Nikolas Badminton is an award-winning, dynamic and innovative Futurist, Researcher, and Keynote Speaker who shares an awe-inspiring vision of trends that shape the future to world-leading organizations and governments.
In addition, Nikolas has worked with the world’s most prominent and impactful organizations, including United Nations, NASA, United Way, Google, Microsoft, SAP, Dell, BMW, Bayer, Procter & Gamble, HSBC, Barclays Bank, Telus, Young Professionals Organization (YPO), Ellen MacArthur Foundation, University of British Columbia, University of Waterloo, Singularity University, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and over 200 others.
Nikolas’ research and opinion has appeared in BBC, VICE, Sirius XM, CBC, CTV, Global News, City TV, CKNW, CHCH, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Techcrunch, Huffington Post, Forbes, and Venturebeat. He also hosts CTV’s Future Fridays and high-profile documentaries on exponential technologies and cultural change.
The Exponential Technology Revolution
The world will change in the next 20 years more than it has in the previous 100. At the heart of that are technologies that are advancing at a pace never seen before – exponentially. Nikolas will provide a deep dive into the key exponentially developing and growing technologies that are changing the world, including Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and Robotics, Computational Systems, 3D Printing, Medicine/Neurosystems, Cybersecurity and Bioinformatics, Renewable Energy, Nanotechnology, and Quantum Computing.
The Impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
In 2018, we are at the horizon of change and are seeing the third industrial revolution take place with advances never seen before across the digitized communications, renewable energy, and automated transportation Internet. At the heart of all of these is Artificial Intelligence (A.I.). Nikolas’ insights he provides gives to you deeper understanding of what he world will look like in 2030 and beyond by showing you the techniques, research, and systems that are being deployed across industries, cities, and transportation. He also looks at wider societal implications and the ethics around data, privacy, and how we are all going to be affected.
Smart cities, smarter citizens
Over 1000 smart city pilot projects are in progress today and with this comes the implementation and rollout of renewable energy (solar, wind, hydro), self-driving vehicles (autonomous truck fleets, municipal transport, on-demand taxis, and personal vehicles), electric vehicles, the internet of things, with Big Data and Data Science at the heart of operations. Nikolas will look at how city planning is changing along with the core technologies being deployed and will profile the global cities that are embracing this approach.
The Impact of Big Data, Social Media, and Privacy on Society
The Internet surrounds us, binds us together as a society, and helps us with almost all aspects of our lives. Everything seems to be in its place and useful. But, in 2019 the world is changing. Social media is both the amplifier and controller of our emotions as we go about our daily lives. Algorithms optimize every aspect of lives, and ubiquitous connections across billions of devices capture our every move. Nikolas will help you look deeper into this new world and realize how the normal function of childhood, family and community is being altered and manipulated for profit. And, with our full permission.
Agriculture 3.0 – a brave new world.
New ways of sustainable and innovative agricultural practices have never been needed more than they are today. In addition to farmers aiming to grow more crops, raise more livestock, and diversify we have big tech entering the game with billions of dollars of investment. The result? DIVERSITY and DISRUPTION! Nikolas will look at where we are today, the signals of change he sees, and the innovations that will change the world. We will see a world where there will be exponential farming in the lab, field and beyond.
2030: The Future of Transportation and Logistics
What does the world look like in 2030? What are the tipping points that will disrupt the transportation industry? What will likely be successful and widely adopted? How will sectors and companies adapt and who will be left behind? These are some of the core questions Nikolas will grapple with in this context-setting presentation.