Diane Francis

Best Selling Author of 10 books
Award-Winning Columnist
Investigative Journalist
Speaker and Television Commentator
MTP: To comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
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Diane Francis is a journalist, speaker, author of 10 books, and Editor-at Large at The National Post. She is Faculty at Singularity University, a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC, a Distinguished Professor at Ryerson University, and also on the boards of the Hudson Institute’s Kleptocracy Initiative, and the Canada-US Law Institute. She was a visiting Fellow at Harvard University‘s Shorenstein Center and has been a Media Fellow at the World Economic Forum.

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She writes for periodicals around the world and speaks at conferences about business, exponential organizations, tech, geopolitics, and white-collar crime. Her Twitter feed on tech, science, geopolitics, and corruption has more than 265,000 followers worldwide. And her essay on the future appears with 50 other futurists in the newly released “After Shock” on the 50th anniversary of Toffler’s seminal book “Future Shock”.

She is a member of Abundance360, created by Silicon Valley influencer and space pioneer Peter Diamandis, who leads this exclusive group of entrepreneurs.

She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce at the Saint Mary’s University, and an Honorary Doctorate at Ryerson University.

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Exponential Organizations

As a result of accelerating change, a new breed of businesses is scaling 10 times faster than established organizational structures. Salim Ismail calls these exponential organizations. This talk describes the characteristics and attributes of these organizations and finishes with how to implement these ideas into established companies. He looks at today’s fastest growing technologies and the social impact they will have on our organizational, political, legal, educational, and medical systems. From artificial intelligence to biotech, these disruptive technologies are changing the face of many disparate industries and creating new innovations and opportunities. Audiences walk away with a tailored action plan for moving forward that utilizes five internal and five external strategies to spur astounding growth – like partnering with an incubator and transforming their organization’s leadership team.

Disruptive Convergence

Salim describes major breakthroughs occurring in a series of accelerating technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, biotech, sensors, neuroscience, medicine, and even energy. He describes the implications of these breakthroughs on both society and business, and will give a perspective on their impact tailored to each specific audience.

Exponential Finance

Today there are 8 billion internet-connected devices in the world. By 2020 Salim Ismail predicts there will be 50 billion. Will computer driven cars be a reality in three years? Will we see a dramatically lengthened lifespan and delayed retirements in a matter of 1-2 decades? What does this mean for investment, growth, and contraction in key industries? As the world becomes more digital, advancements in technology are skyrocketing. Technology strategist Salim Ismail knows the trajectory of fascinating projects that are sure to change our lives and challenge societal norms as we know them. His take on the impact to the financial services sector will have you thinking twice about where to put money and how much is needed for the future.

Future of Entrepreneurship

The confluence of new developments makes today the best time ever to be an entrepreneur. Salim talks about how accelerating technologies, crowd funding, incubators, fablabs, and cloud computing have made it faster, better, and cheaper to be an entrepreneur. This talk also covers the steps needed to create entrepreneurial ecosystems and start-up communities in different regions.

Future of Government

As entrepreneurs and the private sector move quickly into technology to advance their enterprises, governments and the public sector remain fossilized, stuck in a world of paper burden and bureaucracies. But some governments, notably Estonia and the newly transforming Ukraine, are leapfrogging rapidly into e-government. Ukraine’s new government-in-a-phone allows citizen-consumers to obtain everything from drivers licenses, corporation documents, birth and death certificates, building permits, visas to services of all kinds via their mobile phones. Ukrainian apps now allow citizens to report and monitor potholes and annual government budgets in their municipalities.

Future of Food

Drones, electrified vehicles, livestock sensors, broadband services to monitor crops and weather, financial apps, and logistical capability are among the new tools available for future farmers. Hydroponics, vertical farms, automated dairy farms on floating platforms, meat substitutes, and bio-science innovations are becoming mainstream. And the harnessing of artificial intelligence is leading to better drugs but also the development of superior supplements to contribute to longevity and healthfulness.

Future of Healthcare

Diane presents the innovations that, in short order, will mean that 100 is going to be the new 60. Exponential technologies such as the Internet of Everything, AI, life sciences, data mining, and enhanced medical research is going to help everyone monitor, diagnose, and extend their longevity. Regenerative medicine is successfully replacing bone, neural, tendon, cartilage, and muscle tissue and organ transplants will be easier, cheaper, faster, and ubiquitous as advancements aim at growing organs in pigs to meet all needs.

Ethical Concerns Aout Exponential Technologies

The disruption in the lives of people, organizations, societies, and geopolitics is going to accelerate and the type of Brave New World that results will rest on whether technological advances are ethical or not. Is it moral to build weapons that think for themselves? Or chimeras and cyborgs? Is it moral to allow technological advances to wipe out jobs and living standards without equivalent replacements?

Is it civilized for humanity to allow artificial intelligence to become smarter than human beings (in a decade or two)? Is it important to bridle and create non-proliferation global agreements to arrest the possibility that machines will become so smart they can create their own machines? Diane has led panels, and conducted debates plus audience participation, about the issue of ethical and moral and legal questions as we march toward a new future.

Best Selling Author of 10 books
Award-Winning Columnist
Investigative Journalist
Speaker and Television Commentator
MTP: To comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
Inquire About Diane
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