Nikolas Badminton

  • World-Leading Futurist
  • Researcher

Nikolas Badminton is a world-leading futurist, researcher, and author with over 35 years of experience in using technology to disrupt business and government.

His deep expertise and thought leadership will empower your audience to think exponentially and plan for longevity and resilience in the new world. This results in an innovative and vibrant company culture that lead to explosive growth and global impact.
Nikolas has worked with the world's most prominent and impactful organizations ranging from startups to $10+ billion in market cap to international agencies, governments and investors with portfolios up to $192 billion.  These include the United Nations, NASA, The Home Office (UK), Google, Microsoft, SAP, Dell, BMW, Bayer, HSBC, Barclays Bank, Telus, Young Professionals Organization (YPO), Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Government of Canada, Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, Institute of Public Administration of Canada, Government of British Columbia, Government of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Waterloo, Singularity University, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and over 200 others. 
The digital transformation and innovation programs he has helped establish has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in savings, increased revenues, and awards.

Nikolas’ research and opinion has appeared in BBC, VICE, CBC, CTV, Global News, 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.

Nikolas has provided tailored keynotes for over 300 conferences, private forums, board retreats, and AGMs. He’s inspired more than 300,000 people in-person to take action in their lives and businesses by deep-diving into the latest technologies, signals of change and societal trends that are shaping our thinking in designing the future for 2030, 2050 and beyond.

 

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A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Nikolas Badminton
  • NASA
  • Singularity University
  • Bayer Crop Science
  • Dow
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Alphabet
  • Microsoft
  • Virgin
  • BMW
  • Government of Canada
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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 dra ...

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 draws on his 20+ years of experience in big data, analytics and A.I. to look at how this revolution is starting and changing society, business, and personal life. The insights he provides gives to you deeper understanding of what he world will look like in 2030 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.

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 ...

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.

He will highlight the ‘signals of change’ that show how quickly the world is changing across industries – finance, agriculture, medicine, media, transportation and logistics, construction, and many more. Nikolas will also provide a view on ethical implications and insights on how these technologies affect planning, policies, and regulations at both the federal and state levels.

The Growth of Smart Cities

Over 1000 smart city pilot projects are in progress today with over 500 of them being developed in China. The future city is going to have systems in place to create the ability to monitor and program the city to react to what is needed in real-time. With this vision comes the implementation and rol ...

Over 1000 smart city pilot projects are in progress today with over 500 of them being developed in China. The future city is going to have systems in place to create the ability to monitor and program the city to react to what is needed in real-time.

With this vision 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 2018 the world is changing. Social media is both the amplifier and controller of our emotions as we go about our daily lives. Algorith ...

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 2018 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. The new world won’t look that different but, it will operate completely differently with these systems. 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.

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Biography

From computers to the Internet and Artificial Intelligence

Nikolas Badminton first sat at a computer in 1980 at the age of 8 and was given a copy of the Usborne Book of the Future by his parents. He was given his own computer at 11 and spent hours each day hacking games and programming. In 1989, he started building out graphical programs and database solutions from the ground up. He also started playing in bands around the same time.

In 1993 he enrolled in BSc in Applied Psychology and Computing at Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom. This progressive degree allowed him to experiment with the Internet, data, Organizational Design, Cognitive Psychology, Human-computer Interface design, Chaos theory and Artificial Intelligence. His final year thesis focused on a study into sub-symbolic language systems, how Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) could infer grammatical structures from them, and how there was a devolution of grammar.

Note: ANNs were quite rudimental at this stage and performed poorly, however the study led to significant questions about whether we truly need grammar in formal communication. Social media today shows us that devolution sourced from slang and acronym-based systems.

Technological Transformation

In 1996, Nikolas went on to work for Matra Marconi Espace in Toulouse, and then onto number of high-profile technology providers and management consultancies including Capgemini where he became a certified Technical Architect.

Nikolas built new teams and led strategic programs delivering large-scale data analytics and CRM practices for global blue chip organizations. In these roles Nikolas worked with CEOs and their executive teams to change how they see the world and provide impactful strategic advice. In total, these projects resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in operational savings and increased revenues.

Becoming a ‘Futurist’

In 2008, Nikolas moved to Canada and worked in strategic planning roles in the advertising industry. He worked with global ad agency teams to combine creativity, exponential technologies, culture hacking, and foresight planning to help clients have influence, become resilient, think exponential, and have a global impactful. He helped clients create engagement and win a few awards (which was nice).

Nikolas also focused on building an alternative thinking community that encouraged big questions and active discussion on the future with events like – Cyborg Camp (in collaboration with Amber Case), From Now Conference (where Nikolas received his xNT microchip), PRODUCT design thinking, Future Camp, and DARK FUTURES. At the same time he started writing for and interviewing with leading media publications, including Fast Company, VICE, CBC, CTV, Global News, Globe & Mail, The Atlantic, BBC, Techcrunch, Huffington Post, Forbes, Venturebeat, Betakit, DailyHive, and others.

In 2016 he partnered with Nick Black from Intensions on the now widely recognized and duplicated study ‘STUDY FINDS A QUARTER OF CANADIAN ADULTS BELIEVE A COMPUTER PROGRAM WOULD BE MORE TRUSTWORTHY AND ETHICAL THAN THEIR BOSS’. The buzz resulted global #2 on Reddit and has been replicated by a number of other research agencies.

Today, Nikolas works with world-leading organizations and governments in Canada, United States, UK and Europe, and Asia.

He has delighted more than 200,000 people at over 300 events with his insights, humour and guidance. He has also connected with millions through TV, media, and radio. He is committed to keep pushing leaders to think bigger about their role in the future and to impact billions of people by providing a number of services over and above speaking.

Nikolas is currently the host on CTV’s Future Fridays broadcasting nationally in Canada. He is also the subject of a new documentary on biohacking from the CBC called ‘Smart Drugs’.

Action!

Nikolas works with the United Nations Climate Change secretariat to help envision solutions for a resilient future in 2030 and beyond. You can see his opening keynote at the Resilient Frontiers Conference here.

He is also a privacy activist and supports the Electronic Frontier Foundation – the leading nonprofit defending digital privacy, free speech, and innovation – because DIGITAL RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS.

He’s also a proud supporter of the performing arts community and has supported the PuSh Festival for over 8 years with digital projects, outreach, and fundraising.