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Shane Battier (Exclusively WSB)

While statistics have always been a huge part of professional sports, a focus-shift occurred in recent years: the traditional measurements of athletic success have increasingly been surpassed by more analytical approaches. From Major League Baseball’s sabermetrics to the use of data analysis by a growing number of NBA teams, Shane Battier breaks down how athletes can leverage every point of data available to achieve success, even if they do not live up to many of the traditional metrics. Audiences will learn:

  • How tech industry trends have intersected with professional athletics, and what every athlete should know if they want to fine-tune their abilities
  • Strategic takeaways any organization can use to mine the data available to them in order to improve on key performance indicators
  • The technology available, from wearables to digital analytics, to improve athletic performance

Every day, members of the President’s national security team gather in the White House Situation Room. Armed with the latest policy and intelligence reports, they debate options and make recommendations to the President for navigating a world more fluid and fraught with complexity than ever before.

For eight years, Antony Blinken was privileged to sit at this table, where he saw how some of our toughest, most urgent global challenges and goals reside squarely at the intersection of foreign policy and technology. What does the revolution in robotics mean for warfighting, or advances in artificial intelligence for labor markets, the advent of digital currencies for our sanctions regime, breakthroughs in genome editing for food security, or developments in distance learning for refugee children?

Yet, many of those grappling with these challenges at the highest levels of government are not necessarily technical experts. Learn how the country’s senior national security leaders sought to bridge the divide between policy and practice, innovators and diplomats, Silicon Valley and Washington, computers and humans—ultimately inspiring a new generation of problem-solvers to join the call to public service.

Nick Bostrom invites a discussion with the audience to explore any of a wide range of topics concerning the big picture for humanity, technological trends, risks, and future prospects for civilization. This format gives the audience the opportunity to interact with a commanding mind which has been researching and thinking about these topics for two decades. As the founding director of Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute, Professor Bostrom leads a research group of about twenty mathematicians, computers scientists, philosophers, and engineers, doing serious research in an area that traditionally has been dominated by inspirational speakers and "business futurists”. The effect on the audience is an expansion of cognitive horizons and simple intellectual delight: people will be thinking and talking afterwards. 

This talk zooms out and discusses how to structure our thinking about the really big picture—the key transitions in history that fundamentally changed the human condition, and the prospects of technological transformations, existential risk, and posthumanity that might lie ahead. This talk by Professor Nick Bostrom draws on his unique body of work over two decades in many relevant areas, including his books Anthropic Bias, Global Catastrophic Risk, Human Enhancement, and the New York Times bestseller Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies. 

The neolithic revolution (agriculture) and the industrial revolution changed the human condition more than any events in history.  Today we may be approaching a third technological revolution—the transition to superintelligence. Professor Bostrom reviews technical ongoing advances along several paths that lead to the creation of greater-than-human general intelligence, including biomedical cognitive enhancement, improvements in epistemic institutions, and advances in artificial intelligence, and tells the real story of what is going on behind the hype and media misconception. Professor Bostrom leads a team of 20 eminent computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and philosophers at Oxford University in the unique Future of Humanity Institute, whose work is changing the global dialogue on the future of technology. 

 

David Brailer, M.D. (Exclusively WSB)

Physicians and hospitals are on the front line of the health information revolution. They will face enormous changes in the pace of health information innovation and many challenges in choosing a path to follow. Health information adoption will change how providers think about clinical decisions, how patients are engaged in their care, and how the financial side of care delivery is managed. Drawing from his experience as an entrepreneur, policymaker and investor, Dr. Brailer will illuminate how physician or hospital audiences can best develop health IT strategy, navigate through complex policy changes and use information technology to their best advantage. Key topics include:

  • Understanding health information technology policy 
  • Investing in health information technology 
  • Bringing physicians and patients into the health information revolution 
  • Choosing vendors and partners to make information technology an asset

There is a great deal of confusion around what AI is and what it is actually capable of. Beyond Human decodes the world of artificial intelligence from the perspective of its impact on the core competencies of an organization. It puts in place a roadmap for how one can understand the impact of an era when the human brain is no longer the most sophisticated hard drive on earth. It’s about practicality, not scientific theory. We are standing at a great precipice in human history. Its time to demystify AI and truly understand what it is and how it can be harnessed to propel organizations to their next level of growth and purpose.

Sarah Brown (Exclusively WSB)

Social media is the latest way technology has bridged communication gaps and brought people together from all walks of life. A former public relations executive, Brown was an early adopter of Twitter and other online networking opportunities—she saw a way to harness social media for social good: to build an online network focused on the human rights issues of our times. Brown’s online millions are following more than a person; they’re joining a conversation about social justice. She discusses with audiences how the online, collaborative community can network their passion and bring about positive change. Emerging technology is changing more than the way we communicate, it is changing the way we interact with and care for others.

Agility and adaptability are no longer enough! Accurately anticipating customers changing needs, as well as technological changes, provides the biggest advantage. In times of unprecedented change and uncertainty, we need to ask ourselves what are we certain about? Strategies based on uncertainty equal high levels of risk. Strategies based on certainty dramatically reduce risk and produce superior results. Strategic foresight is based on the new science of certainty that will take your vision to a new actionable level by identifying the events that will happen in the future. Mastering these capabilities will position your organization to be the disruptor instead of being the disrupted.

Over the past three decades, New York Times best-selling author Daniel Burrus has established a worldwide reputation as a visionary thought leader for his exceptional record of accurately predicting how technological, social, and business forces are converging to create enormous, untapped opportunities. Based on his revolutionary method of identifying hard trends from soft trends, and linear changes from cyclical changes, attendees learn how to anticipate and capitalize on new opportunities, as well as predict problems, long before they happen. In addition, they will learn how to use the new tools and rules of leadership to accelerate profitable growth.

Daniel Burrus’ influence is highly regarded in business, innovation, and leadership worldwide. He has authored six books including The New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller Flash Foresight, and has delivered over 2,700 keynote speeches. Daniel is one of the most influential leaders on LinkedIn and has over a million readers of his weekly blogs. He is a strategic advisor to executives from many of the Fortune 500 and has founded and managed six businesses, three of which were national leaders in the U.S. within the first year.

  • Business Process Transformation: The Big Ideas That are Changing Everything
  • Technology-Enabled Innovation: Creating and Sustaining Competitive Advantage
  • Using Hard Trends to Transform: How We Market and Sell
  • Accelerating Retail Sales: Using Hard Trends to Drive Growth
  • Transforming Healthcare with Technology-Enabled Innovation
  • Flash Foresight: Seven Radical Principles That Will Transform Your Business
  • Transforming Education: Using Technology to Accelerate Learning

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