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Published on Nov 08, 2019 at 12:11 am

Who is concerned about the digital revolution, algorithms, robots, employment? Is fear a good advisor? Wouldn't it be better to embrace these new possibilities? Futurologist | Economist | Strategy consultant | Innovation | Curious about tomorrow | Artificial intelligence | Digital darwinism |: = x | Optimism | The world is tiny

Willem Peter de Ridder has been fascinated by innovation and progress all his life. When he began to study economics in Rotterdam at the end of the 1980s and the economic faculty also offered a programme on Japanology, it was an obvious choice for him to add this to his curriculum. At that time, Japan was what China is today: the fastest growing economy in the world and a source of innovation. Foreign countries continued to fascinate him. After his studies, he made a career at BP and Aegon, where he traveled extensively and worked in Poland, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany, amongst others. The assignment was always to solve a problem or to build something new. In 2006 he obtained his PhD at the University of Tilburg. His dissertation, entitled "Risk management with added value", also stemmed from an innovation assignment, namely to set up a risk management department, which was a new phenomenon at the time. Since 2016, as director of his own company Futures Studies, he has been mainly concerned with the digital transformation and the impact that artificial intelligence has on our society, on our companies and on us as humans. As a futurologist and strategy consultant, he supports both profit and non-profit organizations in exploring the future and formulating a future-proof strategy. He also lectures at several universities and is a commissioner/member of the supervisory board. He regularly writes blogs on www.futuresstudies.nl and is working on a new book, which for the time being has the title "Winning with artificial intelligence". This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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