Steve Brown

  • AI expert and former executive at Google DeepMind and Intel
  • Entrepreneur and advisor to AI startups
  • BCG Luminary
  • Bestselling author

Steve Brown is a leading thinker on AI, generative AI, autonomous agents, digital transformation, the future of work, and how advances in AI will shape the future of business, education, and society. He draws upon decades of experience in artificial intelligence and high tech to advise leaders on how to build winning AI transformation strategies that fuel innovation, boost productivity, and drive growth.

During Steve’s 25-year career in artificial intelligence and high tech, he has held a range of leadership roles including Chief Evangelist and futurist at Intel and senior director and in-house futurist at Google DeepMind in London. He is co-founder of The Provenance Chain Network, a company that provides supply chain transparency and resilience services to the U.S. Space Force and is a strategic advisor to two AI startups. He is also a BCG Luminary.

Steve works with global brands, Fortune 100 companies, startups, and government agencies. Clients include Nike, JP Morgan, Samsung, Comcast, Audi, PepsiCo, and Disney and he has been featured on major media including BBC, CNN, Bloomberg TV, ABC, CBS, NBC, and in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and Wired Magazine. He speaks at events around the world on the future direction and impact of AI and inspires companies to create new products and services, streamline operations, and elevate work using AI and other technologies. Steve’s book, The Innovation Ultimatum: How Six Strategic Technologies will Reshape Every Business in the 2020s, published by Wiley, is a how-to guide on innovation and digital transformation. 

 


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Past Hosts Include:
  • Nike
  • Disney
  • Comcast
  • HPE
  • PepsiCo
  • JP Morgan
  • Cameco
  • The Standard
  • Prolifiq
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Talks & Conversations with Steve Brown
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AI Unleashed: Strategies for thriving in the era of intelligent machines

AI’s remarkable capabilities, huge commercial potential, and inherent risks have been the talk of every boardroom and every leadership team on the planet. With capabilities advancing exponentially, business leaders must navigate a shifting technology landscape and understand how AI will reshape futu ...

AI’s remarkable capabilities, huge commercial potential, and inherent risks have been the talk of every boardroom and every leadership team on the planet. With capabilities advancing exponentially, business leaders must navigate a shifting technology landscape and understand how AI will reshape future productivity, offerings, competitiveness, and business models.


In this information-packed, inspiring talk, Steve Brown uses straightforward language to explain key concepts and share emerging best-known methods for implementing AI to maximize opportunity whilst minimizing risk. In this session, Steve will help you to understand:


• Why is AI such a big deal?
o How AI connects to business results
o Why generative AI signals the dawning of a new industrial era
o The urgency of AI business transformation
o Case studies of powerful AI in action
o The exponential roadmap for AI capabilities
• What does AI transformation look like?
o The main types of AI and their business uses
o Intelligent products, services and customer experiences
o Elevating talent to superhuman performance
o Capturing corporate knowledge and scaling expertise
o Transforming business processes with AI and robotics
o Sample use cases from a wide range of industries
• Best-known methods for AI adoption
o Strategies to boost innovation, productivity, efficiency, and employee satisfaction
o The 7-step AI transformation journey

The Quest for AGI: How we get there and what happens when we do

The race to build artificial general intelligence (AGI) is well and truly on. But how do we define AGI, what will it take to build it, when will it happen (if ever), and how will it impact our lives? In a session relevant to tech savvy and non-technical people alike, AI futurist Steve Brown uses his ...

The race to build artificial general intelligence (AGI) is well and truly on. But how do we define AGI, what will it take to build it, when will it happen (if ever), and how will it impact our lives? In a session relevant to tech savvy and non-technical people alike, AI futurist Steve Brown uses his deep expertise gained in leadership at Google DeepMind and Intel, to try and answer these questions and illuminate the potential road to AGI. Topics include:


• How should we define AGI, and how will we know it when we see it?
• Limitations of today’s AIs, and the various potential pathways to AGI
• Technology and research breakthroughs needed to advance towards AGI
• Estimations for AGI’s timeline, and the challenges of building it at scale
• Expected impact on business, education, science, and society, including significant
opportunities and risks

Metamorphosis: Profound AI transformation is coming faster than you think

The AI available today is the worst it’s ever going to be. We are rocketing up an exponential curve of technological breakthroughs that will soon yield abundant, powerful intelligence able to perform most of the tasks we humans do, and many that we can’t. We are facing the greatest societal transfor ...

The AI available today is the worst it’s ever going to be. We are rocketing up an exponential curve of technological breakthroughs that will soon yield abundant, powerful intelligence able to perform most of the tasks we humans do, and many that we can’t. We are facing the greatest societal transformation since the industrial revolution; one that will change almost every aspect of our lives. Welcome to the new era of AI-powered metamorphosis.

In this fascinating talk, AI futurist, Steve Brown, explores:


• How rapid advances in artificial intelligence will remake education, healthcare, retail, the
media industry, manufacturing, the military, and society
• The future of work, and how to make yourself robot-proof for as long as possible
• The AI-empowered consumer, and implications for brands, designers, and manufacturers
• Groundbreaking scientific and medical advancements fueled by next-generation AI
• Major challenges on the horizon for society
• AI nationalism, AI supremacy, and the new Cold War
• Why we may have to rewire the economy and reimagine capitalism itself
• The trajectory and anticipated timeline of AI’s evolution

Unlock AI’s Potential: Proven strategies to boost your business and delight customers while containing risks

Savvy business leaders are all asking themselves similar questions about AI: What should we do with it? What are our biggest opportunities? How do we mitigate risk? How rapidly should we adopt AI? And what are the emerging best methods for implementing AI? In this practical talk, AI futurist and ent ...

Savvy business leaders are all asking themselves similar questions about AI: What should we do with it? What are our biggest opportunities? How do we mitigate risk? How rapidly should we adopt AI? And what are the emerging best methods for implementing AI?


In this practical talk, AI futurist and entrepreneur, Steve Brown, explores the go-to approaches for adopting AI; at a pragmatic pace that limits risk, maximizes impact, and maintains competitiveness.


In this informative talk, you’ll explore:

  • Assumptions you should make about AI’s trajectory
  •  Case studies and success stories on how other companies are implementing AI
  •  How to prioritize AI transformation projects
  • Helpful innovation frameworks and tools you’ll need to build your plan
  • Building a change-ready culture
  • The importance of embracing S-curves
  • The 7-step AI innovation journey
  • Maintaining your AI transformation roadmap

An Introduction to AI: New possibilities, key implications, and a roadmap for the future

AI’s capabilities continue to amaze. Powerful new tools can summarize reports, create stunning images, write code, generate breathtaking videos, build websites, and accelerate the design of new materials, pharmaceuticals, and products. In this rapidly evolving landscape, companies are scrambling to ...

AI’s capabilities continue to amaze. Powerful new tools can summarize reports, create stunning images, write code, generate breathtaking videos, build websites, and accelerate the design of new materials, pharmaceuticals, and products. In this rapidly evolving landscape, companies are scrambling to build an informed AI strategy to boost productivity, improve customer service, elevate employee experience, and create new value.


In this fast-paced, inspiring, and informative talk, AI futurist Steve Brown explain what’s happeningin the world of AI, demonstrates its latest capabilities, and explores how people can prepare themselves to thrive in the age of AI.


In this session, you will explore:

The main types of AI and why each is important
o Programs vs models; Generative vs Discriminative AI; Narrow vs General AI
o AI’s new capabilities and key applications
o The urgency of AI business transformation
• Business implications of the AI revolution
o How AI will help companies to fulfill their mission in exciting new ways
o How AI assistants will give us superpowers and offload boring, repetitive work
o Exciting new customer and employee experiences made possible by AI
• Positioning yourself for success
o How to stop resisting and start embracing and learning
o Understand the workplace of the (near) future
o Skills and strategies to remain relevant and thrive in a world of AI

 

Elevate your workforce with AI superpowers

Recent advancements in AI are poised to substantially enhance productivity, surpassing the gains witnessed during the advent of digital computers and the internet. What if…. every worker in your organization had superhuman powers?…. every team combines humans and machines working together?…. you cou ...

Recent advancements in AI are poised to substantially enhance productivity, surpassing the gains witnessed during the advent of digital computers and the internet.

What if
…. every worker in your organization had superhuman powers?
…. every team combines humans and machines working together?
…. you could simultaneously boost productivity and job satisfaction?


From the CEO to frontline employees, everyone must learn to work effectively with AI if they are to remain relevant in the 21st century workplace. In this enlightening talk, futurist Steve Brown explains how AI will transform every workplace and every role in every company within the next five years and how you can prepare for the AI-powered workplace.

In this session, Steve will help you to explore:

  • The breakthrough AI technologies that will reshape the workplace in the coming years
    • Enterprise Intelligence Agents, Autonomous Agents, and AI tools
    • How leading companies are using AI to create new offerings, transform
      operations, increase productivity, and improve employee satisfaction
  • Why AI will herald an entirely new era of work
    • Reengineering workflows with AI to boost productivity and efficiency
    • Adding new dimensions to team diversity with machines
    • Using AI assistants to augment skills, boost creativity, improve decision-making,
      offload low-value work, and elevate performance and productivity
  • Thriving in the augmented work era
    • How to maximize the benefits of AI
    • Essential skills needed to remain relevant in the workplace of the future

A future with autonomous agents for all

Early autonomous agents are starting to exit R&D and enter early production, answering phones, making appointments, and executing simple tasks. They’re nothing like Ironman’s Jarvis, but you’ve got to start somewhere. Rabbit’s R1 device promises to order you a pizza, book you an Uber, and perfor ...

Early autonomous agents are starting to exit R&D and enter early production, answering phones, making appointments, and executing simple tasks. They’re nothing like Ironman’s Jarvis, but you’ve got to start somewhere. Rabbit’s R1 device promises to order you a pizza, book you an Uber, and perform other assistive tasks. Next-generation assistants, coming in 2025 and beyond, will be far more powerful, able to take on complex tasks and activities. New assistant categories will emerge, and agents will be tailored to support specific job roles.


In this talk, AI futurist Steve Brown takes you on a journey into the future of autonomous AI assistants. You’ll learn about the eight categories of AI assistant, explore the human problems they might solve, and the form factors they might be delivered in. Whether it’s an entrepreneurial assistant for a startup CEO, a personal DJ, an AI paralegal, or an emotion coach for people on the spectrum, AI assistants of the future will support our activities, expand our abilities, and improve the human condition.

Superhuman: Why machines must make us better humans

Powerful artificial intelligence is already starting to change us. Sensing AIs help us to spot patterns that humans cannot see and extend our senses into new realms. Researchers have already built AIs that can see through walls, wirelessly read vital signs, perceive sleep states, and detect disease. ...

Powerful artificial intelligence is already starting to change us. Sensing AIs help us to spot patterns that humans cannot see and extend our senses into new realms. Researchers have already built AIs that can see through walls, wirelessly read vital signs, perceive sleep states, and detect disease. Soon, AI assistants will boost our productivity, extend our abilities, and elevate our performance to superhuman levels.


In this thought-provoking session, AI futurist Steve Brown explores how we will use artificial intelligence in combination with other technologies to upgrade our senses, boost our abilities, improve our happiness, and elevate our humanity. He will leave you with the important question: how do we want AI to change us, and how could we use AI to make ourselves better humans?

After Work: Reimagining life, the economy, and society in a postlabor world

We are about the enter a new era of work, the augmented era, where machines support, extend, and elevate the capabilities of humans in the workplace. Tight partnerships of humans and machines working together will boost productivity and improve work. But as AI’s abilities grow exponentially, the num ...

We are about the enter a new era of work, the augmented era, where machines support, extend, and elevate the capabilities of humans in the workplace. Tight partnerships of humans and machines working together will boost productivity and improve work. But as AI’s abilities grow exponentially, the number and type of tasks they can take on will expand until eventually they can perform all human work. At this time, perhaps a generation from now—maybe sooner, maybe later, maybe never—we will enter the automated work era, and humans will live in a post-labor world. This talk explores the key implications of a future where advanced AI performs all economic activity, what it means for our future, significant risks and upsides, and how we should prepare for a world without work.

AI x Ed: The unstoppable revolution coming to education

ChatGPT left teachers scrambling to understand what role, if any, AI should play in their classrooms. Now, a range of powerful AI tools are coming to transform education and improve the experience for tutors, administrators, and students alike. In this fascinating session, AI futurist Steve Brown ta ...

ChatGPT left teachers scrambling to understand what role, if any, AI should play in their classrooms. Now, a range of powerful AI tools are coming to transform education and improve the experience for tutors, administrators, and students alike.


In this fascinating session, AI futurist Steve Brown takes you on a journey through the fast-moving world of AI, reviews how AI might transform education, and explores the skills people will need to thrive in the Intelligence Era, where powerful AI is abundant, and people work alongside intelligent machines. This is a must-see session for any thoughtful academic institution considering their future and how they can best serve their students in the 21st century.

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Biography

Steve Brown is a leading thinker on AI, generative AI, autonomous agents, digital transformation, the future of work, and how advances in AI will shape the future of business, education, and society. He draws upon decades of experience in artificial intelligence and high tech to advise leaders on how to build winning AI transformation strategies that fuel innovation, boost productivity, and drive growth.

During Steve’s 25-year career in artificial intelligence and high tech, he has held a range of leadership roles including Chief Evangelist and futurist at Intel and senior director and in-house futurist at Google DeepMind in London. He is co-founder of The Provenance Chain Network, a company that provides supply chain transparency and resilience services to the U.S. Space Force and is a strategic advisor to two AI startups. He is also a BCG Luminary.

Steve works with global brands, Fortune 100 companies, startups, and government agencies. Clients include Nike, JP Morgan, Samsung, Comcast, Audi, PepsiCo, and Disney and he has been featured on major media including BBC, CNN, Bloomberg TV, ABC, CBS, NBC, and in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and Wired Magazine. He speaks at events around the world on the future direction and impact of AI and inspires companies to create new products and services, streamline operations, and elevate work using AI and other technologies. Steve’s book, The Innovation Ultimatum: How Six Strategic Technologies will Reshape Every Business in the 2020s, published by Wiley, is a how-to guide on innovation and digital transformation. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in Micro-Electronic Systems Engineering from Manchester University and has delivered inspiring keynotes in over 65 cities, spanning 16 countries and 6 continents. Steve was born in the U.K. and lives with his wife in Portland, OR.