Meet the man making our global future. TED superstar John Maeda is ‘to design what Warren Buffett is to finance’ (WIRED) – a maverick polymath setting the rules for the digital age.
Technology is already more powerful than we can comprehend, and getting more powerful at an exponential pace. Tireless algorithms transform themselves and our world with unpredictable and dangerous consequences, from racial profiling to meddling in elections.
Whether we are digital natives or digital immigrants, product designers or policymakers, no responsible citizen can afford not to understand the laws governing the digital age. But few of us can grasp how computers think – and fewer still how to use this knowledge to ensure the greater good of humanity.
John Maeda can. He’s one of the world’s preeminent thinkers on technology and design – a wildly popular TED speaker working at the intersection of computer science, engineering, design and business, he shows companies and individuals how to make products that are world-changing and inclusive – and avoid the pitfalls inherent to the medium.
In a rare visit to the UK, he joins How To: Academy to provide a coherent framework for today’s leaders to grasp our brave new digital world. He’ll offer a set of simple rules that govern not only the computers of today, but the unimaginable machines of the future.
The twenty-first century belongs to those who can speak machine – it’s time to make sure you aren’t left behind.