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Byron’s talk was spectacular. He took the time to speak with me in advance about our event and crafted a presentation that perfectly fit our theme. He kept the audience engaged throughout the presentation both through the thought provoking topics he discussed as well as the visual images he included. On top of all this, he was exceptionally easy to work with before, during and after his presentation. He truly made my job easier.

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Our keynote speaker Byron Reese is an non-traditional futurist and trailblazer. He provides his attendees with his vision for solving many of the worst global issues. The charismatic speaker spreads energetic optimism about the future and leaves audiences with an infectious sense of possibility and wonder.

Speaking across the globe, Byron brings great enthusiasm and talent for deciphering our common destiny and unlocking business opportunities within it. As a successful entrepreneur and award-winning futurist, Byron employs his perspective as a historian, futurist, and technologist to illuminate how the technology of today can solve some of our most daunting global challenges.

As a futurist, he understands the unprecedented technological change upon us and explores the dramatic transformation of society it will bring. As a technologist and entrepreneur, he knows how to manage change and inspire innovation, while still meeting the immediate obligations and realities of operating a business.

Byron’s keynotes and appearances include SXSW, TEDx Austin, fortune 1000 companies (Dell Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, Oticon, Swisslog) and universities (University of Texas, Queen’s University, TWU, Rice) and futurist conferences (PICNIC Festival in Amsterdam, Wolfram Data Summit, and the IEEE Conference) among others.

Byron set up his first business as an undergraduate at Rice University. He later founded and sold two companies: Hot Data, ultimately to Pitney Bowes; and PageWise to Demand Media. Today Byron is the CEO and publisher of GigaOM, a technology research and analysis firm focused on helping business leaders understand the implications of emerging technologies and their impacts on business, media, and society.

In addition to serving in a wide range of senior management roles, from CEO, to VP of Marketing, to Chief Innovation Officer, Byron has produced a diverse body of patented work, and given dozens of talks to both technical and non-technical audiences around the world.

A highly sought-after keynote speaker, enlightening attendees across nations, Byron is an in-demand forward thinker in his field.

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How Robots Create Human Jobs

  • Everyday, the media greets readers with a variant of ‘THE ROBOTS ARE COMING FOR YOUR JOB!’ The logic is simple: every day Robots get smarter, learn faster, and they will never ask for a raise, but Byron believes this simplistic reasoning is entirely wrong. He says ‘Just as electricity and the assembly line weren’t bad for workers, in spite of shrill predictions otherwise, AI and robots won’t be either. In fact, they will create so many new jobs that out bigger problem will be a labor shortage.’
  • This talk is structured to be highly customizable to specific industries or can be presented to a general audience. Byron delivers a calm and factual analysis concluding that our best days are certainly ahead of us.
Keynote by speaker Byron Reese

The Future of Work

  • What skills are useful to have? Which technologies should we adopt? How will technology affect the workplace, the home and society in general? In this empowering talk, Byron suggests that the futures is not going to be a frightening place where humans become displaced, but rather “one in which the things that makes us human become incredibly valuable. We are entering a world of more choice and more opportunity than ever before. The best response is to expand our dreams and expectations, not our fears and concerns”
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The Coming Golden Age of Humanity

  • In this compelling talk, Byron demonstrates how current technologies changes will ultimately bring about the end of poverty, disease, hunger, ignorance and war. Byron explores how these historical problems are fundamentally problems of technology, and thus will have technologically solutions. Solutions which are a lot closer than commonly believed.
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How to Change the World for Centuries to Come

  • The world has throughout human history has gone through numerous stages of change. In retrospect, these changes have almost always been for the better. Life expectancy has increased, along with the standard of living, access to education and political liberty. How have these changes been brought about? Largely through the actions of individuals driven to change the world. This talk focuses on how that change happens and looks at how virtually any individual can have a global effect on the history of the planet.
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Big Data and the Perfectibility of Humanity

  • More data is created every day than was created in the entirety of the 19th Century. Within that data lies to the answers to the vexing problems of life. Automatic computer programs will scour the data for associations that will be turned into algorithms to optimize every decision we have to make in life. While we may not always to choose to do those things, it will effectively make every person on the planet vastly wiser than the wisest person who has ever lived. In the future, no one will ever need to make a mistake again. While this sounds like a technical talk, the wide use of real life examples makes it suitable for any audience.
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Big Data and the Perfectibility of Humanity

  • No matter what industry you are in, you probably have a sense that you are in one of those radical disruptive periods where everything seems to be changing. You might be wondering when it is all going to settle down so you can take a bit of a breather.
  • This talk explores how businesses that operate in industries that are undergoing dramatic changes can function and be successful. While traditional futurists seldom bridge the gap between ‘here is what is going to happen’ and ‘here is how you profit from it’ Byron explores how it is that radical technology advance creates new multi-billion dollar companies, and destroys old ones.
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The Next Seven Years

  • What would you have predicted seven years ago? There were no self-driving cars or Apple watches. Would you have seen the transformative effect that tablets and smartphones would have on the world? What will be the changes and innovation that in the coming seven years?
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The Future of Education

  • What would you have predicted seven years ago? There were no self-driving cars or Apple watches. Would you have seen the transformative effect that tablets and smartphones would have on the world? What will be the changes and innovation that in the coming seven years?
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    Byron Reese presented to our professional organization of about 200. Prior to the event, Byron conferred with me twice to construct a thorough understanding of the audience and my desires for the presentation. The ultimate delivery was a 45-minute talk that engaged my audience, making complex subjects not only relatable to the crowd but topical to their business environment. Byron delivered what he promised: a customized presentation that provided an insightful and uplifting backdrop to further discussion on technological trends. I am very grateful that Byron stayed after the presentation to meet the audience and offer autographs to everyone. We look forward to working with Byron again!

    Brent Dohogne, President

    AZ CPCU Society

    Byron’s talk was spectacular. He took the time to speak with me in advance about our event and crafted a presentation that perfectly fit our theme. He kept the audience engaged throughout the presentation both through the thought provoking topics he discussed as well as the visual images he included. On top of all this, he was exceptionally easy to work with before, during and after his presentation. He truly made my job easier.

    Kevin Houser, P.E., Director, IP Strategy

    Johnson & Johnson

    Byron was an absolute hit and everyone truly enjoyed hearing his insights on the intersection of history, technology and our future. His passion and energy on the subject matter is unmatched! Further, we greatly appreciated all of the time he spent with our team and guests.

    Patience Baldwin

    Crestone Capital Advisors

    Byron was awesome! His session has gotten very positive feedback on our post-meeting survey, and it’s been fun to hear references to his presentation come up in meetings over the past week. And as a communicator I’m still in awe of his deck. So awesome!

    Sarah. S.

    JP Morgan
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    5 out of 5 stars

    Byron’s talk was spectacular. He took the time to speak with me in advance about our event and crafted a presentation that perfectly fit our theme. He kept the audience engaged throughout the presentation both through the thought provoking topics he discussed as well as the visual images he included. On top of all this, he was exceptionally easy to work with before, during and after his presentation. He truly made my job easier.

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