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Acclaimed Visual Futurist Syd Mead to Deliver Keynote Address at 2017 VES Summit – Animation World Network (press release) (registration) (blog)

LOS ANGELES — The Visual Effects Society, the industrys global professional honorary society, has announced acclaimed visual futurist and VES Visionary Award honoree Syd Mead as a keynote speaker at its ninth annual VES Summit, Inspiring Change: Building on 20 Years of VES Innovation. The 2017 VES Summit takes place on Saturday, October 28th at the Sofitel Hotel Beverly Hills.

Featured Speakers will include President of IMAX Home Entertainment Jason Brenek and renowned online security expert and founder of SSP Blue Hemanshu Nigam. The interactive forum on Saturday, October 28th celebrates the Societys milestone 20th Anniversary and will bring together top creatives, executives, thought leaders and visionaries from diverse disciplines to explore the dynamic evolution of visual imagery and the VFX industry landscape in a TED Talks-like atmosphere.

Keynote speaker Syd Mead is an acclaimed visual futurist and conceptual artist whose storied career spans almost six decades. He was honored as the recipient of its VES Visionary Award at the 14th Annual VES Awards in 2016 for his unique ability to create unforgettable images and advance storytelling through his futuristic design aesthetic. Meads career began as he created characters and backgrounds for animated cinema intermission trailers just out of high school. After serving in the U.S. Army and receiving his education at the Art Center School in Los Angeles, Ford Motor Companys Advanced Styling Studio recruited Mead. After Ford, he took on high-profile design assignments for blue chip companies including U.S. Steel, Philips Electronics and Intercontinental Hotels.

In 1979, Meads projects expanded to designing for Hollywood as he began to work with most major studios. His cinema entre was legendary, starting with the creation of the Vger entity for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, followed by two cult classics — Bladerunner and Tron. Meads designs for robots, vehicles and other-worldly environments have also been featured in films including 2010, Short Circuit, Aliens, Time Cop, Johnny Mnemonic, Mission Impossible 3 and Elysium.

Concept art for director Ridley Scotts 1982 classic feature Blade Runner by Syd Mead.

With transportation design as his first love, Mead seldom misses an opportunity to provide his unique blend of futurism and believability to designing vehicles — from concept cars, cruise ships and hypervans to interplanetary cinematic spacecrafts that transport audiences to new worlds. In the 1980s, Mead established close working relationships with a number of major Japanese companies including Sony, Minolta, Dentsu, Dyflex, Tiger, Seibu, Mitsukoshi, Bandai, NHK and Honda as well as contributing to Japanese film projects, Yamato 2520 and Solar Crisis. In the 1990s, he supplied designs for all eight robot characters in the Turn A Gundam mobile suit series and TV show. Extensive collections of Meads work have been exhibited worldwide, drawing record crowds and he continues an active schedule of one-man shows and presentations.

Featured speaker Jason Brenek joined IMAX Corporation in 2015 as President, IMAX Home Entertainment, where he oversees a series of global initiatives designed collectively to translate elements of The IMAX Experience to the home setting, including the IMAX Private Theatres, an over-the-top movie service for delivering IMAX-enhanced Hollywood films into homes, and IMAX technology licensing into premium consumer electronics. He also oversees virtual reality content acquisitions and curation for the new IMAX location-based VR centers.

Prior to joining IMAX, Brenek spent more than a decade in senior management at The Walt Disney Studios. He led Disneys international teams and sub-distributors in the commercialization of Disney, Pixar, and Marvel movies in New Media/Digital, Television and Retail channels. His teams have led the industry in the launch of innovative and lucrative partnerships and products around the world. In his concurrent role of Head of Global Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Brenek was later responsible for sourcing new revenue opportunities, business models, investments, establishing strategic partnerships, and digital product strategy and incubation for the Studios multi-billion dollar Global In-Home Distribution segment.

Prior to these roles, Brenek worked in Disneys Global Theatrical Distribution division as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Digital Cinema and Cinema Programming where he was responsible for setting and executing Disneys global cinema strategy, overseeing Digital Cinema Operations, negotiating Digital Cinema deployment and digital 3D deals around the world, as well as developing and overseeing 3D and Cinema Programming. He was instrumental in Disneys emergence to the forefront of the Digital Cinema and Digital 3D world. In 2015, the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society awarded Brenek with its first Founders Award.

Featured Speaker: Hemanshu (Hemu) Nigam has worked inside the largest prosecuting agencies, software companies, media and entertainment giants, and most influential trade associations in the world. Nigam served as the Chief Security Officer of News Corporation and Fox Interactive Medias digital properties, as CSO of MySpace, and as a security executive in Microsoft. He was also the Vice President of Worldwide Internet Enforcement at the Motion Picture Association of America. He began his career as Los Angeles County prosecutor specializing in sex crimes and child abuse before serving as a federal prosecutor against online crimes against children and computer crimes in the US DOJ. Today, he is the founder of SSP Blue, a cyber security advisory company that has helped companies like Participant Media, SnapChat, Microsoft/Xbox, Disney, AT&T, Microsoft, JustFab, and others deal with challenges in cyber security, privacy, and safety.

A veteran of online security, he brings over 20 years of experience in private industry, government, and law enforcement. Nigam has been a keynote speaker at the United Nations on stopping cyber hate, and has been a member of the White Houses cyber stalking task force and co-chair of President Obamas Online Safety Technology Working Group. Nigam has spent a career chasing bad guys online and offline bringing them to justice. He was one of U.S. DOJs first online crimes prosecutors who took down an international child sex trafficking ring as well as prosecuted online child predators and hackers. His insightful expert commentary on cyber security offers an insiders view of the dark online underworld. Nigams personable style coupled with his unique ability to simplify cyber security for viewers to understand makes him a frequent guest on U.S. and international media. He also has a video blog at http://www.InsideCyberCrime.com where he breaks down cyber security, privacy, and safety topics in accessible segments.

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Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.

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Renowned futurist to speak at SA top 100 event – InDaily

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Adelaide Friday August 18, 2017

The futurist who predicted the 2008 financial crash will give a keynote address on the future of energy at this year’s event to unveil South Australia’s top 100 businesses.

InDailys South Australian Business Index an independent ranking of the top 100 South Australian companies will be announced at an Adelaide Oval lunch on September 28.

The event, which will be part of the Open State festival for the first time, will feature guest speaker Richard Watson a leading English futurist, author and lecturer who has worked with many leading companies to help them improve the quality of their thinking and plan for the far future.

He will speak about Future Energy a topic of close interest to all South Australians as we grapple with life on the sharp edge of the transition of the electricity market from the old to the new.

Watson has written five books, including Future Files, published in 2007, which warned about the inevitability of a systemic shock to the financial system. He warned this was not a debt mountain, but an avalanche waiting to descend. big banks, in particular, will come under increasing scrutiny about their lending practices, and there will be calls for salary and profit caps.

A year later, the prediction came to pass, almost in those exact terms, with a mountain of US bank debt cascading through the worlds financial system to create what we now call the Global Financial Crisis.

Watsons keynote address will be followed by a local expert panel discussing the issues affecting South Australian business, particularly energy.

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The CIO’s broadening role: Business strategist, futurist, change agent – CIO New Zealand

Robin Johansen on why CIOs should prepare for the impact of political and economic developments across the globe.

If you introduce a new technology, there can be a political blowback – global, national, or within the company.

Robin Johansen

Be prepared for anything, says Robin Johansen, as he sums up a critical mindset for todays CIOs.

Johansen was CIO at Beca for 13 years and now works with a range of organisations as an independent ICT strategist and consultant.

Now based in Nelson, Johansen sees the CIO role in the digital era as becoming very broad.

He says that with computing assets and services increasingly being delivered from geographically diverse locations, CIOs have to work through both a big picture and local perspective of the market, and how these will impact their role, their teams and their respective organisation and sector.

From a technology standpoint, we have got an absolute explosion going on. The development of new technologies is just breathtaking, says Johansen, who is currently looking at distributed ledgers or blockchain as a potentially massive technology.

Concurrent with this, there is enormous global turbulence, politically, economically and socially. There are some real issues emerging, which are partly to do with and will be exacerbated by technology.

He says one of these is inequality arising from the disappearance of jobs due to automation and other disruptive technologies.

How resilient will this system be if my world changes? How vulnerable to cyberattack is this system I am creating?

Robin Johansen

These new technologies are very radically and rapidly changing the nature of work, and what is coming out from various reports is we are destroying more jobs than we are creating, says Johansen.

In the past, he says, the jobs that disappeared due to technology were replaced by new jobs, so there was a balance.

That is no longer the case.

He believes this issue translates into politics in Europe and the United States, where discussions are heightened around tightening borders for migrants, slowing the movement of jobs offshore and the possible introduction of new tariffs or trade sanctions.

That is moving away from globalisation and yet, so many of the systems we have set up in the past 20 years, depend on globalisation, he states.

If you think just about cloud computing, a lot of people are dependent on cloud services that are not based in their own country.

He says cybersecurity is a particular concern as there is now a lot of sophistication around recent cyber incidents.

There seems to be strong evidence of state players messing with electronics systems, he says, referring to the the current discussion on the alleged meddling by Russia in the recent US elections.

If you can do that for an election, it is not a big step from there to start a completely different sort of warfare. What if you broke into the electrical transmission systems of a nation and just disrupted them without firing a shot, then you will have completely unsettled that environment?

Closer to home, in the Asia Pacific, he cites North Korea as a rogue state that is behaving very badly, while China is extending its reach through the South China sea. As well, both nations have been accused of participation in state sponsored cyber attacks.

There is a real danger in having a focus on the business outcomes and the technology without having an adequate focus on the people

Robin Johansen

It is easy to dismiss these cyber threats as applying only to national security, but recent ransomware attacks have shown just how vulnerable many organisations can be.

CIOs have got to be aware of these developments when they are conceiving their IT systems.

It is all very well having everything in the cloud but what if is the question modern CIOs need to think through, he says, as well as to have a fallback or a response, and to remain agile.

He sees CIOs having to make some big decisions in an incredibly turbulent period, both socially and politically.

If you introduce a new technology, there can be a political blowback – global, national, or within the company.

The government may act to slow down or stop adoption of a technology.

For example, he says, there is talk about introducing taxes for automation as conventional employment declines and reduces the government revenue from taxes. What if that led to the imposition of new taxes on cloud based services from a particular geography?

For New Zealand CIOs, there is the concern about how to respond in case of events such as earthquakes.

How resilient will this system be if my world changes? Can you shift quickly? How vulnerable to cyberattack is this system I am creating?

Thus, Johansen says CIOs also have to think like futurists, more than ever.

He notes another development is appointment of CIOs who do not necessarily come from a strong technology background.

They are good managers with a strong business sense and reliant on others to fill in the gaps from a technology.

That is fine provided you have a good technology team behind you, he says.

We are entering an era when a CIOs technical experience may be limited to updating their smartphone or tablet and think that an enterprise upgrade should be no more taxing. They do not necessarily understand the complexity and have little motivation to be better informed.

The problem is if you have got someone who is making decisions without any of that understanding, a salesperson can set him or her up a wonderful deal that will bite the organisation in three years.

On the day-to-day business, I see too often technology roaring ahead without taking the people with it, and these include customers and suppliers.

Johansen says he had done recent work assessing one such project with a company.

The business technology project was implemented, but the people were not adequately involved in the planning and deployment.

The project failed to deliver and cost the company a lot of money. The people also did not want to be bothered by the complexity of the new system, as they questioned, what is in it for me?

He says industry analysts have been highlighting how digital transformation is a journey “where you have to take the people with you”.

“There is a real danger in having a focus on the business outcomes and the technology without having an adequate focus on the people,” he says.

The other thing is agility, he says. This way, you can quickly adopt and adapt to whatever threats and opportunities come along.

Robin Johansen is one of the ICT leaders interviewed for the 2017 State of the CIO report, held in conjunction with the CIO Executive Council.

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Yorkshire Coast Radio – News – Next Step In Futurist Demolition – Yorkshire Coast Radio

The next step is coming in the process of demolishing Scarborough’s Futurist Theatre.

A planning application is to be considered for the stabilisation of of the cliffs behind the venue. It’s as the borough council presses forward with plans by Flamingo Land to build a new attraction in its place.

The application will be considered in October, with the council stressing that it does NOT mean there will be any further debate about whether or not the venue will be demolished, because that’s already been decided.

Councillor Mike Cockerill is the member for Project Leadership at the borough council, he said:

“Planning application has been submitted for the method statement for the demolition of the Futurist and the cliff stabilisation.

That’s scheduled to go to a planning committeein October. This doesn’t re-open the debate as to whether the Futurist is to be demolished or not.

That decision has been taken.

This isn’t scary, it’s a controlled process. yes, some of the nearby residents are concerned about their properties, and they have every right to be say

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Futurist: Rapid technology is changing workplaces – NZ Business

Futurist: Rapid technology is changing workplaces
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Futurist Roger Dennis believes rapid technology changes will significantly impact workplaces, and the education system needs to pay attention. A future in which rapidly converging technologies will fundamentally change how we live, work and play beckons.

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The Futurist: Technology as the key to HR – Human Resources Online

Want to learn the latest talent acquisition techniques? Don’t miss Recruitment Asia, the region’s dedicated recruitment and talent acquisition strategy conference. Happening Oct/Nov 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Philippines.

Technology has touched every industry, and human resources is no exception.

With the implementation of cloud technology and mobile applications, I believe the daily operation of the human resources departments, recruitment, and training will be very different from what we are currently experiencing.

The use of cloud technology means that the future human resource information system (HRIS) can be easily accessible to HR staff from anywhere through a mobile device with an internet connection.

HR practitioners should be on the lookout for the technology available for HR and the relevant suppliers of the technology.

With more and more information being stored in the HRIS in the cloud, big data can be analysed by using workforce analytics.

The process for talent acquisition and talent management will turn digital in the near future.

Millennials are technology savvy and active in social communities. I think recruitment through linking with social communities will become more popular.

Conducting recruitment through a mobile application will be a future trend. There will be less need for interviewing in person as it can be done online through a webcam on a computer or on a smartphone.

Things such as job applications and interview result-checking can also be done through mobile devices.

The screening function in the apps or computer programme with selection criteria can be used to process job applications faster and easier with a systematic record.

Information on a preferred candidate or those who do not suit the job description can be stored in the cloud with linkage to the job application apps or computer programme systematically for easy identification.

Like recruitment, training will also be digitalised. With cloud technology, knowledge-sharing has become easier than ever. Self-paced self-learning on mobile devices will become more popular.

Technology on virtual reality will be adopted widely in common commercial training

Making use of technology, trainers and trainees will be able to keep track of every individuals learning effectiveness and learning progress. By linking information on an individuals learning progress to the HRIS, the training record of individuals can be updated automatically.

The June 2017 issue of Human Resources magazine is a special edition, bringing you interviews with 12 HR leaders, with their predictions on the future of HR.

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Popular Futurist to Discuss the Future of the Hospitality Industry – Digital Journal

Global Futurist Jack Uldrich has been invited to address a group of senior leaders of an American multinational diversified hospitality company on Saturday, August 19, in Hawaii.

Honolulu, Hawaii – August 14, 2017 – (Newswire.com)

Prolifickeynote speaker and futurist, Jack Uldrich, will be traveling to Hawaii to share his insights on the future of the hotel and lodging industry with executives in a leading hospitality company.

As a futurist,Uldrich focuses on future-proofing businesses by preparing them to embrace future trends and technologies, including areas such as wearable technology, machine learning, augmented reality, 3D printing, nanotechnology, blockchain, and cryptocurrency, among others.

What are other trends on the horizon for the hospitality industry? Uldrich says one of the biggest trends to be looking at is the Internet of Things. “By 2020, it is estimated that 50 billion physical objects will connect to the Internet. What does this mean for hospitality?In a word, everything.”

Continuing, Uldrich says, “The Internet of Things is poised to radically transform customer behavior, business models and the nature of business itself.”

“Business leaders have got to be aware of these accelerating technological trends,” says Uldrich. “They must possess humility regarding new, unconventional competitors, and take deep strategic action in the coming years.”

Jack Uldrich speaks over 100 times a year to a wide variety of businesses and organizations, particularlyon the transformation of agriculture, health care, education, energy, finance, insurance, retail, and manufacturing.

Hisclients include the Retail Industry Leader Association, Cisco, United Healthcare, IBM, PepsiCo,WiPro, Verizon Wireless, FedEX, General Electric, and CenterPoint Energy.

Parties interested in learning more about Jack, his books, his daily blog or his speaking availability are encouraged to visit his website. Media wishing to know more about interviewing Jack as a futurist or trend expert, contact him here.

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Transportation Futurist Simon J. Anderson to Speak Today on the Future of Trucking – Digital Journal

Speaker Simon J. Anderson will present a session on the future of trucking on the opening day of the in.sight User Conference + Expo in Nashville today. Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec will give the closing keynote on Wednesday.

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Thought-provoking keynote speaker, award-winning author, and energy and transportation futurist Simon J. Andersonwill be speaking today at the in.sight User Conference + Expo in Nashville.

Andersons presentationwill be partially based on insights from the latest edition ofhis award-winning book Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow [Updated & Expanded] (co-authored with globally acclaimed futurist Jack Uldrich). In this session, he will provide aneye-opening look into the near future of trucking and transportation and helptransportation leaders recognize important trends and technologies that are reshaping the industry, and providenew approaches to anticipating the opportunities and challenges that they could create.

Topics to be covered include trends and technologies that are transforming the future of trucking, including advancements in automation, artificial intelligence, the impact of retail trends,the internet of things, and disruptive new technologies such as theblockchain.

As a transportation futurist and founder of Venture Foresight, LLC, Anderson’s work has been featured in a variety of transportation-related publications including Fleet Maintenance Magazine, Car Wash Magazine, and FleetOwner.com

In the past year, Anderson has spoken to clientsincluding the Institute for Supply Management – Twin Cities, the Georgia Telecommunications Association, the Michigan Bankers Association, and the Florida Educational Facilities Planners Association. Otherclients include MN DOT, ND DOT, the American Heart Association, AT&T, andFlorida Tax Collectors, Inc.

Parties interested in learning more about Futurist Simon J. Anderson, his book Foresight 20/20 (ISBN: 978-1592988945), his blog, or his speaking availability are encouraged to visit his website at http://www.ventureforesight.com.

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Cliff-top Scarborough residents say theatre demolition could destroy their homes – ITV News

Cliff-top home owners in Scarborough say their homes could fall down – if plans to demolish a theatre go ahead. Roger Pickford says his home – along with up to 100 others could be at risk, if the Futurist theatre is knocked down.

The Borough Council’s plans for how to tackle demolishing it go on public display this week. It says it’s aware the cliff above it could collapse, and that it’s looking at spending around 4 million on preventative work.

The Futurist closed in 2014, after being deemed unsustainable as a theatrical venue.

In its heyday, the Futurist drew in thousands of visitors for its summer seasons. Roger Pickering lives directly above the theatre and is part of a campaign group against the plan.

”They were talking about the risks to the demolition, which included what they term a catastrophic cliff collapse, which would impact on all residents, and all businesses in and around the Futurist theatre.”

Scarborough Council says that it’s set aside 4 million for work to stabilise the cliff, and that if any unforeseen costs came up it might have to reconsider the demolition. A few weeks ago the campaign group’s bid for a judicial review failed.

Diana Tasker says it would cost less than 4 million to refurbish the 1920s buidling – which once played host to Ken Dodd and the Beatles.

”It just does not make economic sense. Why do something that people don’t want – and spend a lot of money on it?”

The council argues that peoples’ tastes have changed and summer entertainment that the Futurist used to host is no longer sustainable.

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The Futurist: Creating a positive candidate experience is fundamental – Human Resources Online

HR needs to take the lead to revamp the approach to recruitment in view of boosting the attractiveness of the employer brand, says Rhona Tasmia, head of human resources at HALO Creative & Design (Timothy Oulton).

The big shift in HR practices in recruitment is the renewed focus on candidate experience. As much as a candidate tries to make the best impression in an interview it is equally imperative to provide a recruitment experience to candidates that goes beyond just the job they are interviewing for.

This is a critical factor in building and maintaining employer branding and attractiveness in the growing market of potential talent.

I consider candidates as our customers. As they say, one customer well taken care of could bring more value than thousands of dollars worth of advertising.

In the same way, if we create a positive customer-centric experience during the recruitment process, candidates will remember and talk about it among peers, and word of mouth in building brand attractiveness is a powerful weapon.

In the growing competition to attract and retain talent, in my opinion, the future is about building and maintaining a brand that people want to work for.

This starts from the very first interaction with an applicant or a potential candidate and continues throughout the experience and journey that we offer them.

Technology has already enabled the shift towards a candidate-focused experience. With the evolvement of AI, it will continue to facilitate the journey across the spectrum, from responding to applications and queries from a wider international market, sharing timely feedback, online assessments which candidates can take in their own space/time for convenience, through to the conclusion stage.

For employers, it allows tracking of a fair selection process, getting feedback from candidates about the recruitment process and experience all the while ensuring the candidate engagement and experience.

Candidates, the Millennials and Gen Y in particular, are increasingly more conscious of company and workplace culture, degree of flexibility and autonomy in roles and work/personal life balance as influential factors in determining the kind of organisations they want to work for.

Therefore, HR practitioners like ourselves need to take the lead to revamp the approach to recruitment in view of boosting the attractiveness of the employer brand and which reflects the culture and values of the company.

Its not only in the reviewing of the process, but a shift in the mindset.

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Israel and Kazakhstan’s futurist vision for Eurasia – The Jerusalem Post mobile website

Israel and its Eastern Mediterranean neighbors find themselves in a new geopolitical reality as the Atlantic Order ceases to be the predominant framework in which the regions relations are conducted.

With the weakening bloc led by the United States and its European allies ceding ground in the region to an emerging Eurasian order led by China and Russia, Eastern Mediterranean nations could benefit from examining how Kazakhstan attempts to constructively influence the developing economic and strategic contours of the new Eurasia.

Spanning the western border of China and the eastern borders of European Russia and the Caspian Sea, Kazakhstan like the Eastern Mediterranean forms a vital geo-economic link between Europe and Asia.

However, in contrast to the Eastern Mediterranean nations, a central feature of Kazakhstans foreign policy is the consistent promotion of a futurist vision for Eurasia based on consensus-building, multi-lateral cooperation and sustainable development. To this end, Kazakhstan has hosted four major international events in 2017 The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit, Expo 2017, the Astana Economic Forum and the Eurasian Media Forum.

This author participated as a delegate to the 14th Eurasian Media Forum in late June and witnessed the impressive array of high government officials and leading figures from the fields of business, hi-tech and media that were gathered to examine the challenges for Eurasia and the opportunities for creating a more prosperous, stable and sustainable future.

Reflective of the strong Kazakh-Israeli relationship, the agenda of the Eurasian Media Forum treated Israel as an important Eurasian actor whose voice should be heard.

The forum was initiated by Dr. Dariga Nazarbayeva, a political scientist and the daughter of Kazakhstans President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who himself is the architect of Kazakhstans multi-vectored foreign policy a careful three-way balancing among Russia, China, and the Western powers, mainly the European Union and the United States that has contributed to maintaining a certain great-power equilibrium in Central Asia and helped foster Kazakhstans economic rise to the ranks of an upper middle income nation.

Held in the Kazakhstani capital Astana with more than 600 delegates participating from over 60 nations, the Eurasian Media Forum brought together persons from varying ethnic, religious and political perspectives, modeling a process for civil and rational dialogue among actors with conflicting interests.

Conducted in the style of the Davos World Economic Forum, the opening plenary session addressed the macro political trends affecting the future of the Eurasian landmass.

The composition of the panel itself was indicative of the importance which Kazakhstan places on Israels role in Eurasia. Sharing the panel with former Turkish president Abdullah Gul, Jose Manuel Barroso, the previous president of the EUs governing body, the European Commission and former US ambassador to the UN Governor Bill Richardson was Gilead Sher, chief of staff and policy coordinator for the government of prime minister Ehud Barak, known for his role as a senior peace negotiator, including during the Taba talks.

The panels major theme, as framed by Turkeys former president, was the dangers posed by various forms of populism and the need for governments as well as multi-lateral organizations to be more responsive to the needs and concerns of local populations.

Shers contribution highlighted the need to better understand the growing disruptive role of non-state actors and was well received.

The panel at the forum that focused specifically on the Syrian crisis, while including an Iranian speaker did not include an Israeli speaker. However, through his participation as a delegate, Sher put forward an Israeli position on the crisis. When one of the participating delegates responded to Shers comments on Israels provision of humanitarian aid in Syria by attempting to impugn Israels role with a disingenuous narrative, one of the panels speakers, investigative journalist Shahida Tulaganova, effectively countered the delegates propagandistic grandstanding, which itself was something out of character for the forum.

Known for her eyewitness documenting of the Syrian civil war in the recent award-winning film Cries from Syria, Tulaganova provided her own personal testimony about Israels constructive humanitarian role. The panels ability to stay on track with a rigorous debate was reflective of the conference organizers overall effort to promote balanced dialogue.

Beyond the factor of geopolitics, the forum considered the future of Eurasia from a variety of analytical vantage points including: the sustainability of the Asian Economic Miracle and the prospect of greater commercial integration between Europe and Asia; how green energy may be effectively harnessed for sustainable economic development; the impact of emerging trends in digital technology on international commerce, intellectual property, global media and the security of the international financial system.

Just as Israels exhibition at Expo 2017, held concurrently in Astana, proved to be one of the most well received exhibitions, Israel was regarded in the panels and the delegate discussions as a leading-edge innovator, contributing solutions in several of these fields.

The importance for Israel of developing a robust Eurasian policy perspective cannot be overemphasized.

Already the EUs trade with Asia has surpassed the volume of trade conducted between EU and North America. Chinas Belt and Road Initiative from Beijings ownership and operation of the EUs fastest growing port in Piraeus, Greece to its construction of Egypts new capital is serving to integrate the Eastern Mediterranean region into an economically rational Eurasian order. Similarly, through its new military and energy partnerships, Russia has re-emerged as a major actor in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East.

To this end, Kazakhstan can serve both as an exemplar and partner. Astana is one of Beijings key partners in developing road and high-speed rail routes to create overland commercial connectivity with Europe (the belt in the Belt and Road Initiative). Likewise, the former Soviet republic maintains a strong relationship with Moscow. Nonetheless, Kazakhstan has successfully rebalanced Westwards, offsetting the threat of Russian hard power and of Chinese soft power by deepening its security cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and economic cooperation with the EU. In 2017, Kazakhstan became one the 10 non-permanent members of the UN Security Council.

Israel was one of the first nations to recognize Kazakhstans independence in 1991. On the occasion of the countrys 25th anniversary as an independent state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu became the first acting Israeli prime minister to visit Kazakhstan. Netanyahus visit reflected the importance of the bilateral relations that have developed between the two nations. However, there is much more work to be done. As Israels ambassador to Kazakhstan, Michael Brodsky, has pointed out there is great potential for Israel and Kazakhstan to expand their cooperation in the fields of agriculture, healthcare, telecommunications, security and renewable energy to reach a level of strategic partnership.

Israel needs to craft a strategic vision for securing its place in the emerging Eurasian order. With a population of only 18 million, Kazakhstan has managed to use its strategic assets to become an active player in setting the agenda along with the major powers.

As was abundantly clear from Kazakhstans 14th Eurasian Media Forum, Israels has an important place in Kazakhstans futurist vision of Eurasia. Israel should engage Kazakhstans vision as well as learn lessons from that vision as Israel starts to develop its own discourse on Eurasia.

The author is a fellow in the Middle East and Asia Units at the Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Food is memory in ‘The Food Show,’ so the Neos should let us share – Chicago Tribune

At one point in “The Food Show,” the new and original production by the Neo-Futurists about the complexity of your average urban progressive’s relationship with what they put in their mouths, the charming actor-writer Oliver Camacho cooks up a very nice piece of salmon, replete with a light and tasty pan sauce. Mmm.

Alas, the only person who got to taste Camacho’s creation was the handsome and genial fellow in the audience selected by Camacho during his reminiscences and fantasies about cooking and dating. The lucky guy got the whole steak to take back to his seat. What, they don’t have plastic forks at the Neo-Futurists?

Actually, the lack of any bite-size morsels for the punters in the seats is a serious critique of “The Food Show,” a show with a great title and idea that implies rather more than it delivers, at this juncture. What the show needs is a way to take the personal experiences of the likable performers who, in the great Neo-Futurist tradition, are writing, performing and occasionally singing about themselves and help audience members add their own recollections and perceptions. Surely, igniting our communal sense of taste memory would help with that. You know, just a fork’s worth? I mean, these guys already go to the trouble of asking if we have any dietary restrictions at the top of the show.

To its great credit, “The Food Show” is not interested in the culture of celebrity chefs or farmers markets or the hottest eatery or whatever, but the place that eating holds in our memory, especially its ability to calm our fears or remind us whence we came. Created by Dan Kerr-Hobert and Caitlin Stainken, it’s an often poignant show about lunchboxes and pasta with cheese, about ethical arguments over meat and picky eaters and scary worries about kids’ allergies. Smart performer-writers like Tif Harrison, Kyra Sims and Bilal Dardai, typically wry and wise here, remind us just how much food impacts our lives, both the comforts and the conflicts therein. They cook as home cooks and they talk as though they are in their own kitchens. There’s comfort food for thought for sure. It’s like the flip side of the Food Channel.

But the show is episodic each segment is built around one performer and one dish. That’s a cool idea, too, in principle, but the overall arc needs far more attention if there’s to be some actual dramatic tension. Unlike the Neo-Futurists regular and intimate Andersonville home, the space used for “The Food Show” is a huge, raw space in Avondale that comes with all kinds of unexplored possibilities for movement and staging and shared space.

There really is no reason to pen the audience in uncomfortable bleachers, too far away from the flames and the cheese and all the raw and cooked feelings.

Chris Jones is a Tribune critic.

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Review: The Food Show (2.5 stars)

When: Through Sept. 2

Where: Next door to Metropolitan Brewing, 3031 N. Rockwell Ave.

Running time: 80 minutes

Tickets: $10-$25 at 773-275-5255 or neofuturists.org

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The Futurist: Fishing for the right talent – Human Resources Online

Are you using the best vendors and HR solutions providers in Asia? Human Resources only recommends companies listed in the HR Vendors of the Year Awards.

Many business leaders believe that Asia will spearhead the global economic growth for decades to come. Organisations from around the globe are hoping to get a slice of the Asian market, making it one of the hottest destinations for top talent.

Talent Fishers was set up in 2007 in China to cater to a growing demand from foreign-invested companies for human capital solutions in Asia.

When conducting a cross-cultural search, matching candidates to the right position is not enough. We dont only find the right candidates, we are here to advise clients on the best practices for Asian markets.

The mission of Talent Fishers is changing peoples lives by offering them better career and better responsibilities, and we change a companys future by finding the right people for the right roles, enabling the company to better develop.

With the use of the latest technology such as databases, job boards and social networks, a huge amount of time is being saved in extracting data on suitable candidates, but Talent Fishers is committed to taking things to the next level.

We believe having in-depth conversations with our candidates puts them in the best position to be successful, and these new technologies are not able to help consultants understand candidates better.

Our consultants ask candidates the right questions to learn about their professional backgrounds and find out who they really are and what they really want in life.

When conducting a search, understanding the organisation is just as important. Every company has a different culture, DNA and history. We combine all those factors to match an individual who fits in with the organisations culture and DNA at the right time.

Sometimes, the most talented individual might not be the best fit for a specific role at a specific time.

For our consultants to get to know the candidates, a face-to-face meeting is often the best way to communicate. With that being said, I believe technology such as virtual reality will bring a huge impact to the executive search landscape by allowing individuals to hold in-depth conversations without having to be seated in the same room.

I hope with VR technology, I will be able to interview candidates from overseas with the same quality of interaction as we have sitting in the same room.

In todays business world, people are more prone to move to explore another culture. As a result, I foresee top talent from different backgrounds gathering to work in an expertise hub.

There will be different expertise hubs set up around the world and I think Hong Kong is an interesting place for financial services-related functions to set up an expertise hub.

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Anders Srman-Nilsson (LLB/EMBA), global futurist, speaker and author – InvestorDaily

Anders Srman-Nilsson (LLB / EMBA) is a global futurist and innovation strategist who helps leaders decode trends, decipher whats next and turn provocative questions into proactive strategies. With an average of 240 international travel days a year, Anders view is that the future and the now are converging in a city or start-up near you, giving the curious, the creative and the courageous a competitive and sustainable edge. At the same time, that same future contains fearsome forecasts for futurephobes.

This Swedish-Australian futurist has shared the stage with Hillary Clinton, Nobel laureates, and European and Australian heads of state. He is an active member of TEDGlobal, has keynoted at TEDx in the United States and Australia, was nominated to the World Economic Forums Young Global Leaders in 2015, and was the keynote speaker at the G20s Y20 Summit in Australia.

His thought leadership has been featured in international media like Monocle, Business Insider, Sky News Business, Financial Review, CIO Magazine and Boss. He is the author of the books Digilogue: how to win the digital minds and analogue hearts of tomorrows customers and Thinque Funky: Upgrade Your Thinking, and his most recent book Seamless: the futurephiles guide to leading digital adaptation and human transformation.

His presentations are meticulously researched, highly energetic and always fascinating with content tailored to the audience, which is why clients like Apple, Cisco, Mercedes Benz, Hilton, SAP, Gartner and Macquarie Bank have turned to Anders over the years to help them turn research into foresight and business impact.

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4 Big Trends That Will Shape CRE: A Futurist’s Guide – Commercial Property Executive

Volvos surprise announcement that it will phase out the internal combustion engine by 2019 should be a wake-up call across industries that disruptive technology is already impacting short-term business planning. Anticipating how the economy and human behavior will be reshaped in the years ahead is an important exercise that should inform business leaders decisions and help position their businesses to more readily adapt to the future.

Commercial real estate is not disconnected from the challenges and opportunities posed by technology. Quite the opposite; it will be at the epicenter as outside forces impact how people live, commute, work and interact. As commercial real estate leaders, we should be mindful of how the developments were building now will be used in 10 or 15 years, when todays emerging technology has become tomorrows ubiquitous convenience.

Here are four technologies and trends that could shape commercial real estate in the not-too-distant future.

The University of Michigan is researching self-driving cars at a facility in Ann Arbor. (Image courtesy of the University of Michigan)

Fully self-driving cars arent too far from becoming a reality. In fact, Michigan authorized testing autonomous vehicles on public roads, and the University of Michigan will soon deploy autonomous vehicles around at its engineering campus in Ann Arbor.

While a single campus may seem like a small example, the University of Michigans research could soon open up new possibilities for people who would otherwise chafe at a long commute. If the car becomes a mobile workspace, driving to the office becomes productive work time and the distance traveled is less important. Its conceivable that the suburbs could become a magnet again for people looking for more affordable housing and access to amenities like golf courses, walking trails and better schools.

Flexible work arrangements and the normalization of teleworking could further accelerate a return to suburbia spurred by autonomous driving. These two converging trends may cause more peopleincluding aging millennials with school-aged childrento look beyond the urban cores and close-in suburbs for affordable and spacious housing.

If the sharing economy lives up to its hype, the implications for commercial real estate are enormous. Ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft are already well-established, but driverless vehicles could transform these services from a convenient option to a groundbreaking alternative to car ownership.

As ride-sharing companies mature and autonomous vehicles drive down the cost of rides even further, will it even make financial sense for Generation Z to own cars? What does that do to the footprint and design of multifamily developments? If people can rent out their self-driving cars to a ride-sharing service while theyre at work, will there still be a need for massive parking garages connected to office towers? Could it open new development opportunities for sites now occupied by parked cars?

Herzog & de Meurons design for 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami reimagines the parking structure.

These trends could also drive the redevelopment of existing spaces. Herzog & de Meuron, the Swiss architectural firm, reimagined the parking garage with its groundbreaking structure at 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami. This mixed-use parking garage includes office space, storefronts, apartments, a SunTrust branchand yes, some parking. The striking design and creative use of space could be a viable model for existing garages that have outlived their usefulness as a place to park cars.

Virtual reality is arguably one of the most disruptive technologies on the horizon, and the applications are endless, from revolutionizing how people communicate across continents to allowing people to experience places in immersive ways.

Applying VR to commercial real estate would be relatively easy. Developers could take investors on tours of planned buildings before any dirt has been moved; brokers may offer tenants virtual tours to multiple properties in the span of an hourall from the comfort of an office; and developers and bankers can test the waters by taking focus groups on VR-aided visits to planned communities before a single dollar is spent.

VRs usefulness to the commercial real estate industry might seem like more of a novelty than necessity, but enterprising people will find ways to make it financially feasible and convenient.

Millennials are not monolithic in their behaviors, contrary to what some industry experts seem to suggest. While many in this generation desire an urban environment close to work and lifestyle amenities, they are also demonstrating an interest in owning single-family homes. Seventy percent of millennials see themselves in the suburbs with their next home, according to a 2016 PulteGroup study.

The emerging desire of millennials to own homes could signal challenges for the multifamily industry, especially if the trend accelerates, too much supply is on the market and Generation Z demonstrates a similar propensity for homeownership.

In the event of prolonged multifamily vacancies, how can investors make the most of their holdings? Could apartments be refashioned and sold as condos for seniors who desire more walkable communities? Might local and state governments offer incentives to convert apartments into affordable housing? Reimagining existing multifamily communities may be necessary in the years to come.

The imperfect exercise of predicting the impact of technology is no reason to avoid asking difficult questions. The business opportunities and uncomfortable possibilities presented by innovation, if properly considered, can be addressed or mitigated now if leaders have the foresight to imagine how thingsand peoplewill change.

Technology has already demonstrated its ability to impact commercial real estate; reduced demand for office space is only one of many examples. If the last decade has taught the commercial real estate industry anything, its that searching the horizon for trouble and opportunities to stay ahead of the next paradigm shift is a smart way to conduct business.

Kathleen Farrell is head of commercial real estate at SunTrust Banks Inc.

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The Futurist: Why human resources is a people’s job – Human Resources Online

HR professionals must create the right balance between the human touch and technology, says Christine Ip, CEO Greater China, United Overseas Bank.

As with almost any function in an organisation, the use of technology can transform how companies operate and what they can achieve. Professionals in human resources need to understand the potential use of technology, its relevance and be able to adapt it swiftly to help advise the business accordingly and to drive business outcomes.

Take recruitment as an example. Many organisations with an overseas presence are using technology to reduce the cost of hiring.

United Overseas Bank Hong Kong is no exception. The bank makes use of Skype and FaceTime to interview candidates at the preliminary stage of the hiring process. This allows the bank to widen its potential talent pool and is convenient when the bank is interviewing overseas candidates.

Technology is also used for various human resources initiatives within the organisation. Last year, UOB launched a new and interactive intranet portal to strengthen employee engagement in its offices and branches across the world.

In Greater China, the bank also engages its employees through a WeChat enterprise account. This ensures employees obtain timely information while they are on the go.

However, while technology can be used to improve processes and to broaden the reach of employee engagement programmes, it cannot replace entirely the people skills of human resources professionals.

After all, strong communication skills are essential for success in the relationship-driven sector. The bankers should be able to convey complex financial and market information in a way that is easy for clients to understand and apply to their businesses.

Personal interaction still plays an important role in employee engagement and team building. The bank organises regular town halls and interactive face-to-face forums with senior management, as well as team-building exercises and festive celebrations to enhance the connection and trust between employees.

Building trust starts at the individual level. It is like a drop of water in a pond which then has a ripple effect. Through character, competency and consistency, trust is built with others, across teams, in the marketplace and with the community.

By creating the right balance between the human touch and technology, human resources professionals can help a company attract the right people, keep them engaged and be more competitive.

The June 2017 issue of Human Resources magazine is a special edition, bringing you interviews with 12 HR leaders, with their predictions on the future of HR.

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Marty Sklar, Disney Legend And Futurist, Dies At 83 | Gizmodo … – Gizmodo Australia

Marty Sklar, arguably one of the most influential people to work at the Disney Company aside from Walt Disney himself, died this weekend. He was 83.

Marty Sklar in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland on July 11, 2005 (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Sklar started at Disney just a month before Disneyland opened in 1955 and would work his way up to becoming one of the most tireless and dedicated storytellers at the company. Sometimes described as Walt’s “right hand man,” Sklar started by writing speeches for Disney and eventually became President of Imagineering, the creative wing of the multifaceted entertainment company.

Along with Walt, Sklar helped produce the ambitious 1966 film that was shown to investors and government officials to get them interested in EPCOT, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. The original vision of EPCOT as a living laboratory would be neutered, but the theme park is still a point of inspiration for futurists and retro-futurists alike.

“Walt Disney had one foot in the past, because he loved nostalgia, and one foot in the future, because he loved new technology,” Sklar told Esquire in 2015.

The original EPCOT film can be viewed on YouTube.

Sklar helped oversee the development of virtually every modern Disney park from the construction of Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris to expansion parks in the United States like Disney-MGM Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida, as well as Disney’s California Adventure park in Anaheim.

“Marty was the ultimate Disney Imagineer and Cast Member. From his days working as an intern with Walt to just two weeks ago engaging with fans at D23 Expo, Marty left an indelible mark on Disney Parks around the globe and on all of the guests who make memories every day with us,” Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said in a statement.

“He was one of the few people that was fortunate to attend the opening of every single Disney park in the world, from Anaheim in 1955 to Shanghai just last year,” Chapek said. “We will dearly miss Marty’s passion, skill and imaginative spark that inspired generations of Cast, Crew and Imagineers.”

From the Disney Parks blog:

Born in New Brunswick, N.J., on February 6, 1934, Marty was a student at UCLA and editor of its Daily Bruin newspaper when he was recruited to create The Disneyland News for Walt’s new theme park in 1955. After graduating in 1956, he joined Disney full-time and would go on to serve as Walt’s right-hand man scripting speeches, marketing materials and a film showcasing Walt’s vision for Walt Disney World and Epcot.

During this period, he also joined WED Enterprises, the forerunner of Walt Disney Imagineering, and he would later become the creative leader of Imagineering, leading the development of Disney theme parks and attractions for the next three decades.

He retired as Executive Vice President and Imagineering Ambassador on July 17, 2009, Disneyland’s 54th birthday. Disney marked the occasion by paying tribute to Marty with the highest Parks and Resorts recognition, dedicating a window in his name on Disneyland’s City Hall.

RIP Marty Sklar. Thanks for your optimistic visions of tomorrow, something that seems harder and harder to conjure in the upside down world of 2017.

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Residents of Elan Tower in Sydney’s Kings Cross are used to 100Mbps download speeds, thanks to the hybrid fibre coaxial cable they paid Telstra to install six years ago. Now the building is being forced onto NBN’s copper-based fibre-to-the-building network. The copper telephone wire in the building, travelling up 40 floors, is 20 years old.

Qantas and Virgin have both confirmed via statements that passengers will need to arrive at the airport two hours before a domestic flight to allow for additional security screening. The amped-up security measures were put in place by the Australian Government after four people were arrested in connection to a suspected terrorist plot to bring down an aircraft.

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Geek of the Week: Futurist author Richard Yonck helps us better prepare for a rapidly changing world – GeekWire

Author Richard Yonck at SXSW in Austin, Texas, to promote his new book Heart of the Machine: Our Future in a World of Artificial Emotional Intelligence.

Daydreaming about the future is one thing. Actually being an authority on whats to come or at least how to be better prepared for it is quite another.

Richard Yonck is afuturist, author and speaker with Intelligent Future Consulting. Hes also GeekWires latest Geek of the Week.

I help businesses, readers and audiences become better prepared for a rapidly changing world, Yonck said. With a focus on emerging technologies and the increasingly intelligent ecologies these generate, my perspective is informed by 25 plus years as a futures, computing and media technologist.

Yonck is a widely published author who haswritten extensively about computing and information, artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing, the Internet of Things, biotechnology, nanotechnology, transhumanism and science literacy.

His new book, Heart of the Machine: Our Future in a World of Artificial Emotional Intelligence, explores the rapidly developing technologies that interact with human emotions and how this will soon transform our relationships with technology and with each other.A best-seller in two Amazon categories, the book was well-received in the New York Times Book Review (by Ray Kurzweil) and elsewhere.

Yonck is also taking part in the 15th gathering of theAssociation of Professional Futurists in Seattle this week. The event runs through Saturdayand includes speakers from the Gates Foundation, Boeing, the University of Washington, the Living Future Institute, Planetary Resources and more.

Learn more about this weeks Geek of the Week, Richard Yonck:

What do you do, and why do you do it?As a futurist I love helping organizations, readers and audiences identify tomorrows challenges and opportunities so we can work together to bring about their preferred future. This can take many forms, such as working with clients, writing books and articles about a range of emerging technologies or presenting tomorrows world to audiences large and small.

Whats the single most important thing people should know about your field?There are two major, almost contradicting misconceptions about futures work. The first is that the future is unknowable which is far from true. Different things happen with different degrees of reliability. The orbit of the earth and the motion of the tides are very reliable while other events and developments have lesser probabilities of occurring. Taking such variables into account, strategies can be developed to prepare for one or more eventualities without overextending resources.

The other misconception is that there is one fixed future out there, as if we were traveling along some preordained timeline, but this isnt the case. Most futurists speak in terms of futures plural the possible, probable and preferable futures that could potentially occur depending on different choices that are made and paths that are taken in the present. With this in mind, its then possible not only to plan for a range of eventualities but to also be proactive in taking the actions that promote ones preferred future, ideally beginning sooner than later. A basic example of this is the 20-something who recognizes theyll one day retire and so begins saving early on instead of waiting till their 50s. The earlier a desired future is identified and acted upon, the greater the likelihood of realizing it.

Where do you find your inspiration?Life and the world around us. We live in such an incredibly rich, vastly complex universe, I cant help be continually fascinated thinking about how it functions, how it came about, and where its going.

Whats the one piece of technology you couldnt live without, and why?Language. The written word.

Whats your workspace like, and why does it work for you?Increasingly my workspace is wherever I am, especially if I can connect my mind with that massive exocortex called the internet. Whether compiling data at my office, researching at a library, doing an interview at a research facility, speaking at a think tank, addressing an audience on stage, or doing a reading at a bookstore, thats effectively my workspace.

Your best tip or trick for managing everyday work and life. (Help us out, we need it.)Change is inevitable. When it does, often the best thing to do is see it as an opportunity. A static world view is very limiting and is likely to get you steamrollered.

Mac, Windows or Linux?I try to be OS agnostic, but Im most familiar with Windows.

Kirk, Picard, or Janeway?Kirks acting style and fighting methods are unequaled in this or any other quadrant of the galaxy.

Transporter, Time Machine or Cloak of Invisibility?A Time Machine. If I could travel into the future, I could pretty much collect all three, couldnt I?

If someone gave me $1 million to launch a startup, I would I would explore the terrain of emerging technologies looking out over the next 10 years, identify key opportunities as supporting technologies and infrastructures were forecast to come online, consider what I could remain passionate about for several years, factor legal and regulatory considerations and then decide. At that point, Id bring in the necessary talent and continue from there.

I once waited in line for The opportunity to speak with and get a book signed by Harlan Ellison.

Your role models:Beyond members of my family for obvious reasons when I was a young kid, I dont think I have specific role models. More accurately, Ive looked to luminaries from science and science fiction as general role models, amalgamating them into some quintessential figure seeking truth in the universe.

Greatest game in history:Hesses Glass Bead Game.

Best gadget ever:Sonic screwdriver.

First computer:My first computing experience was with a DEC PDP-11 when I was 12.

Current phone:iPhone 6, waiting for the iPhone 8.

Favorite app:Hootsuite.

Favorite cause:Eradicating ignorance.

Most important technology of 2016:Artificial Intelligence Deep learning neural nets.

Most important technology of 2018:CRISPR and immunotherapy.

Final words of advice for your fellow geeks:The apps, services, and technologies were building are not simply the tools of today. They will form the foundations and infrastructures of tomorrows world, the world of our children and grandchildren. With this in mind, we should continually ask ourselves: Are we contributing to a better world for the generations to come?

Website: Intelligent Future

Twitter: @ryonck

LinkedIn: Richard Yonck

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Marty Sklar, Disney Legend and Futurist, Dies at 83 – Gizmodo

Marty Sklar in front of Sleeping Beautys Castle at Disneyland on July 11, 2005 (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Marty Sklar, arguably one of the most influential people to work at the Disney Company aside from Walt Disney himself, died yesterday. He was 83.

Sklar started at Disney just a month before Disneyland opened in 1955 and would work his way up to becoming one of the most tireless and dedicated storytellers at the company. Sometimes described as Walts right hand man, Sklar started by writing speeches for Disney and eventually became President of Imagineering, the creative wing of the multifaceted entertainment company.

Along with Walt, Sklar helped produce the ambitious 1966 film that was shown to investors and government officials to get them interested in EPCOT, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. The original vision of EPCOT as a living laboratory would be neutered, but the theme park is still a point of inspiration for futurists and retro-futurists alike.

Walt Disney had one foot in the past, because he loved nostalgia, and one foot in the future, because he loved new technology, Sklar told Esquire in 2015.

The original EPCOT film can be viewed on YouTube.

Sklar helped oversee the development of virtually every modern Disney park from the construction of Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris to expansion parks in the United States like Disney-MGM Studios and Disneys Animal Kingdom in Florida, as well as Disneys California Adventure park in Anaheim.

Marty was the ultimate Disney Imagineer and Cast Member. From his days working as an intern with Walt to just two weeks ago engaging with fans at D23 Expo, Marty left an indelible mark on Disney Parks around the globe and on all of the guests who make memories every day with us, Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said in a statement.

He was one of the few people that was fortunate to attend the opening of every single Disney park in the world, from Anaheim in 1955 to Shanghai just last year, Chapek said. We will dearly miss Martys passion, skill and imaginative spark that inspired generations of Cast, Crew and Imagineers.

From the Disney Parks blog:

Born in New Brunswick, N.J., on February 6, 1934, Marty was a student at UCLA and editor of its Daily Bruin newspaper when he was recruited to create The Disneyland News for Walts new theme park in 1955. After graduating in 1956, he joined Disney full-time, and would go on to serve as Walts right-hand manscripting speeches, marketing materials, and a film showcasing Walts vision for Walt Disney World and Epcot. During this period, he also joined WED Enterprises, the forerunner of Walt Disney Imagineering, and he would later become the creative leader of Imagineering, leading the development of Disney theme parks and attractions for the next three decades. He retired as Executive Vice President and Imagineering Ambassador on July 17, 2009, Disneylands 54th birthday. Disney marked the occasion by paying tribute to Marty with the highest Parks and Resorts recognition, dedicating a window in his name on Disneylands City Hall.

Disney obviously wouldnt be the same without Sklar and we here at Paleofuture are pouring out a Mickey Mouse sippy cup on the curb for the Disney legend. RIP Marty Sklar. Thanks for your optimistic visions of tomorrow, something that seems harder and harder to conjure in the upside down world of 2017.

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