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James  Canton

James Canton

Global Futurist & Author


A renowned global futurist, author and global advisor to the Fortune 100, Dr. Canton has been forecasting the leading innovations and trends that have shaped our world for 25 years. He is the CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures a San Francisco based Think Tank. He has advised three White Houses, over ten nations, and over 100 companies worldwide. He was on the founding advisory board of Singularity University, was a Apple Computer executive and has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox and NBC. He is the author of Future Smart, Technofutures and The Extreme Future. Read More >

Canton is chairman and CEO of the Institute for Global Futures, a think tank he founded in 1990. The largest companies and governments in the world have gained from his foresight. He advises Global Fortune 1000 on trends in innovation, financial services, healthcare, life sciences, energy, security, workforce, climate change, and globalization. He is a senior fellow at the Center for Research in Technology in Innovation at the Kellogg School of Management and serves on Motorola’s Visionary Advisory Board. He has advised three White House Administrations, the National Science Foundation and MIT’s Media Lab in Europe.

Recognized as “one of the top presenters in the 21st century” by Successful Meetings magazine, Canton is a highly sought-after public speaker. He has spoken to thousands of organizations on five continents. He is noted for his fascinating, informative, dynamic, and entertaining keynotes.

A frequent guest of the media worldwide, Canton is a commentator on CNN. He was named "The Digital Guru" by CNN and “Dr. Future” by Yahoo. His media coverage includes CNBC, Fox, PBS, ABC, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Report, The New York Times, US News and World Report, and CEO, CIO and CFO magazines and his work has been recognized by Forbes, The Economist, PBS, Fortune, Discovery, and The Wall Street Journal. A worldwide audience follows his Global Futurist blog. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Machines That Think: The Good, Bad and Scary of A.I.

Are You Future Ready?

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Speech Topics

Future Smart: The Top Trends That Will Shape the Marketplace, Business & Society

Are you Future Ready? This is a sweeping overview of the top trends that will shape the future marketplace and society over the next 5-20 years. From energy, space, climate, tech to health, education and geopolitics this is the most popular keynote based on Dr. Canton's new book Future Smart.

Exponential Innovations: Managing Future Disruption

What's next for technology and how will new technologies shape the economy, business and society? This keynote is a tour into Exponential Innovations from the future of robotics, digital, big data, mobile, AI, biotech to the blockchain to security that will shape our world. From nanoscience, biotech, neuroscience to digital find out what's coming and how to prepare.

Machines That Think: The Good, Bad & Scary of AI

Are you ready for AI economy? Artificial intelligence is fast reshaping business and culture. Machine learning, machine intelligence, neural networks--The rise of thinking machines, from robots to virtual bots is creating new jobs and changing how companies compete. We are fast embracing a world where AI may become smarter then humans sooner then we think. Or not?

The Future of the Blockchain Economy & Cryptocurrency

Digital money is an emerging new asset class that has already surpassed $100 Billion in value. The blockchain, the program that underlies crypto currency is fast becoming a large and important innovation in finance and global business. Find out where the trends are and how to prepare for this shift.

The Innovator's Mindset

How do leading innovators think? Is there a Innovator's Mindset that you can learn from Based on a 20 year study on innovation leaders in start ups and enterprises, from Apple, Tesla, Virgin and Google to name a few there is a design science that is at the heart of innovators. Find out how you can harness innovation faster, smarter and more effectively.

The Extreme Future of Healthcare

Dramatic innovations in medicine are reshaping our world. Find out what the leading and future innovations such as Crispr, big data, health apps and bots, health robos, synthetic biology, to predictive medical models to augmentation and human health enhancement that are reshaping healthcare.

AgTech & the Future of Food

Digital disruption is coming to the agriculture and food industry. Vertical farms, the blockchain, robotics, genetics, planet science, agri-genomics, wellness and functional foods represent a new era to feed a hungry world of 9 billion.

The Future of Energy

What is next for energy innovations that may transform our world? From fusion, to the Hyperloop to methane mining on the moon, electric Post Tesla cars to sustainable solar energy harvesting and micro-grids. Ccome discover what's next for post-oil and clean-tech innovations.