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Game Changers

Insight into Future Game Changers


Chamath Palihapitiya - former Facebook executive turned venture investor.

“Technology will disrupt every facet of every job."

Mike Barry - Head of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencer

“Sustainability demands disruption. It demands us to radically rethink our business models. Not just how we sell stuff in the future but how we create value."

Raymond "Ray" Kurzweil - Author, inventor, futurist, and a director of engineering at Google.

“It's radical life extension. The full realization of nanobots will basically eliminate biological disease and aging. I think we'll see widespread use in 20 years of [nanotech] devices that perform certain functions for us. In 30 or 40 years, we will overcome disease and aging. The nanobots will scout out organs and cells that need repairs and simply fix them. It will lead to profound extensions of our health and longevity."

"You could have some self-replicating nanobot that could create copies of itself... and ultimately, within 90 replications, it could devour the body it's in or all humans if it becomes a non-biological plague. Technology is not a utopia. It's a double-edged sword and always has been since we first had fire."

David Bent - Director of Sustainable Business, Forum for the Future

“We are experiencing a digital revolution. It is happening right now, and it's the equivalent of the steam engine in the 19th century, revolutionising sector after sector. The task for us is to get the best sustainable outcomes from it."

Steve Jobs - Entrepreneur, marketer, and inventor, who was the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc.

“Because the people that are crazy enough to think they can change the world... are the ones that do."

Rachel Armstrong - Senior TED Fellow and Co-Director of AVATAR (Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research) at University of Greenwich, London.

"The will of business to maintain the status quo means that sustainability proposals often offer incremental progress rather than transformative change."

Denis McCauley - Director of Technology Research at the Economist Intelligence Unit

"As ever, technology change will be a two-edged sword for businesses. Many organisations and workers will find certain changes threatening. But disruption is also creative, and for all the firms and business models that may fall by the wayside, technology will enable many new ones to take their place."

Martin Geddes - Telecoms strategy consultant, futurologist, writer, speaker, consultant, and technologist.

“We’re seeing the democratisation of technology where the user is becoming a producer. The tools for people to create new services themselves are increasingly simple."

Grant McCracken - Anthropologist & author of Chief Culture Officer and Culturematic.

“Our era is Elizabethan. It flourishes with new ideas. Compared with the couch potatoes of recent decades, we are all mad scientists."

Dax Lovegrove - Head of business and industry, WWF-UK

“The more enlightened businesses are seeking long-term future proofing by aiming to decouple business growth from increasing damage, produce all round zero negative impacts, or even generate restorative/ net-positive social and environmental impacts. Others are going even further, to innovate into entirely new resilient ways of working."

Jurgen Dormann - Senior Advisor to Blackstone

“Sustainable development’s aim is to satisfy the fundamental needs of the whole of humanity on a permanent basis. It must happen without depriving future generations of the means to satisfy their own needs in turn. We see biotechnology as the key to meeting these needs."

Peter Singer - Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence.

“The faster rate of change means that it's increasingly hard to identify what are promising, what are useful technologies."

Richard Worzel - Chartered Financial Analyst, author, futurists, trend analysts, and innovation specialists

“The decade ahead is going to be radically, remarkably, dangerously different than any period you've lived through or have experience with. And it's going to offer opportunities that you cannot now anticipate. If you don't have a clear sense of where you are going and why, and are not prepared for the challenges we face and the opportunities ahead, you will be devastated by what's to come. Someone always benefits from change. Let it be you."



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