • Paul Zikopolous, Author, Future Trends Expert, & VP of Big Data & Cognitive Systems at IBM
  • Kate Darling, Leading Expert in Social Robotics and MIT Media Lab Research Specialist
  • Poppy Crum, Expert in Technology-Driven Innovation & Human Evolution and Chief Scientist, Dolby Laboratories
  • Dex Torricke-Barton, Former Facebook, SpaceX, & Google Executive

Keep reading for more information about each of these fantastic future trends experts below. You can view their specific speaking topics, visit their individual speaker profile pages, and watch their recent speaker video footage.

MIKE STEEP

Executive Director, Stanford Engineering Center for Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities, & Former SVP of Global Business Operations at PARC Xerox
Mike Steep is the executive director of Stanford Engineering School's Center for Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities and the former senior vice president of global business operations at innovation mega-hub, PARC Xerox. He draws on first-hand experience and anecdotes from time spent with the biggest names in Silicon Valley to instruct audiences on how to get ahead of disruptive innovation. Viewing new technology as opportunity, Mike highlights the importance of allowing innovation to trump company culture and legacies—and not the other way around.

VIVEK WADHWA

Futurist, Emerging Technologies Expert, Author, & Carnegie Mellon University Distinguished Fellow & Professor

Vivek Wadhwa has been called “Silicon Valley’s most provocative voice” for his ideas on technology trends, globalization, US competitiveness, and the future. From tech entrepreneur and business owner to accomplished academic and widely published author, he served as a Stanford University research fellow and the Director of Research at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, where he taught courses on the impact of technology. Vivek now serves as a Distinguished Fellow and professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s engineering school in the heart of Silicon Valley. | See more on Vivek here

THOMAS KOULOPOULOS

Expert on AI, Innovation, The Cloud, Future Trends, & Technology & Author of Revealing the Invisible, The Gen Z Effect, Cloud Surfing and The Innovation Zone

Named one of the industry’s most influential information management consultants by InformationWeek magazine, Koulopoulos designs workshops on how to attract, market to, manage, and retain millennials and Gen Z-ers. He combines humor, research, and pop culture to engage and entertain the audience, and is an innovation expert passionate about helping business people understand the challenges and opportunities of leading edge technology. | See more on Thomas here

DANIEL KRAFT

Physician, Scientist, Entrepreneur, & Repeat TED Speaker 

Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur and innovator. Dr. Kraft has over 20 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation. Daniel chairs the Medicine track for Singularity University and is Executive Director for FutureMed, a program which explores convergent, exponentially developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare. | See more on Daniel here

NEIL JACOBSTEIN

Chairman of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity University

Neil Jacobstein is a founding faculty member and the chairman of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity University, whose mission is “to educate, inspire and empower a new generation of leaders to apply exponential technologies”. He explores the real-world applications of AI and Robotics, and addresses technical opportunities, business strategies, and ethical issues. Energetic on stage, he provides powerful visuals and insights from deep experience in the field as well as an open and interactive Q&A. | See more on Neil here

MITCH JOEL

Technology & Innovation Expert and Best-Selling Author 

Mitch Joel talks about how technology is creating disruption in almost every industry. His presentations focus on why not to view disruption as destruction—but rather as opportunity—and how to find “micro-transactions” to invest it. Mitch has 100% new content in every speech he gives, meaning you get an up-to-the-minute overview of what’s changing in technology now. | See more on Mitch here

SALIM ISMAIL

Former VP of Yahoo!, Executive Director of Singularity University, & Best-Selling Author of Exponential Organizations 

Salim Ismail works to solve humanity’s greatest challenges and shares informative, entertaining, and downright jaw-dropping insights on the future of technology and its social impact. His presentation is fast-paced, cool, and memorable. He looks at advances in AI, biotech, sensors, medicine, and even energy—and tailors a speech on their impact to each specific audience. | See more on Salim here

PAUL ZIKOPOLOUS

Author, Future Trends Expert, & VP of Big Data & Cognitive Systems at IBM

Named a “Top 100 AI and big data Thought Leader” by Analytics Insights and one of “50 Big Data Twitter Influencers” by SAP, Paul is an expert on the next generation of technological change. From the power of machine learning and voice-to-text to the opportunities in reading digital body language, Paul has extensive insight on what's to come in the tech industry--and how it will affect the world. He has been consulted on such topics by “60 Minutes” and multiple universities, and has been named an expert on big data by publications such as Big Data RepublicTechnopedia, and Analytics Week. | See more on Paul here

KATE DARLING

Leading Expert in Social Robotics and MIT Media Lab Research Specialist

Kate Darling is a leading expert in robotics and human-robot interactions. She studies emerging AI and automation technology and talks about the ways these breakthroughs will impact human beings, industries, and societies in the near-term future.Able to take complex ideas and make them conversational and even fun, she is a research specialist at MIT, former Harvard professor, and former Yale fellow. At this year’s SXSW, she spoke on the topic, “Is it silly to care about a robot?” and touched on how humans will be impacted as robots enter the public sphere. | See more on Kate here

POPPY CRUM

Expert in Technology-Driven Innovation & Human Evolution and Chief Scientist, Dolby Laboratories

Dr. Poppy Crum, Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories and an Adjunct Professor in Computer Research at Stanford University, is an expert on “empathetic technology"--technology that knows how we feel and what we think. She recently spoke to Forbes about why, soon, devices will know more about our well-being than doctors. In fast-paced and thought-provoking presentations, Dr. Crum looks at how technology is starting to read human physiology to provide instant feedback that can enhance personal performance, health, and communication. | See more on Poppy here

DEX TORRICKE-BARTON

Former Facebook, SpaceX, & Google Executive

Dex Torricke-Barton worked alongside Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook, Elon Musk at SpaceX, and with Larry Page at Google. He discusses the intersection of technology and society and asks where tech companies must draw the line when it comes to protecting customers. He also shares anecdotes from his time working with tech giants to helps companies understand how to get ahead of the change and movements they drive. He is now based in London. | Learn more about Dex here.

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