Exponential Gap with Azeem Azhar – Fall 2021 Keynote Session

How Technology Is Leaving Us Behind and What to Do About It.

Azeem Azhar
Azeem Azhar

Technology is developing at an exponential rate. Humans evolved for a linear world. The result?

The exponential gap.

How can we adapt?

In this talk and extended discussion based on his new book, Exponential, Azeem will explain how the exponential gap came about and caused of some of our most pressing problems: inequality; the gulf between established businesses and fast-growing digital platforms; the inability of nation states to deal with cyber-warfare and far beyond.

The exponential gap is not inevitable – and creates opportunity. Those harnessing its power will do much better than those who don’t.

Our society is shaped by technology. As designers of that technology, we have a chance to shape how people live.

Exponential technology is transforming all of our lives. Azeem will synthesize thinking in economics, political and social science, technology, anthropology and psychology to sketch out how we can harness tech to serve our real needs and what we can do to make it work for us all.

You will learn

  • Why the world became so radically different as technological innovation exploded.
  • The threats and opportunities we face in the software industry and across society as a result of this change.
  • The changes in mindset and approach needed for society to thrive.
  • How you can take control and harness the power of our invention to make the world a better place for everyone.

Azeem Azhar, Exponential View

Azeem is the founder of a number of successful tech companies. After exiting his latest venture in 2016 he spoke about AI & Machine Learning at BoS Europe. (Well worth a rewatch). Then he gave his bio as,

‘Currently discovering literature, neuroscience and thinking about exponential change.’

Shortly after, he founded Exponential View, a platform for in-depth tech analysis with free and paid newsletters with over 200,000 readers across the world. He also created the The Exponential View Podcast in partnership with Harvard Business Review which has 2,000,000 listeners.

Notable subscribers include

“Exponential View is a must read”

Spotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek

“I look forward to being challenged and inspired by the Exponential View every week”.

DeepMind founder Mustafa Suleyman

He’s a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council, sits on the board of the Ada Lovelace Foundation and contributes to the Financial Times, Prospect and MIT Technology Review.