Nikola Danaylov is a Futurist Keynote Speaker, Technology Raconteur, Vegan Futurist, Strategic Adviser, popular Blogger and Podcast host, and the author of the #1 bestselling book ‘Conversations with the Future’.
Nikola’s Singularity.FM interviews have had over 7 million views on iTunes and YouTube and have been featured on international TV networks as well as some of the biggest blogs in the world, such as BBC, MTV, Space, ArteTV, TV Japan, Channel NewsAsia, the Telegraph, io9, the Huffington Post, ZDNet, BoingBoing, and others.
Past guests of this singularity podcast include people such as Ray Kurzweil, Peter Diamandis, Noam Chomsky, Natasha Vita-More, Stuart Hameroff, Marvin Minsky, Aubrey de Grey, Max More, Michio Kaku, Vernor Vinge, Cory Doctorow, Charles Stross, and many, many others.
Today Singularity Weblog is the biggest independent blog on related topics. The Singularity.FM podcast is the first, most popular, and widely recognized interview series in the niche, and, according to Prof. Roman Yampolskiy, Nikola has established himself as the “Larry King of the Singularity.”
Nikola’s clients include – Dell, KPMG, Cochlear, Juniper Networks, NetMedia MX, Danish Engineering Society [IDA], Ontario Medical Association [OMA], Singularity University, Digital Business World Congress Madrid [DES], Canadian Institute of Actuaries [CIA], MPI International, Atlantic Circus Network, Community Futures BC, Devolutions Inc, Saskatchewan’s Association of IT Professionals [CIPS SK], Techno Montreal and many others.
Nikola is available to provide incredible futurist keynotes at your event – in-person or virtually.
Conversations with the Future: 21 Visions for the 21st Century
For generations, humanity stared at the vastness of the oceans and wondered, “What if?” Today, having explored the curves of the Earth, we now stare at endless stars and wonder, “What if?” Our technology has brought us to the make-or-break moment in human history. We can either grow complacent, and go extinct like the dinosaurs, or spread throughout the cosmos, as Carl Sagan dreamed of.
What if your toothbrush becomes smarter than you? What happens to your business, your country, your planet and yourself? What if your car doesn’t need a driver anymore? What if we don’t need to age and die? What if machines are smarter than us? What if, instead of fear of the future – you see opportunity, instead of an end – you see a beginning, instead of loss – you see profit, and instead of death – you see life? What if you and your organization get future-primed?
For many years Nikola Danaylov has been interviewing the future and motivating people all over the world to embrace rather than fear it. “Conversations with the Future” was born from those interviews and Nik’s unceasing need to explore “What If” with some of the most forward-thinking visionaries in the world today.
Future Shock: How to see the opportunities beside the dangers
This keynote will address the current state of “Future Shock” that we are all experiencing at one level or another: be it individually – as citizens and professionals, or collectively – as organizations, corporations, nations and even as a civilization. It will lay out the full horizon of future possibilities while highlighting both the unique opportunities and the grave dangers we are facing. It will break down exponential technologies such as AI, genetics, robotics, nanotech, synthetic biology, the blockchain, etc. and how those test the very meaning of being human. It will challenge, scare, and inspire you to start your own “Conversation with the Future” and hopefully give birth to your own ideas. It will finish by sharing ancient and modern strategies for building resilience and enhancing adaptation in every facet of your life.
The future will always find us, but will we find the future?
This high energy, [opening, or closing] keynote session, will perfectly set the stage during your conference or event. Powerfully delivered by Nikola Danaylov, aka the ‘Larry King of the Singularity’, you will learn why technology is not enough and why the world is transformed by asking questions. Then Nikola will help you see what are the main questions we have to contend with that will likely determine our destiny – be it individually – as citizens, or collectively – as businesses, nations and as a species, during this most crucial century of our development.
What happened to horses when we moved from natural to artificial power? What happens to humanity when we move from natural to artificial intelligence? What happens when your toothbrush is smarter than you? Where do you go? What do you do? What will happen to your business, to your country, to our civilization and to yourself? Are we going to become immortal, live in a utopian abundance and spread throughout the cosmos? Or will humanity fight a dystopian AI Giga-war, become enslaved and ultimately go extinct like the dinosaurs?
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More about Nikola
In 1998 Nikola moved to Canada where he completed an HBA in Political Science, Philosophy & Economics at the University of Toronto followed by an MA in Political Science at York University. It was at YorkU that Nikola became deeply interested in the Technological Singularity and wrote “Hacking Destiny: Critical Security at the Intersection of Human and Machine Intelligence.” In 2011 Nikola went to NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, and completed the Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University.
Nikola has spoken at public events on topics ranging from technology, transhumanism, and the technological singularity to new media, blogging, and podcasting. He has been ranked within the top 10 people the AI Elite follows on Twitter, profiled in Next Stage Rising Stars Magazine, and has been interviewed for numerous documentary films, blogs, podcasts, magazines, and newspapers.