Insights June 8th, 2021

“Exponential data growth, sensors, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are changing how we live, work and operate as a society. These are the lifeblood and foundations for the next 300 years of innovation and human progress.”

Nikolas Badminton, Chief Futurist

Nikolas Badminton is the futurist keynote speaker that provides your audience with key insights, signals and trends relating to the future of artificial intelligence and developments in machine learning.

In this futurist keynote he will teach you 3 essential lessons:

  • Understand global megatrends and how artificial intelligence is changing our world
  • See the exponential technologies built on the foundation of artificial intelligence and how they will change the world
  • See how society and business needs to shift its mindset towards intelligence augmentation.

Lesson: Understand global megatrends and how artificial intelligence is changing our world

There are forces in the world that have far-reaching impacts across our struggling industrial complex. These include, economic power shifts with China and India as first and second with the United States in third place, the population boom in Africa and Southeast Asia, movements to megacities that will be over fifty million people in size by 2050 (Lagos, Nigeria will be the largest), the worsening global drought and water scarcity with effects on growing food and energy production.

New Artificial Intelligence and machine learning-based solutions will tap into the wisdom hidden in the subconscious layers of data in the platforms we use to influence how we manage and influence these massively complex systems.

Lesson: See the exponential technologies built on the foundation of artificial intelligence and how they will change the world

Nikolas will guide you through the technologies that are accelerating the industries powered by Artificial Intelligence. So many technologies rely on Artificial Intelligence and influence its development – Big data analytics, machine learning, robotic automation, robotics, robots, cobots, human and the machine, Internet of Things and the sensor economy, smart cities, wearable computing, virtual reality, augmented reality, the metaverse, 3D printing and additive manufacturing, drones and unmanned autonomous vehicles (flying cars), cybersecurity, Nanotechnology, quantum computing, digital triplets, digital twins and simulations, advanced avionics, autonomous planes, satellites, sub-orbital internet, Lunar settlements and human life support, blockchain, Web3, and more.

Lesson: See how society and business needs to shift its mindset towards intelligence augmentation

Data growth is unstoppable. There will be over 175 zettabytes of data created each year by 2026. That’s a CAGR of 61%, up from 33zb of data in 2018 (Source: IDC). Artificial Intelligence and machine learning will process and liberate new insights and value from that data and change how we operate. In doing so we will change everything and accelerate our society. In fact, PwC expects that $15.7 trillion could be added to the global economy by 2030 due to increased productivity and consumption side-effects.

Everything changes from this point forward and it will not be a machine-led revolution. It will be a world where the machines work with and are trained by humans to create a state of Intelligence Augmentation.

Shift your mindset from what is to WHAT IF…

What if you create bolder visions of your futures, strengthen strategic planning capabilities, anticipate unforeseen risks, and understand the value it provides to the market, your customers, and your shareholders? What if you create an anticipatory organizational capability? And, what if you empower all employees to be curious about the futures that lay ahead of us in 10, 20 and 30+ years?

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Nikolas delivers futures exploration, education and experience in the futurist keynotes he researches and delivers to you and your audience. He undertakes specific research, divines unique perspectives and shares future insights for your industry. The result is a collaborative and impactful futurist keynote that event attendees deeply connect with, and are changed by.

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Contact Nikolas Badminton to discuss your organization’s needs to understand Futures Design at a deeper level and to ignite your event with a world-renowned futurist speaker.

About Nikolas Badminton FRSA, Chief Futurist

Nikolas is the Chief Futurist for the FUTURIST THINK TANK (, a Fellow of The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (The RSA), and works with trillion-dollar companies, central banks, governments, startups and those willing to challenge our poverty of imagination, awaken curiosity and create incredible futures.

He has worked with hundreds of world-leading companies, including NASA, Google, Microsoft, United Nations, United Way, Bayer, Corteva, Bank of Canada,  American Express, AT&T, Thales International, Rolls Royce, Heineken, Procter & Gamble, Government of Canada, UK Home Office, Government of Cayman Islands, IDEO, and many more.

Nikolas has been a mainstay in the media for the past decade talking about our futures. He’s appeared in the ‘Smart Drugs’ documentary, was an advisor to the ‘Age of AI’ series with Robert Downley Jr and appears in the upcoming series ‘The Secrets of Big Data’ on Discovery. He appears regularly on SIRIUSXM, and on CTV’s Future Friday. His essential research has also been featured by the BBC, VICE, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Techcrunch, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Forbes, Sputnik, Venturebeat, and Global News. He also produces and interviews incredible thinkers on the renowned Exponential Minds Podcast.

In Fall 2022 Nikolas’ new book on futures design, long term thinking, and strategic foresight will be released – ‘Facing Our Futures’. This essential book will provide executives and organizations with the foundations for futures design and the tools to imagine new futures, create bolder visions, anticipate unforeseen risks, and strengthen strategic planning. Nikolas’ thinking can also be seen in the opening chapter of ‘The Future Starts Now’. Both are published by Bloomsbury Business.

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CEO of EXPONENTIAL MINDS and an award-winning Futurist Speaker, researcher and author. His expertise and thought leadership will guide you from complacency to thinking exponentially, planning for longevity, and encouraging a culture of innovation. You will then establish resiliency and abundance in your organization. Please reach out to discuss how he can help you, and read on to see what is happening in the world this week.

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