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Andrew Keen

The Futurist

 

Andrew Keen

A Digital Re-Evolution

Entrepreneur and Renowned Technology Commentator
Bestselling Author of How To Fix the Future: Staying Human in the Digital Age

“I have spent the last 10 years since 2007 arguing that the future, i.e. the thing we look forward to, is extremely problematic, it’s flawed. It offers a lot of promise, but in actuality, it is failing in many aspects. The future is broken.” After the huge changes of the Industrial Revolution, civilized societies remade 19th century capitalism into a more humane version of itself - and Andrew shows how we can do the same in the wake of the Digital Revolution.

Andrew Keen is one of the world's best known and controversial commentators on the digital revolution. He is the author of four books: Cult of the AmateurDigital Vertigo, international hit The Internet Is Not The Answer, and his latest book How To Fix The Future. Published in February 2018, How to Fix the Future has been called "[a] bracing book" by Walter Isaacson and "the most significant work so far in an emerging body of literature…in which technology's smartest thinkers are raising alarm bells about the state of the Internet, and laying groundwork for how to fix it" by Fortune Magazine. The book also received a starred review by Kirkus Reviews.

Andrew is executive director of the Silicon Valley innovation salon FutureCast and an acclaimed public speaker around the world. He is the host of "Keen On" show, a popular TechCrunch chat show, and was named one of the "100 Most Connected Men" in 2015 by GQ magazine.

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How to Fix the Future

Andrew Keen was among the earliest to write about the dangers of the Internet to our culture and society. His most recent book, The Internet Is Not the Answer, was praised even by Kazuo Ishiguro in the New Statesman (UK), who called it “compelling,” “persuasive,” and “scary.” Keen’s new talk, How to Fix the Future, based on research, analysis, and Keen’s own reporting in America and around the world, showcases global solutions for our digital predicament. After the huge changes of the Industrial Revolution, civilized societies remade nineteenth-century capitalism into a more humane version of itself, and Keen shows how we can do the same thing in the wake of the Digital Revolution.

Keen identifies five broad strategies to tackle the digital future: competitive innovation, government regulation, consumer choice, social responsibility by business leaders, and education. Traveling the world in order to identify best (and worst) practices in these five areas, Keen moves from Estonia, where the cofounder of Skype and the forward-thinking president Toomas Ilves are forming a model for Internet digital governance, to Germany, whose automobile titans are acting carefully to navigate the future of self-driving cars, to Scandinavia, Korea, India, and, of course, Silicon Valley.

Powerfully argued and deeply engaging, this talk provides hope that the economic inequality, unemployment, cultural decay, war on privacy, and individual alienation that the digital upheaval is causing may still be solvable, and that the future may yet become something that we can look forward to. 

How to Fix the Future has been called “the most significant work so far in an emerging body of literature…in which technology’s smartest thinkers are raising alarm bells about the state of the Internet, and laying groundwork for how to fix it” by Fortune Magazine and also received a starred review by Kirkus Reviews.

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The internet is not the answer
— Andrew Keen