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Designing our Digital Future. With Richard Foster-Fletcher. "How we can make AI and other power technologies work for us, not against us"
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EP15: Richard Foster-Fletcher and Jon Thor Sigurleifsson: Insights and Observations from Infinite Leaders Week 5
💬 “I do think that we need to let go of the idea of our country being part of our identity. What we need is to come together globally and pool and share our resources; food, water, energy, technology. This is vital to enable a bigger portion of the world to function with better equality." Jon Thor Sigurleifsson 🎙️ My Friday Co-Host for the Infinite Leaders series is Jon Thor Sigurleifsson. Growing up in Iceland, Jon Thor had a lot of questions about the world and always knew that he wanted to explore it but the more he learned, the more he realised he didn't just want to explore it, he wanted to change it. 🎧 In this episode Jon Thor and I discussed our insights and observations prompted by this week’s episodes with: 1) Michal Nachmany, Climate Policy and Data Expert: NetZero: who is accountable for what 2) Youssef Nassef, Climate Adaptation Director - UNFCCC: Living through the time of transition
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EP14 Infinite Leaders: Youssef Nassef, Climate Adaptation Director - UNFCCC: Living through the time of transition
💬 “We've solved acid rain, we solved the ozone hole, and we will solve hopefully COVID-19. But, do we want to continue living our lives waiting for the next environmental hazard to materialize and then looking for ways to react to it? Or is it time now to think of transforming the world towards different values?” @Youssef Nassef This is a conversation with Youssef Nassef 🎙️ Youssef is the Coordinator of Adaptation at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He possesses 30 years of experience in diplomacy and international environmental policy and is a seconded diplomat from the Egyptian Foreign Service. In 2019 Youssef launched Resilience Frontiers, a two-year collective intelligence process that began with the Resilience Frontiers 2019 conference in Songdo, South Korea. This is the Infinite Leaders series on the Boundless Podcast, we are exploring how Digital Transformation, Data and Artificial Intelligence can promote, provide engagement and deliver environmental sustainability.
5 days ago
EP13 Infinite Leaders: Michal Nachmany, Climate Policy and Data Expert: NetZero: who is accountable for what
💬 “In 2006, Lord Nicholas stern was commissioned by the British government to estimate the economic price of climate change. Fixing climate change, he said at the time, would cost 1-2% of world GDP. Everyone took a gasp. But then he continued, not fixing climate change would cost about 20% of world GDP.” @Michal Nachmany This is a conversation with Michal Nachmany 🎙️ Michal currently leads the work on the Grantham Research Institute’s structured datasets and tools, supporting evidence-based decision-making – from national legislation and policy to low-carbon investment practices. Since 2013 She has been leading the Grantham Research Institute’s Climate Change Laws of the World project – the most comprehensive global resource on climate legislation and policy – taking it from a printed annual publication covering 33 countries to a dynamic online, open-access resource with global coverage and a wide engagement programme. Since 2018 she has also been project managing the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) – an investor-led initiative to support companies’ transition to a low-carbon economy. Supported by investors with over $18 trillion in Assets under Management and Advice, TPI tracks climate governance and emissions trajectories by the highest emitting companies worldwide, to facilitate evidence-based investor engagement and investment. This is the Infinite Leaders series on the Boundless Podcast, we are exploring how Digital Transformation, Data and Artificial Intelligence can promote, provide engagement and deliver environmental sustainability.
Nov 27, 2020
EP12: Richard Foster-Fletcher and Jon Thor Sigurleifsson: Insights and Observations from Infinite Leaders Week 4
💬 “First and foremost, what we need is clear data. We need to know what impact our choices are making.” Jon Thor Sigurleifsson 🎙️ My Friday Co-Host for the Infinite Leaders series is Jon Thor Sigurleifsson. Growing up in Iceland, Jon Thor had a lot of questions about the world and always knew that he wanted to explore it but the more he learned, the more he realised he didn't just want to explore it, he wanted to change it. 🎧 In this episode Jon Thor and I discussed our insights and observations prompted by this week’s episodes with: @Janet Salem, Economic Affairs Officer, Circular Economy at United Nations on sustainability startups across the globe @Imtiaz Adam, Founder at Deep Learn Strategies: Building a GreenTech Recovery with AI IoT and 5G
Nov 25, 2020
EP11 Infinite Leaders: Imtiaz Adam, Founder at Deep Learn Strategies: Building a GreenTech Recovery with AI IoT and 5G
💬 “"The shift from narrow to broad AI will include learning from smaller data sets and hence result in computational efficiency. The possibilities for new business models and innovations across the entire economy including for breaking from ‘business as usual’ towards environmental sustainability are huge.” @Imtiaz Adam This is a conversation with Imtiaz Adam 🎙️ Imtiaz is a Data Scientist and Machine Learning engineer. He has an MSc in Computer Science with research in AI Deep Learning, an MBA and is a Sloan Fellow in Strategy from London Business School. He also served as a Director of Morgan Stanley where he was global head of clean technology infrastructure financing. 🎧 In this episode, Imtiaz talks about the importance of connecting technologies, environmental sustainability and new job creation with our economic recovery from COVID-19. His focus in this conversation is on Broad AI, 5g IoT and AI on the edge. Imtiaz explains that today we have narrow AI whereby the machine can perform specific tasks and the powerful Deep Learning algorithms of today require Big Data sets for training. The learning process is quite different to that of a human child and entails vast amounts of labelled data sets. Looking ahead, he says, we are closer to moving into broad AI that will empower Deep Learning to perform broader tasks. The shift to broad AI will include learning from smaller data sets and enable more computational efficiency. Furthermore, the Broad AI era will enable intelligent devices for AI IoT where the Internet of Things converges with AI Edge Computing. Imtiaz says that AI techniques such as Federated Learning with decentralized data will also deliver gains in data privacy as well as efficiency. Overarchingly we will move to a more efficient and also more capable era of AI that will also deliver services that may be used in fighting climate change such as devices and sensors that may enable real-time interactions with people and also objects such as buildings, manufacturing facilities, energy systems, smart cities do as to optimize for efficiency gains and reduce unwanted wastage and pollution. Imtiaz references a PWC and Microsoft report that sets out huge numbers of greenhouse gas emissions reduction and job creation that AI could deliver by 2030.
Nov 23, 2020
EP10 Infinite Leaders: Janet Salem, Economic Affairs Officer, Circular Economy at UN on sustainability startups across the globe
💬 “The IPCC has said that it's too late to avert climate change through the supply side alone, therefore as individuals, we need to shift our consumption behaviour. But the producer is also responsible for our consumption, so they're going to need to help us shift our consumption choices to more sustainable options.” @Janet Salem This is a conversation with Janet Salem 🎙️ Janet has worked for the United Nations for over 13 years in Paris, Vienna and now in Bangkok where she leads the Asia and the Pacific work on sustainable lifestyles and innovation. Her current role with the UN is as Economic Affairs Officer for Circular Economy. 🎧 In this episode, Janet talks about how the ecosystem of startup companies working on environmental sustainability has changed and developed over the last few years. In her role at the UN they track not only the successful companies but those that do not succeed in scaling up. The reason is that often the failure of a company can be down to legislation or regulation, so this data can help to promote the relevant changes in policy that will create a better platform of success for the next company. Janet talks about the global surge in startups including in Asia. With over 50% of India now having access to the internet, more and more business ideas are being created, getting noticed and getting funded in that region. She explains that the transition to sustainable business and a circular economy is driving these business leaders, but unfortunately, capital is still mostly going to safe projects and proven technologies. One way to change the way the capital is invested is to look to the leadership of Jacinda Ardern in New Zealand. The NZ Treasury has been instructed that, when planning policies or modelling future economic scenarios for New Zealand, it can no longer only consider the impact on GDP growth. Instead, it must include social, human, and natural considerations into its thinking. Janet talks about responsibility. Who is accountable for what, and remarks on the disposable coffee cup as an example of failure in sustainable practice, failure in policymaking and failure in economics. But she says, whilst consumers need to change, there also must be viable alternatives. Finally, Janet talks about the power of visualisation. A theme throughout this series and she explains what she’s been working on recently with Sony and new immersive technologies. This is the Infinite Leaders series on the Boundless Podcast, we are exploring how Digital Transformation, Data and Artificial Intelligence can promote, provide engagement and deliver environmental sustainability.
Nov 20, 2020
EP124: Richard Foster-Fletcher and Dr Naeema Pasha: Insights and Observations from Week 47
💬 “Some people benefit from home working, but the research shows that face-to-face meetings are much better for developing ideas. The University of Stanford has published research that says in 2021 we could lose out on innovation because we haven't got that face-to-face connectivity.” Dr. Naeema Pasha 🎙️ My Friday Co-Host is Naeema Pasha. She works for Henley Business School focussing on future strategy, vision and operations of business education. Everything from people engagement to tech adoption. 🎧 In this episode Naeema and I discussed our insights and observations prompted by this week’s episodes with: Diane Mulcahy, Institutional Investor: “The future of work is here, it's not just evenly distributed” Murray Grubb Jnr, Director of CX & Strategic Accounts at Oracle: “AI use in marketing still needs humans”
Nov 18, 2020
EP123: Murray Grubb Jnr, Director of CX & Strategic Accounts at Oracle: AI use in marketing still needs humans
💬 “In most cases customer loyalty simply doesn’t exist anymore and that’s why AI in marketing still needs that human touch; validation points and constant checkpoints throughout the process. One mistake and your customer is gone for good.” @Murray Grubb Jnr This is a conversation with Murray Grubb Jnr 🎙️ Murray heads up the Aviation Sector and strategic accounts in Oracle to drive Digital Transformation, User Adoption and Acceptance of modern digital services. He is a former Elected Politician, Speaker, Panellist, Judge and Industry Expert on all forms of Digital Engagement. 🎧 In this episode, Murray talks about brand ‘authenticity’ as being critical, and gives some great examples of this, but explains that, as we have learned from the pandemic, the world can change swiftly and companies cannot rely on their AI to support consumer personalisation when new buyer data takes time to build. Murray talks about the importance of keeping the human in the loop especially at times like this and why consumer loyalty to a brand is wafer-thin and that one mistake, whether from a human or from your AI can turn a customer away for life.
Nov 16, 2020
EP122: Diane Mulcahy, Institutional Investor: The future of work is here, it's not just evenly distributed
💬 “One impact of COVID-19 is that some workers now care less about the external signs of success and care more about things like freedom, flexibility and autonomy. That is difficult for some companies to shift towards, because it means they have less control over what success looks like. @Diane Mulcahy This is a conversation with Diane Mulcahy 🎙️ Diane is the author of the bestselling book ‘The Gig Economy’. Diane is a consultant, speaker and lecturer and currently an Advisor to the Kauffman Foundation, where she manages the venture capital portfolio. She is the author of ‘We Have Met the Enemy … and He Is Us’, a widely read report on the VC industry. 🎧 In this episode, I asked Diane if COVID-19 has changed, revealed or accelerated the future of work. She perceives that predominately it has accelerated the future of work towards more permanent remote working, and it’s established new types of employee motivations. Diane discusses how leaders and leadership models are adjusting to reflect changes in employees desires for increase autonomy and flexibility. But not all employees want to be based from home and although a number of high profile technology companies announced permanent work from home strategies, that may not be the end of that story. We haven’t yet discovered the longer-term impacts of distributed teams on creativity and innovation. Whilst the future may be uncertain for remote working, Diane has hopes that the change in mindset created by COVID-19 could encourage employers to increase flexibly in areas like holiday and working hours and to recruit from a far wider geographic pool of candidates. Diane is an expert on gig working, and she talks about trust within the workplace, particularly around the collection and use of data. She also explained how a lack of trust can drive employees towards freelance work or gig work where they have more control over their work, including their hours and location. Finally, I asked Diane for some advice to people entering the workforce for the first time during the global pandemic.
Nov 13, 2020
EP9: With Jon Thor Sigurleifsson: Insights and Observations from Infinite Leaders Week 3
💬 “Sometimes you just need someone to step up and say, ‘we can do this’. When we look back at how we addressed climate change this decade, we will see that this person was not the one that had the best ideas, or even made the biggest impact on the cause. It was the person who made the biggest impact on the people.” Jon Thor Sigurleifsson 🎙️ My Friday Co-Host for the Infinite Leaders series is Jon Thor Sigurleifsson 🎧 In this conversation, Jon Thor and I discussed our insights and observations prompted by this week’s episodes with: 1) Gavin Starks, Founder at IcebreakerOne.org: The power of Open Data 2) Andrew Zolli, VP Global Impact Initiatives at Planet: Leveraging the big pause for climate action
Nov 11, 2020
EP8 Infinite Leaders: Andrew Zolli, VP Global Impact Initiatives at Planet: Leveraging the big pause for climate action
💬 “Rather than thinking that we need to ‘fix’ capitalism, we can think about encouraging a flourishing of diversity and different ways of living on earth. All to move us to something that is sustainable in terms of human capacity and civilization.” @Andrew Zolli This is a conversation with Andrew Zolli 🎙️ Andrew oversees Global Impact initiatives at Planet, a breakthrough space and AI organization that has deployed the largest constellation of Earth-observing satellites in history. These satellites image our whole planet every day in high resolution, and his team makes sure this data is ethically used to its highest and best purposes to monitor the world’s ecosystems, improve humanitarian action and disaster response, protect human rights, transform sustainable development and advance scientific discovery. Planet is exploring how their tools can inform the next iteration of capitalism, where social and environmental externalities are more effectively measured and va…
Nov 9, 2020
EP7 Infinite Leaders: Gavin Starks, Founder at IcebreakerOne.org: The power of Open Data
💬 “As a benchmark, we spent two to three times our GDP creating the railways, effectively creating the industrial revolution. The idea that we're going to somehow re-engineer and de-carbonise everything for some small percentage of our GDP, I think is magical thinking.” Gavin Starks This is a conversation with Gavin Starks 🎙️ Gavin helps solve complex challenges. He has co-created over a dozen organisations, building multi-disciplinary teams fit for a digital age. He explores the impact of data on business, society and culture which has led to roles such as co-chair of the Open Banking Standard and founding CEO of the Open Data Institute. 🎧 In this episode, Gavin talks about the mindset and actions needed to create a working blueprint for the freer sharing and licensing of data at scale. He explains why this approach is critical for making a green and sustainable recovery possible. He uses the example of creating an effective, decentralized and distributed energy grid…
Nov 6, 2020
EP6: With Jon Thor Sigurleifsson: Insights and Observations from Infinite Leaders Week 2
💬 “Every day our devices serve up business stats to us; number of downloads, sales, signups, etc. Can we add air quality, % of renewable energy, water pollution levels to those? I think to act on climate information, we need to see climate information… the stuff that matters to us.” Richard Foster-Fletcher 🎙️ My Friday Co-Host for the Infinite Leaders series is @Jon Thor Sigurleifsson. Growing up in Iceland, Jon Thor had a lot of questions about the world and always knew that he wanted to explore it but the more he learned, the more he realised he didn't just want to explore it, he wanted to change it. 🎧 In this episode Jon Thor and I discussed our insights and observations prompted by this week’s episodes with: Kristin Gutekunst, CEO at Overview Collective: Leveraging XR for Climate Impact Steven Ramage, Head of External Relations at Group on Earth Observations (GEO): How businesses are harnessing earth observation data
Nov 4, 2020
EP5 Infinite Leaders: Steven Ramage, Head of External Relations at Group on Earth Observations (GEO): How businesses are harnessing earth ob
💬 “There's a lot of people who are making decisions that affect our day to day lives, that don't understand the data, nor the technology that is influencing those decisions” Steven Ramage This is a conversation with Steven Ramage 🎙️ Steven leads global stakeholder engagement and external relations for the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), an intergovernmental partnership promoting the value and usefulness of Earth observations (EO) for research, policy, decisions and action. He has worked in the private sector and consulted for the World Bank and the United Nations. 🎧 In this episode, Steven talks about the important work that the Group on Earth Observations known as GEO is doing. GEO is an intergovernmental partnership working to improve the availability, access and use of open Earth observations, including satellite imagery, remote sensing and in situ data, to impact policy and decision making in a wide range of sectors. Earth observations play a major role in achi…
Nov 2, 2020
EP4 Infinite Leaders: Kristin Gutekunst, CEO at Overview Collective: Leveraging XR for Climate Impact
💬 “The human spirit is so resilient and if we can provide some of the vulnerable people around the world with the tools they need, they will often be able to use them to great advantage.” Kristin Gutekunst This is a conversation with Kristin Gutekunst 🎙️ Kristin is an expert in new media, brand, and partnerships with over 10 years of progressive experience working at the United Nations in campaigning for development, particularly through the combination of high-level advocacy strategies, grassroots mobilization, youth engagement, and innovative communications such as immersive media and experiential marketing. Many of the projects she has developed and launched have been streamlined, becoming standard for new media and communications at the UN as it has embraced the opportunity of the Sustainable Development Goals. 🎧 In this episode, Kristin talks about how Virtual Reality technologies are allowing stories to be told in new and novel ways, and are part of the new narr…
Oct 30, 2020
EP3: With Jon Thor Sigurleifsson: Insights and Observations from Infinite Leaders Week 1
💬 “Technology can drive positive social change, but only if the technology is utilized for that specific purpose. With this in mind, we need to be consciously driving technology and ourselves in that direction.” Jon Thor Sigurleifsson 🎙️ My Friday Co-Host for the Infinite Leaders series is Jon Thor Sigurleifsson. Growing up in Iceland, Jon Thor had a lot of questions about the world and always knew that he wanted to explore it but the more he learned, the more he realised he didn't just want to explore it, he wanted to change it. 🎧 In this episode Jon Thor and I discussed our insights and observations prompted by this week’s episodes with @David Jensen and Professor Dirk Messner. Our topics included: 💡 1.) measuring and managing our carbon footprint 💡 2.) turning knowledge into action 💡 3.) the emphasis on individuals vs. corporations and governments 💡 4.) how big retailers can affect change 💡 5.) why equality is better for rich people
Oct 28, 2020
EP2 Infinite Leaders: Professor Dirk Messner, President of the German Environment Agency: Climate Enlightenment Through Data
💬 “The level of expertise about what digitalization means for sustainable economic development is very, very minor. We must close the links on these two mega trends, as right now digital technologies are driving even more consumption. When we link digitalisation and artificial intelligence to the new modernization paradigm, which is about sustainability and climate protection, that’s when change will accelerate.” Professor Dirk Messner This is a conversation with Professor Dirk Messner 🎙️ Dirk is the President of the German Environment Agency. He is an internationally renowned sustainability scientist, and was the Director of the Institute for Environment and Human Security at the United Nations University in Bonn and Co-Chairman of the German Advisory Council on Global Change. 🎧 In this episode, Dirk talks about how we connect transformational digital technologies with sustainable development and disconnect gross resource consumption emissions from gross resource e…
Oct 26, 2020
EP1 Infinite Leaders: David Jensen, Head of the UNEP Digital Transformation Task Force: Digitalization and environmental sustainability
💬 “It's happened a few times that the colleagues in different tech companies have expressed how concerned they are about the immense potential knowledge and power these companies have and how important it is to govern this knowledge and this power.” David Jensen This is a conversation with David Jensen 🎙️ David works at the UN Environment Programme as the coordinator of the Digital Transformation Task Force and the head of Policy and Innovation for the Crisis Management Branch. He is helping to write the digital transformation strategy for UN Environment to amplify and accelerate their adoption of digital technologies, practices and mindsets. He has also been advising the UN Science Policy Business Forum on these topics and was the co-author of a flagship discussion paper entitled The Case for a Digital Ecosystem for the Environment. David is also the co-founder of different digital platforms, including EarthSchool, Environmental Peacebuilding and MapX as well as a series…
Oct 23, 2020
EP121: Richard Foster-Fletcher and Dr Naeema Pasha: Insights and Observations from Week 43
💬 “It's not always about what you get back for sharing your company data. Take energy distribution, for example, it’s vital that a number of key companies share their EV data with the grid and that this trusted ecosystem of shared data becomes a new baseline of doing business.” @Richard Foster-Fletcher 🎙️ My Friday Co-Host is Naeema Pasha. She works for Henley Business School focussing on future strategy, vision and operations of business education. Everything from people engagement to tech adoption. 🎧 In this episode Naeema and I discussed our insights and observations prompted by this week’s episodes with @Scott Taylor and @Edosa Odaro. Our topics included: 💡 1.) data use in the enterprise; a massive opportunity or a mirage 💡 2.) using data to strengthen democracy and trustworthiness 💡 3.) how we can encourage data sharing within trusted ecosystems 💡 4.) the origins of the phrase ‘data is the new oil’ 💡 5.) creating a culture of trust
Oct 21, 2020
EP120: Edosa Odaro, Chief Business Officer at Theory+Practice: Culture, Transparency, AI. In that order.
💬 “We need to be mindful as leaders in organisations deploying AI, that if we're doing something that we don’t feel good telling our mum's about, then there's a very good chance that that thing is not right.” Edosa Odaro This is a conversation with Edosa Odaro 🎙️ Edosa is a global cross-industry leader currently serving as Chief Business Officer at Theory+Practice. He is passionate about deploying effective AI and data solutions, about applying behavioural economics for solving complex real-world problems and most of all about developing services that predetermine the actual return for his clients on their Data, AI & Technology investments. In a previous role, he was a Head of Data at the world's second-largest financial services company and responsible for driving significant people, data and cloud transformation. 🎧 In this episode, Edosa talks about the reaction from the general public to problems that occur when we cede control to machines – from autonomous vehi…
Oct 19, 2020
EP119: Scott Taylor, The Data Whisperer: Telling a better data story
💬 “Untethering data from technology, I believe, is one of the most important organizational changes that is happening. And that’s because data is not based on software, it's not based on technical aspects, it's based on how it helps the business” Scott Taylor This is a conversation with Scott Taylor 🎙️ Scott, The Data Whisperer, has helped countless companies “calm data down” by enlightening business executives to the value and power of proper data management. He focuses on business alignment and the “strategic WHY” rather than system implementation and the “technical HOW.” As Principal Consultant for MetaMeta Consulting, he helps Enterprises and Tech Brands tell their data story. As a recognized influencer and subject matter expert in the data management space, he has worked with global enterprises by representing some of the world’s most iconic business data brands including Dun & Bradstreet, Nielsen, Microsoft and WPP/Kantar in a variety of strategic…
Oct 16, 2020
EP118: Richard Foster-Fletcher and Dr Naeema Pasha: Insights and Observations from Week 42
💬 “New organisations are springing up where the service they offer is to help you game an AI system and get around the algorithms.” Dr. Naeema Pasha 🎙️ My Friday Co-Host is Naeema Pasha. She works for Henley Business School focussing on future strategy, vision and operations of business education. Everything from people engagement to tech adoption. 🎧 In this episode Naeema and I discussed our insights and observations prompted by this week’s episodes which included a recent talk I gave and my conversation with @Riham Satti. Our topics included: 💡 1.) why tech companies may have to work harder than other industries to create trust 💡 2.) the problem with binary/digital style thinking (credit to Paul Levy given) 💡 3.) the need to encourage employees to ignore data if you want real creativity 💡 4.) the brain, decision making and clarification on biases 💡 5.) gaming AI systems in the recruitment process
Oct 14, 2020
EP117: Riham Satti, CEO MeVitae: Human potential is limitless
💬 “We need to have a diversity of ideas and diversity of solutions to solve this diversity and inclusion problem. It’s about how we process information differently. Bias training doesn't change our mindset, so I think we need to discover how AI and augmented intelligence can tackle this.” Riham Satti This is a conversation with Riham Satti 🎙️ Riham is a clinical neuroscientist turned entrepreneur. She is the co-founder and CEO of MeVitae, a cognitive recruiting system that makes intelligent and personalised hiring decisions. 🎧 In this episode, Riham explains what has to happen in businesses to address and tackle diversity challenges. She clarifies exactly why this is so important, not just because of fairness, not just because it offers more opportunity to more people, but because it’s going to be the single, most powerful driver for business transformation. In my opinion, a company’s ability to understand, address and benefit from D&I, (Diversity and inclusion)…
Oct 12, 2020
EP116: Richard Foster-Fletcher, Digital Strategist: Will AI create Echo-chambers in corporations?
💬 “There’s this idea that in business we go on a journey with AI that starts with automating repetitive tasks to then augmenting decision making. And when we do, us humans, will be free to pursue new creative endeavours. I'm not sure I see enough evidence to support this logic yet. AI, to date, has been more adept at narrowing our perspectives, than widening them.” Richard Foster-Fletcher Today I wanted to share something a little different with you. This is part of a guest lecture that I’ve been giving a number of Universities. It incorporates some of the ideas and themes that we’ve been discussing lately on the show. I use this talk to challenge the perception that AI in corporations to naturally going to set free human innovation and creativity. In fact, I put forward an opposing view, that AI in corporations will create echo-chambers of ideas and processes, similar to how AI created echo-chambers of views and beliefs on social media. I hope you enjoy this episode and…
Oct 9, 2020
EP115: Richard Foster-Fletcher and Dr Naeema Pasha: Insights and Observations from Week 41
This is the Boundless Podcast with me your host Richard Foster-Fletcher and my resident Friday co-host Dr. Naeema Pasha from Henley Business School. 💬 “Diversity isn't something that we do because it's a nice thing. If the CEO wants their organization to win, they've got to hire the kind of team that is going to get them there. A team that can transform them.” @Dr Naeema Pasha 🎙️ My Friday Co-Host is Naeema Pasha. She works for Henley Business School focussing on future strategy, vision and operations of business education. Everything from people engagement to tech adoption. 🎧 In this episode, Naeema and I discussed our insights and observations prompted by this week’s episodes with @Karen Silverman and @Raj Balasundaram. Our topics included: 💡 1.) could the AI story mirror the story of genetically modified food? 💡 2.) the slim line between AI recommendations and AI influence 💡 3.) what powers innovation in the enterprise 💡 4.) the transformation of HR…
Oct 7, 2020
EP114: Raj Balasundaram, SVP Emarsys, Using AI to achieve personalisation at scale
💬 “AI is not your salesperson, stop asking it to do that. AI as a mechanism to support your consumer in their own needs. This idea is a big mind-shift for brands, because their first instinct with AI is to try and use it to sell more. Think, make sure you work for the consumer first. A happy consumer leads in the end, to a happy brand.” @Raj Balasundaram This is a conversation with Raj Balasundaram 🎙️ Raj is an Artificial Intelligence and Digital Marketing Evangelist. He is a tech storyteller, mentor and teacher simplifying complex digital challenges into common sense to passionately advocate customer-centricity marketing techniques. It is his second appearance on the Boundless podcast, and we are delighted to welcome him back. 🎧 In this episode, Raj and I talk about the trend towards using AI to serve individual consumers needs at scale. The implications of this are significant, particularly in the fashion industry. Raj described the problem that the fashion business…
Oct 5, 2020
EP113: Karen Silverman, CEO at Cantellus Group, Navigating technology beyond our understanding
💬 “It’s not easy for one human being with one set of experiences to understand the implications of AI, and that’s the challenge for a decision-maker. When AI generates a prediction, it can be crazy smart or simply crazy. A leader needs to learn how to tell the difference.” @Karen Silverman 🎙️ Karen is the CEO and Founder of The Cantellus Group an innovative advisory group helping business to successfully navigate applied AI and frontier technologies. She was formerly a managing partner of Latham & Watkins, LLP San Francisco office, where she led the firm’s partnership with the World Economic Forum. Karen is a leading voice on harnessing the power of advanced technologies and building trustworthy AI and frontier technology systems. She is a globally recognized leader in corporate antitrust matters, having successfully guided hundreds of transactions through complex regulatory challenges and enterprise-critical government investigations to completion. In 2019 Karen wa…
Oct 2, 2020
EP112: Richard Foster-Fletcher and Dr Naeema Pasha: Insights and Observations from Week 40
💬 “Amazon wants to win at e-commerce by removing the sale. They'll send you stuff in the mail and you'd send back what you don’t want. The genius behind that is not that their AI so brilliant that they'll still make a profit, even with the stuff you send back. The genius is that there is no sale. You can't compete with Amazon for a sale, if there isn't one.” Richard Foster-Fletcher 🎙️ My Friday Co-Host is Dr Naeema Pasha. She works for Henley Business School partly focussing on future strategy, vision and operations of business education. Everything from people engagement to tech adoption. 🎧 In this episode, Naeema and I discussed our insights and observations prompted by this week’s episodes with David W. Sime and Geoff Keeling. Our topics included: 💡 1.) new kingdoms and monopolies in VR 💡 2.) persuasion and influence in new media 💡 3.) flipping AI influencing our biases, to AI illuminating our biases 💡 4.) human decision making and climate change…
Sep 30, 2020
EP111: Dr. Geoff Keeling, AI Ethics Fellow at Stanford University: AI and morality
💬 “The point of AI is to satisfy people's preferences, but there are two ways to this. One is to adjust the world to fit the preferences. The other is to adjust the preferences to fit the world. And it seems like the latter is what's increasingly going on. That’s definitely not what we want, so we need a plausible criteria for when somebody’s preferences are being unduly influenced in a way which is not appropriate.” Dr. Geoff Keeling 🎙️ Dr. Geoff Keeling is a Research Fellow in AI Ethics at Stanford University. He is based in the Center for Ethics in Society and the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. Geoff’s work is about the safe and ethical design of emerging technologies. His current research is about the ethical design and regulation of machine learning in medicine; and the ethics of automated vehicles. Geoff’s broader interests include ethical decision-making under uncertainty, alongside foundational questions about the nature of rationalit…
Sep 28, 2020
EP110: David W. Sime, Augmented & Virtual Reality Producer: The ethics of Augmented Reality
💬 “There's VR hardware out there which is suspiciously cheap. This raises alarm bells. For example, to use one particular headset, you have to log into that social media channel. That’s a company that wants your data.” @David W. Sime This is a conversation with David Sime 🎙️ David is a multi-award winning AR and VR production manager with over twenty years of digital media experience. David works with Google and the Chartered Institute of Marketing and directs the immersive media agency Oncor Reality. He is a published author on the application of Virtual and Augmented Reality in both mental and physical healthcare. 🎧 In this episode, David and I talk about the risks and dangers of immersive, always-on technologies such as augmented reality. A future that we are accelerating towards where the blended physical and digital worlds become unrecognisable from one another. I asked David about the potential of monopolies ruling in this new digital kingdom, on the hardware,…
Sep 25, 2020
EP109: Richard Foster-Fletcher and Dr Naeema Pasha: Insights and Observations from Week 39
💬 “An organisation should be a learning organisation rather than a knowledge organisation. You see you never really have knowledge; you just acquire things and then they go. But if you're a learning organisation, you have to continually change and adapt. It becomes your nature.” Dr Naeema Pasha 🎙️ My Friday Co-Host is @Dr Naeema Pasha. She works for Henley Business School partly focussing on future strategy, vision and operations of business education. Everything from people engagement to tech adoption. 🎧 In this episode Naeema and I discussed our reactions to this week’s episodes with Celina Lee and Miguel Montero de Quadras. Our topics included: 💡 1.) AI opportunities in Africa 💡 2.) the benefit of using AI competitions for problem solving 💡 3.) Where Africa can leapfrog developments 💡 4.) creating a learning organisation 💡 5.) the problems with hoarding data in the enterprise
Sep 23, 2020
EP108: Miguel Montero, Founder of Atomian: Use AI to make your company more human
💬 “80% of the knowledge your company has collectively is in documents. Documents describing processes, but also emails, casual conversations and presentations. If you want to be a knowledge driven company, you will have to put all this knowledge into one single place. You might call it a digital brain.” @Miguel Montero de Quadras This is a conversation Miguel Montero 🎙️ Miguel is the founder and former CEO of Atomian and currently its CTO. He is an industrial engineering graduate from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and he also holds a degree in Software Engineering from the Open University of Catalonia. Miguel began developing the Atomian product while he was still a 24-year old student and worked on it for 18 years. He is a pioneer in cognitive computing and used an original system to reproduce human cognitive processes based on symbols, data structures and algorithms. 🎧 In this episode, Miguel and I talk about how companies can harness AI to make themselves…
Sep 21, 2020
EP107: Celina Lee, CEO of Zindi: Harnessing the crowd for AI solutions in Africa
💬 “We can’t compare someone who has a data science degree from a top university in the US to someone in Nigeria getting their data science degree without consistent electricity. Data Scientists in Africa have different insights to problem solving and when they bring these to a company, to a job, to a team, it’s incredibly valuable.” @Celina Lee This is a conversation with Celina Lee 🎙️ Celina is the Co-Founder and CEO of Zindi, based out of Cape Town in South Africa, Zindi data science competition platform, dedicated to solving Africa’s most pressing problems by bringing together a community of data scientists who collaborate and compete to come up with the best possible solutions. 🎧 In this episode, Celina and I talk about Data Science and AI projects in Africa. We discuss the unique perspectives that Data Scientists have across the continent and we explore her business Zindi in detail. I’m fascinated by open innovation and by the ways to crowdsource ideas an…
Sep 18, 2020
EP106: Richard Foster-Fletcher and Dr Naeema Pasha: Insights and Observations from Week 38
💬 “I think when we look at AI ethics, sometimes we feel it is a simple choice between good and bad, but the choice can be between bad and bad, or good and good. And those are the more complex conundrums where simple solutions or simple slogans aren’t appropriate.” Dr Naeema Pasha 🎙️ My Friday Co-Host is @Dr Naeema Pasha. She works for Henley Business School partly focussing on future strategy, vision and operations of business education. Everything from people engagement to tech adoption. 🎧 In this episode Naeema and I discussed our reactions to this week’s episodes with Stefan Jansen and John MacIntyre featuring Michael Berns and a mention for Kieran Gilmurray. Our topics included: 💡 1.) algorithmic trading and #ESG 💡 2.) the importance of EQ in finance 💡 3.) autonomous businesses 💡 4.) the most useful ways to discuss AI ethics 💡 5.) thoughts on GPT-3
Sep 16, 2020
EP105: John Macintyre, Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Sunderland: Making Ethical AI a Reality
💬 “Most AI is invisible. It's embedded behind software systems like social media or in industrial systems. I think there's a greater public consciousness that AI is ubiquitous, and a growing concern about what this ubiquity will mean for autonomous decision making in and on our lives.” This is a conversation with John Macintyre 🎙️ John is the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, and Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Sunderland. He has a PhD in applied artificial intelligence, focussing on the use of neural networks in predictive maintenance. During the 1990s John established a research centre – the Centre for Adaptive Systems – at the University, which became recognised by the UK government as a Centre of Excellence for applied research in adaptive computing and artificial intelligence. He has successfully supervised PhDs in fields ranging from neural networks, hybrid systems, and bioinformatics through to lean manufacturing, predictive maintenance, and bus…
Sep 14, 2020
EP104: Stefan Jansen, Founder of Applied AI: Extracting signals from the market (with Michael Berns)
💬 “The tone at the investment conferences over the last two years has changed from everybody being super excited to get access to new sources of data, to now, much more focused and critical questions. There’s more demand for demonstrations, people want proof there is value in the data before they purchase it.” This is a conversation with Stefan Jansen 🎙️ Stefan is the founder and CEO of Applied AI. He advises Fortune 500 companies, investment firms, and startups across industries on data & AI strategy, building data science teams, and developing end-to-end machine learning solutions for a broad range of business problems. Before his current venture, he was a partner and managing director at an international investment firm, where he built the predictive analytics and investment research practice. He was also a senior executive at a global fintech company with operations in 15 markets, advised Central Banks in emerging markets, and consulted for the World Bank. He holds…
Sep 11, 2020
EP103: Richard Foster-Fletcher and Dr Naeema Pasha: Insights and Observations from Week 37
💬 “Companies can deploy APIs to analyse digital meetings and use machine learning on the language, intonation, facial expressions, and gestures to build up a picture of all of the conversations in their enterprise. This has incredible possibilities and of course incredible dangers in terms of security and privacy.” 🎙️ My Friday Co-Host is @Dr Naeema Pasha. She works for Henley Business School partly focussing on future strategy, vision and operations of business education. Everything from people engagement to tech adoption. 🎧 In this episode Naeema and I discussed our reactions to this week’s episodes with @Max Knupfer and @Mark Sears. Our topics included: 💡 1.) the pros and cons of conversational AI 💡 2.) the developments in different types of User Interfaces 💡 3.) understanding your technology quotient 💡 4.) CloudFactory and their unique operating model 💡 5.) how to reduce blind spots in corporate innovation
Sep 9, 2020
EP102: Mark Sears, CEO at CloudFactory: Discovering true wealth through a distributed workforce
💬 “When we talk about humanity, we've learned a lot at CloudFactory. We’ve learned that we’re all poor and that we're all rich in different ways. And when we can pull together a huge number of diverse people who are passionate, to grow together, you can see amazing things happen.” This is a conversation with Mark Sears 🎙️ Mark is CEO and Founder of CloudFactory. He’s a computer scientist who is driven daily by his passion for technology, business, and people. CloudFactory helps companies to automate and outsource routine back-office data work. They aim to connect 1 million people to online work, while raising them up as leaders to address poverty in their own communities. Their workforce is recruited from talent “hot spots” around the globe such as Nepal and Kenya where they say they can hire the best and brightest in areas where there are thousands of talented people, but limited opportunities for meaningful and sustainable employment. 🎧 In this episode, Ma…
Sep 7, 2020
EP101: Max Knupfer, CSO at Volume.ai: Connecting Voice, AI and User Experience
💬 “Middleware is going to be the greatest growth area for technology in the next few years. It is where AI is going to deliver its greatest benefits because it will be the layer that allows us to stitch together all of the disparate technologies that we interact with and allow us to put them together in a way that will make our lives easier, better, simpler and more fun.” This is a conversation with Max Knupfer 🎙️ Max is Chief Strategy Officer at Volume.ai. Helping business apply technology imaginatively to problems that matter. Volume is a company that specialises in the development of Conversational AI platforms and the AI middle-ware that helps businesses self-manage and scale their chatbot real estate. 🎧 In this episode, Max talks about the opportunities for efficiency and productivity in our lives and our work by exploring middleware – middleware is software that acts as a bridge between an operating system or database and applications. He says that this is the…
Sep 4, 2020
EP100: Richard Foster-Fletcher and Dr Naeema Pasha: Insights and Observations from Week 36
💬 “Sometimes in data and in AI and data scientists, a lot of the job descriptions are quite gender-coded. So they'll say we're looking for Ninja. We're looking for a rock star, we're looking for a quarterback. And these descriptions can cloud what the job is, and it discourages women from applying to certain posts.” Naeema Pasha 🎙️ My Friday Co-Host is @Dr Naeema Pasha. She works for Henley Business School partly focussing on future strategy, vision and operations of business education. Everything from people engagement to tech adoption. 🎧 In this episode, Naeema and I discussed our reactions to this week’s episodes with @Violet Snell and @Kim Nilsson. Our topics included: 💡 1.) whether we need more engineering than science to solve global challenges 💡 2.) computer vision opportunities 💡 3.) diversity and bias in AI teams 💡 4.) AI hype 💡 5.) AI ethics
Sep 2, 2020
EP99: Dr. Kim Nilsson, CEO & Co-Founder at Pivigo: How businesses are harnessing data science
💬 “There’s great curiosity in the data science community to learn what to do when we feel morally compromised. To help with this, there has been calls for accreditation. I think that’s a good idea, although I’m not sure who would come up with it or agree on it, but then at least ethics would be part of such an accreditation.” This is a conversation with Dr. Kim Nilsson 🎙️ Kim is an Astrophysics PhD, MBA and Entrepreneur. She is the CEO of Pivigo; supporting organisations to innovate with data by connecting them with a global community of the best and brightest freelancing data scientists. She is passionate about people, data and connecting the two. 🎧 In this episode, Kim described the real-world daily work of a data scientist. How they have to spend their time at present, mostly trying to fix data problems, but also what might change in the future. I asked her what makes a successful data scientist and how we might introduce more ethical thinking into the profes…
Aug 31, 2020
EP98: Dr. Violet Snell, Computer Vision Leader: An engineer's perspective on AI diversity, compromise and risk
💬 “There are some AI reasoning systems and there are some data-driven learning systems and we haven't quite cracked hybridizing them. But there are some interesting developments, in some very technical areas, which combined elements of reasoning with data-driven learning. So I think we'll get there, it is still very early days.” @Violet Snell This is a conversation with Dr Violet Snell 🎙️ Violet has a doctorate in computer vision and machine learning and a background in video processing and software development. She is currently leading a team of researchers producing deep learning solutions for traffic safety applications. 🎧 In this episode, Violet talks about her work as Head of AI at Jenoptik Traffic Solutions UK, I asked how good the current crop of road safety cameras are, even when faced with partially hidden number plates and we spoke a little about the development of this particular type of computer vision technology. The conversation moved to facial recognit…
Aug 21, 2020
EP97: Richard Foster-Fletcher and Dr Naeema Pasha: Insights and Observations from Week 34
💬 “We all saw Jack Ma and Elon Musk sitting on the stage together. Next time will we see a European person there as well? But what story are they going to tell? China has their AI story, the US has theirs and maybe it seems like they are building walls with AI. Rather than Europe building a wall, can it build a table that more people can sit at?” Richard Foster-Fletcher 🎙️ My Friday Co-Host is @Dr Naeema Pasha. She works for Henley Business School partly focussing on future strategy, vision and operations of business education. Everything from people engagement to tech adoption. 🎧 In this episode Naeema and I discussed our reactions to this week’s episodes with @Michael Kanaan, @Frits Bussemaker and @Ryan Moore. Our topics included: 💡 1.) the ongoing challenges experienced by distributed teams 💡 2.) breaking down siloes to deliver successful AI projects 💡 3.) AI geo-politics and the place for Europe 💡 4.) Rethinking AI and China 💡 5.) AI and its impac…
Aug 19, 2020
EP96: Frits Bussemaker, I4ADA and Ryan Moore, Aiimi: De-mystifying Data for the CEO
💬 “When I first started off with data science projects, I had this big poster up that said ‘if it makes money, it makes sense’. And every project, we were measuring it against that. When I look back, I realize that was a mistake and that ethos prevented us from seeing anything other than ROI. When we present the business case now, there's around seven business benefit areas included, because financial KPIs alone don’t cut it anymore.” This is a conversation with Frits Bussemaker and Ryan Moore Frits is the Chair of the Institute for Accountability in the Digital Age and Ryan Moore is Head of Data and Analytics at Aiimi. 🎧 In this episode, Frits and Ryan discuss their experiences with talking about AI in the Enterprise. The challenges they have witnessed around different language, context and nuances that can derail a successful project. We talk about the lack of data literacy in the boardroom, how to think about an AI strategy and how to avoid hype. The conversation…
Aug 17, 2020
EP95: Michael Kanaan, Author, T-Minus AI: AI from a human-oriented perspective
💬 “Our focus now together as a society is on having a holistic and collective conversation to ensure that AI is only implemented in ways consistent with fundamental human dignity and only for purposes consistent with each of our personal democratic ideals and liberties. The call to action is I hope you'll be a part of that conversation because I don't want future societies or future groups to say. I wish our eyes had been more open on that topic when it mattered.” This is a conversation with Michael Kanaan 🎙️ Michael is the co-chair of Artificial Intelligence for the US Air Force at the Pentagon. In that role, he guides the research, development, and implementation strategies for AI technology and machine learning activities across Air Force global operations. He is currently the Director of Operations for Air Force / MIT Artificial Intelligence. In recognition of his fast-rising career, he was named to the 2019 Forbes “30 Under 30” list and has received numerous othe…
Aug 14, 2020
EP94: Richard Foster-Fletcher and Dr Naeema Pasha: Insights and Observations from Week 33
💬 “If people are displaced by digital automation, then a leader needs to understand the mindset of the organisation. Things like the scarring effect of this decision on the rest of the organization. This can affect the culture of a business. An automation strategy needs to include technology, culture and impact on moral.” Dr Naeema Pasha 🎙️ My Friday Co-Host is @Dr Naeema Pasha. She works for Henley Business School partly focussing on future strategy, vision and operations of business education. Everything from people engagement to tech adoption. 🎧 In this episode Naeema and I discussed our reactions to this week’s episodes with @Ahmed El Adl, @David Gull and @Liliya Andonova. Our topics included: 💡 1.) The three pillars of trust in business: Organizational credibility, Respect and fairness 💡 2.) The differences between closed systems and open systems of AI 💡 3.) Intelligent process automation 💡 4.) The exciting use cases of AR and VR 💡 5.) The effects o…
Aug 12, 2020
EP93: Lily Andonova, King's College London and Richard Foster-Fletcher: Artificial Intelligence in business – a primer
💬 “In the short term, we have absolutely no risk of any loss jobs whatsoever from AI. If we embrace the green economy, we've got trillions of dollars to spend and millions of jobs to be created in the efforts to completely decarbonise our work. That is a massive job that we have to do right now for a decade and it involves everybody. And so, we shouldn't be talking about universal basic income or demonetising necessities or any jobs going away, until we have a completely green, clean and sustainable economy.” 🎙️ I was recently interviewed about Artificial Intelligence and the take-up by businesses by @Liliya Andonova, a masters student at King's College London. I wanted to share our conversation with you, to share my thoughts on this and also to show the journey that I am undertaking to further and deepen my understanding of this complex area of technological and business development. Countless times, I have had to reframe, rethink and adjust my views. This reminds me of t…
Aug 11, 2020
EP92: David Gull, Founder of Outer Realm: Using Augmented Reality to make better decisions
💬 “For virtual reality mass adoption, it's about driving the price points down, increasing the user experience and reducing the friction. Within five years you'll have really amazing worlds to be explored. And then within 10 to 15 years, you'll have simulations that are essentially capable of being indistinguishable from reality.” This is a conversation with David Gull 🎙️ David is the CEO and founder of Outer Realm. A business helping lead the platform shift from 2D screens to immersive spatial computing in the Real Estate industry. He has a unique combination of Design & Technical Expertise as a Licensed Architect and Technology Executive. 🎧 In this episode David talks about some of the important use cases for augmented and virtual reality including the reduction of waste, enriching our understanding of the environment around us, supporting our design capabilities and helping to make better purchase decisions. He talks about the new information that can be digitally…
Aug 10, 2020
EP91: Dr Ahmed El Adl, Executive Advisor: Vulnerable AI and the unintended weaknesses in algorithms
💬 “10 years ago everyone talked about big data, how to collect it, store it, secure it, manage it and use it. Today we are not talking about big data analytics. We are talking about how to gain the most insight from the data, which is a different world. It will see businesses move from analysing big data with machine learning to working out how they can apply reasoning capabilities to drive insights from smaller, but more useful data.” This is a conversation with Dr Ahmed El Adl. 🎙️ Ahmed is a technology and business innovation leader with a proven track record of global scale achievements in envisioning and building intelligent technologies and applying them to solve real-world problems to accelerate the digital and cognitive transformation of businesses, workforce, services, and machines. His main focus is the right industrial and business adoption of AI/ML, IIoT, and the concept of Cognitive Digital Twin (CDT). Ahmed has Ph.D. and Post Doc. in Computer Science with a f…
Aug 7, 2020
EP90: Richard Foster-Fletcher and Dr Naeema Pasha: Insights and Observations from Week 32
🎙️ Insights and observations from Week 32 on the @Boundless Podcast with my Friday co-host @Dr Naeema Pasha. We discuss the ideas and stand-out moments from this week's shows: Episode 86: @Dr Jeffrey Lee Funk, Technology Economics Thought Leader: The great technological slowdown Episode 87: @Jo Bhakdi, CEO of Quantgene: AI and precision genomic diagnostics Episode 88: @John Thompson, Global Head, Advanced Analytics & AI: Harnessing analytics and AI for business improvement Episode 89: Ashton Addington, Associate Director TechNET - Immersive: The rise of immersive technologies
Aug 6, 2020
EP89: Ashton Addington, Associate Director TechNET Immersive: The rise of immersive technologies
💬 “I'm in the surgery and I'm stood over somebody's spine and prodding around the muscle tissue and the bone structure. I can actually feel, touch and even engage with doing surgery on them. It was absolutely surreal and when I took the VR headset off my mind was blown. When I think back on the experience, it feels like a memory, not a virtual experience, but a memory; that I was actually feeling, touching and interacting with that human body.” This is a conversation with Ashton Addington. 🎙️ Ashton is an Associate Director of @TechNET Immersive. He is aligned with the specialised needs of the XR industry and is passionate about the potential of spatial computing. The XR industry incorporates Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, Volumetric Capture, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision and Gaming. 🎧 In this episode, Ashton talks about the evolution in remote communications from Zoom and Teams to interactive 3d avatars. How the game Fortnight could be…
Aug 5, 2020
EP88: John K Thompson, Global Head, Advanced Analytics & AI: Harnessing analytics and AI for business improvement
💬 “McKinsey has done some intriguing research showing that the early adopters of artificial intelligence are reaping outsized benefits from it in revenue, customer retention and efficient operations. But the laggards say there is little to no benefit to using AI. So we’re seeing the leaders accelerating and the laggards falling further behind in AI because they're trying to justify their lack of engagement and investment.” This is a conversation with John Thompson. 🎙️ John is an international technology executive with over 30 years of experience in the business intelligence and advanced analytics fields. Currently, John is responsible for the global Advanced Analytics & Artificial Intelligence team and efforts at CSL. Prior to CSL, John was an Executive Partner at Gartner, where he was a management consultant to market leading companies in the areas of digital transformation, data monetization and advanced analytics. Before Gartner, John was responsible for the advanced…
Aug 4, 2020
EP87: Jo Bhakdi, CEO of Quantgene: AI and precision genomic diagnostics
💬 “I encourage everyone to think twice about who you work with in the genetics field. The data that your genes contain can save your life, but it also contains all the secrets about your body. It comes down to the question; what do you think about the moral and ethical framework of the company that has your data? Ask yourself, to what extent can I trust this company and do they really have my back?” This is a conversation with Jo Bhakdi. 🎙️ Jo is the founder and CEO of Quantgene. His work in machine learning, sequencing technology, and DNA extraction procedures defines the cutting edge of genomic diagnostics, early disease detection, and precision medicine. Jo holds a Masters in Economics and Psychology from Tubingen University, with a focus on financial theory and statistics. Beyond his focus on technology and the future of medicine, is dedicated to bringing together the best and brightest and transforming them into pioneers, pushing the boundaries of health, life, and i…
Aug 3, 2020
EP86: Dr Jeffrey Lee Funk, Technology Economics Thought Leader: The great technological slowdown
💬 “Today's startups aren't doing as well as they did in the past because there are fewer breakthrough technologies. For example, rideshare is not a breakthrough technology. It's a taxi service that is a little more convenient, but it's still using the same type of cars on the same kind of roads. There's no productivity change. These cars are not handling more people, they're not travelling faster. There's a lot of these “technology” companies that probably should never have achieved the valuations that have.” This is a conversation with Dr Jeffrey Funk. 🎙️ Jeff has a PhD from Carnegie Mellon working mostly as a professor but also as an engineer and consultant in the U.S., Japan, and Singapore. He was one of the first to recognize the potential for smart phones during the late 1990s and early 2000s in Japan, and helped several mobile service providers succeed. 🎧 In this episode, Jeff talks about the reason that so many modern start-ups are not turning a profit and…
Jul 31, 2020
EP85: Richard Foster-Fletcher and Dr Naeema Pasha: Insights and Observations from Week 31
Reflections and insights with Richard Foster-Fletcher and Dr. Naeema Pasha on this week's podcasts: Episode 81: Dr. Daniel Araya, Consultant and Policy Analyst: The velocity and scale of AI-driven disruption EP82: Irena Cronin, CEO at Infinite Retina. Robert Scoble, Founder, Scobleizer.blog: The future of spatial computing EP83: Prashant Natarajan, Analytics & Data Science Translator: The magic of thinking big using data EP84: Ivana Bartoletti, Data, AI and Privacy Leader: An Artificial Revolution: Power, Politics and AI
Jul 30, 2020
EP84: Ivana Bartoletti, Data, AI and Privacy Leader: An Artificial Revolution: Power, Politics and AI
🎙️ Ivana supports businesses in their privacy by design programmes, especially in relation to Artificial Intelligence and blockchain technology. She was awarded Woman of the Year in 2019 in the Cyber Security Awards in recognition to her growing reputation as an advocate of equality, privacy and ethics at the heart of tech and AI. Ivana’s first book, An Artificial Revolution, was released this year and focuses on how technology is reshaping the world, and the global geopolitical forces underpinning this process. As countries respond to the COVID crisis, the book demonstrates how important it is to ensure we do not sleepwalk into technosolutionism, algorithms replacing policy and computing replacing the law. 🎧 In this episode, Ivana asks if rather than technology adapting to us, are we being forced to adapt to technology. She makes the case that despite the weight of pressure on AI to be explainable, that this wouldn’t be a desirable outcome for individuals. We talk abou…
Jul 29, 2020
EP83: Prashant Natarajan, Analytics & Data Science Translator: The magic of thinking big using data
“The true value of AI is not just automation. Automation is a starting point, but the true value of AI comes in being able to leverage AI in order to amplify and augment. By amplify, what I mean is supplementing humans and by augmentation, what I mean is complimenting humans.” This is a conversation with Prashant Natarajan, Prashant strives to demystify technology & make it accessible, understandable, and usable by everyone in business contexts. He’s worked for organisations including Unum, Deloitte, H2O.ai, Oracle and McKesson and is the best-selling author of books that demystify data, analytics and applied Machine learning. 🎧 In this episode, Prashant explains why companies have reacted and responded so differently to the challenges of COVID-19, some thriving, some not surviving. He examines the correlations being how effectively a corporation responded to COVID to how capable they are of delivering and scaling an AI project. Prashant goes on to explain that the largest b…
Jul 28, 2020
EP82: Irena Cronin, CEO at Infinite Retina. Robert Scoble, Founder, Scobleizer.blog: The future of spatial computing
“I'm a cheerleader for the Apple AR products, they’re going to be pretty awesome. When they come out they will deliver a new ecosystem for other companies to build into and around. And with increased machine learning and millions of people using it, it'll get better and better.” This is a conversation with Irena Cronin and Robert Scoble. 🎙️ Irena and Robert the authors of the new book Infinite Retina. Irena is the CEO of Infinite Retina, a company based in Pasadena, California that helps businesses enter and succeed in Spatial Computing. She has advised many decision-makers on business strategies related to Spatial Computing which includes AR/VR, Artificial Intelligence, Facial Recognition, Robotics, Autonomous Vehicles, and other related technologies. Robert is a technology journalist and advisor. Over the course of his career, he has interviewed thousands of entrepreneurs and has been the first to see the creation of many new technology companies, from Siri to Tesla.…
Jul 27, 2020
EP81: Dr. Daniel Araya, Consultant and Policy Analyst: The velocity and scale of AI-driven disruption
“Automation will displace all bureaucracies, all cognitive work, all routine labour that's not creative. This idea that management jobs are protected because there'll be referring to AI and data is just silly. AI is going to be much more effective at guiding and leading than any manager's ever been in a Fortune 500 company.” Dr. Daniel Araya. 🎙️ Daniel is a consultant and advisor with a special interest in technological innovation, public policy, and governance. He is co-founder of Ay-en Advisors and a Senior Fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation. He is a regular contributor to Forbes, The Brookings Institution, Futurithmic, and Singularity Hub. His newest books include Augmented Intelligence from 2018 and Smart Cities as Democratic Ecologies from 2015. Daniel has a doctorate from the University of Illinois and is an alumnus of Singularity University’s graduate program in Silicon Valley. 🎧 In this episode, Daniel shares his views on the intersec…
Jul 24, 2020
EP80: Insights and Observations from Week 30: Data necessities and data opportunities
This is Boundless. Insights and Observations Week 30 with your host Richard Foster-Fletcher This week was about mostly about synching up with MKAI – the Milton Keynes Artificial Intelligence hub as we explored themes around ethical use of data and corporate mindset on responsible AI. I didn’t think these interviews would change my mind about data, but there was some moments that made me stop and question my views. More on that in just a moment. Before that I interviewed Dr Vijak Hadaddi. I really enjoyed the chat with him, he’s got a special energy about him. I will be following his work. The things I remember from our chat; I felt that he was saying we’ve got to stop calling this industry 4.0, it’s not another step in industry. It’s a revolution. A seismic shift in the business, economics and societies. Vijak is another person telling me we are coming to the end of a cycle. Ade McCormack also says this, as does Daniel Araya. We’re still waiting to learn on this show exac…
Jul 23, 2020
EP79: Ashley Mason & Adi Manjunath from Data Reply UK: How AI Ethics can shape Businesses
💬 “When a retailer recommended toys to children, what we saw in the past is that they were tending to recommend pink toys to girls and blue toys to boys. But are we thinking about the wider implications of recommendations like this? Yes, you've got a responsibility to your stakeholders to make money. But at the same time, we all have a responsibility to society to try and do things in the best way we can and make things ethical and fair." This is a conversation with Ashley Mason & Adi Manjunath. 🎙️Ashley is a Data Scientist and Adi is an AI & Innovation Consultant, they are both at Data Reply UK, part of the Reply Group. 🎧 In this episode, we discuss the efforts that businesses are going to, to reflect on how their AI work can be fairer and explainable, without losing sight of the performance of the models. Ashley and Adi share their thoughts on current trends in data and levels of diversity in AI teams.
Jul 22, 2020
EP78: MKAI and Boundless Synch up - Discussing AI Ethics in Business
With: Dr. Richard Benjamins, Chief AI & Data Strategist, Telefonica. Professor Christoph Lütge, Director of the TUM Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence at the Technical University of Munich. Ashley Mason, Data Scientist at Data Reply UK. Adi Manjunath, AI & Innovation Consultant at Data Reply UK, Joaquin López Herraiz, Associate Professor at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Director of Engineering-International Mentor Program (IMFAHE).
Jul 21, 2020
EP77: Peter Fleming, Head of Strategic Consulting, Aiimi: The intersection of Data governance and AI
“The Chief Data Officer (CDO) has the ability to understand how information and data should be embedded within the business strategies, values and vision. Data drives successful customer outcomes, and I see no reason why today’s CDOs could not be tomorrow’s CEOs.” 🎙️Peter is a Principal Management Consultant at Aiimi, with experience leading consultancy teams and establishing and growing consultancy practices. He specialises in the development of Data and Digital Strategy and the management of Strategic Change Programmes. 🎧 In this episode, Peter talks about how good Data Governance is about finding the balance between both supporting innovation and maintaining the integrity of the data being used. He says that if we can get this right, data engineers, scientists and analysts will see governance as a positive thing and contribute further to making data trustworthy, accurate, timely and relevant, so that we can rely on the results whether that’s from a report or the…
Jul 20, 2020
EP76: Dr. Vijak Haddadi, Visioneer & Advisor: We may lose an entire generation of talent
💬 “With having giant AI corporations, Europe has lost out to China and the US. But I think Europe has a chance to do something differently and try to turn this defeat into a virtue. Europe can decentralise data and create platforms where everybody will share their data together and this could lead to some very progressive ‘next level’ type of models that could become viable alternatives for the rest of the world” 🎙️ This is a conversation with Dr. Vijak Haddadi. Vijak’s passion is contributing to the beneficial emergence of what has been called Meta-Intelligence: a planetary scale integration of human, artificial, and meta-systemic intelligences. He takes an active interest in the fields of humanistic intelligence, decentralized AI, human enhancement, and eventually full-fledged human-AI symbiosis. His PhD thesis in Philosophy, obtained at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy was on the systematic relation of consciousness and logic. He is currently…
Jul 17, 2020
EP75: Richard Foster-Fletcher, Digital Strategist: Insights and Observations Week 29: Distributed intelligence and personalised learning
Jul 16, 2020
EP74: Maxime Gabella, Founder of MAGMA Learning: In the future everyone will love their work
💬 “In the future people will have to go into jobs that are more specifically human, with human qualities like curiosity and creativity. So I think in the future, it won't be possible to not love your job. This is where AI could take us; pushing us towards discovering our true passions and being more creative.” 🎙️ This is a conversation with Maxime Gabella. Maxime is the founder of MAGMA Learning, a startup with the mission to enhance human learning with machine learning. His research is at the crossroad of theoretical physics, mathematics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. 🎧 In this episode, Maxime talks about how AI is causing job displacement, but how also AI will reskill workers. Not trying to transform truck drivers into data scientists, but using self-learning AI models to personalise individual learning paths and the accrual of new knowledge and skills. Beyond this his start-up Magma wants to revolutionise learning and even compress and optimise the…
Jul 15, 2020
EP73: Samiran Ghosh, Head of Innovation Labs: Why AI continues to fail at value-laden decision making
💬 “With AI on a global scale, certain developing nations could leverage the ‘leapfrog effect’. This can occur when a late technological entrant has the two distinct advantages of learning from first movers and of not living with legacy.” 🎙️ This is a conversation with Samiran Ghosh. Samiran has held leadership roles with IBM, Microsoft and McKinsey and he’s worked on the world's largest digital identity program. Samiran has authored chapters on blockchain and AI in books published by Wiley and is a TEDx speaker and Forbes Tech Council member. 🎧 In this episode, Samiran talks about why embedding ethics and morality in machines is so difficult despite having a thousand years of common law. We discuss whether it’s fair that we hold AI decision making to higher standards than human decision making and how difficult it is to ever say whether technology is doing good or bad.
Jul 14, 2020
EP72: Jon Thor Sigurleifsson, Broadcaster and Strategist: How will AI curate these times for future historians?
💬 “The democratization of technology has pluses and minuses next to it. Where you've got the ability for anyone to tell their story, but it also gives anyone the ability to tell any story. And anyone the ability to refute any story.” 🎙️ This is a conversation with Jon Thor Sigurleifsson. Jon Thor is a regular guest on the Boundless Podcast. And those that have heard him will understand why. He explores how technology interacts with moral and ethical philosophy. Jon Thor is a broadcaster and educator who cares about helping people to explore better questions and search deeper into information. 🎧 In this episode, Jon Thor talks about the challenges with navigating truth and accountability in a world with more data being produced daily than a single person could review in their entire life. He discusses how AI can help us to get us expand our knowledge and understanding, but only if we take steps to make this happen. The algorithms naturally will try to keep us engaged, c…
Jul 13, 2020
EP71: Dr Daniel Hulme, CEO of Satalia: An AI powered decentralised future
💬 “One of the concepts that I'm really interested in is a concept called decentralization. It's actually a world that doesn't have companies anymore. It might not even have countries. Where everybody can boot up an idea, and then everybody else has the ability to frictionlessly contribute to the idea to drive forward that product or that service and be paid fairly for that contribution.” Daniel Hulme 🎙️ This is a conversation with Dr Daniel Hulme. Daniel is the CEO of Satalia and he’s on a mission is to create a world where everyone has the freedom to spawn and contribute to innovations, and have those innovations become free to everyone. Daniel has Doctorate in AI from UCL, and is UCL's Computer Science Entrepreneur in Residence. He is also a lecturer at LSE's Marshall Institute, focused on using AI to solve business and social problems. 🎧 In this episode, Daniel talks about why capitalism isn’t working and how a marketplace of micropayments could address the lim…
Jul 10, 2020
EP70: Dr Djamila Amimer, AI Business Advisor: Make AI part of your DNA
AI must be part of the ‘DNA’ of your business now. You may get the cheaper technology if you wait for the innovation curve to progress, but you will be way, way behind that curve and most significantly you will have missed the opportunity to have established AI in your ‘DNA’" This is a conversation with Dr Djamila Amimer. Djamila is the founder of Mind Senses Global, her business helps organisations apply Artificial Intelligence (AI) and unlock its full potential. She has developed novel AI techniques that help to deal with uncertainty in project evaluation and she spends time exploring what the next wave of AI will do. Djamila is passionate about AI for good and making AI accessible to everyone. In this episode, Djamila talks about the importance of quantity and quality in data for AI projects, about why businesses should embed AI in their company DNA, and a future where more powerful AI can apply Causal reasoning and potentially requires far fewer data to achieve equal or b…
Jul 9, 2020
EP69: Alessandro Vinciarelli, Professor at University of Glasgow: A future with AI that cares about you
“We are all positively or negatively biased towards certain people. It is a natural phenomenon. We cannot think of everything we do and say, and so automatic processes run in the background, and these are unconsciously biased. Artificial intelligence (AI) can detect these types of biases and show individuals (and society) where they have a negative model about certain types of person. AI can help us to mitigate the effects of these types of biases and reduce conflict.” This is a conversation with Professor Alessandro Vinciarelli. Alessandro is a full Professor at the University of Glasgow. He’s with both the School of Computing Science and the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology. His research interest is Social Signal Processing, the computing domain aimed at modelling, analysing and synthesizing non-verbal behaviour in human to machine interaction. In this episode, Alessandro talks about his work to educate a new generation of AI practitioners that are endowing artificial…
Jul 8, 2020
EP68: Arabesque and Co-host Michael Berns, PwC: Using AI and investment to encourage ESG engagement
“The AI engine gives a very holistic view as to which investment opportunities are likely to be attractive. A lot of different heterogeneous data sources are fed into the system that interact in a very complex fashion. We don't really know which data sets will prove most valuable in terms of assessing the attractiveness of an investment opportunity. That’s what the AI engine tries to do. It tries to use all of these different data points and combine them in an optimal way.” This is a conversation with Yasin Rosowsky, Todd Bridges and Michael Neumann of Arabesque. My co-host for this episode is Michael Berns, Director of AI and a FinTech Leader at PwC. In this episode, Michael and I discovered more about Arabesque S-Ray, an Arabesque company that combines big data and environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics to assess the performance and sustainability of companies worldwide. The business empowers investors to make more sustainable decisions with a mission to accelerat…
Jul 7, 2020
EP67: Phillip Hunter, Conversational AI Thought Leader: Amazon's philosophy on innovation
“For Amazon, Alexa is less about capturing personal information and more about how people use it. What kinds of things do they prefer to do with it? What kinds of things do they try out and then drop? Amazon wants to know what sorts of differences Alexa is making in people's lives” This is a conversation with Phillip Hunter. Phillip is a technology product designer. He’s played pivotal roles in consumer voice and multimodal applications at Amazon Alexa, Microsoft Cortana, and four start-ups. Phillip also led product design efforts for Amazon Web Services. In this episode, Phillip explains how Amazon innovates so successfully. He compares and contrasts to his time at Microsoft and talks in detail about the work he did with the Alexa product. Finally, Phillip says how important it is now for companies to make a positive change for the environment, rather than waiting to be forced into change.
Jul 6, 2020
EP66: Hadelin de Ponteves, CEO at BlueLife AI: Everyone can learn about AI
“I’m not ok with powerful AI being in the shadows. There needs to be more clarity about where it's being used and how. That's exactly the reason why I do all these courses and wrote this book; to democratize artificial intelligence. To avoid AI being a black box, hidden from everyone.” This is a conversation with Hadelin de Ponteves. Hadelin is the co-founder and CEO at BlueLife AI. He is an online entrepreneur who has created more than 50 top-rated educational e-courses on topics such as Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain. These courses have achieved over one million sales with students in almost every country in the world. In this episode, Hadelin explains that overarchingly AI is benevolent and that we shouldn’t lose sight of this despite the current societal challenges arising from the misuse of data, unexplainable models and biases that can arise. We find out why Hadelin’s AI courses are so popular and about his incredible new book…
Jul 3, 2020
EP65: Cyril Lutterodt, Serial Entrepreneur: A future with no sickness, no war, no famine
“Do you what else happened during this crisis? It created a wealth divide even more! In the last two months, the world's 25 richest billionaires have gained $225 billion. This is not linear growth, it’s exponential, a big hockey stick. To get a more equitable society and fair society we need to democratize and decentralize health. Right now.” This is a conversation with Cyril Lutterodt. Cyril is a Software Engineering and Psychology major turned roboticist. He has built multiple autonomous vehicles and systems and worked on the incorporation of artificial intelligence in real world applications. Cyril is fascinated by the advancements in neuroscience and neuropsychology and now working on his new venture, a HealthTech company with the grand vision of making sickness a thing of the past. In this episode, Cyril talks about his big ideas for his work and for the whole of humanity. He describes the body scanning technology he is bringing to market, which led us into a conversation…
Jul 2, 2020
EP64: Esaú Flores, Innovation Enabler: Generating alpha; constraints, legacy and new green roots
“The rare metals in the quantity and the quality that you need to produce Electric Vehicle batteries are almost exclusively produced in China. So imagine for a second, the power China will have, for any specific economical or political reason, to influence the global production of cars.” This is a conversation with Esaú Flores. Esaú is a trusted Executive Advisor on Funding Management, Commercial Excellence and Business Strategy. In this episode, Esaú talks about the impact that COVID-19 is having on investment, risk profiling and ESG. He explains that corporates and fund managers are entrenched in historical processes when it comes to investment strategies, how we might see a green revolution led by finance, but how electric vehicles are solving one problem and creating another.
Jul 1, 2020
EP63: Dr. Martin Dinov, CEO at Maaind: When it comes to saving the world, no idea is a bad idea
“If we can’t make better decisions, we're screwed. Climate change, geopolitical conflicts, war. We can train ourselves to be more compassionate already without tech. But as a transhumanist, I believe that as technology gets more powerful, it will help us become better problem solvers. Let's use this to solve the problems worth solving; like how we can be kinder and more altruistic to each other, and our planet.” This is a conversation with Dr Martin Dinov. Martin is the CEO of Maaind, a company developing mental state feedback technology using Artificial Intelligence. He is passionate about applying science and technology for the betterment of the individuals and society. In this episode, Martin talks about his views on transhumanism – specifically human-machine augmentation and what that could mean for our decision making abilities and problem solving approaches.
Jun 30, 2020
EP62: Thomas W. Ives, Lead Data Scientist: This is an incredible time to be in AI
“This is a conviction and I could be wrong, but I believe that the corporations that replace humans with AI are going to regret it. It’s a bad move. But the companies that use AI to remove monotony from smart individuals and then advance their abilities with training. Those are the companies that are going to win, and they'll progress humanity the best,” This is a conversation with Thom Ives. To serve his passion to build things, Thom has continually sought, throughout his life, to grow his predictive modelling skills. He hopes to positively impact humanity with his creations, his implementations, and his teachings on the same. In this episode, Thom talks about what he hopes to see happen in data science during his lifetime, and shares advice for new practitioners entering the field of AI. He explains why facial recognition AI can be so racially biased, and what politicians need to know about machine learning. Thom shares what changes he would like to see in educational approac…
Jun 29, 2020
EP61: Thomas Power, Advisor and Connector: We urgently need the stockpiles of cash to be put to work
“I hope we can see a world more driven towards all of humanity. It doesn't make sense to have capital just generating capital. The point of cash is to deploy it to do good things. And that doesn't mean doing up houses and selling them to rich people. That means putting it to work for the people that need it the most and we don't see enough of that.” This is a conversation with Thomas Power. Thomas is an authority in business dynamics, reporting and discussing how technologies, data, market forces, corporate strategies and investment are shaping companies and societies around the world. In this episode, Thomas talks about the problems that emerge when we can’t trust or react fast enough to new data. He shares his thoughts on how capital needs to flow and to where and whom. In essence, he gets to the heart of what really matters and what needs to change for us to have a fairer and most inclusive future.
Jun 26, 2020
EP60: Richard Foster-Fletcher, Podcast Host: A few words from the host about AI and our future
In a recent interview that I did with Susanne Chishti from FinTech Circle. Susanne asked if she could turn the mic around, so to speak and asked me a couple of questions around artificial intelligence and our future. It's not normal that I share my own words on this podcast. I tend to take the opportunity to share and celebrate the words of others, but I thought I'd publish the conversation that we had, and I hope you enjoy it.
Jun 25, 2020
EP59: Kate Baucherel, Digital Strategist: Blockchain strategies and artificial creative intelligence
“There's been an awful lot of attempts at mimicking the human creative process in artificial intelligence. But the replication of the creative process remains really tough. Those flicks of the synapse on the subconscious, just throwing things out, is something that is uniquely human.” This is a conversation with Kate Baucherel. Kate is a business development and emerging technology consultant with a focus on blockchain and distributed ledger technology. She has held senior technical and financial roles in businesses across multiple sectors. Her writing includes Blockchain Hurricane: Origins, Applications and Future of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency (2020) and the SimCavalier scifi series you can find her work at www.katebaucherel.com. In this episode, Kate takes about the hype and hope of blockchain particularly in helping to reduce losses in supply chain and the success that distributed ledger technologies have already had on reducing unnecessary insurance claims that were puttin…
Jun 24, 2020
EP58: MKAI June Synch up: AI for Good with Rudradeb Mitra, Jack Lawton, David Troy and John Kamara
This is a synch up conversation with Rudradeb Mitra of Omdena, Jack Lawton of Aiimi, David Troy of 410Labs and John Kamara of the Machine Learning Institute of Africa as we prepare for their talks about Using AI for Good at MKAI’s Expert Forum this Thursday 25th June 2020. The wide-ranging discussion with these four global influencers turned to whether bottom-up business models create more positive impact than top down regulation, when it comes to good and fair use of AI.
Jun 23, 2020
EP57: Susanne Chishti, CEO FINTECH Circle: Compiling visions of the nature of AI
“When you think about discrimination, so far it has been from one person to another, the danger of AI is that it scales this up. AI solutions have such an important impact on our societies, perhaps they need be approved. Maybe we can learn something from the medical world where medicine has to be approved before it can be launched.” This is a conversation with Susanne Chishti. Susanne is the CEO of FINTECH Circle, Europe's first Investor Network focused on fintech investments. She is also the Co-Editor of "The FINTECH Book" which has been translated into 10 languages. Her other titles, compiled with crowd wisdom include The WealthTECH Book, The InsurTECH Book, The PAYTECH Book, The LEGALTECH Book and The AI Book. In this episode, Susanne talks about how AI could scale up discriminatory decision making in FinTech and beyond, how AI is so powerful, impactful and unexplainable that it may need medical level approval. She also tells the story of crowd sourcing the authors for the AI…
Jun 22, 2020
EP56: Yvette Lamidey, Leadership Coach: Thinking H2H in business - Human to Human
“We talk about the ‘snowflake’ generation, but actually what they are is more awakened. There are many things that we can learn from younger people; how they operate and what they want to see in the business and from a business. It's not the same as 20 years ago, there's lots we can learn from them.” This is a conversation with Yvette Lamidey. Yvette is a business growth and innovation expert. Her client work has spanned strategy, innovation, growth, efficiencies, change and implementation. She coaches and mentors board members and leadership teams to facilitate change and deliver sustainable business growth. In this episode, Yvette talks about how we have an opportunity in business now to learn from early Quaker led companies that operated on the principals of human kindness, employee wellbeing and sharing success. An opportunity to become heart centred businesses. To still make tough choices, to have high standards and to thrive profitably in business, but making sure that…
Jun 19, 2020
EP55: Simon Lloyd, Chairman, Milton Keynes University Hospital: MK & Covid-19; Teamwork, leadership & brave decisions
“’We attracted some criticism for allowing cameras in when visitors were banned from visiting the hospital. And I entirely understand people's reactions and concerns, but it was about getting across to people the very serious messages of what was going on. And from the feedback I received, I think the decision was absolutely vindicated. It gave a very human side of what was going on at the hospital. That transparency and open culture is, to me, absolutely essential.” This is a conversation with Simon Lloyd. Simon has a background in law and previously worked as the Chief People Officer for Santander UK, He leads the Board of Directors and Council of Governors in developing Milton Keynes University Hospital as a world-class health facility. In this episode, Simon talks about the experiences of being the Chairman of a major UK hospital going through the Covid-19 pandemic. How people pulled together under strong executive leadership, what technology they used and what challenges l…
Jun 18, 2020
EP54: Murray Grubb Jnr, Customer Experience Director: Whatever your user experience was, you’ve got to start afresh
“As a CEO, the first thing I would be asking my team is ‘who are our regular users?’ Then I’d take these personas and map out what experiences and journey they now need. Taking nothing for granted, I would showcase the new customer journey map to these customers. I’d get the advocacy and the buy from them in advance. I’d be asking them ‘does it look right?’” This is a conversation with Murray Grubb Jnr. Within Oracle, Murray heads up the Aviation Sector to drive Digital Transformation, User Adoption and Acceptance of modern digital services. He is a former Elected Politician, Speaker, Panellist, Judge and Industry Expert on all forms of Digital Engagement. In this episode, my second conversation with Murray. He talks about how companies, particularly those that have had their doors closed for some time need to completely redesign their user experience before they open their doors. Not only this, but they also need to get buy-in in advance from the customers that the…
Jun 17, 2020
EP53: Swathi Young, Chief Digital Strategist: The challenges when creating AI ethical frameworks
“Technology now seems to be intertwined very closely with politics. Growing up as a software developer I never expected this day would come, but here we are, it's 2020 and we’re talking about how technology should be policing the president of the United States on Twitter” This is a conversation with Swathi Young. Swathi is the CTO at Integrity Management Services Inc., a healthcare services company. She is the Washington DC Ambassador for Women in AI, an international non-profit organization whose goal is to increase diversity in the field of AI. In this episode, Swathi talks about the challenges of building ethical AI frameworks for the US Government that support both regulation and innovation. I asked her if it’s possible to prevent technological developments moving overseas when local legislation gets too stringent and whether Chinese developments affect US thinking on AI regulation.
Jun 16, 2020
EP52: Ellen Ward, AI Strategist: Making tech accessible and equitable
“When it comes to giving all people in technology a voice, I think we're starting to see a change for the positive. Much of this has been triggered by recent events and people waking up to the fact that there isn't anywhere here as much diversity as they thought there was.” This is a conversation with Ellen Ward. Ellen is a technology delivery lead with 10 years of experience working on business transformation projects. The past five years have seen her lead hugely successful AI programmes and strategy, and launch her own social enterprise, Elbridge AI. She is passionate about tech for good, speaking on and actively increasing diversity in the tech sector, and runs the Women in Tech initiative at Cranfield University in partnership with Barclays Eagle Labs. In this episode, Ellen talks about her AI for Good projects, that are focussed on using technology to solve real world problems. She shares how well she feels we are closing the gender gap in computing and how event organisers…
Jun 15, 2020
EP51: Dr Harin Sellahewa, Dean of Computing: Solving big problems with AI
“We are coming full circle. In the early days it was about accessing food and clean water. Those things became commodities, so we wanted education, transportation, entertainment, and so on. We got so much more than we ever needed, but now ironically we are back at the start. We are running out of drinkable water; the lakes are running dry and we don’t even have clean air in our cities. These problems must be solved, quickly and I believe that it is AI that can help us once again to secure our basic human needs.” This is a conversation with Dr Harin Sellahewa. Harin is the Dean of Computing at the University of Buckingham. His research interests are in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, and Machine Learning and he has co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. Harin has expanded his work into augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) used in education and is leading an Education 4.0 project. He is also a passionate promotor of increased diversit…
Jun 12, 2020
EP50: Giuseppe Bonaccorso, AI Leader, Author and Teacher: Benefits and risks of COVID-19 AI Apps
“AI can reduce dramatically the time to finding solutions for COVID-19. But applications that are not supported by domain experts are usually dangerous. They can be based on mistakes or misinterpretations. So it's vital that we understand the scientific methodologists which are being applied.” This is a conversation with Giuseppe Bonaccorso. Giuseppe is Head of Data Science in a large pharmaceutical corporate. His main interests include machine/deep learning, reinforcement learning, big data, and bio-inspired adaptive systems. He is author of several publications including Machine Learning Algorithms and Hands-On Unsupervised Learning with Python, published by Packt Publishing. In this episode, Giuseppe talks about how AI is being applied in healthcare. We talk about whether biases in data could slow down a cure for Covid-19 and the challenges that remain with health data collection, even when it starts with good intentions.
Jun 11, 2020
EP49: Barbara Fusinska, Google AI Services Lead EMEA: Think AI first
“With any technological innovation, if you do not invest in a proper time, then you will miss the curve. Technology quickly becomes a commodity and you can’t get ahead using a commodity. For retailers going online was an innovation, and some of them just missed it.” This is a conversation with Barbara Fusinska. Barbara is a Lead for EMEA AI Services at Google with a strong software development background. While working with a variety of different companies like ABB, Base, Trainline, and Microsoft, she gained experience in building diverse software systems, ultimately choosing to focus on the Data Science and Machine Learning field. Barbara believes in the importance of data and metrics when growing a successful business. In this episode, Barbara shares her experiences working at Google and with the Google Cloud. She discusses the industries that need to embrace more AI and the ramifications for those that may now have missed the curve.
Jun 10, 2020
EP48: Dr. Maria Aretoulaki, AI Voice Expert: The immortality of data
“My data is being used and exploited, and I can do nothing about it. We need to modernise the legal system. Apart from all the ethical, moral discussions that need to be made, we need a legal system that takes into consideration the fact that intelligence doesn't need to be visible to be acting against me.” This is a conversation with Dr Maria Aretoulaki. Maria is a Speech and Language technologies Consultant with a Post-Doc in Spoken Dialogue Management, a PhD in Automatic Text Summarisation, an M.Sc. in Machine Translation, and a B.A. in Linguistics. Maria is the founder and Director of DialogCONNECTION, a Voice User Interface (VUI) Design consultancy. In this episode, Maria discusses how data will live on eternally and how it might carry us individually with it. She explains why she has a problem with the way that Big Tech collects and uses data and what we can do about it.
Jun 9, 2020
EP47: Nithin Thomas: Preparing data and devices for 5g and quantum level encryption
“There's been interesting experiments around business models where the proceeds of revenues generated from data are shared with the owners of data. I believe that there is a significant opportunity for new business models to emerge in this space.” This is a conversation with Dr Nithin Thomas. Nithin is the CEO at SQR Systems. He developed groundbreaking research into end-to-end encryption with the Ministry of Defence. Roll the clock forward and this research has transformed into an encryption technology, which is used across multiple industries, to secure communications over commercial channels. In this episode, Nithin discussed how to layer quantum level encryption into current classical computing architecture, the difference 5g will make to cybersecurity and how personal data ownership will create new industries.
Jun 8, 2020
EP46: Denis Rothman, Artificial Intelligence Specialist: Deciphering human order by creating artificial chaos
“If you are a real believer in the power of artificial intelligence believer, that’s probably because you want to understand humans. Us AI believers are not trying to replace people, we are trying to give them new tools." This is a conversation with Denis Rothman. Denis is an Artificial Intelligence designer, author & developer. He created one of the first AI cognitive Chatbots and an AI resource optimisation system which reduces resource consumption, energy and power. In this episode, Denis talks about how he uses AI models to simulate scenarios, interactions and even the human mind. He rationalises that his neural networks could predict what I will say next, and he explains what he learns from purposely directing his AI models into chaos and then allowing them to return to order.
Jun 5, 2020
EP45: Bridget Greenwood, 1Society Movement Leader: How to harness collective intelligence from around the globe
“Most of the standards and societal models that we have today were built for a different time. Where we are now, is not where we were. We can't just carry on with a few percent of the world being so incredibly wealthy, compared to many billions of people who are still struggling to feed themselves. We need to allow everyone onto the value chain” This is a conversation with Bridget Greenwood. Bridget is a Director of Impact at Syndikat, She builds and nurtures powerful networks of agents of change, she’s action-orientated and sees problems solved through people. In this episode, Bridget talks about the incredible 1society conference taking place on 10th and 11th of June 2020 to celebrate unity and generate collective intelligence on some of the most pressing issues of our times.
Jun 4, 2020
EP44: Carl Robinson, Voice Tech Entrepreneur: AI-Human-AI. The future is conversational
“With neural lace, machines will slow down in order to be able to communicate with our brain, then go away, perform lightening calculations and then come back with a result communicated at a rate we can understand. We are advancing human capabilities through machines because we can't evolve quick enough biologically, but I don't see any need for us to change, to be like machines or to match them. This is not about augmentation, just tools that we're creating for our own benefit.” This is a conversation with Carl Robinson. Carl is the founder and host of the Voice Tech Podcast, a popular podcast about voice technology. A former chatbot product manager and voice-AI data scientist, he is now building Rumble Studio, a podcast creation service with a twist: human-machine conversations. In this episode, Carl describes how conversations between humans and artificial intelligence can unlock new opportunities in society and business. Conversations, that will take place using natural langu…
Jun 3, 2020
EP43: Merve Hickok, AI Ethicist & Founder aiEthicist.org: The risks of trusting AI journalists
“I’m looking at how companies are using AI to create echo chambers and personalized content which pushes people towards certain results. For me, Microsoft is actually one of the better tech companies, so firing journalists and using AI for content curation is a clash in my mind where they saying one thing about ethics, but doing something else.” This is a conversation with Merve Hickok. Merve is the Founder of aiethicist.org and Lighthouse Career Consulting. She advocates, teaches, speaks, writes, on ethical AI and its social justice implications. In this episode, Merve explores the move by Microsoft to replace dozens of journalists and curators with AI algorithms for its MSN homepage, and whether acts like this will increase polarisation of views and pull users deeper into the digital echo chamber.
Jun 2, 2020
EP42: Raj Balasundaram, AI Storyteller: It’s time to retune the AI algorithms from profitable outcomes to ethical outcomes
“There has been big news about, Oh, there is no toilet paper. I agree. If you go to the big names, it wasn't there. I went to the local shops, and they had racks full of it. Why? Because corporate supply chains are finely tuned towards a certain goal: NOT to meet the customer needs, but to source toilet roll from wherever possible as long as they make that profit, that's where it stops. No profit, no roll.” This is a conversation with Raj Balasundaram. Raj is a Digital Marketing Evangelist and Artificial Intelligence Marketing aficionado. He is a tech storyteller, mentor and teacher simplifying complex digital challenges into common sense. In this episode, Raj talks about how AI is used in our supply chains to ensure profits for the retailers and why this meant that for a period of time we had no toilet roll. He makes a strong call for change and why this is important for our supply chain resilience and our planet.
Jun 1, 2020
EP41: Bob Barker, Digital Common Sense Maker: Be digitally dexterous, and be human
“Executive profiles on LinkedIn are still very corporate, but COVID-19 has made it clear that you need to put something human in your bio. I know so many people that help charities and give back. You see them light up when they talk about it, but hardly ever do they put that in their profile. It’s a missed opportunity to help you better connect with people.” This is a conversation with Bob Barker. Bob studied personal digital skills for the past 20 years, his passion is helping people with digital competence, so that we can operate better, be more productively and use technology to our advantage. In this episode, Bob talks about exercising our digital competency muscles, having the courage to ask for technical help and being more human in how we present ourselves to the world.
May 29, 2020
EP40: Jack O'Connor, United Nations Youth Delegate: How to be catalyst for big change
“When thinking big, overwhelm can be a problem. Working until exhaustion and mental wellness become issues. We just have to take it day by day and give ourselves a break. I've been drastically hard on myself when it comes to achievement. But it’s about creating a sense of acceptance that like it's okay to have quiet weeks and enjoy shutting down the laptop.” This is a conversation with Jack O'Connor. Jack currently serves as the UN Youth Delegate for Ireland. Jack takes a very keen interest in all facets of sustainable development - through diplomatic work, business development and innovation, and policy coherence. In this episode, Jack talks about his experiences at the United Nations, how to think big and avoid feeling overwhelmed when you do so. He tells us what he thinks about the international leaders he’s met and how he stays grounded ahead of life spent catalysing positive change.
May 27, 2020
EP39: Michael Berns, PWC Director, AI & FinTech Leader: Over-regulation of AI could move innovation across the border
“For me, AI ethics follows AI robustness. Remember, in the nineties Europe let the US dominate the internet. If AI ethics boards in Europe slow down our progress, we will just pass the AI ball on to China to show us what the future is. We need AI ethical reviews for sure, but it may be better for that to come a bit later in development.” This is a conversation with Michael Berns. Michael is a Director at PwC where he leads the AI and FinTech Practice. He is an AI Thought Leader & FinTech Veteran, with 17 years of international experience on five continents. His "AI in Financial Services" PwC study, (with 150 participants) was released on May 11th this year. In this episode, Michael explains that the variation in digital and AI readiness still varies too much around Europe and the globe. He talks about AI ethics and how AI is being used in FinTech, including the mindset difference between challenger and legacy banks.
May 27, 2020
EP38: Tom Taulli, AI Influencer and Tech Author: AI has been waiting for 5g
This is a conversation with Tom Taulli. Tom is a technology author, speaker, and advisor. He co-founded a variety of companies, including; Hypermart.net, WebIPO and BizEquity. He is also a contributor to Forbes.com and author of the book, Artificial Intelligence Basics: A Non-Technical Introduction. In this episode, Tom explains how AI and Edge computing will exponentially grow from the implementation of 5g networks. He talked about compute power, security and why he likes Tesla so much.
May 22, 2020
EP37: Dr Paul Piwek, Senior Lecturer in Computing, Open University: Opening up minds with artificial intelligence
This is a conversation with Dr Paul Piwek. Paul gained his PhD at the Institute for Perception Research with his thesis entitled Logic, Information & Conversation. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in computing at the Open University. In this episode, Paul explains the rationale behind a new AI project that has just received funding called ‘Opening Up Minds: Engaging Dialogue Generated From Argument Maps’. This project will use AI argue-bots to help people process, understand, reason with, argue about and ultimately, make better decisions with information. These bots will call on Natural Language Processing, Natural Language Generation and Dialogue Modelling and the project will also investigate the role of inference, reasoning and argumentation in communication.
May 21, 2020
EP36: Dr Nick Reed, Founder of Reed Mobility: Executive Briefing: Connected, Autonomous and Electric Vehicles
This is a conversation with Dr Nick Reed: Nick was previously the Head of Mobility R&D at the world's largest automotive supplier and has led Connected Autonomous Vehicle research for the UK's Transport Research Laboratory. Now Nick is the founder of Reed Mobility, an expert consultancy for future mobility. In this episode, Nick tells us everything we need to know about the state of connected, electric, and autonomous vehicles, and how COVID-19 is showing that the transportation needs of the future may be very different from the past.
May 20, 2020
EP35: Tonii Leach, Research Assistant: Human Brain Project: The problems that AI Science fiction has caused
This is a conversation with Tonii Leach, Tonii is a PhD researcher in the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University. Her research focuses on the impact of science fiction narratives on global AI policy. She is also a Research Assistant to both the Global AI Narratives project at the University of Cambridge, and to the Ethics Support work package of the Human Brain Project, based at De Montfort University. In this episode, Tonii explains how and why AI science fiction has caused mistrust and misunderstanding of what AI is and what AI does. She points out that we should be far more concerned about the use of our personal data, than of AI taking over any time soon.
May 19, 2020
EP34: Dr Chase Cunningham, Cyber security leader: Cyber-hacking has been commoditized
This is a conversation with Dr Chase Cunningham. Chase’s work focuses on integrating security into operations, leveraging artificial intelligence and planning for future growth. He holds 6 patents in the arena of data science and virtual cybersecurity tool construction, a Ph.D. in computer science from Colorado Technical University and is the author of 4 books related to cyber warfare and cyberspace education. In this episode, Chase talks about the scale of the cybersecurity challenge as hacking has become democratised, billions more IoT devices come online powered by super-fast 5g and remote working becomes the norm. He shares a terrifying drone use case, and explains how to be forward-facing in protecting yourself from hackers.
May 18, 2020
EP33: Nige Willson, Co-founder at We and AI: The power of Quantum and DNA Computing is coming
This is a conversation with Nige Willson. Nige is a Global Speaker, Influencer and Advisor on Artificial Intelligence, Innovation and Technology (Ranked amongst top 20 AI Influencers in the World). He was formally the European Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft, now turned independent voice on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. In this episode, Nige talks about the difference that quantum computing will make to fight future viruses and how this alongside DNA computing will create a step-change to the power and the footprint of technology.
May 15, 2020
EP32: Paul Levy, Writer, Thinker, Collusion Breaker: Digital, with its ones and zeros is turning us binary
This is a conversation with Paul Levy. Paul is a writer, facilitator and the founder of digital publication FringeReview. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Innovation Management (CENTRIM) at the University of Brighton in the UK, and co-author of several books on innovation, technology and change including Digital Inferno – a book about creating a healthy relationship with tech. In this episode, Paul explores how binary digital tech may be turning our minds binary, and why human/machine augmentation really is a bad prospect.
May 14, 2020
EP31: Drew D'Agostino, CEO Crystal, How to navigate the blind-spots in your personality
This is a conversation with Drew D'Agostino. Drew is the founder of Crystal, the app that tells you anyone's personality. He also co-authored a book called Predicting Personality, which was published by Wiley in 2019. In this episode, Drew gives his advice on how to get the best outcomes from meetings by thinking about the personality types in the room and how they relate your own personality. Beyond this, Drew gave us advice on how to make someone feel comfortable on a Zoom call with you, what profiling he would do if he had just five minutes to prepare for a meeting.
May 13, 2020
EP30: Matt Black, Serial Entrepreneur | Change Maker, be passionate about your business idea, but not attached to it
This is a conversation with Matt Black. Matt grew up in an aboriginal community in the Australian Outback. He didn’t wear shoes until he left home at 14, but at 17 he started a logistics business which he sold at 19 for the equivalent of £3.4M in today’s money. He was worth $70M by 29. Lost everything and was flat broke at 30. By age 31 he was a multi-millionaire again and to date has launched and exited 6 different businesses. As an Author, his 1st book ‘The Little Black Book for Entrepreneurs’, which was written in 4 days, has sold over 1.3M copies. In this episode, Matt charts the journey of a start-up entrepreneur. How to get others to buy into your idea, how to scale, and how to know when it’s time to step aside.
May 12, 2020
EP29: Murray Grubb Jnr, Customer Experience Director, Treat every customer like it's a new customer
This is a conversation with Murray Grubb Jnr, within Oracle, Murray heads up the Aviation Sector to drive Digital Transformation, User Adoption and Acceptance of modern digital services. He is a former Elected Politician, Speaker, Panellist, Judge and Industry Expert on all forms of Digital Engagement. In this episode, Murray has a clear message for the heads of airlines, that they need to treat every engagement with their customer like it’s the first-ever engagement.
May 11, 2020
EP28: Erica Stanford, Founder of the Crypto Curry Club, How to start a tech community
This is a conversation with Erica Stanford, the Founder of the Crypto Curry Club, a keynote speaker, and Associate Guest Lecturer. In this episode, Erica shares the inspirational story of how she developed the Crypto Curries from an idea in 2018 to an expert blockchain community of 2,000 people that she leads today. I asked her what advice she has for anyone that wants to start a community and if she knew how much work was going to be involved, would she still have done it.
May 8, 2020
EP27: Doug Thompson, Microsoft AI Ambassador, Why we need more AI storytellers
“It’s not work/life balance, it’s life.” Doug Thompson This is a conversation with Doug Thompson. Doug is an AI Ambassador at Microsoft where he shares their vision for AI. He is a master storyteller addressing the questions: how will AI be used to drive innovation forward? How will AI be used to unlock innovations at speeds we've never seen before? In our conversation, Doug talks about how important the role of the storyteller is to build proverbial bridges between the technology creators and the people that it serves.
May 7, 2020
EP26: Dr Mark Thompson, CEO Coach, Why laughter is good for business
“We may wish that it wasn’t necessary to be as resilient and willing to take as much humiliation and frustration as does to succeed with a start-up. But if the cause is important enough, then hopefully seeing it through is a worthwhile ‘payment’ in return for the emotional tax that's required.” Dr Mark Thompson This is a conversation with Dr Mark Thompson. Mark is the World’s #1 Leadership Coach for Transformational Growth, Team Engagement and Driving Change, according to the American Management Association. He is New York Times bestselling author, a columnist for Forbes.com, Inc.com and FastCompany.com. Mark was as an early investor in Facebook and Netflix. In our conversation, Mark talked about why laughter is good for business, why he is starting to love the sharing economy and why people always listen to Elon Musk’s ideas.
May 6, 2020
EP25: Dr Martin Dinov, CEO at Maaind, “Why I implemented OKRs and why you should too”
This is a conversation with Dr Martin Dinov. Martin is the CEO of Maaind, a company developing mental state feedback technology using Artificial Intelligence. Martin is passionate about being a modern, open, reflective leader. He is building a tech business for good and has signed the Founders Pledge, to give away a significant proportion of any money made from the sale of his company in the future. In our conversation Martins talks about why he implemented OKR’s - Objectives and key results in his business and why others are following his lead to gain more clarity and transparency at work.
May 5, 2020
EP24: Thomas Power, Advisor and Connector, Ubiquitous platforms and reliable data...and we still can’t make decisions.
This is a conversation with Thomas Power. Thomas is an authority in the technology space, his key strength is in his ability to see how emerging technologies will collide and disrupt to create new industries and new opportunities. In our conversation, Thomas shares with us how decision fatigue from executives and leaders presents a significant problem for our health and prosperity. This is despite the incredible, real-time platforms that we have built to share and verify information.
May 4, 2020
EP23: Dr Emre Kazim, Digital Ethicist, Digital leaders need to ask moral questions
This is a conversation with Dr Emre Kazim. Emre is a Research Fellow and Digital Ethicist at UCL, he has a strong interest in how moral and legal issues arise as the structures of the state are impacted by new technologies. In our conversation, Emre explains that we need an ethics revolution to be twinned with our digital revolution and he goes on to discuss the moral questions that technologists and business leaders need to be asking.
May 2, 2020
Boundless Saturday Surgery: Heather Garbutt on combatting emotional energy drain during lockdown
Boundless Saturday Surgery: Heather Garbutt on combatting emotional energy drain during lockdown
May 1, 2020
Thinking Boundless EP10: Brennan Jacoby, Philosophy at Work, the relationship between trust and vulnerability
“Recognise that for others to trust you, for others to trust your business, you going to need to be trustworthy. And to be trustworthy, there’s a lot of vulnerability involved.” Brennan Jacoby This is a conversation with Brennan Jacoby Brennan is a philosopher and the founder of Philosophy at Work, a company providing professional support to organisations navigating complex issues. In this episode, Brennan explores the themes of trust, trustworthiness, ethics and morality in leadership and at work.
Apr 30, 2020
Thinking Boundless E9: Stephen Fern, Chairman of ARK 2030 on how we restore the planet to pre-industrial times
“When you need a trillion dollar investment, donations aren’t going to cut it. So we’re looking instead at taking a percentage of marketing budgets for perhaps the most important message that any company can have, that they care about the planet. Using 1% of turnover is a fraction of that marketing budget and is something that these companies are willingly giving. And this model is what underpins ARK2030.” Stephen Fern This is a conversation with Stephen Fern. Stephen is Chairman of the Board at ARK 2030. He works with global business families to direct private capital towards a massive ecosystem restoration plan. A plan that could put an end to our climate crisis. In this episode of the Thinking Boundless podcast, Stephen takes us through the ARK 2030 three-part plan to reduce global temperatures back to pre-industrial levels. Far from being audacious, this is a step by step, bite-sized approach to solving a massive problem. And it’s an honour to share his work here on the…
Apr 29, 2020
Thinking Boundless E8: Dr Martin Dinov on AI and Mental State Feedback
“You have apps that share your location with your partner. Imagine if you could share your stress level, your emotional state and how tired you are. Imagine the kind of conversations, insights and intimacy you could have.” Dr Martin Dinov This is a conversation with Dr Martin Dinov. Martin is CEO of Maaind. Maaind develops Mental State Feedback technology using Artificial Intelligence. Martin is passionate about the interaction of technology and humanity for the betterment of individuals and society, in this episode he explains the exciting brain computer interface applications that Maaind is working on and how we can get involved. This is the Thinking Boundless podcast. We are broadcasting daily to share insights from international Thought Leaders about how technologies, ideas and research are affecting business and changing lives.
Apr 28, 2020
Thinking Boundless E7: Arun Krishnakumar, How we will model cities, nature and the universe with Quantum Computing
“Quantum Computing is going to save billions of billions of dollars in the drug discovery process. Quantum Computers can model if a protein will fold in a certain way and to a high statistically confident level, tell how a drug will behave ahead of testing. This is mind-blowing! It will completely change healthcare.” Arun Krishnakumar This is a conversation with Arun Krishnakumar. Arun is a Venture capital investor, podcast host and a writer with a particular interest in deep technology solutions that have a sustainability angle. He is passionate about purposeful innovation. Arun has just released his book Quantum Computing and Blockchain in Business and in this episode shares the latest quantum computing business use cases, including simulation, modelling and encryption.
Apr 27, 2020
Thinking Boundless E6: Eleanor O'Rourke, taking a different hero’s journey
“If we are fixated on a plan, it means that we can easily be blindsided by stuff that comes out of the blue, one sudden changes in the market can absolutely blow us out the water because it’s not on the plan. How about instead, letting yourself to be helped by serendipity, opportunities or chance encounters.” Eleanor O'Rourke This is the Thinking Boundless podcast. We are broadcasting daily to share insights from international Thought Leaders about how technologies, ideas and research will change business and change lives. This episode is with Eleanor O'Rourke. Eleanor is a creativity coach and writer. She decodes 21st Century consciousness using humour. In this episode, Eleanor shares why it is time to think about a different hero’s journey in business. A life story that is built on collaboration and presence, rather than strength and resilience.
Apr 26, 2020
EP22: Areeq Chowdhury, Future Advocacy; Exploring truth, trust and regulation online
Areeq Chowdhury is the Head of Think Tank at Future Advocacy, focusing on artificial intelligence and emerging technology. He founded the digital democracy think tank, WebRoots Democracy, and previously worked in Whitehall. He is a Fellow at Newspeak House and the Royal Society of Arts. In this episode, Areeq explores the landscape of regulation, legislation and innovation against the current backdrop of going through the Covid-19 lockdown. He concludes by discussing how we can start to create an environment of trust online and offline.
Apr 25, 2020
Saturday Surgery: Heather Garbutt, Psychotherapist; strengthening relationships during lockdown
This is the Saturday surgery with our resident Psychotherapist Heather Garbutt. She is helping us with advice and tips on how to stay sane and stay happy at home during this time. In this episode, Heather talks about what we can do to strengthen the relationship with our partner during the lockdown and with constant contact.
Apr 24, 2020
Thinking Boundless E5: Evelina Dzimanaviciute; How to discover creativity at work
“It's not what happens to us that shapes our success, but the lessons we take out of it. The same thing can happen to different people, but only some will see it as an opportunity to grow. Organizations can increase the capacity for everybody to be more resilient, so everybody can cope with more change and more challenge and find new creative ways of doing and being.” Evelina Dzimanaviciute This is the Thinking Boundless podcast. We are broadcasting daily to share insights from international Thought Leaders about how technologies, ideas and research will change business and change lives. This episode is with Evelina Evelina Dzimanaviciute. Evelina is a leadership development consultant, trainer, and wellbeing coach. As a founder of Elite Mind Academy, Evelina uses neuroscience to bridge the gap between organisational performance and individual wellbeing. In this episode, Evelina shares what we can learn from our current challenges and how we can increase our capacity for creativ…
Apr 23, 2020
Thinking Boundless E4: Danilo McGarry, AI and Automation Leader: The theory of optimal zone
“I have a theory of optimal zone; Ask your reports at every meeting if they are in the comfort, growth or red zone. If they are in the red zone, they may be being pushed too hard. You need to react quickly. All of the demands you were going to make in that meeting, all of your questions on deadlines. Do not ask them! Instead, put on your compassion ‘hat’ and try to understand how they got there and how you can help.” Danilo McGarry This is the Thinking Boundless podcast. We are broadcasting daily to share insights from international Thought Leaders about how technologies, ideas and research will change business and change lives. This episode is with Danilo McGarry. Danilo is a celebrated thought expert and speaker on AI and Automation. He successfully led one of the largest ever automation transformation projects, ever, during one of the most challenging times in business. He is a modern leader, challenging the status quo and daring to think differently. In this episode, Da…
Apr 22, 2020
Thinking Boundless EP3: Paul Quaiser, Human Sustainability Institute: There’s a trust issue
“There's a trust issue. When I heard a Nobel Laureate, in his acceptance speech say, we need to figure out how to clarify what truth is in our society, it really hit me hard. Through our politics and media outlets, the truth has become extremely clouded.” Paul Quaiser This is the Thinking Boundless podcast. We are broadcasting daily to share insights from international Thought Leaders about how technologies, ideas and research will change business and change lives. This episode is with Paul Quaiser. Paul is the Founder of the Human Sustainability Institute. His focus in on integrating contemporary principles from Biophysics, Neuroscience and Biomimicry with Ancient Wisdoms. In this episode, Paul talks about the challenges we have with truth and trust in society and towards businesses.
Apr 21, 2020
Thinking Boundless EP2: Ross Thornley, 'AQ' Pioneer What it means to be adaptable
“In business it's easy for companies to unlearn something when it stops working. But when something is providing an okay outcome, then it can be really hard to unlearn.” Ross Thonley This is the Thinking Boundless podcast. We are broadcasting daily to share insights from international Thought Leaders about how technologies, ideas and research will change business and change lives. Our work is to inspire organisations to be more #collaborative, #transparent and #sustainable. These are the things that will help us to thrive. This episode is with Ross Thornley. Ross is a parallel entrepreneur and the founder of 6 companies across branding, innovation, product design, manufacturing and nanotechnology. I would describe Ross as an inquisitive and tenacious learner, driving inspiring visions for an abundant future and leveraging exponential technologies to unite, inspire and accelerate the best of all humanity. In this episode, Ross talks about how we can build the adaptability skills…
Apr 20, 2020
Thinking Boundless EP1: Dr. Naeema Pasha, Why we need a four day week
This is the Thinking Boundless podcast. We are broadcasting daily to share insights from international Thought Leaders about how technologies, ideas and research will change business and change lives. This episode is with Dr. Naeema Pasha. Naeema is the Director of Henley Careers at Henley Business School and a sought after expert on the Future of Work, People Strategy, Culture Change, Career and Talent Management. She founded the World of Work - WOW initiative at Henley and examines the impact of AI, a 4-Day Week, Gen Z, Agile Working, Side Hustles and Climate on how we work. In this episode, Dr Pasha makes the case for a four-day working week and how it can increase productivity, happiness and reduce stress.
Apr 19, 2020
EP21: Vera Mulyani, CEO at Mars City Design; It’s not why, but when we are going to Mars
This is a conversation with Vera Mulyani Vera is a critically acclaimed visionary architect and urban designer. For the past 15 years, Vera's practice of architecture and science has been evolving to reach an interplanetary scale, pioneering the Mars Architecture (Marschitecture) movement on building a sustainable city on Mars. Her Mars City simulation is currently building in the California desert, uniting the most advanced technology in alternative energy and infrastructure, that can empower the Inland Empire dynamic development. In this episode Vera explains why it’s vital that we get humanity to the planet Mars and what that will mean for us when we do.
Apr 17, 2020
Boundless #Rebooted Mini-Series EP24: Terry Nichols, Visionary Strategist; Slow to hire, slower to fire
"There’s going to be a paradigm shift in how business is going to be conducted in the future and how we're going to take care of employees. People are going to be slow to hire, but even slower to fire, because the connection between the employer and employee is going to be so strong." This is Boundless Rebooted. During #Covid19, we are broadcasting daily. Sharing messages from international Thought Leaders, about mental wellbeing, about #leadership and about the opportunities we have right now to make our world more #resilient, #collaborative and #sustainable. This episode is with Terry Nichols. Terry is a visionary strategist and a Navy veteran. He's an ambassador for refugees around the globe and the cofounder of Evolutionary Healer, a global transformational performance improvement company. In this episode, Terry talks about how we can look forward not back at this time to build stronger global connections and transform businesses to build super strong relationships with colleag…
Apr 16, 2020
Boundless #Rebooted Mini-Series EP23: John Bovill, Retail Industry Leader; How retailers can recover from Covid-19
This is Boundless Rebooted. During #Covid19, we are broadcasting daily. Sharing messages from international Thought Leaders, about mental wellbeing, about leadership and about the opportunities we have right now to make our world more resilient, collaborative and sustainable. This episode is with John Bovill. John is a senior executive within the retail industry. He has over 25 years experience gained in global businesses across three continents with prestigious department stores, fashion retailers and luxury retail. In this episode, John gives a high-level view what it’s going to take for Retail to find it’s new normal and succeed online and on the high street. There are few people more qualified to talk about this than John, so it’s a real honour to have his deep expertise on the show.
Apr 15, 2020
Boundless #Rebooted Mini-Series EP22: Jon Thor Sigurleifsson, Corporate Punk; how we escape a broken system
This is Boundless Rebooted. During #Covid19, we are broadcasting daily. Sharing messages from international Thought Leaders, about mental wellbeing, about leadership and about the opportunities we have right now to make our world more resilient, collaborative and sustainable. This episode is with Jon Thor Sigurleifsson. Jon Thor is a modern leader of moral and ethical philosophy, a storyteller and a change agent. He is TEDx speaker and his latest talk 'F*** money, live better' has had thousands of views. In this episode, Jon Thor recognises the challenges with embracing change, but points out how Covid-19 has shone the spotlight on a broken world and how this time could instigate a global socio-political shift, but also create the opportunity for new meaning in our lives.
Apr 14, 2020
Boundless #Rebooted Mini-Series EP21: Heather Garbutt, Love Coach; using this time to prepare for your true love
This is Boundless Rebooted. During #Covid19, we are broadcasting daily. Sharing messages from international Thought Leaders, about mental wellbeing, about leadership and about the opportunities we have right now to make our world more resilient, collaborative and sustainable. This episode is with Heather Garbutt. Heather is a Love and Relationship Coach and counsellor, she’s dedicating her work to helping people to attract and keep true, committed, romantic love. To maintain a healthy relationship with your partner or spouse now that we have extended time with one another and for those that need it, Conscious Uncoupling to end a relationship with respect, dignity and generosity intact. In this episode Heather explains how we can use this time to get ready and prepared for our true love.
Apr 9, 2020
Boundless #Rebooted Mini-Series EP20: Larisa Miller, Ambassador; we need a global response to a global problem
This is Boundless Rebooted. During #Covid19, we are broadcasting daily. Sharing messages from international Thought Leaders, about mental wellbeing, about leadership and about the opportunities we have right now to make our world more resilient, collaborative and sustainable. This episode is with Larisa Miller. Larisa is CEO of Phoenix Global and oversees global investments in more than 20 countries around the world. She was named one of the "Top 10 Friends of Africa" by For Business in Africa Magazine, and one of the World's 100 Most Influential Women Leaders by Sovereign Magazine. In this episode Larisa explains how important a global mindset is at this time. We will only solve a global problem by working together globally to learn, share and respond.
Apr 8, 2020
Boundless #Rebooted Mini-Series EP19: Vera Mulyani, CEO at Mars City Design; Mars planning will help Earth’s resilience
This is Boundless Rebooted. During #Covid19, we are broadcasting daily. Sharing messages from international Thought Leaders, about mental wellbeing, about leadership and about the opportunities we have right now to make our world more resilient, collaborative and sustainable. This episode is with Vera Mulyani. Vera is a critically acclaimed visionary architect and urban designer. For the past 15 years, Vera's practice of architecture and science has been evolving to reach an interplanetary scale, pioneering the Mars Architecture (Marschitecture) movement on building a sustainable city on Mars. Her Mars City simulation is currently building in the California desert, uniting the most advanced technology in alternative energy and infrastructure, that can empower the Inland Empire dynamic development. In this episode Vera explains that we need to challenge ourselves to think big, go out and discover our galactic neighbourhood, because when we do, we’ll really start to learn about and a…
Apr 7, 2020
Boundless #Rebooted Mini-Series EP18: Cris Beswick getting real about innovation
This is Boundless Rebooted. During #Covid19, we are broadcasting daily. Sharing messages from international Thought Leaders, about mental wellbeing, about leadership and about the opportunities we have right now to make our world more resilient, collaborative and sustainable. This episode is with CrisBeswick. Cris is a recognised global thought leader, author and keynote speaker on the subject of strategic innovation. In this episode Cris makes a compelling case for companies to push innovation boundaries at this time, this could lead to some exciting outcomes, but more importantly, it sends a clear message to employees that they are innovating for the future – therefore there will be a future.
Apr 6, 2020
Boundless #Rebooted Mini-Series EP17: Chester Elton on compassionate, positive leadership in a crisis
This is Boundless Rebooted. During #Covid19, we are broadcasting daily. Sharing messages from international Thought Leaders, about mental wellbeing, about leadership and about the opportunities we have right now to make our world more resilient, collaborative and sustainable. This episode is with Chester Elton. Chester is co-founder of The Culture Works and author of multiple award winning, #1 New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, All In, The Carrot Principle and The Best Team Wins. His books have been translated into 30 languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies. In this episode Chester tells the story of Kent Taylor, CEO of Texas Roadhouse. It’s an unbelievable example of courageous, modern, compassionate leadership. I hope you love this story as much as I do.
Apr 6, 2020
Boundless #Rebooted Mini-Series EP16: Bruce Daisley on re-discovering the joy of work
This is Boundless Rebooted. During #Covid19, we are broadcasting daily. Sharing messages from international Thought Leaders, about mental wellbeing, about leadership and about the opportunities we have right now to make our world more resilient, collaborative and sustainable. This episode is with Bruce Daisley. Bruce formerly ran Twitter's business in Europe, Middle East and Africa. He runs the top business podcast, Eat Sleep Work Repeat and his first book - about improving work & work culture - was a Sunday Times #1 bestseller. Each one of us is facing a different challenge at this time, for some of us it’s physical, for some it’s emotional and for some, it’s about keep business going. All of these are important, in different ways. We need our economic engine to continue, and through these changes some businesses will have the opportunity to bounce back stronger, wiser and more resilient. I began by asking Bruce if Covid-19 provides us with the opportunity to be more authenti…
Apr 4, 2020
Boundless #Rebooted Mini-Series Ep15: Richard Foster-Fletcher Guided Affirmation: Our lives are important and our actions matter
Some of you may have heard of the Kurzgesagt animation studio. They publish videos that try to rationalise life’s biggest questions and address science’s biggest gaps. In 2017 they were challenged to explain the meaning of our existence. The message they produced was viewed 2 million times in two days. Their words inspired the following passage, changes have been made, but credit of course goes to the wonderful Kurzgesagt for their brilliance: “It’s possible. But also very unlikely that 200 trillion trillion stars were made for us. In a sense it can feel like a joke has been played on us. That we became self-aware, only to realise this story is not about us. It’s possible that nothing matters. But equally it’s just as possible that everything matters. As far as we can see, we only get one shot at life. This could make death a little scary, but it also sets us free. If the universe is to end as we believe it will, every humiliation we have ever suffered in our life w…
Apr 3, 2020
Boundless #Rebooted Mini-Series Ep14: Dr Ernest Jones on managing children, business and emotions
This is Boundless Rebooted. During #Covid19, we are broadcasting daily. Sharing messages from international Thought Leaders, about mental wellness, about leadership and about the opportunities we have right now to make our world more resilient, collaborative and sustainable. This episode is with Dr. Ernest Jones. Dr. Ernest wrote his PhD research dissertation entitled Social Exchange Perspective and S&OP Participation. He continues to research organizational behaviour topics, and is an author in the award-winning series The Refractive Thinker. He is also a champion of everyday leaders, and in my opinion, he’s a modern, thoughtful and compassionate leader. Dr. Ernest is a father of three, so I began by asking him how he helping his children to understand and deal with the implications of Covid-19
Apr 3, 2020
Boundless #Rebooted Mini-Series Ep13: Matt Smith CEO Webtrends Optimise on how will we come out stronger from Covid-19
This is Boundless Rebooted. During #Covid-19, we are broadcasting daily. Sharing messages from international Thought Leaders, about mental wellness, about leadership and about the opportunities we have right now to make our world more resilient, collaborative and sustainable. This episode is with Matt Smith. Matt is CEO of Webtrends Optimize a company that works with retailers, ecommerce businesses and travel companies. I wanted to know how these businesses were thinking and feeling at this time. Matt is working with companies that have been stopped in their tracks by Covid-19, and others that are so busy that they are struggling to keep up with demand. I started by asking Matt, whether at times likes this it could be ok to let your accountant run your business?
Apr 2, 2020
Boundless #Rebooted Mini-Series Ep12: Dr Mark Gouston on how to be 'shatterproof' during Covid-19
“We need to talk to each other and surrender, not capitulate, but surrender to each other. You can say 'I'm so scared. I don't know how I'm going to make it through the day' and have the other person say 'me too. But I felt that way yesterday and I made it free yesterday. I have no reason to believe I won't make it through it today'. Wow. So here is our opportunity to develop a language of connectedness.” This is Boundless Rebooted. During #Covid-19, we are broadcasting daily. Sharing messages from international Thought Leaders, about mental wellness, about leadership and about the opportunities we have right now to make our world more resilient, collaborative and sustainable. This episode is part 2 with Dr. Mark Goulston. Mark is a leadership consultant to major organisations. His book, Just Listen, ranked #1 in six Amazon categories and has been translated into 14 languages. Mark has been UCLA professor of psychiatry for over 25 years, and is a former FBI hostage negotiation tr…
Apr 2, 2020
Boundless #Rebooted Mini-Series Ep11: Ambassador. Prof. Nabhit Kapur on mental health
This is Boundless Rebooted. During #Covid-19, we are broadcasting daily. Sharing messages from international Thought Leaders, about mental wellness, about leadership and about the opportunities we have right now to make our world more resilient, collaborative and sustainable. This episode is with Ambassador Professor Nabhit Kapur. Professor Nabhit calls himself a PsychoPreneur. He is a mental health advocate, an author, TEDx speaker and globally decorated ambassador of mental health and peace with over 200 recognitions from 30 countries around the world. I invited Professor Nabhit to speak to us for a few minutes to help rationalise the current situation and raise awareness of maintaining our mental health at this time.
Apr 1, 2020
Boundless #Rebooted Mini-Series Ep10: Dr Mark Gouston on finding a little hope during Covid-19
This is Boundless Rebooted. We have an opportunity to co-create new normalities: to reboot our habits, rekindle our relationship with nature and rethink our personal aspirations. During #Covid-19, we are broadcasting daily. Sharing messages from international Thought Leaders, about mental wellness, about leadership and about the opportunities we have right now to make our world more resilient, collaborative and sustainable. This episode is with Dr. Mark Goulston. Mark is a leadership consultant to major organisations. His book, Just Listen, ranked #1 in six Amazon categories and has been translated into 14 languages. Mark has been UCLA professor of psychiatry for over 25 years, and is a former FBI hostage negotiation trainer.
Apr 1, 2020
Boundless #Rebooted Mini-Series Ep9: Michael Baxter on how Covid-19 will impact the economy
This is Boundless Rebooted. We have an opportunity to co-create new normalities: to reboot our habits, rekindle our relationship with nature and rethink our personal aspirations. During #Covid-19, we are broadcasting daily. Sharing messages from international Thought Leaders, about mental wellness, about leadership and about the opportunities we have right now to make our world more resilient, collaborative and sustainable. My guest in this episode is Michael Baxter, Michael is Group Editor at The Data Protection World Forum and is currently editing the Data Protection Magazine. He also writes extensively about technology, the economy and investment for various publications. His new book (co-authored with Julien de Salaberry) Living in the Age of the Jerk, is being released this spring. I asked Michael, Covid-19 is promoting massive Government spending, what risks does this pose to the stability of our economy?
Mar 31, 2020
Boundless #Rebooted Mini-Series Ep8: Dr Oleg Konovalov on company culture
This is Boundless Rebooted. We have an opportunity to co-create new normalities: to reboot our habits, rekindle our relationship with nature and rethink our personal aspirations. During #Covid-19, we are broadcasting daily. Sharing messages from international Thought Leaders, about mental wellness, about leadership and about the opportunities we have right now to make our world more resilient, collaborative and sustainable. Dr Oleg Konovalov shares how companies that don’t have modern leaders and effective culture are swiftly becoming redundant in the market as Covid-19 sweeps in vast changes. I started by asking Dr Konovalov, what is happening to companies that had an employee micro-management strategy?
Mar 31, 2020
Boundless #Rebooted Mini-Series Ep7: Pierre van Weperen on Covis-19 learnings
This is Boundless Rebooted. We have an opportunity to co-create new normalities: to reboot our habits, rekindle our relationship with nature and rethink our personal aspirations. During #Covid-19, we are broadcasting daily. Sharing messages from international Thought Leaders, about mental wellness, about leadership and about the opportunities we have to make our world more resilient, collaborative and sustainable. In this episode, Pierre van Weperen shares his thoughts on the driving forces that need to be rebooted within our society and our healthcare system.
Mar 30, 2020
Boundless #Rebooted Mini-Series Ep6: Fionnuala O'Conor on Covid-19
This is Boundless #Rebooted. We have an opportunity to co-create new normalities: to reboot our habits, rekindle our relationship with nature and rethink our personal aspirations. The mini-series 'Boundless #Rebooted has launched because many people right now need to hear what opportunities there are for good. We are broadcasting daily, sharing messages of hope that this experience will change all of us for the better. In this episode, Fionnuala O'Conor, Founder of Project Kindi and a former guest on the show, shares her thoughts on what she thinks we should take with us into the new #Covid-19 world and what we should leave behind.
Mar 29, 2020
EP20: Luke Andreski: Pointing Intelligent Ethics at climate change
This is a conversation with Luke Andreski. Luke is a thinker and an author. He has published the books "Ethical Intelligence" and "Intelligent Ethics". These books offer a toolkit for ethical survival in our tumultuous times. In this episode, Luke explained how our leaders can adapt to survive and thrive through a green revolution, and what part we, as individuals can play in this transformation. This conversation was framed by constant thoughts of what we are going through at the moment as we experience lockdown and are yet to find out the full implications of the spread of COVID-19. Luke is a blogger that does not fear to state the hard truths and the ethical decisions that need to be made, by Governments, by Corporations and by each one of us. I feel that it’s a privilege to have him on the show.
Mar 28, 2020
Boundless #Rebooted Mini-Series Ep5: Richard Foster-Fletcher - Our Pale Blue Dot Moment?
Could this be our ‘Pale Blue Dot’ moment? 30 years ago, Astronomer Carl Sagan had Voyager 1 take a photo of Earth from the edge of our planetary neighbourhood. From 4 million miles away, our home appeared as a tiny pixel in this image, showing just how fragile and small we really are. At this challenging time, I wanted to read Carl’s poignant words, to remind us of the remarkable place we live. And how lucky we are to be on this planet, that at this moment in creation is habitable, and warm, and vibrant. Since we are forced to pause our human activities, the smog is beginning to disperse, and the rivers are beginning to run clear again. Could we take this opportunity to reconnect with our ecology? To love, admire and respect it? Could we take the opportunity to find new personal aspirations, post-Covid-19? Could this be our ‘Pale Blue Dot moment?
Mar 27, 2020
Boundless #Rebooted Mini-Series Ep4: Imtiaz Adam on Covid-19
“We’re in unprecedented territory. ‘Business as usual’ is broken. Maybe it was broken for some time. The system was very inefficient. We need to use this as an opportunity to break away from the old economy and the wastage it allowed. Food was being thrown away whilst people were starving. Something was wrong with the market.” Imtiaz Adam This is Boundless Rebooted. We have an opportunity to co-create new normals: to reboot our habits, rekindle our relationship with nature and rethink our personal aspirations. The mini-series 'Boundless #Rebooted has launched because many people right now need to hear what opportunities there are for good. We are broadcasting daily, sharing messages of hope that this experience will change all of us for the better. In this episode, Imtiaz Adam, Founder of Deep Learn Strategies shares his thoughts on what our leaders need to do now to unlock new technologies and create a new economy.
Mar 25, 2020
Boundless #Rebooted Mini-Series Ep3: Gena Nasi on Covid-19
"We were overloaded. We were overstimulated. The information coming at us is vast, more than we could ever deal with. In fact, we can only process 120 bps, that’s about enough capacity to have a conversation with two people. Right now, Mother Nature is sending us a message, we are gifted contemplation time, thinking time. But for some of us, that means facing demons." Gena Nasi. At this time we have an opportunity to co-create new normals: to reboot our habits, rekindle our relationship with nature and rethink our personal aspirations. The mini-series 'Boundless #Rebooted has launched because many people right now need to hear what opportunities we have for good. We are broadcasting daily, sharing messages of hope.
Mar 24, 2020
Boundless #Rebooted Mini-Series Ep2: Esaú Flores on Covid-19
Esaú Flores is trusted Executive and Advisor on Funding Management, Commercial Excellence and Business Strategy. “We are still in denial. We think we’re invincible, but actually we are already broken and we need to relearn and rethink. This [virus] is going to teach us a lesson about being in a good relationship with nature. Technology can help, but there is a massive process to finding a solution to the virus.” Esaú Flores I invited thinker and problem solver Esaú Flores to share his latest insights. He is candid, he is realistic, he is ready for change. This is part of the Boundless #Rebooted mini-series. A chance for the Thought Leaders in our community to share short messages of hope; hope that when this is over, we will #reboot our economy, rekindle our relationship with nature and rethink our personal aspirations.
Mar 23, 2020
Boundless #Rebooted Mini-Series Ep1: Luke Andreski on Covid-19
Luke Andreski is a professional thinker and the author of the books "Ethical Intelligence" and "Intelligent Ethics" on Amazon. These books offer a toolkit for ethical survival in our tumultuous times. Boundless Rebooted is a special species of episodes dedicated to understanding and explaining the changes that will happen across soceities, Governments and businesses as we create a new normal.
Mar 22, 2020
EP19: Ade McCormack: Makers and Takers
This is a conversation with Ade McCormack. Ade is a technologist turned writer, advisor, and presenter. Furthermore he is an authority on the digital age, particularly in respect of how the world is changing as we leave the industrial era, and how organisations and individuals need to respond in order to remain economically-relevant. In this episode Ade shared how we are coming to the end of the age of comfort and individualism. Societal blindness and reduced cognitive bandwidth are causing hyper-uncertainty and a need for new types of careers and life goals. Ade shares part of his vision for super-resilience and enjoying the new rollercoaster of life, his work is to help us all find the safety we need to improve our cognitive bandwidth and find a way off the treadmill.
1 hr 7 min
Mar 15, 2020
EP18: David Wood: The Roadmap to Abundance, Flourishing and Transcendence 2035
This is a conversation with David Wood. A former pioneer of the smartphone industry David is now a full-time futurist speaker, analyst, commentator, and writer. His focus is on potential radical transformations in society and humanity - transformations enabled by accelerating technological disruption and mediated by social and political reaction. David is the author of RAFT 2035. The Roadmap to Abundance, Flourishing and Transcendence. In this episode, David and I discussed how to overcome the hurdles on our human journey to sustainable super-abundance; evolutionary fatalism, individualism, capitalism, cognitive biases, greed and power. We talked about how existential threats could be a catalyst for a positive shift in human mindset. David concluded with his vision of what true meaning and opportunity looks like in our longer future.
Mar 8, 2020
EP17: Fionnuala O'Conor: Can AI save us from ourselves?
This is a conversation with Fionnuala O'Conor. Fionnuala is finding ways to optimise human/AI co-working and she is the Founder and CEO of Project Kindi. Project Kindi is currently a research project focussing on how AI models get built and deployed. Fionnula plans to solve what she calls the "Monday morning problem" - the need for real-world, personalised guidance on making behavioural change happen and stick. In this episode, we discussed just how far AI can go to predict, influence and control our behaviours and decisions. To get to this answer we talked about truth, trust, historical data, theoretical data, persuasive tech, corporate ethics and how Tech can give us better stories and even be the friend that we need right now. I was stunning at how fluently Fionnuala traversed these challenging topics to draw reference on her research, empirical evidence and insights about the future.
1 hr 1 min
Mar 1, 2020
EP16: Professor David Rothery: The search for a second genesis
This is a conversation with Professor David Rothery. David is a professor of planetary geosciences at the Open University where he chairs a level 2 module Planetary Science and the Search for Life. He serves on the Open University's Senate. David worked on the Beagle2 project and in 2006 he was appointed U.K. lead scientist for the MIXS (Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer) on the joint European Space Agency/JAXA mission to Mercury named BepiColombo. He has been a guest several times on The Sky at Night, and has authored numerous science books. In this episode I asked David to give his views and vision on where we might find basic or complex extra-terrestrial life in the galaxy. If we found it, how would we know if it was a second genesis or formed from the same starting point as life on earth. We talked about potential life on icy moons, mars, venus and exoplanets. This conversation covered almost every part of the search for life in space and it was quite stunning to share this tim…
Feb 23, 2020
EP15: Dr Naveen Thomas: AI Beyond Time and Space
This is a conversation with Dr. Naveen Thomas. Naveen is an AI enthusiast who has a PhD in computer vision from the University of Bristol. During his research, he developed novel algorithms that can detect moving objects from complex videos and used techniques such as spatiotemporal volumes and background subtraction to analyse the type of motion performed by these objects to further understand the video. He is passionate about the potentials of computer vision and AI in general, particularly in the healthcare industry. In this episode, we talked about how a digital universe is being built beneath us with AI twins that will be ubiquitous in the near future. The opportunities and benefits of commonly used facial recognition systems and how to beat deep fakes. We talked about what connects fire, AI and kitchen white goods and I asked Naveen what he would let AI control in his life.
Feb 16, 2020
EP14: Ben Rayner and Paul Stephenson: The 21st century currency is 'how you think'
This is a conversation with Ben Rayner and Paul Stephenson. Ben spent two decades working in advertising, developing brand and communication strategies for some of the world’s biggest companies. He has a vision of a business world where branding of the individual becomes the ‘norm’ and is fascinated by why many of continue to forget the lessons of our past. Paul spent a career in growing people to grow business. He changed company cultures and helped people to break through glass ceilings and overcome limiting beliefs. He is fascinated by the power of the individual and why people can fail to acknowledge all of the options that are available to them. Ben and Paul formed Zengility in 2019 with a mission to liberate the world from work. In this episode we talked about how business has been hardwired into the dangerous concept of growth at all costs. I spoke to Ben and Paul about how individually and collectively we can escape this pattern of life and business that is effectivel…
Feb 9, 2020
EP13: Sarah Maninon and Andy Feltham: AI Beyond The Hype
This is a conversation with Sarah Mannion of Nvidia and Andy Feltham of Filament AI. Sarah is a Tech Evangelist at Nvidia. Formerly with Microsoft and Apple, she has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years. Sarah has a breadth of knowledge across all NVIDIA solutions, from AI to deep learning, to remote graphics. Andy Feltham is a Master Inventor and former manager of IBM's UK Emerging Technologies team. He worked for IBM for 14 years before joining Filament as the VP of Innovation. Andy has a love for how technology can solve real problems. In this episode we talked about the problems with calling 'cognitive technologies' 'artificial intelligence'; the risks, the inference, the stories it conjures up and the hype. We compared AI hype to other technologies hype and discussed how enterprises are asking different AI questions this year. Finally, we spoke about how AI bias was potentially a paradox and how AI ethics remains front of mind for organisations deploying AI solutions.
Feb 7, 2020
Gillian Hadfield: BONUS QUESTIONS
Gillian Hadfield is the inaugural Schwartz Reisman Chair in Technology and Society at the University of Toronto. She is also a Professor of Law and Professor of Strategic Management and the author of the book Rules for a flat world. In addition to this Gillian works with OpenAI as a Senior Policy Advisor supporting their mission to ensure that the path to artificial general intelligence benefits all of humanity. In this episode, I asked Gillian a series of quickfire bonus questions.
Feb 2, 2020
EP12: Gillian Hadfield: Artificial Intelligence for a Flat World
Gillian Hadfield is the inaugural Schwartz Reisman Chair in Technology and Society at the University of Toronto. She is also a Professor of Law and Professor of Strategic Management and the author of the book Rules for a flat world. In addition to this Gillian works with OpenAI as a Senior Policy Advisor supporting their mission to ensure that the path to artificial general intelligence benefits all of humanity. In this episode we discussed the problems that have come about because legal and regulatory systems are no longer fit for purpose for the level of complexity, speed, innovation and globalization within our societies and economies. We talked about the challenges of building human normativity into robots and the need for social scientists. We also spoke about how a third space of regulation as a service will take a place between Government regulation and self-regulation.
Jan 31, 2020
Danilo McGarry: BONUS QUESTIONS
Danilo McGarry is the Global Head of Automation at Alter Domus. Previously he was one of the Heads of Artificial intelligence and Machine Learning at CitiGroup and senior manager of Automation in UnitedHealth Group. He is an advisor to the European Union Commission AI Alliance and has been published in The Times Newspaper and InfoMoney. In this episode, I asked Danilo the quickfire bonus questions.
Jan 26, 2020
EP11: Danilo McGarry: Automating our way to better work (Part 2)
Danilo McGarry is the Global Head of Automation at Alter Domus. Previously he was one of the Heads of Artificial intelligence and Machine Learning at CitiGroup and senior manager of Automation in UnitedHealth Group. He is an advisor to the European Union Commission AI Alliance and has been published in The Times Newspaper and InfoMoney. This is part two of two of my conversation with Danilo. In this episode we talked about the future of work and how AI is transforming companies. How HR is lacking behind in understanding and using AI and Robots. How and where automation is removing jobs and whether employees are sometimes digging their own graves when being asked to train up software robots that carry out human-level tasks. We talked human-machine evolution, population trends and why some people want to extend the timeline of human existence and conquer new worlds.
Jan 19, 2020
EP10: Danilo McGarry: Superpowers and Superthinkers (Part 1)
Danilo McGarry is the Global Head of Automation at Alter Domus. Previously he was one of the Heads of Artificial intelligence and Machine Learning at CitiGroup and senior manager of Automation in UnitedHealth Group. He is an advisor to the European Union Commission AI Alliance and has been published in The Times Newspaper and InfoMoney. This is part one of two of my conversation with Danilo. In this episode we talked about the effects of AI on equality and how members of superpowers will become super-thinkers by adopting technology like brain augmentation systems. The impact of BCI systems like Neuralink on society and privacy. We looked ahead at how schooling needs to change and what we should be using our brains for in the future as AI picks up more of the cognitive slack. We discussed new reward systems as the job market changes and lifetime longevity increases and the new modalities about success and choice theatre needed. Finally we talked about what could happen when we create n…
Jan 17, 2020
Dr. Matt Studley: BONUS QUESTIONS
Matt is a member of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory where his main interests span the ethical, philosophical and societal implications of robotics and automation technology. He’s also Associate Head of the Department of Engineering and Mathematics at UWE, Bristol, where he leads the research portfolio. In this episode I asked Matt a series of bonus questions about life, the universe and everything.
Jan 11, 2020
EP9: Dr. Matt Studley: The ethical dilemmas of interacting with robots
Dr. Matt Studley is a member of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory where his main interests span the ethical, philosophical and societal implications of robotics and automation technology. He’s also Associate Head of the Department of Engineering and Mathematics at UWE, Bristol, where he leads the research portfolio. In this episode we talked about the playoff between robot functionality and human trust. About job replacement and whether the use of robots should necessitate additional taxes. Human-Robot Augmentation and the ownership of moral responsibility. Finally, we discussed robot self-preservation.
Jan 6, 2020
David Diaz Pardo de Vera: BONUS QUESTIONS
David obtained his PhD in Communications Technologies and Systems from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). As a researcher, his work touched a variety of fields, from human-computer interaction to machine learning, speech processing, sensor networks and Artificial Intelligence. David also has a strong interest in ethics and philosophy of mind, particularly regarding the subjective experience of animals. In this episode, David answers the Boundless bonus questions.
Dec 30, 2019
EP8: David Diaz Pardo de Vera: Do we actually have minds of our own?
David obtained his PhD in Communications Technologies and Systems from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). As a researcher, his work touched a variety of fields, from human-computer interaction to machine learning, speech processing, sensor networks and Artificial Intelligence. David also has a strong interest in ethics and philosophy of mind, particularly regarding the subjective experience of animals. In this episode, all of these topics combined. I asked David to explain why it is that we perceive that Artificial Intelligence is making giant leaps and how fallacies about AI-human level intelligence started. We talked about whether machines could ever tap into consciousness and how intelligent machines are different to human intelligence. We discussed how intelligence is affected by innate programming, computation, choice and evolution and David framed our conversation by referencing the differences between dualist and materialist thinking. This is the Boundless Podcast, if you…
Dec 23, 2019
Rik Lander and Phil D Hall: BONUS QUESTIONS
This is the bonus questions with Phil D Hall and Rik Lander Phil delivers integrated artificial intelligence chat systems that challenge socio-cultural, ethical and anthropological rationale. His objective is to create human to AI interaction systems that help to navigate the journey to successful human-machine relationships. He is one part of the I am Echoborg show a theatrical show created afresh each time by an audience having a conversation with an artificial intelligence. Rik is a conversation designer for AI chatbots and on the research team at the University of the West of England exploring how different “behaviours” expressed by an artificially intelligent training bot alter its relationship with users and the effectiveness of the training. He is the co-deviser of I am Echoborg. If you want to know what talking to a sentient AI would be like then visit www.echoborg.com In this episode I asked Phil and Rik when and how did the algorithms in social media start to go wrong…
Dec 16, 2019
EP7: Rik Lander and Phil D Hall: AI and Surveillance Capitalism, Echochambers and Conversational AI
Phil D Hall delivers integrated artificial intelligence chat systems that challenge socio-cultural, ethical and anthropological rationale. His objective is to create human to AI interaction systems that help to navigate the journey to successful human-machine relationships. He is one part of the I am Echoborg show a theatrical show created afresh each time by an audience having a conversation with an artificial intelligence. Rik Lander is a conversation designer for AI chatbots and on the research team at the University of the West of England exploring how different “behaviours” expressed by an artificially intelligent training bot alter its relationship with users and the effectiveness of the training. He is the co-deviser of I am Echoborg. If you want to know what talking to a sentient AI would be like then visit www.echoborg.com In this episode I asked Phil and Rik when and how did the algorithms in social media start to go wrong and promote polarisation and extreme content. W…
Dec 9, 2019
Dina-Leigh Simons: BONUS QUESTIONS
This episode is the bonus questions asked of Dina-Leigh Simons. Dina is undertaking her Masters in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield with plans to pursue a PhD within the area of tropical ecology and conservation. Her interest is around the socioeconomic costs and benefits of wildlife conservation and how to halt biodiversity loss in the face of environmental pressures such as climate change and a growing population. She’s also studied at the National University of Singapore and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Dec 2, 2019
EP6: Dina-Leigh Simons: The interwoven relationship between our future and earth's biodiversity
Dina is undertaking her Masters in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield with plans to pursue a PhD within the area of tropical ecology and conservation. Her interest is around the socioeconomic costs and benefits of wildlife conservation and how to halt biodiversity loss in the face of environmental pressures such as climate change and a growing population. She’s also studied at the National University of Singapore and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. This episode gave me the chance to ask Dina how we are doing in the race to recognise the intrinsic value of nature, and implement changes that support this. We discussed what stands in our way of combatting species loss and whether the UN sustainability goals are our best route to biodiversity success. We talked about the role that AI can play in monitoring the heartbeat of the planet and reducing food miles. Finally I asked her how she rates our chances of avoiding cataclysmic climate change.
Nov 18, 2019
Thomas Hornigold: BONUS QUESTIONS
Nov 12, 2019
EP5: Thomas Hornigold: On how AI is being designed to keep us hooked
Thomas is PhD student in physics at the University of Oxford. He hosts the podcast, Physical Attraction, speaking on wide ranging issues including artificial intelligence and the future of humanity. He is a writer for the Singularity Hub. Thomas and I talked about how we can understand and mitigate the risks around powerful AI, and he compared these to the risks of rouge gene editing and Nuclear war. Thomas explained why it is that we model neural networks on the human brain and our tendency to anthropomorphise machines. He gave us a startling update on fusion power and what he thinks of mining the moon for natural resources.
1 hr 1 min
Nov 3, 2019
Stuart Armstrong, Future of Humanity Institute: BONUS QUESTIONS
Nov 1, 2019
EP4: Stuart Armstrong, Future of Humanity Institute: Will we survive the next two hundred years?
Stuart is a James Martin Research Fellow at Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University. His research centres on the safety and possibilities of Artificial Intelligence, how to define the potential goals of AI and map humanity’s partially defined values into it, and the long term potential for intelligent life across the reachable universe. He has written and contributed to many papers about how AI will affect, influence or control our future. Stuart and I talked about why the future matters and what it takes to unite humanity. About applying safety to Artificial general intelligence and our likelihood of surviving en mass the hurdles and crises’ of the next two centuries. We talked about what it will be like to live on digitally and have a relationship with your as yet unborn descendants, and what we do now that could appall future, more enlightened generations. Stuart predicts our likelihood of experiencing the unseen vistas of the galaxy and paints a picture of a remarkable…
Oct 6, 2019
EP3: David Chung: On Human Nature, God, Compassion and AI
David is the US Head of Carewell Lepu. Partner of Intel Life Science AI Division. He’s a patient turned AI technologist. Not a doctor or scientist. He just calls himself an average American citizen with an above average appetite for fixing the healthcare system. I invited David into a conversation since he has an astute way of making sense of science, technology and logical analysis. He’s worked across the industrial, service, IT, legal and healthcare industries and now David is passionate to explore how AI will eradicate diseases, improve equality and reverse climate change. He’s on a mission to build a better world for our future generations David and I had a no holds barred conversation about the state of the world and the impacts of AI. We talked about quantum computing and exponential growth in compute speed, the nature of being human, robot rights, space wars, money and God.
Sep 29, 2019
EP2: Jon Thor Sigurleifsson: AI and Empathy at all costs
Born in Iceland, Jon Thor is a musician, writer and director and philosopher. A TEDx Speaker, and AI for good start-up startup founder, Jon Thor is known for his fresh perspectives and creative insights. He is not scared of pushing back against capitalism I met Jon Thor through a mutual friend and asked his permission to dive deep into his thoughts on the future, we had a challenging conversation about the nature of good and evil, growth vs empathy, the power of stories and why so much money is in the hands of so few. We discussed the role AI will play in improving equality and social dynamics. This is the Boundless Podcast, if you enjoy it please like it and share it. And now here’s my conversation with Jon Thor Sig-ur-leaf-son.
1 hr 9 min
Sep 23, 2019
EP1: Peter Scott: Building a better person with AI
Peter received his master’s degree in Computer Science from Cambridge University, he’s delivered a TEDx talk and has worked for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for over thirty years, helping advance our exploration of the Solar System. Peter is the author of Crisis of Control: How Artificial SuperIntelligences May Destroy or Save the Human Race. A pioneering book about the existential crises facing humanity. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two daughters and writes the Human Cusp blog on dealing with exponential change. I came across Peter during one of his talks in London, and reached out for a conversation about how we can ratify our thinking about an uncertain future that is merged with machines. We had a wide ranging talk that covered Narrow, General and Super Intelligent AI, Consciousness, Human-machine augmentation and the dangers of AI and the dangers of a human power processing and wielding advanced AI.