AI and You: Power, Persona and Position in the Cognitive Era

Thursday, June 11, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Please join the WNG when we meet with Olaf Groth, Founder and CEO of Cambrian Futures, LLC & Cambrian Designs, Inc., who will discuss what is happening in the realm of artificial intelligence (AI) and data science, and what these significant developments mean for you.

Olaf J Groth, PhD

As machines and tools are getting smarter through the application of AI and data science at the dawn of the 4th Industrial Revolution, we will see significant shifts in three dimensions of our lives as business and community leaders: power, people and positions. In this talk Olaf will explore how that is happening, how the cognitive economy is unfolding and what the promises and perils are for your roles within it. Time is of the essence, as code proliferates to hundreds of millions of people in split seconds. As a former executive, a think tank founder, an author and professor for strategic futures, innovation and economics, Olaf will outline what you can do to prepare, how you can secure agency, defensibility and prosperity as we embark on this journey.

Session Timeline:

4:00 PM - Pre-Session & Welcoming Remarks
4:05 PM - Program Begins: Presentation & Discussion
5:15 PM - Program Ends > Post-Session
5:30 PM - Adjourn

Our Speaker:

Olaf Groth is a member of the Professional Faculty for International Business & Policy, Technology and Strategy at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a Professor of Practice for Global Strategy, Innovation, Economics & Futures at Hult International Business School, teaching across a global network of campuses in San Francisco, Boston, New York, London, Ashridge, Dubai and Shanghai. Olaf has 25 years of experience as an executive and adviser in innovation and tech focused multinationals (Vodafone, Boeing, Qualcomm), startups and consultancies. He is Founder & CEO of insights think-tank Cambrian Futures and product do-tank Cambrian Designs which advises corporate, government and foundation clients on deeptech disruption (e.g. AI, IOT, EAVs, quantum computing, synthetic bio, brain-computer interfaces, etc.), organization and strategies. He is a member of the Global Expert Network for the 4th Industrial Revolution at the World Economic Forum, a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley’s Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE) and its program Work in the Era of Intelligent Tools & Systems (WITS).

Olaf is co-author of Solomon’s Code: Humanity in a World of Thinking Machines, and a frequent contributor to media outlets like WIRED, Financial Times, The Hill, Harvard Business Review (USA, Germany, France, Italia), California Management Review, Quartz, FOCUS, Die Zeit, World Economic Forum, Huffington Post, Peter Drucker Forum, LSE, Today’s CFO, Thunderbird International Business Review, World Financial Review, European Business Review, Roubini EconoMonitor, Duke CE Dialogue, NPR, ZDF, and ARD.

Olaf holds PhD & MALD degrees in international affairs with business, economics and technology focus from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, MAIPS & BA degrees with economics focus from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He studied negotiation at Harvard, economics at Georgetown, finance at Berkeley, strategic leadership at the Center for Creative Leadership. You can also find Olaf on LinkedIn.

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Jun 11 2020


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4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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