Artificial intelligence, or AI. It is perhaps the closest thing we have to magic in the world today, a superpower that can analyze massive amounts of data quickly and accurately. AI could be our loyal companion, helping us on our quest to answer some of our deepest and most perplexing questions. Or could it also become our master, controlling our decisions and actions and
Philips wants to keep the conversations going. The current lockdown is prohibiting events like IFA, where normally their new products would be revealed to the press. That’s why last week I was invited to host a “virtual press conference” for Philips, with Rianne Meijerman (Head of consumer marketing) and Jeroen Tas (Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer) answering questions from reporters from allover the globe.
Once a year, thought leaders and world leaders get together to discuss our future with artificial intelligence. This happens in Geneva under the flag of the AI for Good Global Summit, organized by Xprize, ITU and the United Nations. AI-Literacy I was invited to give a talk on National AI-Strategies. As you know most countries have them, but I honestly think many of them
How is it that self-reflecting, intelligent beings come out of non-intelligent matter?
How can a self come out of things (carbon, molecules, atoms, proteins and so on) “as selfless as a stone or a puddle?” How does all that “meaningless” stuff that makes us up in the physical universe, grow into an entity that can refer “meaningfully” to itself, perceive itself, talk about itself, become self-aware?
Last Monday I had a deja-vu! I was at the SingularityU Summit in Haarlem where three kids presented their ideas for a better world. The kids had participated in the Designathon, playing around with the theme “water”. It was no coincidence that these kids were on stage on November 20th, as that is International Children’s Day. And that reminded me of this project from
Public speaking is a high-wire act. Those first few moments are crucial. Your heart beats faster. You’re sizing up your audience. And of course, they’re watching every move you make. But once you get your flow, it all seems effortless. You feel a connection – like you’re moving in step. It’s exhilarating when that happens.
Remember: when you’re on stage, don’t think too much about what you have to say next. Relax, be in the moment and smile. It’s okay to improvise. But there’s a catch!
What will people remember after listening to your story? What will be the “take home message”? Even if you are confident, don’t just wing it. Yes, it’s okay to improvise, in fact I encourage it. But do prepare your final statement and learn it by heart. It will give you some extra courage and boy, will you look confident right before you say… “Thank you!”.
In cooperation with Logitech I’m putting together a list of “speaking hacks”. No matter if you’re addressing an audience of 1,500 people or if you’re speaking to a group of five directors, here are some simple pointers that anyone can use. If you think that your words are all that matters… think again. Yes, your words are important. But if people aren’t paying attention,
Ever since I became active in the TEDx community I’ve been fascinated by what makes a presentation unforgettable. Of course Chris Anderson has written a fantastic book on this topic. It’s called the official TED Guide to Public Speaking and I was very proud to be asked to write the foreword for the Dutch edition. Besides the TED commandments that Chris writes about, I
Last week was the week of the World Summit AI. All the A.I. brains were coming to Amsterdam. Such a cool line-up with Professor Stuart Russel and remote-presentations by Ruslan Salakhutdinov (Apple & Carnegie Melon) and Yann Lecun (Facebook & New York University). I was a speaker on the second day. Shellie Karabell from Forbes wrote this article during her stay in Amsterdam. Humans
TEDxAmsterdam focused last Friday on “New Power”, a concept that was so eloquently described by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms in their HBR-article. Our speakers and performers did all they can to show what #newpower meant for them. Check out the after movie here: And of course, here are the photos and all talks are already on YouTube.