Founder and CEO of Digital University, Ambassador of SingularityU Warsaw Chapter
› Longevity & robots in a workplace – how to survive the digital revolution.
› Metatrends that will shape our future and disrupt our business (2020-2030).
› Competencies for the future – what can I do to become antifragile in the digital age
Do we really have a revolution? Many people ask about it because they haven’t seen any significant changes in their daily lives yet. They go to work in the same place, they do shopping in the same market they did for years and they spend their free time in the same way they used to. And yet the world is changing at an exponential pace. Many experts believe that technology will never develop so slow as it does today. Many also say that you cannot stop the revolution and you should better adapt to it and became a tech-friendly person because that’s the only vision ahead of us. Is future uncertain? Ray Kurzweil – the most important futurologist in the world, whose predictions reaches the 86% level of effectiveness, shares his forecast on new technologies and their impact on the world in the next 20 years. Drones, robots, virtual reality, longevity, and omniscient AI – those are the things we’ll meet in the future So what’s now? Since there’s already a robot which is able to serve 2000 meals, an AI-lawyer, autonomous truck, and Alexa, where is the place for humans and how should they prepare for a new reality. Should we all learn how to code? Definitely not, but the way we leave and work will change dramatically and we should know how to embrace those changes. The speech prepared by Jowita Michalska in the spirit of storytelling will touch all the issues mentioned above as well as present specific people known as “future-proof”. Jowita is the founder of Digital University and Singularity University, ambassador.
In the new decade, waves of exponential technologies will change the world as we know it, and shape it in completely different way in scale and impact. At Singularity University we detected several Metatrends that will revolutionize entire industries and redefine our businesses, the way we work and the way we live. Entrepreneurs, c-level managers, directors and their teams should see the world from the broader perspective especially in the area of new technologies and notice business opportunities before their competitors do. Among these metatrends are cellular agriculture, digital biology (CRISPR and gene editing), on-demanda production and on-demand delivery, sensors, VR and Spatial Web, renewable energy to name just a few. Welcome to a new decade of runaway technological booms, historic watershed moments, and extraordinary abundance.
In the future of work, there will be greater demand for people who understand technology and are able to work with it, but at the same time there will be demand for competences that diverse us from the machines – soft skills like empathy, critical thinking and creativity. The cumulative impact of these forces demands a new mindset and competences for leaders to be able to stay relevant and make a difference in business. In this talk I will share all the current knowledge in this field as well as tips and hints how and what to learn and how to stay relevant in this fast changing world.
Jowita’s mission in life is to arm Poles with essential digital competencies. That is why she established an organization that cooperates with leading American universities such as MIT, Harvard Business School and Stanford to provide education in the field of new technologies. Digital University offers, among others, certified educational programs, such as Digital Transformation Expert, which allow employees to complement their competences of the future, as well as conferences, such as Masters&Robots, for which the world’s most prominent experts come to Poland. The organization also educates excluded and disadvantaged people in the following areas: new technologies, Internet safety, professions of the future and ecology.
Jowita is the Polish ambassador of Singularity Group, the most important educational think-tank in Silicon Valley. She has over 20 years of business experience, having worked in key positions at Polkomtel, PGE and Deloitte, among others.
For her educational activities Jowita has received many awards and honors, including Digital Shapers, awarded for significant contribution to the development of digital economy in Poland. Last year Forbes Women recognized her as one of the 100 most outstanding women in business, and the European Commission named her a Digital EU Ambassador.